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Sospeso Opening This Fall on H Street (With Sample Menu)

27 Sep
Front Windows of Future Sospeso on H Street (1344 H Street)

Front Windows of Future Sospeso on H Street (1344 H Street)

News came late last year that a new Mediterranean restaurant concept called Sospeso would be opening at 1344 H Street, NE in what had previously been a real estate office.  While information has been sparse since then, recently District Cuisine caught up with Sospeso’s owner Michael Rosato to learn more details.  You can visit Sospeso’s website here and you can check out a sneak peak of their menu down below!

Sospeso’s name originated from Caffe Sospeso which translates to “suspended coffee” and “is a Neapolitan practice of someone anonymously paying for a coffee ahead for someone else in need.”  According to Sospeso’s website, the restaurant will be “inspired by the recipes of our grandparents and great-grandparents, as well as the sun-drenched countries and seas of Southern Europe, the Eastern Mediterranean, and North Africa.”  They will be focusing on high quality and locally sourced ingredients.

The owners hope to open before Thanksgiving and construction is well underway.  Sospeso’s hours, once open, will be Sunday-Thursday from 7 am until 2 am and Friday-Saturday until 3 am.  They will serve coffee and pastries in the morning, sandwiches and salads in the afternoon, and full dinner in the evening.  Appetizers will range from $6-13 and entrees from $16-30.  Dinner service will also include house made focaccia and a beverage program that focuses on Mediterranean wines and house infused vermouth and cocktails.

Sospeso will be a mom and pop operation run by Michael and his wife Hatice.  Michael has extensive restaurant experience from various roles at Tryst, Zaytinya, Palena, Granville Moore’s, Toki Underground, Ghibellina, and Sotto.  Most recently Michael has been running the wine program at Ghibellina and Sotto on 14th Street as well as booking music for Sotto.  Hatice runs a women’s clothing import business and designed the interior of the restaurant.  She will also be in charge of the restaurant’s forthcoming website, branding, and social media.  As a native of Turkey, Hatice will have a big influence on the menu.

Michael says that he has always enjoyed H Street since moving to DC back in 2003.  He liked the community feel so much that he moved to Trinidad in 2011, very close to where Sospeso will open up.

Sample Sospeso menu:


Bottarga Nuts-peanuts, Sicilian spices, bottarga

Cabbage Salad-savoy cabbage, roasted squash, fennel, onion

Butter Lettuce Salad-lettuce, shaved beet and carrot, lemon-cardamom dressing

Imam Bayildi-roasted eggplant, onion, tomato, garlic

Mercimekli Kofte-lentil and bulghur ‘fingerlings,’ lettuce, lemon

Hummus-chickpea puree, pita

Add roasted lamb

Salty Fritters-anchovy stuffed fried dough, gremolata

Piyaz-giant beans, baked in tomato, garlic, and lemon

Grilled Octopus-giant beans


Gnocchi-wild mushrooms, garlic, rosemary, Grana Padano

Tagliatelli Carbonara-pancetta, onion, egg, Grana Padano


Porchetta Sandwich-roast pork, vegetable relish, cracklins, pickled veggies

Vegetable Bouillabaisse-charred vegetables, aioli crostini

Moussaka-ground beef, potato, eggplant, bechamel

Roasted Fish-clam broth

Hanger Steak-rosemary roasted potatoes, balsamic reduction


Bruschetta Dolce-rosemary rhortbread, tomato jam, mint

Zabaione-marsala custard, biscotti

Almond Cake-mascarpone cream

Pistachio Baklava


H Street Rita’s to Stay Open All Year

26 Sep
Rita's on H Street

Rita’s on H Street

Rita’s (1014 H Street, NE) usually stays open for the spring, summer, and part of fall before closing for the winter.  Starting this year, the dessert stop will be staying open year round and will start serving Nathan’s hot dogs as well.

2016 H Street Festival Dining Preview

15 Sep
2015 H Street Festival from the 2nd Floor of Red Rocks

2015 H Street Festival from the 2nd Floor of Red Rocks

This coming Saturday is H Street’s biggest day of the year: H Street Festival!  From noon until 7 pm (with after parties going late into the night), H Street will be alive with tens of thousands of people.  To help guide you during the Festival, District Cuisine has compiled fun restaurant specials, events, and deals from all across the H Street Corridor.  Click on the any of the restaurant names to get more details!

H Street Festival Preview: Sol Mexican Grill

15 Sep
Upstairs Bar at Sol Mexican Grill

Upstairs Bar at Sol Mexican Grill

Sol Mexican Grill (1251 H Street, NE) will celebrate H Street Festival by having margaritas on a sidewalk patio and a DJ on the second floor of the restaurant.  They will also be serving their usual tacos, burritos, and bowls on the first floor.

H Street Festival Preview: Nando’s

15 Sep
Interior of Nando's on H Street

Interior of Nando’s on H Street

Nando’s (411 H Street, NE) will be serving its full menu during H Street Festival and will also have a table outside on H Street where they will be handing out samples of their wings.

H Street Festival Preview: Pow Pow

15 Sep


Pow Pow (1253 H Street, NE) will be holding an art show with artist Keyhan Solo during H Street Festival this coming Saturday.  Keyhan designed the giant mural that is painted inside of Pow Pow.  Visitors will be able to meet the artist and buy limited edition pieces.

H Street Festival Preview: The Big Board

15 Sep

The Big Board (421 H Street, NE) will be hosting a Port City Brewing Company party on its out front patio during H Street Festival this Saturday.  Big Board will feature $5 draft beer and tall boys as well as $5 brats and $3 tots on its patio.