Last summer, NoMa came close to getting a beer garden in the vacant lot in between the NoMa-Gallaudet Metro station and the Flats 130 apartment building (at 150 M Street, NE). The large lot has previously been used as a construction staging area but is now vacant for the time being. At that time, negotiations between the potential business partners and Stonebridge Carras, the landowner, did not work out. Now, however, negotiations have resumed and it seems very likely that the beer garden will become a reality this spring.
Business partners, including the owner of L’Enfant Cafe in Adams Morgan, are planning a hybrid beer garden and park that will cater to guests of all ages (and will likely allow dogs as well). The fenced in lot will be leveled and landscaped in a way that maintains a large open area for recreational activities. The partners in Wunder Garten are working closely with the NoMa Business Improvement District on the design to maximize the park area as NoMa currently has a deficit of parks. There will be beer benches like one would find in a German beer garden and a significant portion of the space will have a tent over it for rain. They will have multiple beers on tap at the bar they will build on site that will mostly be German and Austrian, but they do plan on having a few local microbrews as well. The space will not have a kitchen (the nearby Harris Teeter that is technically on the same land restricts what kinds of food can be sold in the space); however, there will be 2-3 food trucks in the space that will rotate. High end portable restrooms will be available for customers. In all, the space will be designed to fit 200-300 people inside.
Addis Ethiopian Restaurant (707 H Street) has been under construction for many months, but it is planning on opening next week. A peak inside the window shows that they are putting the final finishing touches on the dining room, and we are told that next week is when they will open.
After months of demolition and then construction, Ben’s Chili Bowl (1001 H Street) appears to be getting closer to completion. A sign in the window reveals that the restaurant is now hiring.
DC Harvest (517 H Street, NE) is planning a three course prix fixe celebration for New Year’s Eve. The meal will run $50 per person for food with an option to do wine pairings for $30 as well.
- Kona Kampachi Tartar–avocado, white soy, yuzu, blood orange trout roe, and potato crisp.
- Frisse and Arugula Salad–crispy bacon, 65 degree egg, and lemon vinaigrette.
- Yellow Carrot and Fennel Soup–whole wheat croutons, creme fraiche, and micro carrot greens.
Main course choices:
- Grilled American Wagyu Steak–yukon gold potato puree, roasted broccoli, and zinfandel demi-glaze.
- Pennsylvania Duck Leg Confit–rye spaetzle, roasted carrots, brussel sprouts, and blood orange duck jus.
- Pan Roasted Artic Char–maitake mushrooms, french beans, and celery root puree.
- Winter Squash Farrotto–red kuri pumpkin, celery root, kale, crispy shitake mushrooms, and allegany chevre.
- Whatchamacallit–peanut butter crisp, caramel, chocolate, honey roasted peanut crumble, and banana.
- Olive Oil Cake–candied tangerines and roasted strawberry gelato.
- Farmstead Cheese Plate–gala apples, pear butter, and grilled bread.
Reservations can be made on Open Table or by calling the restaurant (202-629-3296).
DC Harvest (517 H Street, NE) is debuting a late night happy hour that will run from 11 pm to 1 am on Friday and Saturday nights. All draft beers and wines by the glass will be $5 and specialty cocktails will be $6. They will also have happy hour food specials including lamb sausage sliders for $3, an arugula and grilled radicchio salad for $4, and a local cheese plate for $4.
*This post is revised from an earlier version because there was a last minute menu change due to the availability of certain ingredients.
Clasico (Mahi Mahi) Ceviche at Ocopa
When we first learned about Ocopa (1324 H Street, NE) several years ago, we heard that it would be a Peruvian rotisserie chicken place called Chicken Tortilla by the owners of a restaurant by the same name on Barracks Row. Over time the plans changed and when Ocopa opened earlier this year, Chef Carlos Delgado debuted a Peruvian menu featuring a variety of ceviches, chicken dishes, and other Peruvian dishes. Delgado’s diverse creations assure that everyone in your party will be able to find something that they like.
Open Kitchen at Ocopa
Our favorite is the Clasico Ceviche, featuring a fish of the day with a pool of leche de tigre (literally tiger’s milk but really a fruit juice marinade) and diced sweet potato. If Mahi Mahi is the fresh fish of the day, consider yourself especially lucky. The ceviche is prepared fresh in front of you if you are sitting at the bar and contains a citrus tangy taste that perfectly compliments the tender fish. If you want to try a variety of seafood, check out the Mixto Ceviche that has calamari, crab, shrimp, and octopus. Delgado also serves a variety of tiradito and Peruvian maki on his menu.
Future Home of Sixth and H Bar and Grill
We had previously reported that Sixth and H Bar and Grill would be coming to the corner of 6th and H Streets (523 H Street, NE), but details were sparse. Two of the owners of the restaurant presented at the ANC 6C Alcoholic Beverage Licensing Committee meeting Monday night to provide some more details. Sixth and H Bar and Grill is owned by three members of the Defour family who also own the building. According to Leslie Defour, the family has owned the building for awhile and has been considering what to do with it to make it a positive addition to the neighborhood. They settled on opening a sports bar that would be a “nice and happy place” for neighbors to hangout. They plan on serving a mix of light snacks and bar food that will include sliders, salads, and a variety of appetizers like spinach artichoke dip. On the drink side, there will be a mix of different beers, wines, and mixed drinks. The inside of the building has several TVs for sports, and they will also have a (planned) twenty two person patio. The restaurant will also have free WiFi for people who want to do work there. Sixth and H Bar and Grill will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner, although they have not applied for a liquor license before noon, so it appears unlikely that they will serve alcohol for brunch service.
The Alcoholic Licensing Committee was appreciative that the owners came before the Committee and were amenable to working with the Committee to address any potential concerns. The main concern was that the owners had applied for a liquor license that would enable them to operate the outdoor patio well past midnight. The owners agreed to end outdoor service on the patio at 10 pm both during the week and on weekends. Initially, there had been plans for a rooftop deck; however, the owners were unable to get building permits for that part of the renovation.