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Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 10/18/2005

Ready to Veg Out

By Fritz Hahn

Finally, y'all can stop peppering Got Plans? with questions about Vegetate, the vegetarian restaurant/art gallery/lounge run by hip-hop mixmaster DJ Dredd (aka Dominic Redd) and his wife, Jennifer.

After months of delays, red tape, inspections and more delays, Vegetate opens tonight, bringing Shaw a sit-down restaurant that serves upscale meatless dishes that will even appeal to carnivores. (How about jerked tempeh with greens and a coconut jerk sauce, sesame-crusted tofu with bok choy and potato salad, or chili risotto croquettes?)

Don't all rush over at once, though. Reservations will be required for a week or so while the staff works out the kinks. There's also no beer or wine yet, thanks to a protest by the neighborhood's Shiloh Baptist Church. (Shiloh has complained about the liquor licenses of Vegetate and the nearby Queen of Sheeba Ethiopian restaurant, questioning the impact on the community.) With luck, Redd says, Vegetate will get approval to sell alcohol later this month.

Check out the menu for yourself at

-- Fritz

By Fritz Hahn  | October 18, 2005; 11:29 AM ET
Categories:  Bars and Clubs, Restaurants  
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Shiloh church is being ridiculous in their efforts to stop Vegetate from having a liquor license. Surveys conducted by the neighborhood have shown that the number 1 desire is for restaurants and bars (but not nightclubs). The market is now ready for this and who blocks it? A church with most of its congregants living out in Maryland or Virginia.

And to top that Shiloh don't even pay taxes to DC.

Posted by: Sam | October 19, 2005 8:23 AM | Report abuse

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