Haikan Interior 1

From a press release:

Haikan (805 V Street NW) – the 2nd Sapporo-style ramen shop from the talented team behind Daikaya including partners Daisuke Utagawa, Chef Katsuya Fukushima, and Yama Jewayni – will open at the Atlantic Plumbing Building on Saturday, August 27th at 5pm beginning with dinner service only. Haikan will be the third restaurant to open in Washington DC from the Daikaya team – following closely on the heels of recently opened Japanese chicken ramen shop Bantam King – and will serve as the team’s second eatery to open offering up a variety of traditional Sapporo-style ramen. Haikan will be open 7 days a week for dinner, with plans to launch brunch and lunch service in the future.

Featuring 2,120-square feet on the interior ground level of JBG Companies Atlantic Plumbing Building, Haikan will offer a completely new selection of traditional Sapporo-style ramen, different from the variety of ramen currently offered at both Daikaya and Bantam King including Shio, Shoyu, Miso, and Vegetable. The Shio showcases the delicate and complex chintan stock providing a hint of seafood flavor. For the shoyu ramen, the team at Haikan decided to go back to the taste of the classic Showa period, which served as the first golden age of ramen in Japan. Haikan’s complex stock is brightened by fresh soy sauce flavor. Invented in Sapporo, miso ramen uses a lighter, gentler miso with sesame seeds to match the stock. And Haikan’s vegetable ramen is 100% vegetarian. The team uses vegetable stock and miso as the base for the soup, which is slightly spicy and extremely rich in flavor.

Haikan Bar 2

And in addition to ramen, Executive Chef Katsuya Fukushima will be sharing a playful selection of Japanese-inspired small plates, priced between $8 to $10 each, such as Mapo Tofu Poutine, Smashed Cucumber Salad, Crab Rangoons, Kakigori, and a Pea-sar Salad, just to highlight a few dishes. The ramen shop will offer seating for 99 with 59 seats indoors, and 40 seats outdoors. Haikan’s bar program – a collective team effort – will debut an inventive collection of Japanese-inspired handcrafted cocktails, and a concentrated selection of Japanese sake, shochu, beer, whisky, and more. The outdoor patio area will feature a large communal table and during nicer weather pivot doors can be opened connecting the interior of Haikan to the large patio area.

More including the menu after the jump. (more…)

232 Carroll Street, NW

Back in March we learned the former Trohv space would be subdivided into four units and now we know one will be a Starbucks. Thanks to A.S.K. for sending:

“Starbucks is one of the businesses replacing Trohv in Takoma!”

Ed. Note: Don’t forget the excellent La Mano Coffee Bar is just down the street at 304 Carroll Street, NW.

1407 T Street, NW

Update from Ice Cream Jubilee:

“Ice Cream Jubilee’s second location will open in September at 1407 T Street, NW.

Two years after opening its first store in Yards Park, Ice Cream Jubilee is preparing to open its second location at 1407 T Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20009. Ice Cream Jubilee will continue to feature creative flavors of premium ice cream made from local, all natural cream, such as Thai Iced Tea, Banana Bourbon Caramel, Marionberry, and Cookies & Cookie Dough. Ice Cream Jubilee will serve its freshly made waffle cones and quarter-pound cookies, and introduce new seasonal flavors, sundaes, and indulgent drinks for the winter. (more…)


From an email:

“Food trucks, state-of-the-art technology and selfies: the Holiday Inn Express brand knows these are a few of guests’ favorite things. The hotel brand is bringing its popular Pancake Selfie Express to the people of Washington, D.C. with its latest Pancake Selfie Express tour, rolling into the nation’s capital on Thursday, Aug. 25th & Friday, Aug. 26th. District residents can visit the truck at Adams Morgan to snap a selfie and have it printed on a free pancake made by the brand’s super smart, one-touch pancake machine. Just push a button and get a pancake in 60 seconds. Genius!”


1414-1418 U Street, NW

OK, OK, OK I know I tend to get excited about new spots opening but District Distilling Co. in the former Coppi’s and Utopia spaces is absolutely beautiful. Stunning. Dead sexy.


“District Distilling Co. is D.C.’s first combination Distillery + Kitchen + Bar. Everything from our menu to our seating is designed to help you discover something—a new appreciation or an old favorite—all in the comfortable setting of a historic 19th century row house at 14th and U Street. We’re open for tours, drinks, weekend brunch and nightly dinners. Stop by and stay awhile.”

Check out their many menus (bar, kitchen and drinks) here.

Don’t take my word for it, see for yourself (but do believe me in that the photos don’t come close to doing the space justice, so go in person starting Friday.)


Lots more photos after the jump. (more…)

317 7th Street, SE

The massive renovation is nearly completed for Bullfrog Bagels but it’ll surely be worth the wait.

“New Restaurant offering a great selection of bagelwiches, brunch and supper. Total Occupancy Load is 35. Sidewalk Café with 7 seats.”

Check out their menu here. You can find Bullfrog bagels all over town these days including their first brick and mortar at 1341 H Street NE inside Star & Shamrock.

The good word from Bullfrog Bagels on the Eastern Market opening date (as of this morning) in:

About 10 days

bullfrog bagels

nostalgia t st 1 mil reno

This is wild – I found the above photo from 2008 when I was going through my photo archives and today when I was looking for a GDoN I found it listed again – in the same condition:


Though the price has changed at 1442 T Street, NW. Today it’s going for $1,075,000:


79 Potomac Avenue, SE

That was fast! All Purpose opened in Shaw, to great reviews, back in May. Now they’ll be coming to Navy Yard. Their liquor license placard says:

“A fast, casual café-style restaurant with bar which shall serve pizza and Italian food with recorded music. Total number of seats: 90. Total Occupancy Load: 105. Total number of Summer Gardens: 2. Total number of Summer Garden seats: 100.”

Right across the street from Nats Park:


And around the corner from The Salt Line.


Photo by PoPville flickr user Phil

From a press release:

“The 2016 H Street Festival will take place on Saturday, Sept. 17 from noon – 7 p.m. This year’s event will span 10 blocks of H Street NE with 14 staging areas, dozens of interactive attractions and displays and over 250 businesses, restaurants, community organizations and vendors. Join us for great entertainment, food, drinks, contests, family-friendly activities and more!

Organized by H Street Main Street, the annual event highlights the unique spirit of the H Street NE Corridor and is one of the most popular in the D.C. region. It’s been named the best community Festival by The Washington City Paper for the last six years and regularly attracts a crowd of over 125,000 fun-seekers.

Attendees coming to the Festival to enjoy music, contests and other entertainment, won’t be disappointed. The Festival will have a variety of shows, featuring some of the best local and regional performers in Go-Go music, rap, R&B, jazz, rock-n-roll, soul music, gospel and more. There will also be pie eating and tattoo contests, dance performances from a variety of cultures and disciplines, martial arts demonstrations and many more non-musical acts.

For those coming to eat and drink, this year’s Festival will offer a bounty of delectable edibles and libations. The culinary offerings will span everything from American staples such as barbeque and fried chicken to exotic and unusual dishes from all corners of the globe. And for those festivalgoers who come hoping to enjoy some spirits, we’ll have multiple beer and liquor gardens.

Other attractions, include: (more…)