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Kitty’s Saloon to Have Shiner, BBQ at H Street Festival

15 Sep
Interior at Kitty's Saloon

Interior at Kitty’s Saloon

Kitty’s Saloon (1208 H Street) will have Shiner brewery at the restaurant during H Street Festival (September 19th) and will be serving $6 pints of Shiner Bock and $5 cans of Ruby Red Bird (Shiner’s grapefruit beer that is a District Cuisine favorite).  They will also be serving George Dickel Bourbon as well as BBQ pulled pork sandwiches on fresh baked bread and alligator nuggets.

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

22 Oct

Last winter, 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.  You can see previous versions of H Street’s Horizons here, here, and here.

Opened this Spring and Summer

  • Driftwood Kitchen (400 H Street)–new Mediterranean restaurant that replaced the controversial Tru Orleans restaurant that closed a year ago.  Our coverage here.
  • Micho’s Grill (500 H Street)–in the summer, Micho’s Grill brought fast casual style Lebanese food to the western end of H Street.  Our coverage here.
  • DC Harvest (517 H Street)–in late summer, DC Harvest opened for dinner and brunch.  The new American restaurant has a seasonal menu that changes based upon what is in season.  They focus on locally sourcing as many of their ingredients as possible, both for food and for drinks.  Arthur Ringel, the head chef, was previously head chef at Hank’s Oyster Bar.  Our coverage here.
  • The Spot Deli (701 H Street)–breakfast and lunch spot that replaced Heaven & H after renovations.  From the same owners as The Spot that has not yet opened further east on H Street.
  • Po Boy Jim (709 H Street)–after many months of construction, Po Boy Jim opened for lunch and dinner in late June.  The restaurant has an extensive menu of cajun po boys as well as po boys that are influenced from cuisines around the globe.  Our coverage here.
  • Kitty’s Saloon (1208 H Street)–country-western restaurant and whiskey bar that replaced the long closed Souk restaurant.  Our coverage here.
  • Pizza Parts and Service (1320 H Street)–this space owned by Taylor Gourmet was previously Taylor Charles Steak and Ice and served cheesesteaks.  That concept closed down late last year (you can now get cheesesteaks at all of Taylor Gourmet’s locations) and reopened as Pizza Parts and Service, which serves pizzas by the pie or the slice.  They also deliver.  Website here.
  • Ocopa (previously Chicken Tortilla) (1324 H Street)–the Peruvian restaurant opened this summer and serves both dinner and lunch.  They offer Peruvian chicken, many types of ceviche, and several other Peruvian dishes.  Website here and early Washington Post review here.
  • Bullfrog Bagels (1341 H Street)–previously a pop-up bagel place around town, Bullfrog opened its permanent location in part of the space that Star and Shamrock has occupied for years.  Our coverage here.
  • Impala Cantina y Taqueria (1358 H Street)–originally a pop-up taco window several years ago, H Street residents have been waiting years for Impala to open its permanent brick and mortar location.  They opened earlier this year with a very cool first floor that opens up into a large courtyard for outdoor eating.  Website here.
  • Pursuit Wine Bar (1421 H Street)–wine bar and grilled cheese restaurant opened at the far east end of H Street.  Our coverage here.

New Concepts Announced in the Middle of 2014

  • Sticky Fingers Bakery (406 H Street)–Vegan bakery with existing location in Columbia Heights.  Space is currently undergoing major renovations.
  • Nando’s (411 H Street)–South African (with major Portuguese influence) chicken chain will open a location on the eastern end of H Street sometime next year.  The space must undergo major renovations before Nando’s can open.

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Kitty’s Saloon Soft Opens, Official Opening Friday

10 Oct
Interior Wall at Kitty's Saloon

Interior Wall at Kitty’s Saloon

Kitty’s Saloon (1208 H Street, NE) had its soft opening this week and will open tomorrow (Friday the 10th) for full dinner service.  For the first month or so, the restaurant will only have its first floor open as they complete construction on the upper level.  The lower level features a bar, three two top tables in the back, and a table in the front by their floor to ceiling roll-up window that opens on to H Street.  You can see our preview here and view their menu here.

Tables at Kitty's Saloon

Tables at Kitty’s Saloon

Ceiling at Kitty's Saloon

Ceiling at Kitty’s Saloon

Chef David Conn Bringing Country Western Cuisine to Kitty’s Saloon

4 Sep

Chef David Conn’s path to becoming head chef at Kitty’s Saloon (1208 H Street, NE) has not been the most traditional.  Initially a music professor at Cornell University, Conn decided that he was tired of academia and was ready to pursue his passion for the restaurant industry.  After several years of culinary training in Savannah, he spent the next 14 years in the Nashville restaurant scene where he developed his own spin on country and western cuisines.  Next he spent time in the New York City area where he opened additional restaurants before being attracted to the D.C. area.

Chef David Conn of Kitty's Saloon

Chef David Conn of Kitty’s Saloon

In the coming weeks, Kitty’s Saloon will replace the long closed Souk on H Street.  The interior and exterior of the restaurant have been completely redesigned.  Much of the wood on the inside of the restaurant came from an 1870s barn and has been restored for use in the space.  Currently, the restaurant only occupies the ground floor, but the owners of Kitty’s are working with the landlord to buy the upstairs and expand the restaurant (and possibly create an outdoor deck in the coming months).  Prior to opening, we caught up with Chef David Conn to discuss his plans and vision for Kitty’s.

After one trip to H Street, Conn was sold on the area.  He says that one trip to the Pug and a taste of Toki Underground’s ramen were enough to convince him that the neighborhood was the place to be.  He hopes that Kitty’s Saloon will become a neighborhood hangout that will add a unique element to H Street but that will become fully engrained in the neighborhood.  For Conn, having a strong connection to the neighborhood and a good relationship with the neighbors is essential for success.

Initially, Kitty’s Saloon was advertised as “contemporary redneck cuisine,” but Conn sees it as a blend of country and western cuisines.  The menu will feature around ten small plates at any one time as well as several larger entree plates.  Look for it to rotate significantly by season.  Conn considers his spice rack and the different blending of spices to be essential to his style.  He joked to us that his spice rack is so large that it takes up half of his storage space.  Slow braising and other styles of cooking that develop a deep spice and flavor profile are key to the dishes he makes.   Continue reading

Kitty’s Saloon to Replace Souk on H Street, Bringing “Contemporary Redneck Cuisine”

3 Jul
Kitty's Saloon Coming Soon to H Street

Kitty’s Saloon Coming Soon to H Street

Souk, a Moroccan place located at 1208 H Street NE, closed several years ago for “renovations” and never reopened.  Many of us wondered about the status of the restaurant that had been promising while it was open.  Apparently, for at least awhile, the restaurant was owned by the same owners as Nomad Hookah Lounge (previously Sahra Hookah).  Several months ago, extensive renovations began on the building and it became clear that something else was going in there.  Signage went up this week for “Kitty’s Saloon.”  While details are sparse, according to its website (very barebones), Kitty’s Saloon will serve “contemporary redneck cuisine.”  A Food Service Monthly article from last year provides some additional details:

“That Atlas District continues to grow. Miss Kitty’s Saloon is slated to open the end of August at 1208 H St. NE. The managing operator and executive chef is Scott Webster, a CIA grad who worked for Clyde’s Restaurant Group for 16 years, including executive chef at Clyde’s in Tysons Corner. The rustic mid-western saloon will be on two floors. Second floor expected to open in the fall, featuring a bourbon/whiskey bar.”

More details as we are able to get them.