Neighborhood Eats: Zeke’s D.C. Donuts Opens, Third Edition Closes

by Rebecca Cooper

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RIP Third Edition

The District is getting back into the swing of things after inauguration preoccupation, and that means lots of restaurant news. Here are some highlights:

Open: The second DC-area location of the uber healthy Protein Bar opened Wednesday in Ballston with a free food promotion for the first 50 customers. Protein Bar, which already has a foothold in Penn Quarter, is a fast casual concept that serves high-protein, healthy meals including wraps, salads, and smoothies. Quinoa is a main feature on the breakfast, lunch and dinner menus — a strategic ingredient Protein Bar’s owner says will help keep people feeling full longer. The new location is the first retail tenant to open at 800 N. Glebe Road, which is across from the new Virginia Tech research building.

Opening…very soon: It looks like one of the many doughnut concepts slated for the District has won the opening race: Zeke’s D.C. Donuts — formerly known as Cool Disco Donut until owner Aaron Gordon had a change of heart this week, as City Paper reports — is opening Friday at 2029 P Street NW. The doughnut shop from the Red Velvet and Drafting Table owner will serve some mainstays — jelly filled and Boston cream — as well as non-traditional options such as peanut butter and bacon, spicy Mexican chocolate and passionfruit. Zeke’s will have a distinctly ’80s vibe: think graffiti and boom boxes, and operate daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. after the initial soft-opening period.

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Making donuts at Cool Disco. (Photo: Coline Sperling)

Taylor Gourmet makes its leap into the ‘burbs next week with the opening of a location at Mosaic District in Merrifield on February 4. There will be free hoagies during lunch and dinner this coming Monday to celebrate the opening at 2905 District Avenue. Taylor is one of several restaurants set to open at Mosaic District over the next few months; others include Matchbox and Sweetgreen.

Opening…eventually: Yo! Sushi will expand its DC reach into Penn Quarter by March, Eater reports. The first U.S. location opened in Union Station over the summer. The U.K.-based chain will bring its same conveyor belt sushi system to its new home at 801 7th Street NW.

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Bar-rito at Protein Bar (Courtesy of Protein Bar)

STK, a ‘women-friendly’ steakhouse, is coming to Dupont Circle. The restaurant at 1250 Connecticut Avenue NW will offer steaks in small, medium and large, in addition to seafood and other entree options. STK has a handful of locations in other cities around the U.S. At the moment, there’s no projected opening date for the DC location.

Compass Rose, a global food restaurant that’s the brainchild of Rose Previte and David Greene (of NPR Morning Edition fame) will open this summer at 1346 T Street NW, serving street food from around the world with a heavy Eastern European influence, reports Borderstan. The menu will feature street food from Italy (sausage sandwiches and arancini balls), Greek gyros and khachapuri, a Georgian cheese bread. The wine list will skew heavily toward Georgian wines, Previte tells Borderstan.

Reopening: The corner of Washington Boulevard and Wilson Boulevard in Clarendon (map) has been a bit drier these past six months, but that’s about to change with the reopening of O’Sullivan’s Pub today. The restaurant was closed for renovations to expand into neighboring storefronts, revamp the bathrooms, and add a separate whiskey tasting room with more table seating.

Closing: Man, it’s been a tough couple of months for Chinatown. PS7’s shuttered in November and now 901 Restaurant at 901 I Street NW has closed. Owner David von Storch is in the process of selling the restaurant, he tells Young & Hungry.

Georgetown institution The Third Edition closed for good on January 24, making way for another Richard Sandoval-owned restaurant in the District. The favorite haunt of Georgetown and GW students and the many 20-something interns that flock to the city every summer will no longer turn into a dance party sometime around midnight. Instead, the new concept will focus more on upscale dining, Guest of a Guest reports.

Events: It’s Meat Week! There are special events at several BBQ-centric restaurants around town throughout the weekend, but the highlight might be a barbecue battle between food trucks at Living Social’s 918 F Street NW headquarters on Friday night. BBQ Bus, PORC Mobile, Carnivore BBQ and Curley’s Q BBQ will bring their best to the competition, which will ultimately crown the King of Meat Week. A $49 ticket gets you 8 tastes from the trucks and three PBRs.

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1 Comment

  1. Brett said at 3:55 pm on Thursday January 31, 2013:

    Work in georgetown and didn’t know third’s was closing. Uno’s still looks pretty vacant. Thanks for the great round up.

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