It appears that all stores are now closed in the H Street Connection strip mall (south side of H Street in between 8th and 10th Streets), including the Rite Aid that anchored the mall. We heard several months ago that all tenants had until December 31st to leave the mall which is scheduled to be demolished in 2016. Over the past several weeks, numerous businesses have held liquidation sales and closed their doors one at a time. The 7-Eleven in the mall recently moved one block to the west. Once demolished, the H Street Connection will be rebuilt as a massive residential and retail development (see more details from Washington Business Journal here).
Progress continues at the upcoming Fresca Taqueria (701 H Street) with signage going up during the holiday week. A peak inside reveals that construction has been going steady and that the restaurant looks like it will be ready to open up soon. Fresca will be replacing The Spot Deli that went out of business earlier this year.
Sally’s Middle Name (1320 H Street) appeared before the ANC 6A Alcoholic Beverage Licensing Committee last week to describe its plans to expand within its existing building. Due to the success of the restaurant thus far, it plans to expand into the second floor of its building. Prior to Sally’s taking over the lease of Pizza Parts and Service, this second floor area served as an office space for Taylor Gourmet (which owned Pizza Parts and Service). Since Sally’s took over the building, this second floor space has been a boutique retail/clothing store. It will now be converted into additional dining area for the restaurant. Additionally, the restaurant will be opening up a patio for outdoor dining on the second floor and applying for an expanded liquor license that will allow it to serve cocktails in addition to beer and wine.
A new Mediterranean restaurant is planned for H Street this coming spring. Michael Rosato, currently General Manager of Sotto on 14th Street, will be opening up Sospeso at 1344 H Street in the two floor building that previously was Evolve Property Management. As the space was not previously a restaurant, it requires extensive renovations. However, the current plan is to open the restaurant in May. Once completed, Sospeso will open at 7 am and stay open through late night, featuring coffee in the morning and wine in the evening. It will have a bar downstairs with seating both upstairs and downstairs. There are also plans to have an outdoor patio on the second floor.
Ocopa (1324 H Street) appeared last night in front of ANC 6A’s Alcoholic Beverage Licensing Committee to support its application for a live entertainment endorsement for its liquor license. The live entertainment endorsement would allow Ocopa to host live music and DJs. Representatives for Ocopa said that they hope to be able to bring in live music acts to play Latin music for major events like New Years Eve in the future.
DC Harvest (517 H Street) has released its menu for New Years Eve, and it features all new items. In addition to a three course meal, customers can chose to have their food paired with wine or craft cocktails. There will also be a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. We hope that the Florida Snapper Bahn Mi sticks around after New Years as well!