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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.

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.

Two H Street Restaurants Opening This Weekend!

16 Feb
Balcony Overlooking H Street at Sospeso

Balcony Overlooking H Street at Sospeso

Big news for the H Street Corridor this weekend.  First, tomorrow (Friday) Sospeso will be opening its doors for the first time at 1344 H Street, NE.  You can check out our preview of the restaurant here.

Second, on Saturday Turning Natural, a local juice bar, will be opening at 1380 H Street, NE.  You can check out our initial preview of Turning Natural here.

Early Taste of Sospeso, Opening Soon on H Street (Menu Included)

24 Jan
Ras el Hanout Soup at Sospeso

Ras el Hanout Soup at Sospeso

Yesterday, District Cuisine previewed the interior and design of Sospeso (1344 H Street, NE), which will be opening in February.  We also sampled some of Sospeso’s food and got a sneak peak of the opening menu.  Sospeso’s opening menu is now online, and you can view it here.

Salty Fritters at Sospeso

Salty Fritters at Sospeso

We were impressed by all of the dishes that we have sampled so far at Sospeso.  Our tastes started with a Ras el Hanout soup that is a spicy vegetarian (in this case) soup with cauliflower, tomato, onion, and potato in it.  The soup was great for a cold and dreary winter day and was not overpowering despite the complex spice blend.  Next we tried the freshly made pita that was flaky and warm out of the oven.  It will be served with hummus, and guests can add either olive tapenade or roasted lamb to it as well.

Pita at Sospeso

Pita at Sospeso

We also sampled the Za’atar roasted chicken (entree), Mercimekli Kofte (lentil and bulgur fingerling snacks), and the salty fritters (dough stuffed with anchovy, potatoes, and capers).  The owners hope to not only have great food but also to serve dishes that have stories attached to them and that provide guests with a unique dining experience.  They hope to have dishes that you may never have tried before as well as drinks, such as Serbian wines, that may be new as well.  The grilled octopus, the whole fish, and the porchetta sandwich are several of the dishes that we look forward to exploring once Sospeso opens.

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You can learn more about Sospeso, including the restaurant’s contact information by going to the website here.