Michelin-honored Ethiopian Restaurant Expands to Arlington
Chercher Ethiopian Restaurant was one of a handful of Ethiopian restaurants that made it into Michelin’s first D.C. dining guide, earning a “bib gourmand” rating, which means exceptionally good food at a good value.
Owner Alemayehu Abebe has signed a lease for approximately 2,500 square feet at 2000 N. 14th St., an office building located catty-corner to the Arlington County courthouse complex. Charlie Papadopoulos of Papadopoulos Properties represented the tenant in the transaction.
Construction has started on the restaurant and Abebe hopes to be open at some point this summer. The restaurant will have more than 100 seats between the inside and a large outdoor patio, he said.
Chercher was one of a handful of Ethiopian restaurants that made it into Michelin’s first D.C. dining guide, earning a “bib gourmand” rating, which means exceptionally good food at a good value.
Alemayehu Abebe said he’s seen an uptick in business since the guide came out, though that could also be due to the restaurant’s presence on both Washington Post’s and Washingtonian’s Cheap Eats lists for 2016, he added.
He doesn’t expect Chercher Ethiopian Restaurant in Arlington to be “cheap eats,” however; the second iteration of the restaurant will be a little “fancier,” with a wine bar and a menu with more organic ingredients, as well as more gluten-free and vegan options.