Over a decade ago, Etete opened on 9th and U St. NW to provide sit-down Ethiopian food. The restaurant, and other Ethiopian-owned eateries around that intersection, became known as Little Ethiopia. While the enterprising businesses sparked a boomlet for African immigrant cuisine, the neighborhood has recently seen the closure of longtime staples like Zenebech. Etete still stands, now open after a 6-month makeover. Kojo explores what Etete’s new look and menu says about changing expectations in U Street corridor.


  • Christopher Roberson Chef, Etete; @Etete_Ethiopian
  • Tamerat Negara Former Editor, Addis Neger newspaper (Ethiopia); @abbasheger

How An Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony Sparked Conversation About Changes in Shaw

How An Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony Sparked Conversation About Changes in Shaw - The Kojo Nnamdi Show

Today marks the last day in business for Zenebech, one of the most popular and longstanding Ethiopian restaurants in D.C. The closing is a loss for those who visited the spot for affordable, authentic Ethiopian food. It also speaks to the changes happening in the Shaw neighborhood, where the restaurant's building has been sold to developers ...

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