The corner of 14th and V bubbled with the sounds and smells of Zora Neale Hurston's South yesterday, during the opening of Eatonville Restaurant, the latest enterprise from Busboys & Poets owner Andy Shalal.
Eatonville, named for Zora Neale Hurston's Florida hometown, serves up Southern fare inspired by Hurston's life and work. Culinary highlights from last night's soft opening included shrimp and crawfish ettouffe, shrimp-and-leek-stuffed hush puppies, tomato and white cheddar tarts, and pecan-encrusted trout.
Drenched in color and warmth in the form of huge, bright murals, Eatonville will likely attract a client base similar to Busboys: intellectuals, artists, and ordinary hungry people.
On Saturday, these contemporary artists will gather at Eatonville to celebrate Hurston's profound artistic legacy at Murals to Zora. The live art presentation and exhibit will feature works from visual artists such as Chanel Compton, Decoy and Leon Rainbow, as well as performances by DJ Natty Boom, Cara Fleck and Too Deep. The reception will take place from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. and a $10 donation is suggested.
2121 14th St. NW