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Agora Unveils The Solen Room, A Private Upstairs Dining Room

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Washington, D.C., (October 6, 2011) — Agora, the popular neighborhood Turkish restaurant at 1527 17th Street, NW near Dupont Circle, is expanding their agora, or “gathering place” in Greek.  This fall, Agora will be unveiling the Solen Room, which translates to “Entertainment Room,” creating a second floor private event and dining space for special occasions.  The addition will be available to the public on October 17th and can accommodate up to 50 seated guests and receptions of up to 80 people.  As an added bonus, the first 20 parties to book an event at the Solen Room will receive a 10% discount off their party package.  For more information and to reserve the private event space please contact the Events Team at Agora, which can be reached at (202) 332-6767 or email her at


Guests will find eight bar seats available upstairs in the Solen Room, and they can order from Agora’s extensive bar/wine list and menu featured throughout the restaurant.  Agora’s new space will mimic the “Mediterranean oasis” atmosphere of the lower level and provide a unique backdrop for unforgettable parties or meetings.  A wall of glass sets off the staircase to the upstairs space, which will feature architectural details of exposed brick, wood flooring and splashes of black fabric that serve as an inviting backdrop for the beautiful Turkish china which will be on display.  Additionally, to celebrate the completion of this new addition, Agora will begin hosting wine and raki (a Turkish liquor made from distilled grapes or plums) tastings this fall.


Critically acclaimed, Lebanese born Executive Chef Ghassan Jarrouj continues to deliver delicious Turkish fare to his diners since the restaurant’s opening in May 2010.  With the unveiling of the new private dining space, Jarrouj will highlight signature Turkish dishes with a majority of small plates prepared in the wood-fired oven and charcoal-fired BBQ grill.  Those planning a private event will be able to choose between three dinner menu options at three different price points: $35, $45, or $55 a person.  Additionally, Agora will be offering a new hors-d’oeuvres menu for private events.  Guests can choose between six hors-d’oeuvres, five hors-d’oeuvres and one spread, or four hors-d’oeuvres and two spreads.  Jarrouj’s small plates include Garides Tava, shrimp sautéed with dill, lemon juice, sliced garlic and raki; Chef’s Börek, crispy phyllo roll filled with goat cheese, oregano and maraș; Kibbeh, ground beef and bulgur dumplings stuffed with ground beef, lamb, almonds, pine nuts with a yogurt sauce; Lahmacun, wood-fired Turkish flat bread topped with ground beef & lamb, tomatoes and parsley, and Triangle Borek, pita dough stuffed with spinach and feta cheese are a perfect way to satisfy diverse palates at a private dinner party.

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