Sospeso, a Mediterranean restaurant that will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner at 1344 H Street, NE will open in late January, District Cuisine has learned. According to the owners, the interior renovation is all done, and they are waiting on final inspection from the District government. If everything goes according to plan, they should be open before the end of January. District Cuisine previewed Sospeso, including a sample menu, several months ago (check out our post here).
Earlier this year, Todd Gray’s company split ties with the Hilton Garden Inn in NoMa, which had previously housed Watershed by Todd Gray. After that restaurant closed, the Hilton Garden Inn ran its own restaurant in that space. It now appears that the Hilton Garden Inn would like to fill that space with a new restaurant. A new real estate brochure from Papadopoulos Properties advertises a turnkey restaurant with guaranteed conference and events business in the Hilton Garden Inn. With the recent closure of Union Social, NoMa is definitely a prime target for a sit down restaurant.
District Cuisine got news last night that The Wydown passed its final inspection and will be open for business today in the new Apollo building (600 H Street, NE). You can see our previous preview post on The Wydown here. The bar part of The Wydown will be opening late next week. We can’t wait to check it out!
District Cuisine has been excitedly waiting for the opening of Old City Market and Oven (522 K Street, NE) for several months. The former convenience store turned gourmet market officially plans to open its doors on Wednesday (November 16th), according to General Manager Mahadi Lawal. Our friends at Borderstan had a good preview piece late last month that you can view here, but District Cuisine recently learned some additional exciting details about the new spot.
Owner Curt Hansen has owned the property at 522 K Street for over 30 years but decided recently that he wanted to change it from a typical corner store to a gourmet market that would better meet the needs of the community. The entire space was completely renovated over the past several months and will now sell gourmet groceries, wine, prepared foods, and coffee. While they will not serve pizza for the first several weeks, eventually they will have pizza fresh from their pizza oven featuring topics such as hummus, caramelized onions, potatoes, and salmon as well as other more traditional pizza toppings. The coffee will be from M.E. Swings, and they will offer cappuccinos, macchiatos, lattes, and mochas. We look forward to stopping by soon to check everything out!
Cotton & Reed (1330 5th Street, NE) has come quite a long way since District Cuisine toured the space last November (you can see our post with construction photos here). The rum distillery and tasting room by friends and former co-workers Reed Walker and Jordan Cotton will open this Saturday in Union Market (less than half a block away from the main Union Market building). District Cuisine got a sneak peak as part of the media preview last week.
Cotton & Reed will be open from 4 pm until midnight Wednesday-Friday and noon until midnight Saturday and Sunday. The distillery has a beautiful bar in the front where customers can order craft cocktails featuring Cotton & Reed rum created by mixologist Lucas Smith. In their opening run, Cotton & Reed created a white rum and a dry spiced rum, both of which are available for purchase or as shots. During good weather, the front window will be open to allow a fresh breeze to come in through the bar. Visitors will be able to get a tour of the distillery located in the back behind the bar area during business hours. The entire space is also available to rent for larger parties and events.
As Cotton & Reed becomes more established, they will produce additional varieties of rum. They plan to distribute their rums to area restaurants and stores when they open. Cotton & Reed will be a very welcome addition to the Union Market area, and we hope that it inspires similar local businesses to join the area in the near future!
*Photos courtesy of Farrah Skeiky from Dim Sum Media