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Two Boots Aims to Open H Street Location in Fall

19 Jul
Design for Outside of Two Boots on H Street

Design for Outside of Two Boots on H Street

We learned earlier this year that New York based Cajun pizza concept Two Boots would be opening a restaurant at 1025 H Street.  Two Boots has a handful of locations including in New York, Tennessee, and Los Angeles.  The restaurant’s name refers to the two boots of Italy and Louisiana, as the concept incorporates the cuisines of both regions.  While construction has yet to begin on H Street, the owners are hopeful that they can open by late fall.  Last week we caught up with the owners to discuss their new location on H Street:

District Cuisine: Why did you decide on H Street for your DC expansion?

Two Boots: We love the gritty feel of the neighborhood–it reminds us of the East Village (where we started) back in the day.  One of our favorite spots is the used vinyl shop/shoe store diagonally across the street–we have the same taste in early ’70s soul and r&b.

DC: Will you be open for both lunch and dinner?

TB: Definitely dinner and late night; we’d love to be open for lunch too, Friday-Sunday for sure.  We’re looking at being open from 11:30 am until 2:30 am on the weekends.


Interior Design for Two Boot on H Street

Interior Design for Two Boot on H Street

DC: Will you offer deliver?

TB: Absolutely–a very big part of our business.

DC: Will you serve alcohol?

TB: We’ll have wine and a great selection of beers.

DC: Are you planning any special menu items for the H Street location?

TB: Yes, every Two Boots location has a unique “Home Pie” which uses local ingredients and/or celebrates local luminaries.  We’re still working on the H Street pie and would love to get some suggestions!

DC: Anything else that you think we should know?

TB: There will also be an outdoor cafe, occasional live music, and a big pull down screen for when the Mets are whupping the Nats!  And just to reiterate, Two Boots (named for the geographical shapes of Louisiana and Italy) features pizza by the slice–with an amazing array of Cajun, organic, vegan, and gluten-free options!

Additional Rendering of Two Boots on H Street

Additional Rendering of Two Boots on H Street


Chick-fil-a Opening Near H Street

14 Jul


Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen tweeted out news this morning that Chick-fil-a will officially be replacing the recently closed Checkers at the corner of 14th and Maryland Avenues, NE.  This location is very close to H Street at the eastern end of the corridor.  More information on an open date when we get it…

Wunder Garten Holding Season Preview This Weekend

13 Jul
Future Home of Wunder Garten at Corner of 1st and L Streets

Future Home of Wunder Garten at Corner of 1st and L Streets

Wunder Garten (previously 150 M Street, NE and now at the corner of 1st and L Streets NE) will be holding its season preview party this coming weekend.  As District Cuisine previously reported, Wunder Garten has inked a deal for a more permanent location in NoMa starting this summer.  Their preview party will be Friday and Sunday from 4-10 pm.  They hope to be open permanently for the season soon thereafter.

Fare Well Now Hiring on H Street

14 Jun
Fare Well Now Hiring on H Street

Fare Well Now Hiring on H Street

In another sign that Fare Well (406 H Street) is getting close to opening, the restaurant is now hiring.  The building for the vegan bistro and bakery underwent a complete renovation/rebuild over the last year, and the restaurant had been targeting a spring opening date.  It now appears that it is likely to open in early summer.

Wunder Garten Reopening in New NoMa Location in Coming Weeks

31 May
Parking Lot at 1st and L Streets That Will Be Transformed into Wunder Garten

Parking Lot at 1st and L Streets That Will Be Transformed into Wunder Garten

In the coming weeks, the current outdoor daily parking lot at the corner of 1st and L Street will be transformed into the new location of Wunder Garten.  The location is the southwest corner of the parking lot, across the street from where the NoMa summer movie series is held at the future site of Storey Park.  The NoMa biergarten opened last summer in the vacant lot next to Flats 130 and the NoMa Metro station (150 M Street, NE) but could not stay in that location as it is slated to become an office building in the near future.  The popular biergarten spent the fall and winter looking to secure a new and longer term location in the neighborhood.  They were successful last week when they signed a lease for the 13,000 square foot location at 1st and L Street that has a multi-year option attached to it.

Side View of Future Wunder Garten Location

Side View of Future Wunder Garten Location

Wunder Garten will hopefully open at the end of June or the beginning part of July.  As Wunder Garten plans on being in this location for multiple years, the owners will be able to invest even more in the space.  The owners will have to obtain a new liquor license as their location has moved.  Prior to opening, they will be adding plants and a large tent (that will hopefully allow them to stay open later into the fall) to the lot.  The set up will be similar to last year: several German and local beers on draft, rotating food trucks, lots of seating room, and nice portable bathrooms.  REI–opening soon in NoMa–held various events at Wunder Garten last year and is looking to have an even bigger presence this year.  While Wunder Garten was ultimately unable to allow dogs last year, they will explore the possibility in the new space.

More details on the official opening date as Wunder Garten gets closer to opening!

Signage Up for Mythology and Lore Lounge on H Street

11 May
Exterior at Mythology on H Street

Exterior at Mythology on H Street

Serious renovations have taken place at the future space of Mythology and Lore Lounge at 816 H Street.  The spot, previously occupied by Fever Nightclub and HR 57, has undergone a complete transformation over the past several months, including a major deck build out on the roof.  While we are told that the restaurant is several months away from opening, signage went up earlier this week.  You can get more details on the restaurant from H Street Great Street and Washington Business Journal.  More details on the projected opening as we get them.



*Top two photos courtesy of Mythology team

Turning Natural Juice Bar Coming to H Street

4 May
For Lease Signs Outside 1380 H Street

For Lease Signs Outside 1380 H Street

Turning Natural–a local juice bar concept with a location in Maryland and a newly opened location in Anacostia–will be opening at 1380 H Street.  They offer a variety of juices, smoothies, cleanses, and in store healthy food.  You can read more about Turning Natural here.  A real estate flyer (see below) recently announced the move.  This location was previously The Ohio Restaurant and more recently was supposed to become OhZone Lounge.  However, back in January the property was put back on the leasing market.  More details as we get them.



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