When we spoke to the owners of Nido, (the now shuttered restaurant on Rhode Island) recently, they assured us that they were close to securing a new tenant for the space. So we were happy to hear that Momo Yakitori, a new casual Japanese spot is planning on opening there soon. According to a story in the Washington City Paper, the ground floor of the restaurant will be more of lounge and the lower level will be the restaurant space. The restaurant’s menu will center around Japanese-style Yakitori, which are grilled skewers of meat and vegetables. From the article:
Momo means thigh in Japanese. It’s one of the most popular parts of the chicken to order at yakitori restaurants, where food is grilled over binchotan charcoal. Chiou and Morishita plan to use these grills at Momo Yakitori and hope their restaurant feels like a place you could stumble upon on a side street in Japan.
The target opening date is February 1st, but they are looking for some help getting over the finish line via a GoFundMe effort to raise $20,000 to help to secure the rest of the permits, licensing, and some equipment. It seems like a worthwhile investment, donors get a gift certificate to Momo Yakitori for the same amount they donate plus an invitation to the grand opening. We will let you know when we hear anything new. Momo Yakitori will be located at 2214 Rhode Island Ave. NE.