H Street Whole Foods Opening Wednesday with “16 beers on tap and wine by the glass, along with an eclectic menu featuring gourmet hot dogs, Raclette and charcuterie trays”

whole foods h street
600 H Street, NE

From Whole Foods:

“Whole Foods Market will open its sixth location in the District of Columbia – and first store in Northeast – at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, March 15. The community is invited to join store team members and company leaders at 8:45 a.m. for Whole Foods Market’s traditional bread-breaking ceremony. Opening day shoppers will be greeted with door-buster deals and an array of in-store product demonstrations and samples.

“I’m excited to introduce the Whole Foods Market difference to our neighbors who live east of the Capitol,” said store team leader Donovan Morris, referring to the Quality Standards which are applied to every product sold or prepared by Whole Foods Market. “When people understand that every single item on our shelves and sold in our restaurants is free of artificial preservatives, flavors, sweeteners, colors and hydrogenated fats, they can trust that every product is made with only the best ingredients.”

The H Street location will offer:

· Exclusive items such as sauces and spice blends from Maketto, Cava’s in-restaurant sauces bottled to take home, DC-based Snacklins’ vegan “pork rinds” and an exclusive collaboration beer from Atlas Brew Works.

· Dozens of local favorites throughout the store including Brainfood Homegrown popcorn, Dolcezza and Milk Cult ice-creams, cold brew from Confluence Coffee Co. and Junius Cold Brew, RunningByrd Teas, Capital Kombucha and Oh-Mazing Granola, just to name a few.

· The first expansion of Chef Erik Bruner-Yang’s Paper Horse concept, launched last year at Whole Foods Market’s Foggy Bottom store, featuring expanded Chinese diner-style style mains and sides, in addition to his famous noodles.

The in-store mezzanine pub has 16 beers on tap and wine by the glass, along with an eclectic menu featuring gourmet hot dogs, Raclette and charcuterie trays.

Shoppers can enjoy gourmet coffees and freshly made juices in the store’s café seating area or on the outside patio. Made-in-house prepared foods options include self-serve wood-fired pizza, sushi and an extensive salad bar.

As part of Whole Foods Market’s commitment to local communities, the H Street store opening will support three organizations:

· Atlas Performing Arts Center, a community-centered venue for theater, music and dance located just down the street from the store will receive a check on opening day representing donations from the community members who came out for preview tours Sunday and a matching gift from Whole Foods Market.

· Words Beats and Life, which advocates for the transformative power of hip-hop culture in all its artistic forms, will be the beneficiary of 5 percent of sales from all DC stores on March 22nd.

· City Dogs Rescue & City Kitties, an organization that rescues adoptable cats and dogs in overcrowded and high-kill shelters, will be the store’s first “Nickels for Nonprofits” recipient. Whole Foods Market will donate a nickel each time a customer uses a reusable bag (instead of paper) to shop.

The store will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. at 600 H Street NE, in Washington, DC.”

26 Comment

  • west_egg

    I used to live in this neighborhood around, oh, 2004. My keen observation is that things have changed a smidge since then.

  • picture is definitely not 600 H St NE

  • This all seems like a lot of overhead for a grocery store, I suspect the costs will get passed on to customers. Sticking to Giant and Wal-Mart, maybe the new Trader Joes, thanks very much.

  • I would imagine with the typical markup on beer and wine, these costs are capitalized quickly.

    • I don’t know what they’re going to charge but I used to go to happy hour at a Whole Foods in a different state with a bar and it was quite cheap ($4 a pint if I remember correctly).

  • I’m pretty sure the Giant down the street hired the Murray’s produce manager. I’m looking forward to fresh vegetables. Beer on tap is a bonus though.

  • justinbc

    Oh man I’ve been deprived of Cava’s dips since moving away from Logan Circle, I would go here for those if nothing else!

  • Brooklyn Brawler

    Walked by today and wished they were open today instead of Wednesday. The Giant on 3rd & H produce sucked!

  • I don’t really understand why you’d want to sit at the grocery store and drink a draft beer. Especially with all the bars right nearby. Growler fills, sure. But otherwise, no.

    • maxwell smart

      You’re thinking about this all wrong… the first thing you do is get a beer and then drink it while you grocery shop. At Giant, they even have grocery baskets with cup holders. Grocery shopping with a beer is a good time for all… just don’t have too many otherwise the next day you will wonder why you bought so many organic snacks but no actual food.

      • Don’t kid with me, can you really do that? amazing.

        • Sooo…that’s how it works at the fancy Giant Eagles (or “Gaant Iggle” if you speak Pittsburghese) with in-house bars in NE Ohio and W/NW Pennsylvania. Their license covers the whole store, so you can grab a beer or wine and sip it while you shop. Don’t know if it will be the same here, but it could be!

        • Can confirm. Took the tour on Sunday and they told us you can drink + shop.

        • maxwell smart

          Yes! The new-ish Giant in Cathedral Commons and the Whole Foods in Tenley both allow for drink and shop. The Giant on Friday’s sometimes has a small jazz combo playing adjacent to the bar. It really elevates the grocery shopping experience!

    • skj84

      I’m actually looking forward to hanging at the Whole Foods bar. They did a great job with the lounge level, it seems like a chill spot to bring a laptop or book. Plus you can grab stuff from the prepared foods downstairs there is probably way more variety food wise than a regular bar would have. The license extends to the patio outside too.

  • “Whole Foods Market will open its sixth location in the District of Columbia…”
    .
    What are the other 5? As I count:
    1. Logan Circle
    2. Tenleytown
    3. Glover Park
    4. Foggy Bottom
    5. H St.
    6. ?
    .
    Also the WF website only lists 4 stores for DC right now.

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