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  1. A traditional tablecloth characteristic of the Republic of Georgia
  2. A Georgian feast featuring an abundance of food, wine, and toasts (sometimes poetic, often lengthy, occasionally punctuated by song)
  3. DC’s first restaurant featuring all of the above
 

Location

1205 11th Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

Phone

(202) 789-1205

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Reservations required for parties of 6 or more.

 

 

Private Dining

We offer a private dining room, the bar or the entire restaurant for your very own supra or other special event:  

  • Rehearsal Dinners
  • Company Socials
  • Meetings & Presentations
  • Birthday Parties
  • Wedding Receptions

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Laura Nelms
(202) 789-1205

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Our Team 

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Malkhaz “Makho” Maisashvili
Executive Chef

Chef Malkhaz brings more than 20 years of experience with Georgian cuisine to the restaurant’s kitchen, having served as the executive chef at the Embassy of Georgia in Washington and at some of Georgia’s most popular and critically acclaimed eateries. 

Chef Malkhaz is honored to have the opportunity to introduce his beloved home country’s cuisine to guests at Supra. He serves a mix of classic Georgian dishes, as well as reinvented items that put his own personal spin on the food. Maisashvili seeks to provide a dining experience that goes beyond great food and includes excellent service as well as a warm, relaxed atmosphere that keeps guests coming back. 

Having begun cooking Georgian food at age 16, when he started as a prep cook at Hotel Iveria in Georgia’s capital city of Tbilisi, Malkhaz has spent his entire career in the kitchen, where he feels most at home. Chef Malkhaz led the kitchens at a number of “M Group” restaurants in Georgia, including the Tbilisi standby, “In the Shadow of Metekhi.” There he prepared dinner for Supra owners Jonathan and Laura Nelms back in 2011, years before a mutual friend introduced them. 

When he’s not at work, Malkhaz enjoys experimenting in his kitchen at home to create new recipes and spending time with his family.  

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Lonnie Zoeller
Chef, Operations Manager

Lonnie comes to Supra fresh off stints as Executive Chef at Proof and Vinoteca. Before that he served as Sous Chef at Jose Andres’ Zaytinya. That was as close as he got to Georgian food before we hired him, but we knew from our first meeting he would be a perfect fit! After taking him to Tbilisi and the wine country of Kakheti, we are even more sure we made the right choice!

In addition to having all the right relationships – vendors, staff, etc. – in the DC restaurant scene, he also has a great eye for taking traditional preparations and making sure they work for the DC market. It has been a thrill to watch Malkhaz and Lonnie work together and make sure Supra walks the tightrope between tradition and contemporary Georgian cooking, ensuring authenticity while respecting the Georgian ethos of using seasonal and local ingredients!  

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Jamey Schwank
General Manager

Jamey Schwank is Supra’s General Manager. Jamey brings over 25 years of experience in the food and beverage industry, covering several U.S. markets. Upon arriving in D.C., he immersed himself in large-scale projects such as working in concert with the historic Warner Theater for the 2008 & 2009 BET Honors Awards while running a profitable steak and seafood concept at 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. 

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Jacob Weinstein
RESTAURANT Manager

Jacob Weinstein is currently serving as a manager for Supra. He is most excited about teaching an amazing team about cutting-edge wine and cuisine. After a few years working in the kitchen for Top Chef’s Jen Carroll and Marjorie Meek-Bradley, he is delighted to be back working directly with guests and can't wait to be training FOH staff how to build relationships with both the food and beverages they sell and the guests to whom they sell. His résumé includes a variety of cuisines and service styles: UK Gastropub at AGAINN, fine dining southern at Vidalia, high-end bar at Sixth Engine, Upscale casual new American at Ripple, quick service at Smoked and Stacked, and most recently fine dining French at Requin.

Jonathan & Laura Nelms
Owners

Jonathan and Laura Nelms are the founders of Supra, Washington, DC’s first Georgian restaurant.  

Jonathan has long been fascinated with Georgia, starting as a teenager in Florida when a Georgian exchange student joined his high school Russian class. That was 1989, and the following year Jonathan became one of the first 50 Americans to live as a high school exchange student in the Soviet Union.  

Jonathan’s fascination with the region led to a legal career focusing on high-risk business transactions in the former Soviet Union. A fluent Russian speaker and Partner at the international law firm Baker McKenzie, he frequently travels to the region and lived, together with Laura and their daughters, for three years in Moscow. There they frequented the city’s many Georgian restaurants and observed the popularity of the cuisine among expats and locals alike.

Laura studied environmental science and policy at Yale before working for the DC Government and the American Forest Foundation. Since returning from Russia, Laura developed the school garden program at Lafayette Elementary School. In addition to laying out and planting the garden, she leads nutrition and environmental classes for the kids. At Supra, Laura is focusing on event planning and the retail space.

On their fifth-anniversary trip to Georgia in 2011, Jonathan and Laura fell in love with the country, especially the food and wine, and knew it was something they wanted to share with their friends and family back home. Serendipitously, they also dined at the Tbilisi restaurant ‘In the Shadow of Metekhi’ where Chef Malkhaz led the kitchen.

When they are not working, Jonathan and Laura spend time traveling, hiking, and visiting local farmers’ markets, and Jonathan is busy studying the Georgian language. They currently reside in the Chevy Chase neighborhood of DC with their girls, Leyla and Chloe, and their old dog, Tuly.

In The Press

For press inquiries please contact Charissa Benjamin or Elaine Mazanec at Savor PR.

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Is this the answer to making restaurant seating more comfortable?

Date: September 27, 2017

Publication: The Washington Post


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The 16 Most Anticipated Restaurant Openings of Fall 2017

Date: August 23, 2017

Publication: Eater


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Try Cheesy Breads and Soup Dumplings at DC’s First Georgian Restaurant

Date: August 8, 2017

Publication: Wasingtonian


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See Debut Georgian Restaurant Supra Come Together in Shaw

Date: September 5, 2017 

Publication: Eater

 

Gift Cards

The perfect gift for friends, family or business associates. Treat someone to a special dinner or night out at Supra. Our gift cards are the ideal way to show appreciation or celebrate a special occasion. 

 

Our Location

1205 11th Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

 
 

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