‘Top Chef’ Favorite Eric Adjepong on Shifting Gears During the Pandemic

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Major career moves were on the table for Eric Adjepong in early 2020. The Top Chef fan favorite—he was recently eliminated from the currently airing All Stars season—and owner of DC’s Pinch & Plate catering with his wife, Janell, had finally settled on a brick-and-mortar restaurant concept and space: On the Double, “a taste of the African diaspora through the lens of a roti shop,” according to the restaurant’s website, in the capital’s Union Market food hall.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic icing his opening plans, he’s feeling relatively lucky. “I had missed out on a lease on a space [at Union Market] I was offered in November,” Adjepong says. “I lost the bid and I’m thankful, because that would have opened in March. Having a grand opening and then having to shut it down would have been crazy.”

The later lease Adjepong did sign…

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