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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.

Sneak Peak Inside Sospeso, Opening Soon on H Street

23 Jan
Upstairs at Sospeso

Upstairs at Sospeso

Last week District Cuisine sat down with Sospeso co-owners Michael and Hatice Rosato to preview the new restaurant coming soon to 1344 H Street, NE.  Michael has extensive experience from around the District’s restaurant scene ranging from Zaytinya to Palena to Granville Moore’s to Toki Underground and most recently Ghibellina and Sotto on 14th Street.  Hatice runs a women’s clothing import business and designed the interior of the restaurant.  When we spoke, they hoped to open the restaurant in late January but have now moved the opening back to late February (likely by the end of February).  As we mentioned in our earlier preview piece, Sospeso will be Mediterranean inspired and will be open for dine in and takeout for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late night.

Balcony Overlooking H Street at Sospeso

Balcony Overlooking H Street at Sospeso

The interior of the restaurant–previously a real estate office–has been completely redone and looks beautiful.  The Rosatos, who live within walking distance of the restaurant, are hoping that neighbors will view the restaurant as a cool place to hang out and to do work in during the day.

Tiling Around the Bar at Sospeso

Tiling Around the Bar at Sospeso

The first floor will be a bar in the front (coffee and alcohol) and tables in the back that are slightly elevated above the bar area.  The first floor has extensive and intricate tiling all along the bar area.

Future 3rd Floor Wine Cellar at Sospeso

Future 3rd Floor Wine Cellar at Sospeso

Upstairs will feature additional dine in seating as well as a balcony that overlooks H Street.  The upstairs has a nice mix of two and four top tables as well as a table that can accommodate bigger parties.  Above the second floor is a loft-style floor that will be a wine cellar for the restaurant.  There will be wifi available in the restaurant, enabling patrons to work during the day.

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Sospeso will initially open for breakfast/lunch and then will open for dinner after a few days of service.  In the near future, they will be launching a brunch menu as well as happy hour (both drinks and food).  We’ll be previewing a sample of their opening menu in a post tomorrow.

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Sospeso to Open in Late January

12 Jan
Front Windows of Future Sospeso on H Street (1344 H Street)

Front Windows of Future Sospeso on H Street (1344 H Street)

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).

Construction Begins for (Near) H Street Chick-fil-A

10 Nov
Construction on Upcoming Chick-fil-A

Construction on Upcoming Chick-fil-A

As was reported several months ago, Chick-fil-A is replacing Checkers at 1401 Maryland Avenue, NE, just one block off of the H Street Corridor.  The Checkers site sat vacant for several months, but construction has begun in recent weeks.  We’ll update once we learn more details on an opening date.

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Sospeso Opening This Fall on H Street (With Sample Menu)

27 Sep
Front Windows of Future Sospeso on H Street (1344 H Street)

Front Windows of Future Sospeso on H Street (1344 H Street)

News came late last year that a new Mediterranean restaurant concept called Sospeso would be opening at 1344 H Street, NE in what had previously been a real estate office.  While information has been sparse since then, recently District Cuisine caught up with Sospeso’s owner Michael Rosato to learn more details.  You can visit Sospeso’s website here and you can check out a sneak peak of their menu down below!

Sospeso’s name originated from Caffe Sospeso which translates to “suspended coffee” and “is a Neapolitan practice of someone anonymously paying for a coffee ahead for someone else in need.”  According to Sospeso’s website, the restaurant will be “inspired by the recipes of our grandparents and great-grandparents, as well as the sun-drenched countries and seas of Southern Europe, the Eastern Mediterranean, and North Africa.”  They will be focusing on high quality and locally sourced ingredients.

The owners hope to open before Thanksgiving and construction is well underway.  Sospeso’s hours, once open, will be Sunday-Thursday from 7 am until 2 am and Friday-Saturday until 3 am.  They will serve coffee and pastries in the morning, sandwiches and salads in the afternoon, and full dinner in the evening.  Appetizers will range from $6-13 and entrees from $16-30.  Dinner service will also include house made focaccia and a beverage program that focuses on Mediterranean wines and house infused vermouth and cocktails.

Sospeso will be a mom and pop operation run by Michael and his wife Hatice.  Michael has extensive restaurant experience from various roles at Tryst, Zaytinya, Palena, Granville Moore’s, Toki Underground, Ghibellina, and Sotto.  Most recently Michael has been running the wine program at Ghibellina and Sotto on 14th Street as well as booking music for Sotto.  Hatice runs a women’s clothing import business and designed the interior of the restaurant.  She will also be in charge of the restaurant’s forthcoming website, branding, and social media.  As a native of Turkey, Hatice will have a big influence on the menu.

Michael says that he has always enjoyed H Street since moving to DC back in 2003.  He liked the community feel so much that he moved to Trinidad in 2011, very close to where Sospeso will open up.

Sample Sospeso menu:

Appetizers

Bottarga Nuts-peanuts, Sicilian spices, bottarga

Cabbage Salad-savoy cabbage, roasted squash, fennel, onion

Butter Lettuce Salad-lettuce, shaved beet and carrot, lemon-cardamom dressing

Imam Bayildi-roasted eggplant, onion, tomato, garlic

Mercimekli Kofte-lentil and bulghur ‘fingerlings,’ lettuce, lemon

Hummus-chickpea puree, pita

Add roasted lamb

Salty Fritters-anchovy stuffed fried dough, gremolata

Piyaz-giant beans, baked in tomato, garlic, and lemon

Grilled Octopus-giant beans

Pastas

Gnocchi-wild mushrooms, garlic, rosemary, Grana Padano

Tagliatelli Carbonara-pancetta, onion, egg, Grana Padano

Mains

Porchetta Sandwich-roast pork, vegetable relish, cracklins, pickled veggies

Vegetable Bouillabaisse-charred vegetables, aioli crostini

Moussaka-ground beef, potato, eggplant, bechamel

Roasted Fish-clam broth

Hanger Steak-rosemary roasted potatoes, balsamic reduction

Dessert

Bruschetta Dolce-rosemary rhortbread, tomato jam, mint

Zabaione-marsala custard, biscotti

Almond Cake-mascarpone cream

Pistachio Baklava

 

Food and Drink Menus for The Haymaker Bar

26 Aug
Spicy Chicken Slider Special at The Haymaker Bar

Spicy Chicken Slider Special at The Haymaker Bar

Earlier this week, District Cuisine featured our interview with the owners of The Haymaker Bar (1015 H Street, NE) where we discussed the new concept and their exciting new plans for the neighborhood.  As a follow up to that piece, below are the new food and drink menus for The Haymaker.  Additionally, the restaurant will have spicy chicken sliders on its menu for the next week as a special; $10 for three sliders.

Food Menu for The Haymaker Bar

Food Menu for The Haymaker Bar

Drink Menu for The Haymaker Bar

Drink Menu for The Haymaker Bar

*Photo credit Margaux Cedar

The Haymaker Bar Debuts on H Street

25 Aug
The New Bar at The Haymaker Bar on H Street

The New Bar at The Haymaker Bar on H Street

Many longtime H Street residents were sad when The Atlas Room closed for good several weeks ago to change into a new concept.  However, the owners have converted the space into a new and exciting concept that they hope will quickly become a neighborhood favorite.  Meet The Haymaker Bar (1015 H Street, NE), a more casual bar and neighborhood hangout that still will have chef driven cuisine.  District Cuisine chatted with The Haymaker team last week to learn more about the new spot.

District Cuisine: We were very sad to see the Atlas Room close several weeks ago (we used to have our birthday dinner there every year).  Think we’ll see any of the old Atlas Room favorites on the menu of The Haymaker?

The Haymaker: While we have (Atlas Room) favorites too, we reimagined chickpea fritters as pubfare as the only crossover, not just because of their popularity, but because they’re vegan and gluten free which is a must on menus.  We know people want old favorites, and we hope to make new favorites very soon!  While The Haymaker  isn’t fine dining, the flavor is still chef driven by owner/chef Matt Cordes.

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DC: Where does the name Haymaker come from?

Haymaker: The Haymaker is derived from a couple of meanings and uses of the word.  The first being a knockout punch as used in boxing, but really derived from a worker wielding a scythe and cutting down a large patch of hay in one “swing.”  We offer a selection of 5 house made punches (a fistful if you will).  Also pertaining to beverage, the Haymaker was the orignial Gatorade taken to the fields to keep workers hydrated, it consisted of water, herbs, apple cider vinegar, and sorghum or molasses.  The goal for The Haymaker is to be a comfortable neighorhood bar with elements of wood, stone, and metal throughout to provide a laid back and warm environment to enjoy great food and drinks.  It has elements of sports and news on the TV’s and an upbeat modern music selection, as well as a fully stocked bar and seasonal beers on tap and in bottles.

DC: What made you want to change the concept from being a fine dining restaurant into more of a neighborhood bar?

Haymaker: Honestly you answered your own question.  The Atlas Room became the birthday/special occasion restaurant.  It wasn’t a place the neighbors could enjoy a meal or two a week.  The hope is Haymaker is at a flavor and price point for the neighborhood to visit often and regularly without breaking the bank.  Our draft beer, rail and wine happy hour prices are kept low with this in mind ($5).  We’re even launching a 1015 (our address) deal soon.  Craving a late night snack?  At 10:15 until midnight you can get a draft beer and our tots for $10.15. Continue reading