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New Summer Cocktails at Sospeso

12 Jun

Drink Your Veggies Cocktail at Sospeso

Sospeso, 1344 H Street, NE, has rolled out several new cocktails to help diners deal with the heat of summer in the coming months.  The creative and refreshing drinks are explained down below and will be available throughout the summer at Sospeso.

  • Drink Your Veggies – Tequila, Carciofi Aperitivo (Don Ciccio e Figli), House Carrot-Fennel Juice, Soda, garnished with Fennel Fronds. This is an all veggie drink with blue agave distilled La Pitaya tequila, artichoke based aperitivo from Don Ciccio e Figli, and house juiced carrot and fennel.
  • Mambo Americano – Campari, Sospeso Rosso Vermouth, Pineapple-Chili Syrup, Soda, garnished with a cherry pepper slice.  A bitter, refreshing cocktail with a flavorful, spicy finish combining a classic drink the Americano with Rosemary Clooney’s hit Mambo Italiano.
  • Yul Brynner – Rye, Spicy Ginger Syrup, Lemon Juice, Mint Like a Kentucky Mule and Mint Julep “smashed” together.
  • Lampedusa – Light Rum, Creme de Violette, Lime Juice, Red Wine Float. It’s a rum sour, beautiful violet in color, with a blood red float of wine on top.  Like floating from Tunisia to the little Italian island.
  • Varka Sti Chios – Gin, Mastiha Liquor, Celery-Coriander Syrup.  The freshest, lemon-grassiest cocktail served up in coupe.  Mastiha liquor is made from the mastic trees on the Greek island of Chios, reminiscent of pickling brine and dill.  You can drink 3 on your Boat To Chios (that’s what the name means).

Varka Sti Chios Cocktail at Sospeso

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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.

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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).

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

 

H Street’s Horizon: What’s Coming Soon (Winter 2016)

20 Jan

hstreethorizon

Last fall, we looked at the new restaurants and bars that were coming to H Street.  Over the past year, several new restaurants have opened up, so we will now take an updated look at restaurants that have opened, ones that have made construction progress, and new restaurant concepts that 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 herehere, here, and here.

Opened in Last Year

  • Sixth and H Bar and Grill (523 H Street)–sports bar that opened in July of 2015.  Good place to watch NFL on Sunday and the wings are legit.
  • Starbucks (600 Block of H Street)–chain coffee shop will be opening in new apartment building on southern side of H Street in 600 block.
  • Fresca Taqueria (701 H Street)–new taqueria that replaced The Spot Deli.  Extensive menu but no liquor license currently.  Our coverage here.
  • Addis Ethiopian Restaurant (707 H Street)–Ethiopian restaurant serving lunch and dinner that also does takeout.  Our coverage here.
  • Ben’s Chili Bowl (1001 H Street)–new location from the popular U Street restaurant that serves breakfast as well.
  • Ten 01 (1001 H Street)–bar and small plates on second floor of Ben’s Chili Bowl on H Street with large patio area; opened just a couple of weeks ago.
  • Copycat Co. (1110 H Street)–two story restaurant serving dumplings and grilled skewers on the first floor and craft cocktails (as well as food from downstairs) in a sleek bar area upstairs.
  • Sally’s Middle Name (1320 H Street)–restaurant with menu that changes daily and focuses on locally sourced ingredients.  Took over spot that had previously been Pizza Parts & Service.  It will be expanding up into the second floor (currently a small boutique store) in 2016.  Well reviewed by The Washington Post.  Our coverage here.
  • Maketto (1351 H Street)–new spot by Toki Underground owner that is part retail market, part bar, part coffee bar/bakery, and part restaurant.  Well reviewed by The Washington Post
  • IMM Thai (1360 H Street)–second location of IMM Thai (original is in Annandale) that opened in June.  Serves both lunch and dinner as well as offering takeout and delivery.  Our coverage here.

New Concepts Announced in Last Year

  • Two Boots (1025 H Street)–cajun inspired pizza restaurant based out of New York that has a location in Baltimore as well.  Concept recently announced, so construction will probably take a little while.  Details from Washington Business Journal.
  • Spile and Spigot (1248 H Street)–a pub that will have various ales and English food.  Same owners as Blue Diner and will be located on the first floor of the building that houses Blue Diner.  More details from our friends at Washington City Paper and Frozen Tropics.
  • Blue Diner (1248 H Street)–24 hour diner that plans to open sometime in the spring.  From the same owners as Spile and Spigot and will be located on the second floor of the building that houses Spile and Spigot.  More details from our friends at Washington City Paper and Frozen Tropics.
  • Sospeso (1344 H Street)–new Mediterranean restaurant that will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner by the current General Manager of Sotto on 14th Street.  Aiming to open in the spring.  Our coverage here.

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Sospeso to Bring Mediterranean Food to H Street This Spring

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

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

A new Mediterranean restaurant is planned for H Street this coming spring.  Michael Rosato, currently General Manager of Sotto on 14th Street, will be opening up Sospeso at 1344 H Street in the two floor building that previously was Evolve Property Management.  As the space was not previously a restaurant, it requires extensive renovations.  However, the current plan is to open the restaurant in May.  Once completed, Sospeso will open at 7 am and stay open through late night, featuring coffee in the morning and wine in the evening.  It will have a bar downstairs with seating both upstairs and downstairs.  There are also plans to have an outdoor patio on the second floor.