H Street/NoMa favorite Indigo (243 K Street, NE) has a new website that allows you to order and pay online and then pick your food up inside without waiting (check it out here). Indigo’s popularity is evident every night with the packed patio (they now have a bar outside) and the line out the door. On particularly busy nights, if you order in the restaurant for takeout, it can be close to a half hour wait. While they have call ahead service, sometimes getting through can take sometime. Indigo has recently solved that problem with the new online ordering platform. District Cuisine recently tried ordering online and picking up, and it worked very well.
News broke many months ago that the new Apollo building on H Street (600 H Street, NE–home of the future Whole Foods) would include a coffee bar from the owners of The Wydown on 14th Street. Construction is on schedule (Whole Foods should open early in 2017), and the coffee bar should open in either late October or November. District Cuisine caught up with Alex McCracken, co-owner of The Wydown, last week to discuss the upcoming concept.
The H Street coffee spot will have its own unique name that should be finalized soon. The team is very excited to be joining the H Street community; McCracken lived for several years right behind H Street and originally looked to open The Wydown in the Atlas District. While there are currently several coffee options on H Street, McCracken thinks that there is definitely room for more coffee in the neighborhood.
The H Street location will be similar to the one on 14th Street but not a carbon copy. The new location’s interior is being designed by Edit Lab, the same firm that designed the 14th Street location. As currently designed, the coffee bar will have a second entrance (in addition to the exterior H Street one) that will open up into the two story lobby of the Apollo during the day. This feature will expand customer seating and will allow customers to sit on the second floor, overlooking H Street. For security purposes, the second entrance will be closed at night.
Future customers can look forward to made from scratch pastries, ground and brewed to order coffee, and a small bar at night featuring several small food offerings (think cheese plate, nuts, etc). For customers who are in a rush, pre-brewed coffee, ice coffee, and other standard options will be available. The 14th Street location does not currently offer alcohol but is adding it soon. H Street customers can expect wine, beer, and one or two drinks as well. The coffee bar will offer free coffee tastings (or “cuppings”) on Fridays, so that customers can experiment with their coffee palates.
Once open, the coffee bar will be open from early to late every day with later hours on the weekend. More details as it gets closer to opening!
From an H Street Main Street press release this morning…
Announcing the 2016 H Street Festival—The Best One Yet!
Washington, D.C.—The 2016 H Street Festival will take place on Saturday, Sept. 17 from noon – 7 p.m. This year’s event will span 10 blocks of H Street NE with 14 staging areas, dozens of interactive attractions and displays and over 250 businesses, restaurants, community organizations and vendors. Join us for great entertainment, food, drinks, contests, family-friendly activities and more!
Organized by H Street Main Street, the annual event highlights the unique spirit of the H Street NE Corridor and is one of the most popular in the D.C. region. It’s been named the best community Festival by The Washington City Paper for the last six years and regularly attracts a crowd of over 125,000 fun-seekers.
Attendees coming to the Festival to enjoy music, contests and other entertainment, won’t be disappointed. The Festival will have a variety of shows, featuring some of the best local and regional performers in Go-Go music, rap, R&B, jazz, rock-n-roll, soul music, gospel and more. There will also be pie eating and tattoo contests, dance performances from a variety of cultures and disciplines, martial arts demonstrations and many more non-musical acts. Continue reading
Pow Pow (1253 H Street, NE) is holding a neighborhood coffee at its location tomorrow morning (August 20th) to introduce itself to H Street and to thank everyone who has stopped by so far to try the restaurant. From 10 am until noon, stop by Pow Pow with your own mug and enjoy a free cup of coffee and the opportunity to meet the staff of Pow Pow. If you haven’t stopped by yet to try Pow Pow, this is a great opportunity to check out the new restaurant. Pow Pow will open for regular lunch service starting at 11:30. District Cuisine’s favorite item so far is the Peoples Republic of Caesar (pictured above)–a creative spin on a traditional caesar salad that features Taiwanese fried chicken along with capers and a tangy lime dressing.
District Cuisine reported last month that 528 H Street, NE–home of Taste of Jamaica for over a decade–was available for lease. Over the past two weeks, all of the equipment for Taste of Jamaica was removed from the restaurant and the space is now vacant. No word yet on what might replace Taste of Jamaica in the future.
Anthology, the new apartment building opening at 625 H Street, NE, will be hosting an open house on Thursday (July 28th) from 5-9 pm featuring free food and wine from the DC Harvest team. Potential residents can stop by for tours of the new building and to enjoy fare from DC Harvest which is located one block away from the building. You can check out Anthology’s website here. District Cuisine recently stopped by DC Harvest to taste their new menu items–view our post here.