We were quite delighted to learn that the owners of Bloomingdale restaurant Rustik Tavern signed a lease in July for a new location here in Brookland. The good folks over at the Ward 5 Heartbeat caught up with Diton Pashaj, Rustik’s owner, and got the scoop on their plans for the new establishment. From the story:
He expects to transform the long-vacant space into his restaurant’s second location within the next year. “It’s going to be a long process. We’re looking anywhere between 9 to 12 months,” he said.
The new location will, like the Bloomingdale location at 84 T St NW, offer Mediterranean options with some traditional American influences. However, Mr. Pashaj said “the menu will not be the same.” Most notably, the Brookland location will not offer pizza given the abundance of pizza options in the area.
Smart moves all around. We look forward to hearing more about Mr. Pashaj’s plans in the coming months and thank him for investing in our neighborhood!