Ethiopian Restaurant Will Replace Grapeseed in Bethesda, Maryland

Ethiopian Restaurant Will Replace Grapeseed in Bethesda, Maryland Ethiopian Restaurant Will Replace Grapeseed in Bethesda, Maryland

Owners of Lucy Restaurant in Silver Spring, Maryland are opening second establishment on Cordell Ave in Bethesda, Maryland.

By Andrew Schotz (Bethesda Beat) |

BETHESDA, Md.―Bethesda is getting a new Ethiopian restaurant, coming to the Cordell Avenue space that was home to Grapeseed.

Mekonnen Abraham will open a second branch of Lucy Restaurant, a restaurant he and his wife have run in Silver Spring for about five years.

Mekonnen said Friday that he expects to open a Lucy in Bethesda around the middle of November.

“We want to broaden our customer base, get a new market,” he said.

Grapeseed chef and owner Jeff Heineman closed his restaurant on July 29 after about 17 years.

Mekonnen said he will have a menu in Bethesda similar to what Lucy offers on Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring, but in a different style. He said he expects to have about 10 to 15 vegan dishes in Bethesda, while retaining the main dishes from the Silver Spring menu.

The Silver Spring menu has beef, fish, lamb and pasta in addition to vegan dishes. The beef, which Abraham picks up weekly at a butcher house in New Jersey, is free of preservatives, he said.

Mekonnen said Lucy will have gluten-free injera, a spongy flatbread that is a staple for Ethiopian meals. Often, the injera served at other restaurants is not gluten-free, he said.

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