Exterior of Cusbah (1128 H Street)
Earlier this week, District Cuisine reported that Cusbah (1128 H Street) needed to vacate its current location by the end of April as the space was being marketed for a new tenant. The story generated considerable buzz but also support for the restaurant (both via Twitter and on other social media channels). Management at Cusbah reached out to District Cuisine with a response that is included in its entirely below.
Per Cusbah ownership:
Dear loyal Cusbah Patrons, H Street neighbors and future guests,
A number of local blogs are reporting the impending closure of Cusbah on May 1, 2016. The inundation of phone calls, which both reflect support and curiosity have prompted this note.
Cusbah is currently in a legal dispute with our landlord regarding our lease. Since we opened for business in August of 2012 we have made every effort, in good faith, to remain in favorable standing with our landlord, our customers and our neighbors.
Having that said, Cusbah has every intention to be open at its current address on May 1, 2016. Cusbah ownership, management and staff thank you for all your support. We look forward to having the privilege to serve you today, tomorrow and well into the future.
Based upon inquiries, yesterday District Cuisine reconfirmed our story from earlier in the week. We can confirm that the first floor of 1128 H Street is currently being solicited to potential new tenants and that ownership expects Cusbah to vacate the space by the end of April.
Exterior of Cusbah (1128 H Street)
Cusbah (1128 H Street) must vacate its location by May 1st, and the property is already being actively marketed by Blake Dickson real estate. District Cuisine first noticed a sign outside the building on Saturday and has since confirmed the news. The building owner is looking to replace Cusbah with a new restaurant/bar as soon as they can find the right new concept for the space. Cusbah opened on H Street back in 2012 (see our post here) after a renovation of the restaurant and later expanded with a covered patio. We have reached out to the restaurant to find out if they are looking to open in a new location.
Patio Area at Watershed by Todd Gray
Chef Todd Gray (Equinox) is no longer affiliated with the NoMa restaurant that was previously called Todd Gray’s Watershed, representatives for Gray and the NoMa Hilton Garden Inn confirm. According to a representatives who answered the phone at the Hilton Garden Inn, the menu remains the same for now, but the restaurant is transitioning to a new management team and new concept (there is a liquor license for a different, unnamed restaurant in the window). The restaurant remains operational for the hotel and the general public.
Watershed opened in mid-2011 in the Hilton Garden Inn as part of NoMa’s Constitution Square development that also includes Harris Teeter and Flats 130. When the restaurant opened up, NoMa was first becoming a residential neighborhood, and it was the only real sit down restaurant in the area. Gray brought star power to the restaurant, but overtime Gray had less and less involvement with the restaurant. A management company had taken over the operations of Watershed, but it maintained Gray’s name and influence. Most recently, Joseph Paire had taken over the kitchen at Watershed and introduced several new items to the menu. However, Paire is now the chef at Mulebone on 14th Street.