District Cuisine reported several weeks ago that Khan’s (1125 H Street, NE) was transitioning to Choong Man Chicken. While details had been somewhat scarce, we stopped by several days ago and picked up a menu (click here and here for PDFs of the menu). The new concept is up and running after a slight renovation to the interior that removed the large grill and added a seafood counter. District Cuisine has yet to try the food, but the fried chicken does look quite good and the initial Yelp reviews are fairly positive.
There appears to be a South Korean fried chicken chain called Choongman Chicken that has similar branding and the same slogan as the signage that has been put up on the building (based upon pictures on the company’s website), so it is possible that the H Street location is going to be the first American location of the chain. More details as we get them.
It appears that Quara Ethiopian could be opening fairly soon at 818 H Street, NE. Earlier this week, the owner of Quara stopped by the ANC 6A Alcoholic Beverage Licensing Committee to discuss the upcoming restaurant. The construction is mostly done, and the hope is for Quara to open relatively soon. The restaurant will be very similar to his existing location on 18th Street, and he described the H Street location as the second location of the existing concept. The restaurant will be open for most of the day including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. While the restaurant will serve alcohol, the focus is on the food. They hope to have an entertainment license to be able to have soft Ethiopian music for diners.
The Trader Joe’s near Union Market has taken another step forward by applying for a liquor license. The store will be opening on the ground floor of The Edison building (350 Florida Avenue, NE) and was tentatively scheduled to open later this year. The exterior construction of the building is largely complete, although the interior appears to have significant work ahead. According to the liquor license application, the store will be open daily from 8 am until 10 pm.
It appears that Yum’s Carry Out at 416 Florida Avenue, NE has closed for good. The takeout restaurant has been closed for a little while now and the phone number has been disconnected. Eden’s (the dominant Union Market developer) purchased the building back in 2015 and has plans to develop the entire block.
The Washington Business Journal had previously broken that Blue Bottle Coffee out of California would be opening a store and training facility in Union Market at the intersection of 4th and Morse Streets, NE. Based upon building permits and construction progress, District Cuisine can now confirm that the location will be 1250 4th Street, NE, which is directly north of the new Edison building (a future Trader Joe’s) in Union Market. Construction and renovation on the site is well underway; once completed, it will be two stories.