Food

Duke’s Counter is Coming to Woodley Park

The Duke’s Grocery team takes over the Zoo Bar Café space.
The Proper Burger, a Duke's classic, will be served in the new Woodley Park location. Photograph by Jeff Elkins

Dupont neighborhood spot Duke’s Grocery is expanding, opening a second East London-inspired gastropub in Woodley Park: Duke’s Counter. The casual eatery will open directly across from the National Zoo in the former Zoo Bar Café space later this year.

Managing partner Daniel Kramer says signatures like the Proper Burger, truffle mac, weekend brunch, and noon-to-seven happy hour will carry over, with a few new elements. A larger kitchen will boast a fryer for fish n’ chips on the eclectic chalkboard menu, and you can expect more draft beers alongside classic cocktails and wines. The team is also adding a kid’s menu for the many families visiting the zoo.

Once the restaurant is up and running you may find live jazz and entertainment, once a signature of Zoo Bar Café.

Duke’s Counter. 3000 Connecticut Ave., NW

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Anna Spiegel
Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.