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…)


Back in November we learned (among others):

Morris, a craft cocktail bar, featuring notable DC-based chef and restauranteur, Spike Mendelsohn. This cocktail bar will be an expansion from their Sheppard concept which had its original location in Dupont Circle.

Union Kitchen Grocery, a locally inspired corner market that will be expanding the brand’s footprint to the Shaw neighborhood. Union Kitchen Grocery has an existing location in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.”

Thanks to In The Fringes for sending the Union Kitchen Grocery photo below:

union kitchen

ped struck
via google maps

MPD reported at 4am:

“The Third District is currently working a Major Crash scene at 9th and P Streets, NW. An adult male pedestrian was struck and killed. He was transported to a local hospital where life savibg efforts failed and he was pronounced.

The driver of the striking vehicle remained on the scene and is cooperating. Alcohol does not appear to have been a factor.

The police investigation is anticipated to take several hours, and may impact rush hour traffic. Please avoid this area.”

Alert DC has since reported: “MPD has cleared the scene on 9th St. and all lanes have re-opened to traffic.”


Update from MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Major Crash Unit are investigating a traffic fatality that occurred in the 1400 block of 9th Street, Northwest on Thursday, August 18, 2016.

At approximately 2:20 am, two pedestrians crossed the street from the east curb to the west curb on 9th Street, Northwest, when the adult male was struck by a 2003 Mercedes Benz. The pedestrian was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced. The driver of the vehicle involved remained on the scene.

The decedent has been identified as 44-year-old Armin Amin-Toomaji of Potomac, Maryland.

This case remains under investigation. The Metropolitan Police Department is asking anyone with information about this case to call the police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.”

805 V Street, NW

Thanks to a reader for sending a link to the now hiring post:

“From the creators of Daikaya and Bantam King in Chinatown, comes the highly anticipated opening of Haikan in the bustling Shaw neighborhood. The restaurant’s concept will be ramen in addition to some Japanese style items. We are expected to open early August and looking to fill positions in the kitchen.”

Also a note posted on their front door:


Also a peek inside reveals it’s gotta be soon. Standby.


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