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All Souls Bar Coming to H Street?

13 Jun

Is All Souls Bar Opening on H Street?

A real estate brochure from Streetsense for an unrelated building lists All Souls Bar as “coming soon” in the Apollo Building (600 H Street, NE).  The brochure is fairly new to the Streetsense site and appears to be mostly up to date with other projects in the neighborhood.  All Souls is a neighborhood bar in Shaw that opened in late 2013 and has good reviews online.  They allow you to bring in food or have food delivered to the bar.  We’ve reached out to All Souls for comment and will update when/if we hear back.  District Cuisine did a permit search and could not find any permits or evidence other than this brochure that All Souls is moving to H Street.

H Street Chick-fil-A Opening June 1, Holding Special Event May 31

24 May

H Street Chick-fil-A

H Street’s Chick-fil-A will be opening up on June 1st (it is actually slightly off H Street at 1401 Maryland Avenue, NE).  For most Chick-fil-A grand openings, customers camp outside leading up to the door opening in hopes of being one of the first 100 customers who win free Chick-fil-A for a year.  Peter Choi, owner operator of the H Street Chick-fil-A, is instead holding a special event for the first 100 customers the day before the grand opening on May 31st.  The first 100 customers will still receive free Chick-fil-A for a year but will also take a bus tour around the District and will help make 10,000 meals for D.C. Central Kitchen before coming back to the restaurant for dinner that evening (more details in press release below).

The H Street Chick-fil-A, previously a Checker’s, is primarily a drive thru restaurant but also has a walk up window for customers on foot.  There is also a small patio for dining at the restaurant.  Owner Peter Choi’s father in law has been a Chick-fil-A operator for the past 20 years in Reston.

From the press release:

D.C.’s First Chick-fil-A Grand Opening Road Trip Celebrates the June 1 Restaurant Opening;

Up to 100 Participants in the May 31 Event will be Awarded with a Free Year’s Supply of Chick-fil-A Meals

Restaurant Creates 60 New Jobs and Features Drive-Thru, Pedestrian Walk-Up Window and Outdoor Seating

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 1, 2017) – Local franchise owner Peter Choi will celebrate the June 1 opening of D.C.’s newest Chick-fil-A restaurant with the area’s first Chick-fil-A Road Trip on May 31. Upwards of 100 adults will be transported on an interactive field trip around the area where their efforts not only will impact thousands, but also will earn each of them a year supply of Chick-fil-A meals.

The new restaurant at 1401 Maryland Ave., NE., is creating 60 new jobs in the area and providing the opportunity for the community to donate children’s books to benefit Miner Elementary School.

Chick-fil-A Road Trip Celebration

Chick-fil-A’s First 100 campouts have given away more than $31 million in free food through 2016 and continue to be the chain’s signature event to celebrate the opening of a new location. However, this Chick-fil-A grand opening celebration will not involve any overnight activities but a Road Trip where up to 100 eligible participants, 18 years and older, can start gathering at 5:45 a.m. on May 31 to register and immediately participate in the grand opening celebration. Continue reading

Cava Grill Coming to H Street

26 Mar

Old 6th and H Bar and Grill, Future Cava Grill

Back in October ANC Commissioner Chris Miller teased that Cava Grill would be coming to H Street in the old 6th and H Bar and Grill location (523 H Street, NE).  When contacted at the time, Cava Grill stated that nothing was final and that it could not be confirmed.  Based upon recently filed construction permits at 523 H Street, it appears that Cava Grill is in fact moving in.  According to permits filed last week, interior construction will be taking place for “new restaurant tenant, Cava.”  Additionally, the construction company that filed the permit is linked to other Cava constructions around the area.  A peak inside of the building this weekend revealed that all the remnants of the old 6th and H Bar and Grill had recently been removed and that the interior is currently a shell.

Quara Ethiopian Coming to H Street

16 Mar

Future Location of Quara Ethiopian on H Street

According to a revised version of ANC 6A Alcoholic Beverage Licensing Committee’s agenda for next week, the Committee will be hearing from representatives of Quara Ethiopian Fusion that will be coming soon to 818 H Street, NE (next door to Mythology).  District Cuisine had heard for some time that an Ethiopian restaurant had leased the space but had been unable to confirm details until now.  Quara currently operates an Ethiopian restaurant on 18th Street (website and menu here), and this location is from the same owners (ownership of the 18th Street location matches a contact person for building permits at 818 H Street).  The building is currently undergoing a major renovation but still has a long way to go.  Quara will be joining two current Ethiopian restaurants on the H Street Corridor (Ethiopic and Addis).  More details as we get them.

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.

sospeso-interior

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.

sospeso-interior-2

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).