Construction has been underway for several weeks for the Craft Beer Cellar coming to 301 H Street, NE on the first floor of the new condo building. Signage went up recently indicating that Craft Beer Cellar will open on August 6th with several different tastings by breweries including DC Brau. The first 50 customers will also receive giveaways on the grand opening. You can view the website here.
6th and H Bar and Grill (523 H Street) has closed and appears unlikely to reopen. The restaurant, which opened approximately a year ago, had been irregularly open recently, and the building had been on the market since March. A look inside reveals that all of the televisions have been removed as well as the decorations. Michael Neibauer from the Washington Business Journal confirmed in a tweet earlier last week that the building had sold to an LLC for $1.15 million. While the restaurant may not have lasted very long, it did have quite good smoked wings for awhile.
Taste of Jamaica (528 H Street) has been open on H Street for over ten years now, but it appears the space is now up for lease. According to a real estate flier recently posted by Streetsense, 528 H Street is available as a two level floor plan with both the ground floor and the 2nd floor. The flyer says that the space includes a large potential patio area on the 6th street side. The property is immediately across 6th Street from where Whole Foods will be opening in the coming months. While Taste of Jamaica has posted hours from 10 am until 9 pm Monday-Friday, in reality its hours have been somewhat variable over the past several years. Of note, this property and the one to its left (526 H Street) are likely to be redeveloped in the near future as there is an application to turn them into a new mixed use building (residential and retail). Click here for the entire real estate flier.
We learned earlier this year that New York based Cajun pizza concept Two Boots would be opening a restaurant at 1025 H Street. Two Boots has a handful of locations including in New York, Tennessee, and Los Angeles. The restaurant’s name refers to the two boots of Italy and Louisiana, as the concept incorporates the cuisines of both regions. While construction has yet to begin on H Street, the owners are hopeful that they can open by late fall. Last week we caught up with the owners to discuss their new location on H Street:
District Cuisine: Why did you decide on H Street for your DC expansion?
Two Boots: We love the gritty feel of the neighborhood–it reminds us of the East Village (where we started) back in the day. One of our favorite spots is the used vinyl shop/shoe store diagonally across the street–we have the same taste in early ’70s soul and r&b.
DC: Will you be open for both lunch and dinner?
TB: Definitely dinner and late night; we’d love to be open for lunch too, Friday-Sunday for sure. We’re looking at being open from 11:30 am until 2:30 am on the weekends.
DC: Will you offer deliver?
TB: Absolutely–a very big part of our business.
DC: Will you serve alcohol?
TB: We’ll have wine and a great selection of beers.
DC: Are you planning any special menu items for the H Street location?
TB: Yes, every Two Boots location has a unique “Home Pie” which uses local ingredients and/or celebrates local luminaries. We’re still working on the H Street pie and would love to get some suggestions!
DC: Anything else that you think we should know?
TB: There will also be an outdoor cafe, occasional live music, and a big pull down screen for when the Mets are whupping the Nats! And just to reiterate, Two Boots (named for the geographical shapes of Louisiana and Italy) features pizza by the slice–with an amazing array of Cajun, organic, vegan, and gluten-free options!
Preliminary construction has begun on a future residential development at 100 K Street, NE. This project has been in the works for quite sometime with J Street Development first purchasing it back in 2007. The current plans are for ground floor retail and over 200 apartment units by Equity Residential. To demonstrate how many iterations this project has gone through, here’s a retail brochure on this project from 2012.
Belgian Restaurant Week kicks off in DC today (Friday) and runs through next Thursday, the 21st. The week kicks off tomorrow (Saturday) in NoMa at the future Storey Park (corner of 1st and L Streets, NE where the Greyhound Station used to be and where the NoMa summer movies are now) with a mussel throw down party. Chefs from Brasserie Beck, Mussel Bar and Grille by Robert Wiedmaier, Belga Cafe, BToo, Haute Saison Catering, and the Soveriegn will all be on hand to compete for who can create the best mussels. For $21 at the door, you can eat mussels, fries, and waffles and enjoy beer from Stella Artois. Doors open at 11 am and the event runs until 6 pm. More details here.
Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen tweeted out news this morning that Chick-fil-a will officially be replacing the recently closed Checkers at the corner of 14th and Maryland Avenues, NE. This location is very close to H Street at the eastern end of the corridor. More information on an open date when we get it…