Rose Previte and her husband David Greene spent two and a half years—or more significantly, three winters—living in Russia, while he was a foreign correspondent for NPR. Previte would accompany Greene (now a co-host of NPR’s Morning Edition) on reporting trips across the region, but the couple also traveled all over.
“I literally went to 30 countries in three years,” Previte says. “Everywhere we went—Kazakstan, Paris, Belarus—there was street food, and it was always a window into the culture.”
Those travels helped inspire Compass Rose, a restaurant centered around international street foods opening tomorrow at 14th and T streets NW. Previte has teamed up with Mike Schuster, an owner of Star and Shamrock, Trusty’s, and Barrel, for whom she spent seven years working at soon-to-close The Pour House. (Pour House’s previous incarnation, Politiki, is also where Previte met her husband. She was a waitress, he was a patron.)
Previte has a background in local government in New York and D.C. with a master's degree in public policy, but restaurants have long been a part of her life. Her Lebanese-American mom has a restaurant in Ohio. And her Italian-American father was a lawyer and a pharmacist who also sold Italian sandwiches at fairs and festivals. “So I actually made street food my entire childhood.” Read more Compass Rose Brings Chaat and Khachapuri to the 14th Street Corridor