Ethiopian Cafe in Shaw Looks to Serve Booze

by Andrew Ramonas April 26, 2016 at 12:00 pm 1 Comment

Piassa EthioCuisine & CafeAn Ethiopian restaurant that opened in Shaw last summer is trying to put beer, wine and hard liquor on its menu.

Piassa EthioCuisine & Cafe at 1336 9th St. NW now has a liquor license application on file with the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration, according to a notice the agency published yesterday.

Joseph Teshome, a co-owner of Piassa, told Borderstan today he is hoping to have Ethiopian beer and wine and other alcoholic beverages to complement his Ethiopian and American dishes. Operating an eatery that serves food, but not alcohol, is “not really profitable” in Shaw, he said.

“The neighborhood is changing now,” Teshome said.

The D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Board is expected to rule on the restaurant’s application in the coming months.

  • Lisa

    Azi’s was busy, Caribbean Citations was busy, both without alcohol. One problem for them is it’s an Ethiopian restaurant right next to the amazing Chercher, no contest there. It’s an unappealing space with a vague concept that hits no sweet spot. Why not what this neighborhood is crying out for- fast casual breakfast & lunch fare. A bar is the opposite of what would be best in that great corner spot.


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