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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…

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.

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.


Sneak Peak Inside Pow Pow, Opening This Saturday on H Street

2 May
Sign Inside of Pow Pow (1253 H Street)

Sign Inside of Pow Pow (1253 H Street)

Pow Pow–a new fast casual Asian fusion concept coming to 1253 H Street–will have its grand opening this Saturday, May 7th.  The restaurant, a collaboration of Shaun Sharkey (involved with multiple existing restaurants on H Street), Stephen Cheung (Lavagna in Eastern Market), and John Yamashita (Sticky Rice), will serve a variety of creative bowls, salads, and rolls.  District Cuisine got an opportunity to tour the space over the weekend and was very impressed with the buildout and design.  The space features a gigantic mural on one wall (see pictures below) and clever references to the H Street community throughout (such as a streetcar sign with the Pow Pow tiger logo on the front).  The wood on the main wall is reclaimed from an old barn in Virginia and is used in several of the signs throughout the restaurant as well.  The restaurant owns the building and will lease out the top floor.

Large Mural Inside of Pow Pow

Large Mural Inside of Pow Pow

Pow Pow will initially start out only serving dinner before expanding to lunch once they get going.  While the setup is fast casual and customization will be welcomed, the majority of the menu is crafted in a way where the customer will order a set menu item as opposed to creating their own.

Counter at Pow Pow

Counter at Pow Pow

At this time, there are no plans for a liquor license as the restaurant plans on being a food driven concept.  Some of the exciting menu items we learned about:

  • Pork Sword–giant pork and pineapple egg roll (the egg rolls will be large enough to be entree size)
  • Midnight Marauder–giant steak and cheese egg roll
  • Wu-Banger–Pow Pow’s spin on an orange chicken bowl
  • Superfly Snuka–Asian pork BBQ bowl
  • Fugazi Osbourne–hoisin beef bowl
  • Mock chicken bowls for vegetarians
  • Taiwanese fried chicken (gluten free)
  • Trolly Chips–Kimchi fries


In addition to these main items, they will have a series of finishers to go on top of the salads and bowls, called “Pow Pow’s”:

  • Sriracha roasted cashews (District Cuisine got a chance to sample these and loved them)
  • Fried capers
  • Togorashi croutons
  • Fried shallots
  • Broken fortune cookies


In addition to the savory items previewed above, Pow Pow will have one dessert: the Chimi Chimi Pow Pow–a deep fried banana and Nutella eggroll (District Cuisine also got a chance to sample this and enjoyed it as well).

Dessert at Pow Pow: Deep Fried Banana and Nutella Eggroll

Chimi Chimi Pow Pow: Deep Fried Banana and Nutella Eggroll


Look for Pow Pow to have streetcar specials in the coming weeks as well.  For the opening next weekend, they will likely have a DJ for the opening celebration.  We can’t wait to check them out this weekend once they officially open.


New Diner Coming to H Street

24 Mar
The Now Closed Danny Todd's Right Off of H Street

The Now Closed Danny Todd’s Right Off of H Street

Our friends at Frozen Tropics have the scoop that a new restaurant called DC Diner will be opening soon in the spot that previously was Danny Todd’s (802 13th Street).  More details here.


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