Archive | March, 2017

Khan’s Becoming Choong Man Chicken on H Street

27 Mar

New Signage for Choong Man Chicken on H Street

Over the weekend, the signage at Khan’s Bar and Grill (1125 H Street, NE) was changed to Choong Man Chicken (and Seafood on one of the signs).  Several window pictures featuring various types of chicken have also been put up.  As of Sunday evening, Khan’s remained open.  District Cuisine asked several employees about the changes and was told that the restaurant will be transitioning to the new concept this week–likely by Thursday–but that there was not a menu available yet.  While there was uncertainty about the details of the new concept, District Cuisine was told that the grill for the Mongolian bbq would be going away.

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.

Cava Grill Coming to H Street

26 Mar

Old 6th and H Bar and Grill, Future Cava Grill

Back in October ANC Commissioner Chris Miller teased that Cava Grill would be coming to H Street in the old 6th and H Bar and Grill location (523 H Street, NE).  When contacted at the time, Cava Grill stated that nothing was final and that it could not be confirmed.  Based upon recently filed construction permits at 523 H Street, it appears that Cava Grill is in fact moving in.  According to permits filed last week, interior construction will be taking place for “new restaurant tenant, Cava.”  Additionally, the construction company that filed the permit is linked to other Cava constructions around the area.  A peak inside of the building this weekend revealed that all the remnants of the old 6th and H Bar and Grill had recently been removed and that the interior is currently a shell.

Quara Ethiopian Hopes to Open Soon on H Street

24 Mar

Future Location of Quara Ethiopian on H Street

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.

Trader Joe’s Applies for Liquor License Near Union Market

23 Mar

Future Edison Building and Trader Joe’s Near Union Market

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.

Yum’s Carry Out Closed on Florida Avenue

23 Mar

Yum’s Carry Out on Florida Avenue Now Closed

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.

Blue Bottle Coffee Coming to 1250 4th Street in Union Market

22 Mar

Future Site of Blue Bottle Coffee in Union Market

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.

Quara Ethiopian Coming to H Street

16 Mar

Future Location of Quara Ethiopian on H Street

According to a revised version of ANC 6A Alcoholic Beverage Licensing Committee’s agenda for next week, the Committee will be hearing from representatives of Quara Ethiopian Fusion that will be coming soon to 818 H Street, NE (next door to Mythology).  District Cuisine had heard for some time that an Ethiopian restaurant had leased the space but had been unable to confirm details until now.  Quara currently operates an Ethiopian restaurant on 18th Street (website and menu here), and this location is from the same owners (ownership of the 18th Street location matches a contact person for building permits at 818 H Street).  The building is currently undergoing a major renovation but still has a long way to go.  Quara will be joining two current Ethiopian restaurants on the H Street Corridor (Ethiopic and Addis).  More details as we get them.