6th and H Bar and Grill (523 H Street, NE) is tentatively planning its soft opening for lunchtime on Wednesday (July 8th). You can see our preview of the restaurant here. Initially, they will be serving breakfast and lunch during the week and brunch on the weekends. Dinner service will be added later.
Initial hours: 7 am-5 pm on Monday-Friday for breakfast and lunch; 10 am-3 pm for brunch on the weekends.
More details to come as we get them.
Lettuce Wrap with Chicken at IMM Thai
As mentioned last week, IMM Thai (1360 H Street, NE) will be holding a soft opening on H Street for the next several weeks prior to their grand opening. During this soft opening, they will have a limited menu (which turns out isn’t actually that limited, see below). We stopped by last night to check it out.
Spicy Eggplant with Chicken at IMM Thai
Overall, we were very impressed. We argued several years ago that H Street desperately needed a Thai restaurant, and thus far, IMM fills that void and goes beyond. You can see the menu and pictures from our dinner down below. Our favorites were the lettuce wrap with chicken (a traditional larb chicken dish that also had a slight sweet tang to it) and the eggplant fried rice with chicken. The prices are reasonable and you get a significant amount of food. Our one hope is that they do a little more work to improve the interior of the restaurant–there has not been much change since the fairly short lived Pho Bar and Grill previously occupied the space.
Panang Curry at IMM Thai
Duck Roll Appetizer at IMM Thai
Signage for IMM Thai on H Street
IMM Thai (1360 H Street, NE) held the first evening of its soft opening last night and will continue to have a soft evening opening with a limited menu for the next several weeks. This location will be their second location as they currently have a restaurant Annandale, Virginia (see our preview post here). We spoke with the IMM Thai team, and they told us that the soft opening menu will feature several items from the larger menu at their Annandale restaurant. They plan on being open most nights but recommend that you call their Annandale restaurant to check prior to going to their location on H.
In a couple of weeks, they will hold a grand opening and will roll out their full menu that will be similar to their Annandale menu. They do not currently have a liquor license but plan on applying for one in the future. Initially, IMM Thai on H will be open for dinner service only, but they plan on expanding to lunch service in the near future.
Signage Up at Ben’s Chili Bowl on H Street
Ben’s Chili Bowl on H Street (1001 H Street) has been slowly progressing for months at this point. Recently, permanent signage went up for the H Street branch of the D.C. legend. However, it does appear that there is still more work to be done inside prior to opening.
We first heard about Sixth and H Bar and Grill (523 H Street) last October, and for several weeks, it has appeared ready to open (it has had a coming soon sign outside for quite awhile now). They initially had targeted being open in time for March Madness this year. We reached out to the owner recently and were told that they are hoping to get their final inspection done soon with the hope of opening by mid-June.
Sally’s Middle Name
Sally’s Middle Name (1320 H Street), a new table service restaurant featuring a rotating menu, opens today (Wednesday) in the space that used to house Pizza Parts and Service. They will initially start with dinner service and then open for brunch on the weekends starting June 13th. The restaurant’s owners have developed strong ties to local farmers and are trying to source as much as possible within a 100 mile radius. Their menu of seasonal small plates will rotate daily (you can view it here). In addition to the daily menu, ice cream and coffee service will be priorities for the restaurant. Their ice cream will be made from Trickling Springs Dairy products and for coffee they will grind Vigilante coffee to order.
Initially they will not be serving alcohol due to their pending liquor license, but they hope to offer a drink menu soon. We look forward to checking them out soon!
*Photos courtesy of Jessica Burge Photography
View of Construction (from backside) of Fare Well Bistro and Bakery
Fare Well (406 H Street), the vegan bistro and bakery serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner by the owner of Sticky Fingers Bakery in Columbia Heights, is aiming to open by this spring or summer. However, before opening, the building needed a complete renovation and reconstruction. The building’s construction has significantly progressed over the past several weeks and a wood skeleton of the building is now up. There is still significant construction ahead, but the building is steadily progressing at this point.