Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Old Artifactory Space Gets a Restaurant

The space once occupied by Artifactory finally has some signage up and our friends at Prince of Petworth have pictures here.  Back in May, we reported that a Middle Eastern restaurant was coming to the space.  We now know that come mid-winter, we will be privy to "The World's First South Asian American Fast Food Brand." The restaurant is called Grand Trunk, and will be run by Dominick Cardella, the proprietor of the space (pictured left) and previous owner of Artifactory.

The restaurant references the Grand Trunk Road, which runs from Bangladesh, across India, Pakistan and into Afghanistan - and we're guessing the menu will be a melange of all these cuisines.

It's too early to know whether or not Grand Trunk will have a similar concept to Merzi, just a block away - but we hope the two will be able to coexist here in Penn Quarter.


  1. Looks very exciting! I know it isn't being run by Mr. Cardella though, but by two brothers who are from the D.C. area. I also know that they have taken over two levels of the building space.

  2. Be ready to enjoy our tasty South Asia American dishes!!!!!!!

    I will be one of the employees and can't wait to see you there!!!!!!!

  3. Beautiful décor and a great family story. Went to the tasting last Thursday and was so impressed by the food and menu options! This will be a great addition
    to the DC area, so glad it will be open 24 hrs. Great option for late night!
    Congratulations to the owners and best of luck for great success!