Washington Hotel opens in Addis

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Henok Reta, The Reporter

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – The former Addis Ababa Restaurant in Washington DC on 18th street has now become Washington Hotel in Addis Ababa. An estimated 180 million birr has been invested to realize the concept of from capital to capital as the owners aim at fostering the sisterly cities’ cultural and people to people connection.


For over 30 years Asfaw Amde and his family have resided in Washington DC promoting Ethiopian cuisine and traditional lifestyle on 18th street. “A time has just come to get here,” he said. According to the family, Addis Ababa Restaurant in Washington DC has served the country in promoting the authentic religious and cultural values of the country.
Washington Hotel is located off Cape Verde Street in the commercial district of Addis Ababa in Bole Sub City on the road to the European Union (EU) Ethiopia office. “We have dealt with global hospitality companies to realize a distinct service,” Girum Legesse sales and marketing manager said. “We had sold our restaurants in DC and Silver Spring in 2005 to fully focus on Washington Hotel in Addis,” Meraf Asfaw, creative director told The Reporter.
Source: The Reporter


  1. I admire people who are willing to cast their lot where the fox is guarding the chicken coop (Wolf watching the Sheep). Business in Ethiopia is a mingled path of bureaucracy, Bribe, political affiliation favoritism and a cloud of uncertainty now and in the future. For me the risk outweighs the advantage of running a business in Ethiopia. Private business can’t flourish where people are oppressed and a one party government is running the country along ethnic line. I wish the owners of Washington Hotel all the best!

  2. Congratulations Werke and Asfaw
    As mentioned in the article, Addis Ababa Restaurant, first in Washington DC and later in Silver Spring MD, was a Washington DC landmark. It was a place to meet friends, listen to some live music, watch sports activities on large screen monitors, and enjoy authentic Ethiopian cuisine.
    Good luck with the new hotel. I look forward to stop by and say hello on my next trip home.

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