From an email:

This Saturday we [Chinatown Coffee Company, 475 H St, NW] are having our first live music show and we’re also introducing a bar program that includes $8 draft cocktails, $5 craft beers, $4 pourovers, $4 cold brews.

It’s this Saturday June 18th, doors 8pm, $5, all ages, 21+ to drink.
Here is some info on the bands:


501 G Street, NW

From a press release:

“The talented team behind celebrated DC-based Japanese eatery Daikaya Ramen & Izakaya – including partners Daisuke Utagawa, Executive Chef Katsuya Fukushima, and Yama Jewayni – are thrilled to announce that their first of two additional Japanese eateries slated to open in the District this year – Bantam King – is officially opening to the public for dinner service at 5pm tomorrow – Friday, June 10th, 2016.

BK Interior 4

Located at 501 G Street NW in Washington DC in Chinatown just steps away from older culinary sibling Daikaya Izakaya & Ramen, Bantam King is a casual Japanese chicken ramen shop featuring 1,700-square feet and seating for up to 50 diners. The space debuts a playful design accented with vibrant splashes of blues, yellows, and greens, wallpaper featuring popular Japanese comic Neko Ramen, and an eclectic assortment of lighting showcasing colorful illuminated Japanese paper lanterns and clusters of multi-colored strands of Christmas lights courtesy of design dynamo Brian Miller of EditLab at Streetsense.

Executive Chef Katsuya Fukushima will be debuting a fresh new line-up of Japanese ramen at Bantam King, this time with a focus on chicken. Ramen options will include a limited selection of Chintan – a clear chicken broth that is similar to a clear delicate consommé – such as Shio Tori Chintan Ramen, Shoyu Tori Chintan Ramen, and Miso Tori Chintan Ramen. The Chintan ramen will be served on a daily basis with rotating options on a first come first served basis. (more…)

hip city
712 7th Street, NW

Thanks to all who emailed about HipCityVeg’s opening in the former FroZenYo space yesterday. Check out their menu here.

“Who says you have to give up burgers, fries, and shakes to eat healthy? We’re not about that life. That’s why Nicole Marquis founded HipCityVeg in 2012 to bring delicious plant-based food to the world by presenting it in a form that people already loved. She created a fast food-inspired menu with fresh, often local and organic ingredients that helps you treat your body well.”


Streets of Washington, written by John DeFerrari, covers some of DC’s most interesting buildings and history. John is the author of Historic Restaurants of Washington, D.C.: Capital Eats, published by the History Press, Inc. and also the author of Lost Washington DC.

Jo Del Restaurant
The Jo Del Restaurant at 719 9th Street NW (Source: DC Public Library, Star Collection, © Washington Post).

Ninth Street downtown was one of the city’s liveliest entertainment zones in the early years of the 20th century, full of theaters like the Gayety Burlesque, which we’ve previously profiled, and a colorful array of exotic restaurants, bars, and diners. “Everything that ever happened in this city happened there. When you came to town you had to strut up and down Ninth Street or you hadn’t lived,” boxing promoter Goldie Ahearn later recalled. But by the World War II years, this had all begun to change. The theaters and restaurants were still there, but they tended toward the seedy. Many of their patrons were the city’s alienated loners, the gamblers and late-night drinkers, the soldiers and sailors at loose ends who sooner or later ended up causing some kind of trouble. “There are eight million stories in the naked city…” says the narrator of the classic 1948 film noir about New York City. In the case of Washington, this sad story, as told breathlessly by the city’s newspapers, is one of them.

Greek restaurants were once commonplace on 9th Street. Some, like the Athens Restaurant at 804 9th Street were prominent and long-lived, but others, including the small storefront at 719 9th Street, were less reputable. As a Greek coffee house in 1946 it was busted by the vice squad for illegal gambling. Four years later, reincarnated as the “Acropolis Club,” it was shut down again for the same reason. By the late 1950s, the joint had been renamed the Jo Del Grill (or Jo Del Tavern), and this is the place that George P. Kaldes purchased in 1957. Kaldes, a 33-year-old World War II Army veteran of Greek descent, had cashed in a life insurance policy and put up all of his personal savings to gain full ownership of the Jo Del, and in the months after doing so he had been proud that the little place was beginning to show a modest profit. (more…)

740 6th Street, NW

A couple weeks ago we learned Pidizza was coming to Ivy City. Here’s where it’s also coming to in Chinatown.

Pidzza aims to bring a more health-concious attitude to pizza while also adding a Turkish flare. The restaurant boasts organic and a mostly locally-grown menu. It is Pidzza’s hope that allowing people to choose from these healthy ingredients that pizza can be seen as something to be championed.


Remember when?



From City Tap House:

Four Decades of Craft

06/04/16 Events

In celebration of SAVOR and the evolution of craft beer our draft lines will focus on the decade each of these following breweries were created:

– 80s – Deschutes Brewery

– 90s – Dogfish Head Brewery – Founder, Sam Calagione, will be in attendance [5-7pm]

– 00s – The Lost Abbey Brewing

– 10s – Wicked Weed Brewing”

901 9th Street, NW

650 F Street, NW

That was fast! Earlier this month we learned Compass Coffee would be opening a third location across the street from the Verizon Center. A reader reports:

“Compass Coffee Chinatown will open to the public 5/31 from 6am-9pm. Free coffee drinks all day!”

A peek inside:



F Street looking west towards Rosa Mexicana and 7th Street

705 H Street, NW

Back in June of last year it looked like &pizza had bailed on their Chinatown plans (though their PR folks said they were still coming it just wasn’t clear when.) Apparently things are back on track as they’ve just posted a liquor license placard:

“Total Occupancy Load is 99 seats.”

Updates as they get closer to opening.