- The Washington Times - Monday, December 9, 2002

Jack Abramoff always had difficulty finding kosher meals in Washington. As a result, he has opened his own all-kosher restaurant and deli in the District.
The fine-dining restaurant called Archives and the New York-style delicatessen called Stacks are located at 1101 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, the former home of Planet Hollywood.
"There's a huge need in the city for a fine-dining kosher restaurant," Mr. Abramoff says. About a year and a half ago, he started considering his options and decided to expand his all-kosher idea to include a deli.
All the food at both establishments is kosher, prepared in accordance with Jewish dietary laws, Mr. Abramoff says.
The eateries, which opened Dec. 1, have joint certification from the Rabbinical Council of Greater Washington and Star-K, a Baltimore-based group that certifies food as kosher. Mr. Abramoff says a rabbinical supervisor is on staff to make sure all the products are prepared properly.
The kosher entrees at Archives range from $21 to $41 for dinner and include grilled rib-eye, roast duck and salmon. Stacks, which sells sandwiches and entrees from $7.95 to $15.95, offers New York-style deli fare from pastrami to corned beef served on homemade bread.
Archives and the adjacent Stacks have a combined staff of about 100. Archives seats 100 and contains about 4,700 square feet. Stacks, which seats about 120, has 7,000 square feet.
International flair
The District is adding a Spanish-based apparel store to its retail landscape.
Zara, a men's and women's apparel chain, will open its first Washington store in a 10,000-square-foot space at 1234 Wisconsin Ave. NW in Georgetown. The company, with more than 500 locations worldwide, has eight other stores in the United States.
"This is a very strong indication that [international retailers] are seeking out locations in this market," said Eric Rubin, a principal at Madison Retail Group, the real estate firm that represented the landlord in the lease transaction.
Zara, which offers the latest European styles, makes about half the items it sells at its own factories. The company has a twice-a-week delivery schedule and restocks the store with designs already on the shelves, as well as new merchandise.
The Georgetown store, scheduled to open this summer, is moving into the space formerly occupied by Country Road Australia, which closed in February, Mr. Rubin said.
Opening for business
Pier 1 Imports reopened one of its Alexandria stores on Tuesday. The 9,000-square-foot store, located on Duke Street, first opened in February 1986 and closed in August for extensive remodeling. The store has 25 full- and part-time employees. Pier 1 has about 20 stores in the Washington market, including another location in Alexandria on South Washington Street.
Giant Food Inc. will open a full-service store with a pharmacy on Thursday at 7142 Arlington Road in Bethesda. The new 61,626-square-foot store is replacing the existing Giant Food store located across the street. The current staff of 60 employees at the old store will be transferred to the new location and an additional 60 jobs will be filled.
Teavana, an Atlanta-based specialty tea and services retailer, opened at Tysons Corner Center at the end of last month. Teavana, which offers more than 100 varieties of loose-leaf teas, has nine locations in Georgia, Minnesota, Florida and Nevada.

Donna De Marco can be reached at 202/636-4884. Retail & Hospitality appears every other Monday.

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