Vedge’s Richard Landau, Kate Jacoby to open first non-Philly restaurant in DC

Since opening in 2011 in Washington Square West, Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby’s Vedge has become known as one of the best vegan restaurants in the country.

Now, the owners are expanding outside Philadelphia for the first time to Washington, DC, according to the Washington Post.

As the paper reports, Landau and Jacoby have wanted to open a DC-area eatery “for years,” and the moment will arrive in the late fall with the opening of a V Street-style restaurant on 600 H Street NE in the capitol. The restaurant will open in a development known as the Apollo that also includes a Whole Foods supermarket and Wydown coffee bar.

V Street, located in Center City, opened in 2014, and focuses on street food gone vegan. However, as Jacoby told WaPo of the restaurant via an email, “nothing is a literal take” on the world’s popular street foods, but rather “just our inspiration.” Think dan dan noodles with mushrooms and chile sauce and chocolate-stuffed beignets for dessert.

The pair tells WaPo that they have family in the Washington area, which drew them to the capitol. Jacoby also attended Georgetown University. Professionally, Landau and Jacoby said Washington is ripe for a great vegan restaurant, with WaPo reporting that Washington’s 202 area code is the most prevalent one on Vedge’s reservation books behind Philly and New York codes.

“We know the demand for serious vegan food is getting stronger all the time,” Jacoby told WaPo.