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D.C.’s First Georgian Restaurant is Opening this Fall in Shaw

Supra taps former chef from the Georgian embassy to lead the kitchen

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

New details are emerging about Supra, the District’s debut Georgian restaurant which is now scheduled to debut this fall at 1205 11th Street NW. Co-owner Jonathan Nelms just tapped arguably the most qualified chef for the gig: Malkhaz Maisashvili, the former chef of the Embassy of Georgia in Washington.

Menu details are limited for now, but expect vegetable-packed small plates, fresh meats, breads, and cheeses influenced by Mediterranean, Greek, and Middle Eastern cuisine. Think: cheese-stuffed khachapuri breads, a walnut-sauced chicken called satsivi, and pkhali, a vegetable pâté, featuring traditional ingredients like pomegranates and walnuts sprinkled throughout.

Malkhaz’s got an arsenal of ancient recipes at the ready he gathered while traveling in Georgia for the TV show Treasures of Georgian Cuisine. Also expect loads of wine stocked in a sleek and central display; The region is thought to be one of the first wine producers in the world, dating back 8,000 years.

The restaurant, which translates to “traditional celebratory feast,” plans to offer lunch, brunch, and dinner service.