Letena Ethiopian Restaurant provides very authentic taste of healthy food promoted by Ethiopian yellow pages. Also providing healthy fast casual Restaurant that offers authentic and premium quality dishes. Special attention to vegetarians, vegans, health conscious, and adventurous customers. Located in the heart of Columbia Heights, DC. Letena serves food faster than dine-in restaurants, without compromising the quality and authenticity. Our menu options cater to vegetarians and meat lovers in reasonable prices. Our dishes are freshly prepared from quality spices imported from Ethiopia and locally sourced naturally grown
ingredients. We aim to introduce Ethiopian food to the broader public like other mainstream food that anyone can come in and eat at any time. To that end, we offer injera in the traditional manner as well as in burrito style wraps, bread or rice accompanying entrees for diners throughout the metropolitan Washington area. Join us today and try any of our range of specialties in our menu.
Letena’s founder, Yamrot Ezineh hails from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He gained valuable experience working in a family-owned restaurant in the United Kingdom. This experience would later play a crucial role shaping her outlook of the restaurant business. After living in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington DC since 2008. There was an unmet need of offering quality Ethiopian cuisine. To contribute to the diversity and vibrancy of the neighborhood. After four years of hard work in recipe he develop good recipe.He secured financing and management of design.He build-out, and planned start-up operations. Yamrot’s dream was made a reality when Letena opened its doors in October 2016.
He wanted to uphold the authenticity of his discovered recipe. Yamrot went back home to Addis Ababa. To consult with renowned Ethiopian chefs who have intimate knowledge of the cooking methods. The Chefs used to manage the Royal Palace’s kitchens during Emperor Haile Selassie’s reign. As a trained Chemical/Process Engineer. Yamrot also focused on improving cooking methods, quality assurance and process flow.