Dupont – Logan – U Street

Agora: Turkish Restaurant Opens Friday at Former Jack’s Spot

Agora: Turkish restaurant opens Monday at former Jack's spot on 17th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Editor’s note: Borderstan welcomes a new contributor, food blogger Alejandra Owens. She writes about food and restaurants in DC at One Bite At A Time. Alejandra’s bio is at the bottom of this post.

UPDATED. A Turkish restaurant is coming to 1527 17th Street NW at the former site of Jack’s Restaurant & Bar, between Church and Q Streets. Agora will feature Turkish and Greek fare and opens next Monday, April 26 Friday, April 30. (For non-Duponters, the location is just three blocks from the Dupont Circle Metro stop on the Red Line.)

  • Where: 1527 17th Street NW.
  • What: Small plates ranging from $5 to $13. Olive oil bottled on Guler’s family farm in Foca, Turkey… signature Turkish fare and small plates prepared in a wood-fired oven or charcoal grill… Ouzo, wine and beers from Turkey and Greece.
  • Who: Turkish born Chef Rasit Gulsen takes the helm in the kitchen
  • When: Sunday to Thursday, 5-11 pm (late night menu until 1 am)… and Friday and Saturday, 5 pm-midnight (late night menu until 2 am). Saturday and Sunday brunch is served 11 am-3pm.

We’ll be checking it out once it opens, but let us know what you think too!

About Alejandra Owens: I am a 20-something, Arizonan living just North of Dupont Circle. By day I’m a communications/public relations gal and by night I can either be found hunting for authentic Mexican food, working out or cooking at home. What can I say? After five years of living and eating in DC I discovered a passion for cooking (often trying to recreate my most favorite meals), perusing the farmers markets and making memories over delicious food. I chronicle my cooking and eating adventures at One Bite At A Time ( and am exploring my neighborhood through food here at Borderstan. Am I missing a great hole in the wall? Is there a must-have dish somewhere? Tell me! Let’s eat through the neighborhood together!


April 23, 2010 - Posted by | food & drink | , , ,


  1. yes…Pasha? What is going to happen to Pasha? I know at one time, Jack’s and Pasha had the same owners.

    Anyone have an answer?

    Comment by jon | April 25, 2010 | Reply

  2. Exciting, but probably rather unfortunate for the other Turkish restaurant RIGHT NEXT DOOR! Poor Pasha Bistro.

    Comment by megdc | April 23, 2010 | Reply

  3. I hope they have good pide.

    Comment by Eric | April 23, 2010 | Reply

  4. Cool! I love Turkish cuisine! and Turkish delights too!

    Comment by CoHi Neighbor | April 23, 2010 | Reply

  5. According to notes posted on the restaurant’s window, open tryouts/interviews were held to select the staff.

    Comment by Brad | April 23, 2010 | Reply

  6. The question is — will they retain the same wait staff and bartenders? They truly made the place great. I hope they are coming back with this new menue.

    Comment by Anon | April 23, 2010 | Reply

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