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Letena Brings Fast-Casual Ethiopian to Columbia Heights Today

Find it on 14th Street

Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

Fast-casual Ethiopian join Letena just opened its doors at 3100 14th St. NW today. The locally-sourced dishes will include veggie options, tibs, stews, salads and other Ethiopian and international specialties.

The wifi-accessible space is split up into two areas: a coffee bar and restaurant. The 20-seat java component will serve teas, pastries, and coffees made from freshly-roasted Ethiopian beans. The 30-seat dining room is a bit more refined, with dishes served injera style in traditional fashion or wrapped with bread or rice for those using utensils.

Beer and wine will be available as well as soft drinks. A children’s menu and some non-Ethiopian dishes are also available.

Many recipes are inspired by the family of owner, Yamrot Ezineh, who is a native Ethiopian. She’s also installed Ethiopian sculptures and artwork in the space, with rustic wood and earth tones throughout.

Letena, 3100 14th St. NW, website