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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.

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Major Construction at Former Souk (1208 H Street NE)

27 May

There has been major construction at the former site of Souk (1208 H Street NE).  The restaurant closed quite a few months ago, and there were rumors that they were doing a renovation prior to reopening.  Souk was owned by the same owners of Nomad hookah bar (previously Sahra hookah) previously.  No word on if it is still the same owners.

New Construction at Former Souk

New Construction at Former Souk

Former Souk (in Middle Between Queen Vic and Vendetta)

Former Souk (in Middle Between Queen Vic and Vendetta)

2013: The Year Ahead for H Street’s Dining Scene

26 Dec

2012 was a very exciting year for H Street that witnessed a ton of new restaurants and bars opening.  2013 promises to be another exciting year for the neighborhood with many more openings on tap.  Here’s our rundown of places slated to open in the new year and some of the important questions for the H Street region as we enter 2013.  Thanks to our friends at Frozen Tropics and H Street Great Street who broke much of the news on the future openings earlier in the year.  Did we miss a planned opening?  Please let us know in the comment section.

Likely Openings in the New Year (listed in order of going west-east down H Street)

  • Batter Bowl Bakery (401 H Street)–bakery from the owners of Ethiopic, featuring breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as baked goods, likely opening in January (h/t Frozen Tropics)
  • Hikari Sushi and Sake (644 H Street)–sushi restaurant from the owners of Matsutake Sushi restaurants in Northern Virginia, we’ve heard that it could open in the next few weeks
  • PoBoy Jim’s (709 H Street)–poboys and other cajun food with bar and patio in the back, owners have experienced a few construction surprises but should be opening early in the new year (see our preview here)
  • Ben’s Chili Bowl (10th and H Street)–restaurant from the popular U Street restaurant, will be two levels and feature a bar as well
  • Mythology (1005 H Street)–steak and seafood as well as brunch from current general manager of the popular Atlas Room, will also have extensive craft beer and wine selections (h/t H Street Great Street) Continue reading

Souk Temporarily Closed for Renovations

15 Nov

In late September our friends at Frozen Tropics reported that there had been a small fire at Souk on H Street (1208 H Street, NE).  Recently it appeared that the restaurant had closed and might not be reopening.  Souk has been closed during dinner recently, its website is down, and its phone has been disconnected.

Souk Temporarily Closed for Renovations

We stopped by the new Sahra Lounge down the block (same ownership) to learn more.  Contrary to the signs that the restaurant is closed for good, we’re told that Souk is temporarily closed for renovations and will reopen in 2-3 months.  The renovations are not related to the fire and are instead meant to make the restaurant nicer and more open inside.  We really hope that those renovations will include removing the roll down shutters outside of the restaurant that make it look really uninviting when it is closed compared to the rest of the block.