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517 H Street, NE

From a press release:

“Restaurant front and back-of-the-house veterans Jared & Arthur Ringel are set to open DC Harvest on September 2nd. A dream come true for both, Jared, who will manage, and Arthur, the chef and veteran of such lauded kitchens as Vermillion, Vidalia and most recently Hank’s in Dupont.

The restaurant, located at 517 H Street, NE in the area’s ever more populated H Street NE neighborhood, will feature local products in a menu that will change seasonally based solely on local products from the foodstuffs to the beers, wines and libations. Look for beers such as DC Brau, Port City and Flying Dog, libations like those of Catoctin Creek and Don Ciccio & Figli and a variety of local vintages on the wine list. The menu, which will frequently change depending on local ingredient availability, will feature homemade pastas and include livestock, fish and produce from local seas and area farms—nothing from outside of the area. Brunch and dinner as well as a late night menu will be served.

A sampling of the dishes on the opening menu include half dozen local oysters on the half shell with watermelon mignonette ($14); Virginia Fluke crudo with marinated cucumber, celery, Maine Uni and chili ($11); ricotta kale Agnolotti with confit yellow tomatoes, eggplant and marjoram ($10/$18); fresh spelt linguine with house-made spicy lamb sausage, Swiss chard and garlic bread crumbs ($11/$19); Zataŕ roasted turkey breast with Swiss chard, kamut and shitake mushroom ($21); Crispy Quinoa Cakes with broccoli rabe, shitake mushrooms, confit yellow tomatoes and Allegheny Chevre ($19); and pan-roasted scallops with beans, corn cherry tomatoes, garlic chive and chili ($25). Additional sides, daily plates and desserts including honey walnut tart with thyme, fomage blanc and fruit on the menu.

“It has been a long two years of hard work for us to get DC Harvest open,” Chef Arthur said. “I am so excited to get into my new kitchen and get cooking. The quality of the local products coming from our area farmers and fishermen is at its peak right now. It’s going to be a lot of fun cooking with these ingredients for all of our customers.”

DC Harvest’s ‘modern farmhouse’ ambiance designed by Edit Lab at Streetsense, is rustic yet casually contemporary with a 10 seat, Carrera marble-topped wooden bar on the street level and a total of 50 seats on two floors with an open kitchen dining area on the second floor. The ceilings boast wooden beams, some original to the venue, with walls are adorned with earthy textured wall coverings and whitewashed original brick. Wooden floors below and brass fixtures above create the somewhat bucolic finished look.

“We can’t wait to share DC Harvest with everyone. Our seasonally based Modern American cuisine and carefully selected domestic bar offerings will be like no other, Jared says, “our ‘modern farmhouse’ decor will be uniquely inviting and appealing. Both Arthur and I look forward to opening and being a part of the H Street neighborhood.”

The restaurant will soft open September 2nd, serving only dinner the first week and then add brunch the following week.

DC Harvest is located at 517 H Street NE and is open for dinner – Sunday -Thursday 5 pm-11 pm; Friday & Sat 5 pm-2 am and Brunch – Saturday & Sunday 11-2:30 pm. Reservations are available through Open Table, by phoning 202-629-3296 or by logging into http://www.dc-harvest.com/.”

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first floor

More photos after the jump. (more…)

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From DDOT:

“On Sunday, August 24, 2014, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), along with District first responders, will conduct a DC Streetcar Emergency Drill on H Street NE to prepare for real-world streetcar operations on the H Street/Benning Road corridor.

The purpose of the exercise is to test operational coordination and preparedness of DC Streetcar and first responder personnel in the event of an incident involving a streetcar. The exercise will simulate a streetcar derailment caused by a collision between a DC Streetcar vehicle with passengers and an automobile on H Street NE. DC Streetcar personnel along with Metropolitan Police Department and DC Fire and EMS will coordinate and practice their evacuation and emergency protocols for dealing with such an incident.

The exercise will take place on the 1200 block of H Street NE and requires a temporary closure of H Street NE between 12th Street and 13th Street in both directions, between 6 am and 11 am. In addition, there will be parking restrictions on 12th Street and H Street (see attached temporary closure map).

During the drill, there will be significant emergency personnel on-site on the H Street corridor and residents are advised that this is only a drill and to use caution when traveling along the vicinity of the drill.

WMATA X2 bus stops on the 1200 block will be closed for the duration of the closure. Passengers are asked to board on the 1100 and 1300 blocks of H Street NE.

DETOURS:

• Westbound traffic on H Street NE will be detoured south at 13th Street, then west at G Street.
• Eastbound traffic on H Street NE will be detoured north at 12th Street, then east at I Street.
• 12th Street NE traffic will be directed to I Street to travel east.
• 13th Street NE traffic will be directed to G Street to travel west.”

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301 H Street, NE

Thanks to a reader for sending an updated photo of the former Liquor Store at 3rd and H St, NE getting developed by Capital City Real Estate.

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301 H Street, NE in June 2012

Their website says it will become “25 Luxury Boutique Condo Units
301 H Street NE
H Street Corridor
NEW CONSTRUCTION | 25 Luxury Units
1-2 BR / 1-2 BA | From $300’s.”

Have a look at a rendering:

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Rendering via Capital City Real Estate

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1324 H Street, NE

From a press release:

“Chef Carlos Delgado, formerly Executive Chef for The Caucus Room, Boveda, and Smith Commons, joins his culinary talent with H Street investing partners, Eddie Migues and Italo Rodriguez. Ocopa opened its doors to the public August 5th, after a successful weekend of “wow-ing” friends and family with exquisite cuisine and pisco-centric cocktails. Located at 1324 H St. NE, Ocopa is a welcome addition to the up and coming foodie corridor.

Italo Rodriguez is a long time investor of the H St. Corridor and has been doing business on H St. for over 20 years. Having spent three years living in Peru and extensive time in Miami, Italo says that he fell in love with the flavors and freshness of Peruvian cuisine. “I believe that Peruvian cuisine is the next great food trend and will be as popular as Mexican or Chinese cuisine,” says Italo Rodriguez. When Italo met Chef Carlos Delgado, his search for the perfect Peruvian chef was complete.

Chef Carlos Delgado, a native to Peru, brings his culinary expertise and a vision of Grandma’s kitchen to fruition in this trendy, youthful, and comfortable atmosphere that spotlights an open kitchen, 28 seats, and a patio with seating for larger parties. The rustic yet sleek layout was designed by Demetrios Stafilatos and the playful graffiti art on the walls throughout, by local artist, Mas Paz. Carlos’ vision was to incorporate what he remembers from his grandmother’s kitchen growing up, where he says he gained his passion for food, and a modern neighborhood gathering place that will attract the most discerning palate.

Chef Carlos says, “I want Ocopa to be the place where people feel comfortable hanging out, talking to each other and enjoying really good food. I hope it portrays the fact that we are young and fun but serious about what we do in the kitchen and behind the bar.”

Heavy in cebiche options, the menu will also feature classic Peruvian dishes such as causitas- a classic whipped potato dish complimented by flavors of rotisserie chicken, crab and escabeche to name a few. Maki-ruvian and Tiraditos (think Japanese sashimi, Peruvian style) will feature the freshest seasonal array of fish with daily offerings listed on a giant chalkboard. Entrée attractions are rich in flavor and exquisite in presentation. Short ribs, beef tripe, pork belly and confit hen ravioli are just a few of the Cositas Calientes that will come sizzling out of the kitchen. Ocopa’s hydroponics system provides the freshest ingredients that are “home grown” to ensure the highest of quality standards. If you are sitting at the kitchen counter, wondering who the chef is, look for the one that doesn’t look old enough to have his own gig. At only 24 years old, Chef Carlos brings a maturity to the kitchen that will impress the most critical eye.

Ocopa will also offer a refined beverage menu created by Glendon Hartley. His former passion for fashion breeds creativity behind the bar with drinks such as the Red Radish Chilcano and Pisco Punch. With over 20 Piscos available, Glendon will feature daily Pisco cocktails with homemade sodas, intricate recipes, and lots of pretty edibles to add an extra “wow” factor. It’s worth your time and money to sit at the bar and watch these spirits come to life.

Ocopa will serve dinner Tuesday through Saturday evenings, with the Chef’s Tasting Table coming soon to Monday evenings. Tasting dinners will feature fixed price, preset menus featuring some of Chef Carlos’ favorite dishes paired with Pisco cocktails and South American wines. Lunch service is not far behind- a traditional offerings of rotisserie chicken and select sides will be available Monday-Friday, beginning August 18th. Pay close attention- this is a new spot that you won’t want to snooze on. It’s your chance to get a first-hand look and taste of a culinary expert who is about to take the cooking world by storm. Chef Carlos Delgado offers Ocopa, with a delicate eye and an incredible hand for his craft. H Street NE just got classy.”

714 4th Street Northeast

This house is located at 714 4th Street, Northeast. The listing says:

“Take advantage of this great opportunity! One Half block to H-Street Trolley, one block to Giant and convenient to Union Station. Features include a fenced backyard with one car garage. updated kitchen with 42 inch cabinets, gas stove and refrigerator with bottom freezer; stacked front loading washer/dryer; Hardwood floors throughout; Replacement windows; central AC. Sold “AS IS””

You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/1.5 bath is going for $499,900.