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Mediterranean Restaurant Agora Wants To Take Over Pasha’s Space Next Door

The Dupont Circle eatery is exploring its growth options

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

Dupont Circle restaurant Agora (1527 17th Street NW) is moving forward with a plan to expand into the adjoining building formerly occupied by Italian eatery Pasha’s Kitchen (1523 17th Street NW). A tipster alerted Popville that Pasha has closed.

An Agora employee confirmed to Eater that management is “looking into” taking over the neighboring space and is currently going through the filing process with the Alcoholic Beverage Control board and other governing bodies. The employee adds “we are not saying anything definite yet” regarding the takeover — like if walls will be torn down — until necessary regulatory approvals are in motion.

Agora debuted in May 2010 under executive chef Ghassan Jarouj, a Lebanese native specializing in small plates inspired by fine dining in Turkey, Lebanon, and Greece. Featured menu items include ground lamb and beef kebabs, roasted beets salad, and eggplant dishes. There’s also lots of imported wine, local and Mediterranean beers, and cocktails.

Pasha’s has had an erratic run on the 17th Street strip: In 2015, Pizza No. 17 (which used to be Pasha) reemerged as Pasha’s Kitchen — with pizza still on the menu.


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