Columbia Heights Black-Owned Business Round-Up

Have you been following the popular list of DMV area Black-owned restaurants that are open during COVID-19? We’ve compiled a list of Columbia Heights Black-owned businesses you can support during this time as well. Read on below for more info.

See something we missed? Let us know!

Letena (3100 14th St NW #121 Washington DC 20010)

Hailing from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Letena’s owner Yamrot Ezinet has resided in Columbia Heights for over a decade. Her background in Chemical Engineering and her work on the restaurant circuit in the UK have both lent themselves to her health-conscious approach to Ethiopian cuisine.



As she prepared to open Letena in 2016, she traveled back to her native Addis Ababa and trained under renowned Ethiopian chefs. Some of the methods she learned on her trip were the same cooking techniques used in the Royal Palace’s kitchen during Emperor Haile Selassie’s reign.

Since 2016, Letena has provided Columbia Heights with quality Ethiopian food and has received glowing reviews from such publications asWashingtonian, Eater DC, Zagat, and Georgetown University’s The Hoya.

Edit: Letena is unfortunately not open during this time. Follow them on social media @letenadc for their latest updates. 

Karibbean Kitchen (1400 Meridian Pl NW Washington DC 20010)

Established in 2016, Karibbean Kitchen is a popular spot for brunch, karaoke, events exploring the African diaspora, and (of course) authentic Jamaican food! With overwhelmingly positive reviews on Yelp & Google, it’s no surprise this Columbia Heights eatery is a fan favorite.


Karibbean Kitchen is open for delivery through GrubHub, UberEats, DoorDash, and Seamless.

Dance Institute of Washington (3400 14th Street NW Washington DC 20010)

Dance Institute of Washington’s founder, the late Fabian Barnes, had a clear vision when he opened the academy in 1987: he wanted to empower DC youth through dance.



After 15 years as a member of the Dance Theater of Harlem, Barnes settled in Washington, DC, and devoted himself full-time to his new school, the Dance Institute of Washington.

In 2008, Barnes was named one of Washingtonian Magazine’s Washingtonians of the Year for his work with youth not only in dance but in social justice as well. His efforts still remain a top priority at the institute and have continued to be exemplified through powerful performances by its students.

Currently, the academy has shifted its classes entirely online amid COVID-19. Their website is complete with a wishlist where donors can provide 1 semester’s tuition assistance for two students, dance shoes and attire for four students, or year-round pre-professional training for one dancer. You can also donate any amount here.

Continue your support of Columbia Heights’ Black-Owned Businesses, and check out the following:

Addis Park Market (3400 13th St NW Washington DC 20009)

Located right off the 11th street corridor, this corner store is a great stop for wine, craft beer, and snacks.

Black Lion Market (3500 14th St NW A, Washington, DC 20010)

Black Lion Market is a neighborhood market specializing in international food & drink. Shop Egyptian, Ethiopian, and American goods, as well as hookah supplies and more.

Cavalier Liquor Shop (3515 14th St NW Washington DC 20010)

You can’t miss Cavalier’s classic neon sign while walking down 14th street! This decades-old shop serves up beer, wine, and liquor.

Columbia Heights Tobacco & Vape (3459 14th St NW Washington DC 20010)

One of the newer businesses on our list, Columbia Heights Tobacco & Vape which opened in 2018 is fully stocked with smoking accessories and more.

New Dodge Market (3620 14th St NW Washington DC 20010)

Shop wine, beer, snacks, and more at New Dodge Market, located just one block south of 14th street’s stretch of bars and taquerias between Quincy and Spring.