Support

More Details on Queen Ammanisa, the Uyghur Restaurant Coming to Crystal City

Ammanisahan flyerThe area’s first Uyghur restaurant will be opening this fall in Crystal City, according to one of its owners, Emam Maimaiti.

The restaurant will open in the space of the recently closed Charlie Chiang’s (320 23rd Street S.).

The new restaurant will be called Queen Ammanisa and feature Uyghur food from province Xinjiang in Northwest China, a place formerly known as Turkestan, Maimaiti explained. Uygur cuisine is being discovered in other parts of the United States, Maimaiti said, but he and his partner Fatima Baikeli are anxious to bring it to the D.C. area.

Uyghur cooking is a product of its geography and therefore is a mix of Persian and Chinese cuisines. It has kebabs and noodles “like you’ve never had before,” Maimaiti said. Lamb, mutton and beef are common in Uyghur food, as are carrots, raisins and lots of vegetables, he wrote in an email. Uyghur food is often halal too, due to the ethnic group’s predominantly Muslim culture.

As for the name, the partners had planned to name the restaurant Amannisahan, as posted on the window of the building now, which was the name of their previous restaurant in Beijing, where the suffix “han” means queen. They have decided to change it to the English translation, “Queen Ammanisa.” Queen Ammanisa was a queen and musician from the region who lived in the sixteenth century.

The owner would not reveal a specific opening date but hopes that the restaurant will be able to open mid to late fall.

Recent Stories

This year saw major changes to how Arlington County and Arlington Public Schools run community swim classes, to the surprise of some locals. In July, Arlington Public Schools launched the…

Arts Focus discusses the 2022 Moving Words Poetry Competition now accepting poems of up to 10 lines by January 15.

Do you like cuddles and have a loving home? Meet one-year-old Eliza who is a special lady who loves boxes and this week’s Adoptable Pet of the Week.

The child who was struck by a driver a few weeks ago while riding his scooter in Westover has returned home, police say. A Cadillac sedan struck the child in…

×

Subscribe to our mailing list