Young and Hungry

Restaurateur Ashok Bajaj Opening Restaurant in Former Zola Space

Yesterday, Shake Shack confirmed that it will open its third D.C. location in the International Spy Museum's Spy City Café space at 800 F St. NW next summer. Today, Douglas Development brings word that the next-door property formerly occupied by Zola has been leased by Ashok Bajaj, the restaurateur behind Oval Room, Rasika, Bibiana, and other fine dining spots.

In Tom Sietsema's chat today, Bajaj tells the Post critic that the deal happened so quickly he hasn't worked out a concept yet. Whatever it is will open next spring. In the meantime, feel free to weigh in on what you'd like to see in the comments.

From a press release:

WASHINGTON – August 8, 2012 – Douglas Development is pleased to announce that Washington, DC restaurant icon Ashok Bajaj has leased 8,300 square feet in the Douglas Development-owned property at 800 F Street NW—The Spy Museum Building.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled with having Ashok in this signature property. His reputation for innovative, creative, and successful restaurants is well known,” said Douglas Development Principal, Norman Jemal, “To have him join our other retail and restaurant partners illustrates the vitality and continued importance of the F Street corridor to residents and visitors alike. Jemal added, “This coupled with Shake Shack will only continue to add to the energy of Downtown.”

Ashok Bajaj said, “We know Penn Quarter extremely well—our 701 was one of the first restaurants in this neighborhood. We’re delighted to be in this historic building and work with Norman Jemal and the rest of the Douglas Development team.”

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