Ashok Bajaj, the D.C. restaurateur who owns 701, Bibiana, Ardeo + Bardeo, Bombay Club, Oval Room, and Rasika, is known for his nightly circuit of his businesses, checking in on his dining rooms, chefs, general managers, and loyal customers. With a valet stand at each of his restaurants, he doesn’t really need to worry about parking. Though during an interview at 701’s bar a few weeks back, Bajaj told me when that restaurant opened 20 years ago downtown on Pennsylvania Avenue and 7th Street NW, street parking was aplenty. How times have changed!
His circuit will be soon be shifting toward the West End. While it hasn’t been a secret that Bajaj has been working to add a new restaurant to his collection, we now know it will be a familiar face. As Tom Sietsema reports, D.C. will get a second Rasika, a 5,900-square foot space in the 22 West condo building at New Hampshire Avenue and M Street NW. But Bajaj is about a year away from opening it.
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