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H Street’s Horizon: What’s Coming Soon (Winter 2014)

22 Jan

Back in the spring, we looked at the new restaurants and bars that were coming to H Street.  Now that several months have gone by, we wanted to take a look at what restaurants have opened, what ones have made construction progress, and what new restaurant concepts have been announced recently.  For each of these categories we list the establishments in order of going west-east down H Street.  If we’ve missed a place, please let us know in the comment section.

Opened this Summer and Fall

  • Heaven & H (701 H Street)–new deli in former Grace Deli location that honors the memory of the owner of Grace Deli (June Lim) who was murdered in 2012, deli underwent some renovations and is now open but appears that renovations may be ongoing, more details from Washington City Paper
  • Chupacabra (822 H Street)–taco restaurant that previously was a food truck, operates right off of H Street but has added a covered patio that links it to H Street in the last several months that should be quite popular when it is warmer
  • Vendetta (1210 H Street)–Italian restaurant and bocce bar by Joe Englert, you can read our early review here
  • Da Luft (1242 H Street)–initially billed as a “seafood restaurant,” now appears to be more of a club with three levels and a rooftop patio
  • Sol Mexican Grill (1251 H Street)–two level Mexican restaurant with fast casual service downstairs and full service restaurant, bar, and patio upstairs, you can read our early review here
  • RedRocks (1348 H Street)–full service pizza and Italian restaurant with extensive bar and retractable roof patio, three other DC area locations
  • Manny and Olga’s (1409 H Street)–D.C. pizza chain offers delivery
  • The Elroy (1423 H Street)–a bar concept on the eastern end of H Street, more from Washington City Paper Continue reading
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Details on Indigo’s Opening Tomorrow

3 Sep
Street Map Painted on the Wall at Indigo

Street Map Painted on the Wall at Indigo

Tomorrow evening Indigo (243 K Street, NE) will open for its first dinner service and will bring authentic Indian cuisine to the corner of K and 3rd Street, NE.  The restaurant will be open for dinner service Monday-Friday and will be open from breakfast through dinner on the weekends.  They will also offer takeout and delivery service in the region.  There will not be a set menu, but instead there will be a rotating menu of Indian dishes that will change every 3-4 days.  Diners will enter the restaurant and order food at the main counter and pick up their meal when it is ready at the counter.  Initially, Indigo (a name derived from “Indian food on the go”) will also have a limited alcohol menu of beer and wine, but they hope to expand their selections in the coming months and have a freestanding bar in the restaurant.  However, authentic Indian street food that highlights the spices and flavors of the region and uses the freshest available ingredients will always be the focus of Indigo.

Counter Where Diners Will Order Their Food at Indigo

Counter-Window Where Diners Will Order Their Food at Indigo

Indigo is the culmination of many years of work in the restaurant industry for husband and wife owners Dinesh and Nidhi Tandon.  The Tandons owned a restaurant in India for several years prior to moving to the United States in 2003.  While they took a few years off from the culinary industry when they first moved to this country, they began operating a food truck in 2010 that served Indian dishes right outside of Union Station.   As Dinesh explained, they had a very strong response to their food and soon they had a large enough fan base that they expanded their operation to a stall at Eastern Market that has been operating for the past two years.  They also began to do a strong catering business and last year began operating a stand once a week at Georgetown University’s market.  During this time of expansion, they rented an industrial kitchen in Virginia and were having to work incredibly long hours (many times waking up at 3am) to go from market to market picking up ingredients, bringing them back to their rented kitchen, cooking the dishes, and then transporting them to Eastern Market (or the Georgetown University market) to sell.  Throughout this time, they dreamed of finding a place where they could establish a brick and mortar restaurant.

Their search for the ideal location took a while.  Dinesh looked at several places on H Street and entered serious negotiations, but none of them worked out.  He kept searching everyday for potential places.  The Tandons have a house near Trinidad in NE, and Dinesh would frequently pass by the Franklin Carryout located at 3rd and K Street, NE.  While the market was fairly rundown, Dinesh believed that it would be a great location to establish a restaurant.  One day the owner of Franklin Carryout put the place on the market; Dinesh responded within hours of the listing. Continue reading