Metro Mutts (508 H St) announced that they are opening second outpost on Barrack's Row having acquired Pawticulars. Congratulations to one of H Street's best retail shops owned by a few local residents!
The K Street Triangle blog went live & is soliciting input on what to do with the corner pocket park at 8th & K NE. We made a few recommendations to them. Have you? Will you help beautify the space with public art, trees, bushes, flowers, or other donations & volunteer work?
Mike Neibauer noted the new DCRA vacant & blighted property lists are out. The lists are bigger and include some additional H Street properties. Others are still missing despite having been reported. If you would like to report a vacant property, contact DCRA at 442-4332. DCRA can order certain improvements on vacant properties & can subject them to higher property tax rates to encourage occupancy and/or renovations.
The City Paper & others noted that Taylor (1116 H St) has dropped their ban on mustard & mayo. I can't think of a hoagie they make that needs either, but welcome the news nonetheless. They're also offering whole wheat rolls and will be doing hoagie of the month specials. Good stuff!
Young & Hungry picks up on Crunk Cakes. They're around here a fair amount, including at the H Street Bakes gatherings. Booze filled cupcakes & they're popular. Look for them at H Street Bakes on Saturday at the Pug (1234 H St) during the H Street Chalk Walk.
The H Street Chalk Walk is this Saturday. East City Art has some background. We'll post more soon, but the idea is brunch between 10 and 3. Checking out street chalk art thereafter. Drinks & awards for the best art in the evening. Should be fun & lots of H Street businesses & local artists are participating.
Prince of Petworth notices the for lease sign at 1118 H St. This is the old Birdland building. It was previously thought to be leased to the guy who has the lease for a pizza spot at 1387 H. It's one of several good properties listed for lease. We've also notice 906 H St (double wide), 914 H St (needs lots of work, but has liquor license), 1000 H St and a few others with for lease signs popping up recently.
Housing Complex's Lydia DePillis picks up on the sale of the Murry's site (610 H St). We understand it's under contract with closing in November. It will go from a taxi mangate (whose also the guy who owns the blighted property at 1400 Maryland Ave & a proposed Walmart site) to developers who want to put a big residential building over ground level retail. In other words, this is very good news. The site is quite large and extends from the corner of 6th & H all the way up to the H Street Storage building. It also appears to include lots back along 6th St to I St. We have more this that we'll share in a separate post soon.
East City Art also has news of a cool charity event this Friday, September 9, at SOVA (1359 H St). It's a wine tasting & silent auction to benefit Empowered Women International & Peace X Peace.
Granville Moore's (1238 H St) is doing another cool beer dinner on September 27. This time with Flying Dog Brewery. They've got great folks in the kitchen there and they love quality beer, so this is sure to be fun. Plus you can reserve a spot so you wont have ot wait in line to get in. Those guys really can't expand soon enough as far as we're concerned.
Liberty Tree (1016 H St) is now open daily at 5 pm, weekends at 11 for brunch (ie, no more weekday lunch service, but opening earlier for weekend brunch). We're sorry lunch is off for now, but there are a number of good lunch options on H Street these days and Liberty remains a strong dinnner and weekend brunch option. Don't forget about their new patio & some specials they are rolling out like half priced burgers on Wednesday nights.