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400 H Street, NE

Thanks to a reader for sending:

“The new restaurant opening up in the former True Orleans space is called Driftwood Kitchen.
A little birdy told me it’ll be American style cuisine with a Mediterranean influence. My guess is that it’ll open sometime in late August.

Also, a new Lebanese place [Micho's Lebanese Grill] just opened on the corner of 5th and H Street NE.”

609 7th Street Northeast

This rental is located at 609 7th Street, Northeast. The listing says:

“Gorgeous end unit town home in Capitol Hill/H Street Corridor neighborhood. Sunny, entry foyer, open floor plan, double length living room & dining, perfect for entertaining. Two huge bedrooms, each with its own private bath. 3rd lvl loft in master. Extra room for study/office, hdwd floors throughout, 2 parking spots in rear, central a/c, working fireplace, enclosed rear patio.”

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2.5 bath is going for $3,300/Mo.

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1007 H Street, NE

Huge news from Frozen Tropics yesterday:

“He’s [owner Tony Puesan] closing HR-57′s H Street location [after Saturday night] to pursue a big opportunity for a space somewhere in NW DC.

HR-57 will also branch out so as to offer not only jazz, but also country, blues, and more.”

This will be HR-57′s fourth location after moving from Logan location on 14th (today Ghibellina) and two stops on H Street, NE.

Looking forward to learning more about the new spot. Stay tuned. in the meantime anyone care to speculate where the new spot could be?

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Original Logan location at 1610 14th Street, NW closed in 2010

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Thanks to all who sent photos of the streetcar being tested on H Street last night.

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DDOT writes:

“This week the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) permanently moved four streetcar vehicles to the H Street and Benning Road NE streetcar corridor. At no time prior have four vehicles been on the corridor at once. These vehicles will now continue System Integration Testing (SIT) and operator training in advance of passenger service, which is expected later this year. The District’s two other streetcar vehicles will join them in the coming months.

SIT includes the integration of vehicles, power, communications and traffic and train signal controls to ensure that all components are safe and working properly. Elements that are tested include radio communications, overhead contact system (OCS) interface, track switch interface, traction power emergency trip, braking, signal and sign visibility and streetcar control center communications. These tests will occur in live traffic conditions on the corridor.

In-traffic operator training is also beginning, building on the training and pre-qualification operators already received at the DC Streetcar Testing & Commissioning Site. Each operator will train with supervisors along the corridor under various traffic scenarios in order to be certified to carry passengers on the H/Benning Line.

Pre-revenue operations, in which service is simulated without passengers, will follow SIT and operator training. These elements are required for DDOT to certify its system and be accepted by the State Safety Oversight Agency (SSOA). The safety certification process involves several critical steps and is intended to ensure that the system meets safety standards and is ready to carry passengers.

Pedestrians, motorists and bicyclists are advised to use caution as they travel through the corridor during testing and training activities. Remember to “Look, Listen, Be Safe!” around streetcar vehicles at all times – look both ways and listen for the streetcar before stepping into the crosswalk, and never walk in front of a moving streetcar.

Drivers should also be aware that the Department of Public Works (DPW) is now ticketing cars that are parked in such a way as to impede the path of the streetcar, including cars parked outside of the white lines and illegally double-parked vehicles. The fine for vehicles blocking the path of the streetcar will be $100. At DPW’s discretion, vehicles may also be towed to clear the streetcar’s path and then relocated within the immediate neighborhood. Ticketing will be an ongoing occurrence along the corridor and is not expected to cease.”

And @dcstreetcar tweets:

“REMEMBER: The streetcar is still in testing mode. For your safety, do not attempt to board.”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Miki J.

From a press release:

“H Street Main Street, in conjunction with H Street Corridor businesses, will host “Streetcar Stroll and Roll” events on Saturday, July 26 and Saturday, August 23 from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. to promote the upcoming launch of the District’s first streetcar line and highlight the development of the H Street NE Corridor and it’s vibrant businesses.

A number of streetcar style decorated pedicabs will provide the public with free rides along the H Street Corridor from the Union Station to Maryland Ave. NE—the route of the upcoming H/Benning DC Streetcar line. While enjoying the pedicab rides, participants are encouraged to visit H Street NE businesses, restaurants and bars, enjoy displays from local artists that will be featured along the corridor and experience the neighborhood’s unique atmosphere. (more…)

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500 H Street, NE

Micho’s Lebanese Grill has soft opened on H Street in the former Nouveau Fleur Florist space at the corner of 5th and H. The early reaction on twitter has been extremely positive – @TyGiordano‘s sentiment was expressed by many:

“The verdict: lamb/beef shawarma and Micho’s wraps = delicious! We’re definitely returning to @michosgrill soon! Welcome to the neighborhood!”

As a fellow shawarma fan – can’t wait to take a taste. Anyone else get an early bite?

On Saturday you’ll be able to see their full menu here.