H Street’s Horizon: What’s Coming Soon (Fall 2014)

22 Oct

Last winter, we looked at the new restaurants and bars that were coming to H Street.  Now that several months have gone by, we wanted to take a look at what restaurants have opened, what ones have made construction progress, and what new restaurant concepts have been announced recently.  For each of these categories we list the establishments in order of going west-east down H Street.  If we’ve missed a place, please let us know in the comment section.  You can see previous versions of H Street’s Horizons here, here, and here.

Opened this Spring and Summer

  • Driftwood Kitchen (400 H Street)–new Mediterranean restaurant that replaced the controversial Tru Orleans restaurant that closed a year ago.  Our coverage here.
  • Micho’s Grill (500 H Street)–in the summer, Micho’s Grill brought fast casual style Lebanese food to the western end of H Street.  Our coverage here.
  • DC Harvest (517 H Street)–in late summer, DC Harvest opened for dinner and brunch.  The new American restaurant has a seasonal menu that changes based upon what is in season.  They focus on locally sourcing as many of their ingredients as possible, both for food and for drinks.  Arthur Ringel, the head chef, was previously head chef at Hank’s Oyster Bar.  Our coverage here.
  • The Spot Deli (701 H Street)–breakfast and lunch spot that replaced Heaven & H after renovations.  From the same owners as The Spot that has not yet opened further east on H Street.
  • Po Boy Jim (709 H Street)–after many months of construction, Po Boy Jim opened for lunch and dinner in late June.  The restaurant has an extensive menu of cajun po boys as well as po boys that are influenced from cuisines around the globe.  Our coverage here.
  • Kitty’s Saloon (1208 H Street)–country-western restaurant and whiskey bar that replaced the long closed Souk restaurant.  Our coverage here.
  • Pizza Parts and Service (1320 H Street)–this space owned by Taylor Gourmet was previously Taylor Charles Steak and Ice and served cheesesteaks.  That concept closed down late last year (you can now get cheesesteaks at all of Taylor Gourmet’s locations) and reopened as Pizza Parts and Service, which serves pizzas by the pie or the slice.  They also deliver.  Website here.
  • Ocopa (previously Chicken Tortilla) (1324 H Street)–the Peruvian restaurant opened this summer and serves both dinner and lunch.  They offer Peruvian chicken, many types of ceviche, and several other Peruvian dishes.  Website here and early Washington Post review here.
  • Bullfrog Bagels (1341 H Street)–previously a pop-up bagel place around town, Bullfrog opened its permanent location in part of the space that Star and Shamrock has occupied for years.  Our coverage here.
  • Impala Cantina y Taqueria (1358 H Street)–originally a pop-up taco window several years ago, H Street residents have been waiting years for Impala to open its permanent brick and mortar location.  They opened earlier this year with a very cool first floor that opens up into a large courtyard for outdoor eating.  Website here.
  • Pursuit Wine Bar (1421 H Street)–wine bar and grilled cheese restaurant opened at the far east end of H Street.  Our coverage here.

New Concepts Announced in the Middle of 2014

  • Sticky Fingers Bakery (406 H Street)–Vegan bakery with existing location in Columbia Heights.  Space is currently undergoing major renovations.
  • Nando’s (411 H Street)–South African (with major Portuguese influence) chicken chain will open a location on the eastern end of H Street sometime next year.  The space must undergo major renovations before Nando’s can open.

  • Sixth and H Bar and Grill (523 H Street)–sports bar that plans to open early next year in time for March Madness.  Our coverage here.
  • IMM Thai (1360 H Street)–Thai restaurant by the owners of IMM Thai in Annandale, Virginia plans to open after renovations.  IMM Thai takes over the building that used to house Pho Bar and Grill.  Our coverage here.
  • Oh Zone Lounge (1380 H Street)–planned bar, restaurant, and jazz club that will replace the long closed Ohio Restaurant.  No major construction over the past couple of weeks, and they have yet to apply for a liquor license.  Our coverage here.
  • BAB Korean Fusion (1387 H Street)–Korean fusion restaurant by the owners of Tony’s Breakfast.  More details from our friends at Frozen Tropics here.

Progress on Future Restaurants

  • Addis Ethiopian Restaurant (707 H Street)–Ethiopian restaurant that will have two stories and extensive menu.  Significant renovations continue, and it looks like it is probably a few months away.
  • Mythology Modern Chophouse and Lore Lounge (816 H Street)–this concept was previously planning on opening in a different space further down H Street near 10th street; however, it was announced in April that they would take over this space instead (building was previously Fever Dance Club).  Mythology will be a steakhouse with several floors of bars.  There has been significant construction over the past couple of months.  More details from Washington Business Journal here.
  • Ben’s Chili Bowl (10th and H Street)–restaurant from the popular U Street restaurant, will be two levels and feature a bar as well.  After extensive construction all summer, Ben’s looks like it will be ready to open in the coming weeks.
  • Copycat Co. (1110 H Street)–two years ago, it was announced that this space would become “Newsom,” and there was a preview popup during H Streetfest.  However, there were no signs of activity for years.  In July, Washington Business Journal broke that Copycat Co.–a concept from a former bartender at Jose Andres’s Minibar–would open.  Copycat Co. will have an extensive bar on the second floor and will serve food on the first floor.  The building is undergoing renovations currently.  More details from Washington Business Journal here.
  • The Spot (1255 H Street)–new restaurant will feature Latin American cuisine.  The restaurant’s space has been completely gutted, but it is still many months away from completion.
  • Carolina Kitchen concept (1309 H Street)–owners of Carolina Kitchen in Hyattsville are planning a new concept for this three story, interesting looking building that currently has a “coming summer 2012” sign on it (the owners of Carolina Kitchen had previous interest in H Street that didn’t work out).  No recent progress and space now has a for lease sign up.
  • Sin Bin Sports Bar and Restaurant (1336 H Street)–new sports bar coming to eastern end of H Street.  No recent activity.
  • Maketto (1351 H Street)–Maketto will likely be a mix between Eastern Market and Union Market (although in a smaller location) by being part restaurant, part market (see more details from D.C. Eater and The Washington Post).  The space continues to go through extensive renovations but looks like it could be a few weeks away.

Permanent Closings

  • Heaven & H (701 H Street)–deli closed to make way for The Spot Deli.
  • Caribbean Best (1370 H Street)–no explanation for closing.  Our coverage here.
  • Good Danny’s (610 H Street)–takeout spot closed because building is being demolished to make way for future Whole Foods.  Our coverage here.
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