Washingtonian: Korean Gastropub Anju Opens in Dupont Next Week With Late-Night Eats and Hot-Pot Tasting Tables

Washingtonian: Korean Gastropub Anju Opens in Dupont Next Week With Late-Night Eats and Hot-Pot Tasting Tables

One of the biggest restaurant debuts of the summer is almost here: Anju opens for dinner in Dupont Circle on Monday, August 26th. The ambitious Korean restaurant is the first full-service venture from the team behind popular “fine-casual” Chiko and the Lee family, who operated Mandu in the same location for over a decade before a fire gutted the restaurant in 2017. Washingtonian got a first look at the menu (see below), which blends traditional Korean techniques and ingredients with cheffy innovations.

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Eater DC: Inside Anju, the Modern Korean Pub Rising from the Ashes of Dupont’s Mandu

Eater DC: Inside Anju, the Modern Korean Pub Rising from the Ashes of Dupont’s Mandu

After suffering a devastating fire two years ago, the original Mandu restaurant near Dupont Circle is about to be reborn as Anju, a modern Korean pub from the restaurant group behind Chiko. Mandu chef-owner Danny Lee says the new venue, named after a late-night pop-up series that began in 2013, makes a statement on how far Korean food as come in America.

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