Fast-casual hummus and pita shop Little Sesame will open a months-long pop-up on the outskirts of D.C. next year that puts an emphasis on family-style, shawarma-spiced rotisserie chickens.
Washingtonian reports the company is expanding away from downtown with a winter residency at Chevy Chase ice cream shop Sugar Fox, that will run from Wednesday, January 6, through Sunday, March 14. The pop-up (5027 Connecticut Avenue NW) will offer takeout and in-house delivery Wednesdays to Saturdays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
A representative for the company tells Eater the pop-up will also feature limited quantities of its classic hummus bowls as an off-menu item. The main attraction is a menu item Little Sesame introduced at its Chinatown shop this fall: whole- and half-portions of spit-roasted rotisserie chickens or spiced and marinated cauliflower. The poultry is raised humanely without hormones or antibiotics.
Sides like maple roasted carrots and rotisserie potatoes with drippings are available for $5 a piece. They come with family-style chicken or cauliflower meals for two to four ($20-$48), along with a choice of sauces like harissa barbecue and labneh ranch. Other options include a family-style veggie fattoush salad, retail portions of hummus by the pint, marinated peppers, and five-packs of pitas.
There’s also a selection of natural wine, canned beers, and Middle Eastern-inspired sweets made in collaboration with Sugar Fox’s bakers while their ice cream counter goes dark through the winter.
Because 9-to-5 lunchtime traffic near Little Sesame’s downtown and Chinatown locations is still sparse, the brand decided to try a family-friendly neighborhood on for size. Little Sesame co-owner Nick Wiseman has longtime ties to the upper Northwest neighborhoodf: he went to high school nearby, and he’s also buddies with Little Red Fox owners Matt and Jena Carr.
Wiseman partnered with his cousin, David Wiseman, to start Little Sesame as a basement pop-up below their (now-closed) DGS Delicatessen in 2016. The pair brought in Nick Wiseman’s former chef colleague, Ronen Tenne, as a partner and opened the first standalone shop at 1828 L Street NW in 2018. The Wisemans closed their other D.C. restaurant, well-regarded Navy Yard raw bar Whaley’s, last year to focus all their efforts on Little Sesame.