With Zakarian and Andrés out, Trump's D.C. hotel hooks acclaimed sushi restaurant

President-elect Donald Trump has two open lawsuits against famed chefs José Andrés and Geoffrey Zakarain for both pulling out of his Trump International Hotel, Washington, D.C.

But what he's lost with them, he's replaced with sushi.

The hotel and Bedford Street Hospitality have announced that restaurateur Alessandro Borgognone will open his first Washington, D.C. concept, Nakazawa, at Trump International Hotel, Washington D.C. in summer 2017.


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Nakazawa, the sister restaurant to Sushi Nakazawa in New York City, famously helmed by Chef Daisuke Nakazawa, will feature an omakase bar and dining room in the historic Pennsylvania Avenue hotel.

“We are thrilled to welcome Nakazawa, a world-class fine dining establishment to our magnificent new hotel in Washington D.C.,” said Donald Trump Jr., executive vice president of The Trump Organization. “We look forward to offering our guests an exceptional tasting experience paired with unrivaled service.”

Nakazawa joins Sushi Nakazawa, Chumley’s, Positano, and Patricia’s, as the fifth restaurant under the Bedford Street Hospitality umbrella. Sushi Nakazawa first opened in Manhattan in 2013 and received four-stars from The New York Times amongst numerous other culinary accolades. Chef Daisuke Nakazawa is well-known for his appearance in the documentary “Jiro Dreams of Sushi,” detailing his apprenticeship under sushi master Jiro Ono.

“We are excited to introduce our very first project outside of New York City,” said Bedford Street Hospitality founder Alessandro Borgognone. “Trump International Hotel, Washington D.C. and its location are the ideal setting to bring our vision to life and we look forward to welcoming all D.C. residents and visitors through our doors.”

Trump International Hotel, Washington, D.C. officially opened its doors in October. It features 263 ultra-luxury rooms and 35 suites, including the 6,300 square foot Trump Townhouse and 13,200 square foot Presidential Ballroom.

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