Archive | September, 2016

H Street Festival Preview: Po Boy Jim

12 Sep
Po Boy Eating Contest at Po Boy Jim

Po Boy Eating Contest at Po Boy Jim

Po Boy Jim (709 H Street, NE) will be holding its 3rd annual po boy eating contest during H Street Festival this year.  The contest will take place at 6 pm, and the winner gets a trophy and a sandwich named after them for a month.  It is free entry for the contest and throughout the day they will be having specials from SweetWater brewing.

H Street Festival Restaurant Preview

12 Sep
2016 H Street Festival from the 2nd Floor of Red Rocks

2016 H Street Festival from the 2nd Floor of Red Rocks

With H Street Festival this coming Saturday, all week District Cuisine will be rolling out and previewing specials that restaurants across the H Street Corridor will hold for the Festival.  Stay tuned for lots of fun dining news!

Complete Facelift for Citi Pizza on H Street

7 Sep
New Paint Job for Citi Pizza on H Street

New Paint Job for Citi Pizza on H Street

District Cuisine noted several months ago that Citi Pizza (504 H Street, NE) was temporarily closed for renovations.  Over the past several weeks the restaurant has undergone a major external transformation, and the front wall has been replaced with new windows.  At the end of last week, the exterior got a bright new paint job that makes it stand out on the block.

Two New Hotels Open Near Union Market

6 Sep
Entrance Area for Two New Hotels Near Union Market

Entrance Area for Two New Hotels Near Union Market

Two new Hilton hotels opened near Union Market recently.  A Hampton Inn and a Homewood Suites are located at 501 New York Avenue, NE.  The two new properties replaced a rundown Quality Inn that had previously occupied the land.  The hotels both open up onto New York Avenue but feature a shared courtyard inside and away from the main road (you need a key card to enter from New York Avenue).  The main entrances for the hotels are located in this courtyard area that is much quieter than the busy road outside.  Both hotels are being marketed as “near Union Station” and easily accessible to the NoMa Metro station.  The new hotels join the Hilton Garden Inn, Courtyard by Marriott, Hyatt Place in NoMa and the Howard Johnson nearby on New York Avenue.

Union Social Officially Closed in NoMa

6 Sep
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Closed Notice for Union Social

District Cuisine reported several weeks ago that a for lease posting had been put online for Union Social in NoMa.  That listing was promptly taken down; however, it now appears that Union Social is officially closed.  The space is very large (it could probably be two restaurants) and located towards the top of NoMa.  We’ll be on the lookout for what the space may become.

Starbucks Now Open on H Street

2 Sep
Exterior of Starbucks on H Street

Exterior of Starbucks on H Street

The new Starbucks in the Anthology building on H Street (625 H Street, NE) is now open and serving coffee to the neighborhood.  The Starbucks will soon be joined by Unleashed by Petco and Buredo, as announced by the Washingtonian last week.