The past couple of days have been busy for H Street restaurant news:
- Frozen Tropics reported that BAB Korean Fusion by the owners of Tony’s Breakfast will go in on the Eastern end of H Street. Details here.
- The Washington Business Journal revealed that Troy Williams will be opening two restaurants on H Street: one will be a casual deli in the middle of the Corridor and one will be a fancier restaurant on the Eastern end (this one was previously known about). Details here.
- H Street Great Street posted that a Thai restaurant will be going into the building where Pho Bar and Grill used to be located on the Eastern end. Details here.
- The Washington City Paper’s Jessica Sidman tweeted that Ocopa Peruvian Restaurant will open on August 5th. Details here.
Kitty’s Saloon Coming Soon to H Street
Souk, a Moroccan place located at 1208 H Street NE, closed several years ago for “renovations” and never reopened. Many of us wondered about the status of the restaurant that had been promising while it was open. Apparently, for at least awhile, the restaurant was owned by the same owners as Nomad Hookah Lounge (previously Sahra Hookah). Several months ago, extensive renovations began on the building and it became clear that something else was going in there. Signage went up this week for “Kitty’s Saloon.” While details are sparse, according to its website (very barebones), Kitty’s Saloon will serve “contemporary redneck cuisine.” A Food Service Monthly article from last year provides some additional details:
“That Atlas District continues to grow. Miss Kitty’s Saloon is slated to open the end of August at 1208 H St. NE. The managing operator and executive chef is Scott Webster, a CIA grad who worked for Clyde’s Restaurant Group for 16 years, including executive chef at Clyde’s in Tysons Corner. The rustic mid-western saloon will be on two floors. Second floor expected to open in the fall, featuring a bourbon/whiskey bar.”
More details as we are able to get them.
Outside of Micho’s Lebanese Grill
In the coming weeks, Micho’s Lebanese Grill (500 H Street, NE) will bring a taste of Lebanon to the western end of H Street in a fast casual format. The restaurant is going into an end unit space that had previously been a florist and will have a nice patio area on the side for diners to enjoy good weather. When it opens in mid-July, Micho’s will offer both lunch and dinner service every night, in addition to having late night hours on the weekends. You can see the menu here.
Window Seating at Micho’s Lebanese Grill
It will have takeout service, and the owners are currently considering delivery service as well. In addition to having Lebanese cuisine, it will also feature several different types of beer in addition to sangria and margaritas. It will also have a weekday happy hour.
Counter at Micho’s Lebanese Grill
Micho’s Lebanese Grill comes from three Lebanese friends who have spent their careers in the restaurant industry. Micho, the chef, is currently the head chef at Darna in Arlington and received his culinary training in Lebanon. Jad started his restaurant career at age 17 working as a busboy at PF Chang’s and has worked his way up through the industry ever since. And Fady has owned and run a restaurant in Springfield since 2006. Continue reading
Catfish Po Boy at Po Boy Jim
After years of waiting, Po Boy Jim on H Street (709 H Street, NE) finally opened its doors this week and based upon our initial experience it was worth the wait (you can read our first preview post from September, 2012 here). The restaurant is a family business that has several family members working throughout the restaurant. The staff was very friendly and seemed to take pride in the restaurant and its food. The first day of service was this Thursday, and after they have a couple of days of operations under their belts, the owners plan on having it open from lunch through dinner and late night.
Tables on Second Floor Overlooking Patio at Po Boy Jim
It will open at 11am for lunch and stay open until 3am on weeknights (earlier during the week). The restaurant offers full dining service as well as takeout and bar service. The food is cajun inspired but has different influences from around the world throughout its menu (which you can view here).
Bar at Po Boy Jim
Po Boy Jim’s interior was completely renovated and the space is quite large. The downstairs area has several tables, a somewhat open kitchen, and a place where you can wait for takeout. There is a fairly large patio with several picnic tables and a large wall mural featuring the forthcoming (we hope) H Street streetcar. The upstairs has a large bar as well as tables that overlook H Street down below.
Po Boy Jim Ceiling
The ceiling has been decorated with large and multicolored window shutters to create a very interesting vibe. When you walk past the bar on the upper level, there are two separate additional dining areas towards the back of the restaurant. The second of the two back dining areas has glass doors with a railing that overlook the patio that will be opened once the patio is complete (it is still under construction) whenever the weather is nice. On the night that we were in there, jazz was being played throughout the restaurant to give it an authentic New Orleans feel. Continue reading
Only a few weeks ago it was a large hole in the ground, now the exterior shell of the building is almost the whole way up.
Construction at Ben’s Chili Bowl on H Street
There has been major construction at the former site of Souk (1208 H Street NE). The restaurant closed quite a few months ago, and there were rumors that they were doing a renovation prior to reopening. Souk was owned by the same owners of Nomad hookah bar (previously Sahra hookah) previously. No word on if it is still the same owners.
New Construction at Former Souk
Former Souk (in Middle Between Queen Vic and Vendetta)
Construction at the long awaited Po Boy Jim (709 H Street NE) is wrapping up, and the restaurant plans to open sometime in June. They recently launched a website and are hiring staff. In the coming weeks, they will finalize their menu and do a soft launch. You can read more about the restaurant in our preview here
A Look Inside the Window at Po Boy Jim
In other H Street dining news this week, a new sign has been posted for Po Boy Jim’s (709 H Street NE), and a peek inside the space reveals that the construction is almost done. Po Boy Jim’s has been coming to H Street for well over a year and a half now, and the building has undergone a complete renovation and looks very nice inside. Check out our preview of the restaurant here.
New Sign at Po Boy Jim’s