ANKARA BRINGS TURKISH CUISINE & CULTURE TO THE NATION’S CAPITAL

ANKARA BRINGS TURKISH CUISINE & CULTURE TO THE NATION’S CAPITAL

APRIL 22, 2015
Ankara Brings Turkish Cuisine & Culture to the Nation’s Capital
Blends classic and contemporary Turkish foods and menu offerings
Opens in May 2015
Washington, DC (April 2, 2015) – Set to open this May in Dupont Circle, Ankara celebrates good food, hospitality and the heart of Turkey. It is an upscale-casual dining experience that celebrates the rich diversity of Turkish food and culture through a blend of classic and contemporary menu offerings and superb hospitality. The menu will feature the best of traditional Turkish foods as well as newly envisioned dishes. The Aslanturk family, owners of Ankara, tapped Chef Jorge Chicas to oversee creation of the menu and training of the kitchen staff. Chef Chicas resume includes top positions in Jose Andres’ kitchens in Los Angeles and Washington, DC, including the award-winning Zaytinya. The restaurant will seat 120 indoors & 115 al fresco on their patio. Ankara is located at 1320 19th Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036.
Ankara is a labor of love for the Aslanturk family. Fathers, brothers, wives, cousins and children in both Washington, DC and Ankara, Turkey have come together to create a place that offers superior food, and encourages conversation and celebration amongst friends and family as well as neighbors and business professionals in the Dupont Circle neighborhood.
The culinary team at Ankara draws on a deep knowledge of classic and contemporary Turkish cooking as well as the many regional influences on Turkish cuisine to create a menu that pays homage to the varied tastes of Turkey. A wide array of cold and hot meze dishes from Sigara Borgei (feta cheese and herbs in crispy phllyo), Roasted Eggplant and Peppers with Garlic Yogurt Sauce, Karides Guvec (baked shrimp in tomato and garlic sauce) to Midye Tavasi (fried mussels in a walnut tarator sauce) and favorites such as Imam Bayildi (classic stuffed eggplant and olive oil) will take diners on a culinary tour of Turkey. Entrées include a full complement of grilled kebabs featuring sustainably raised chicken, beef and lamb; grilled branzino and salmon; braised lamb shank, as well Ankara Tava (Turkish pilav served with lamb, peppers, onion and tomato sauté). A rotation of regional Turkish specialties will also be available. The heart of the restaurant features a wood-fired oven that will bake the house-made fresh breads and pide (Turkish style pizzas).
Final menus, operating hours, reservation information, and private dining/event options will be available closer to opening.
For interview requests, photos and more, please contact Danielle Tergis at 202-643-9503 or danielle@thetergisgroup.com.
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ABOUT ANKARA

Ankara celebrates good food, hospitality and the heart of Turkey. It is an upscale-casual dining experience that celebrates the rich diversity of Turkish food and culture through a blend of classic and contemporary menu offerings and superb hospitality. Ankara is a labor of love for the Aslanturk family. Father, brothers, wives, cousins and children in both Washington, DC and Ankara, Turkey have come together to create a place that offers superior food, and encourages conversation and celebration amongst friends and family as well as neighbors and business professionals in the Dupont Circle neighborhood. The menu will feature the best of traditional Turkish foods as well as newly envisioned dishes. Ankara is located at 1320 19th Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036. For more on Ankara, go to www.ankaradc.net, follow on Facebook and Twitter.

DHCD Kicks Off the “DHCD Ward-by-Ward Check-In” Community Meeting Series

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
CONTACT:
Marcus A. Williams (DHCD) 202.442.7253; marcus.williams@dc.gov
DHCD Kicks Off the “DHCD Ward-by-Ward Check-In” Community Meeting Series
WASHINGTON, DC – The D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) kicked off a threemonth
community meeting series, “DHCD Ward-by-Ward Check-In” at THEARC on Mississippi Avenue in Ward 8.
These meetings are designed to seek feedback and suggestions from community members to help shape the future
of affordable housing throughout the District. Additionally, the agency seeks to inform residents, business owners,
and other community members of the agency’s programs and services, current and future projects, and the Fiscal
Year (FY) 2016 affordable housing budget.
“These forums continue our commitment to ensuring that residents and community leaders have a seat at
table in shaping the future of Washington, DC,” said Mayor Bowser. “Ward by Ward, we will engage
residents, address their affordable housing needs and invest in the resources that will help build more
pathways to the middle class.”
These meetings will provide a platform for communities to voice their concerns, ask questions and provide input on
what the housing and community development needs are in their neighborhoods. Additionally, agency leaders will be
on hand at the meetings to discuss the Housing Production Trust Fund (HPTF) and other resources available to
developers and community members to ensure affordable housing.
Mayor Bowser recently discussed during her State of the District Address that the HPTF will be funded at $100
million during FY 2016 and beyond—delivering on an important campaign promise that has received unanimous
support from the DC Council. The fund is critical to the District’s plans to end chronic homelessness and support
affordable housing in the city.
“It is DHCD’s goal to continue to build strong relationships with our partnerships to better understand the housing and
resource needs of our communities,” said DHCD Director Polly Donaldson, who was confirmed by the DC Council
and officially appointed by Mayor Bowser last month. “At the end of the series we hope to have a clearer
understanding of the various housing and community development needs ward-by-ward and neighborhood-byneighborhood.
This information will help the agency effectively plan the best approaches for creating opportunities,
preserving valuable resources, and building enduring communities throughout the District.”
Agency leaders met first with Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners a few weeks ago to announce the community
meeting series and learn about top priorities for their respective neighborhoods. The series began in Ward 8 and will
conclude in late June in Ward 1. Below is a full listing of meetings.
PRESS RELEASE
Ward 8
April 8, 2015/ 6:30-8:30 pm
THEARC (1901 Mississippi Avenue, SE)
Ward 7
April 14, 2015/ 6:30-8:30 pm
Marshall Heights Community Development Organization (3939 Benning Road, NE)
Ward 6
April 30, 2015/ 6:30-8:30 pm
SE Neighborhood Library (403 7th Street, SE)
Ward 5
May 14, 2015/ 6:30-8:30 pm
Dunbar High School (101 N Street, NW)
Ward 4
May 28, 2015/ 6:30-8:30 pm
Coolidge Sr. High School (6315 5th Street, NW)
Ward 3
June 11, 2015/ 6:30-8:30 pm
Tenley/Friendship Library (4450 Wisconsin Avenue, NW)
Ward 2
June 18, 2015/ 6:30-8:30 pm
MLK Memorial Library (901 G Street, NW)
Ward 1
June 22, 2015/ 6:30-8:30 pm
Greater Washington Urban League (2901 14th Street, NW)
For more information please visit the DHCD website at http://dhcd.dc.gov.
Media seeking interviews with the DHCD director or spokesperson should coordinate with the media contact listed
above.
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The mission of the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is to create and preserve
opportunities for affordable housing and economic development and to revitalize underserved communities in the
District of Columbia

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