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Sidewalk Reopens in front of the Apollo on H Street, NE – A Little Bodega called Whole Foods and The Wydown coming too

by Prince Of Petworth October 24, 2016 at 10:22 pm 24 Comments


I love when the sidewalks open back up. Also reveals where the new Wydown Coffee Bar will be located at 600 H Street, NE, right across the street from the new Starbucks. The liquor license placard says:

“A coffee shop with a small bakery serving coffee, espresso, baked goods, juices and healthy snacks. In the afternoon and evenings, wine and beer will be served with desserts. Total Occupancy Load: 64. Total number of seats: 27. Total Occupancy Load of Summer Garden: 16.”


And you can taste the Whole Foods coming:


If you passed out or moved away in 2012 and woke up today, you’d find the whole scene pretty surreal:


  • excited

    Does anyone know when the Whole Foods is going to open? I’m a tad excited.

    • dh

      Last I read, it will open “by Spring”

    • anon

      I saw an article with Insight Properties predicting it will open by spring of 2017. Does not sound very promising considering it was slated to open in November :( I live practically next door and hope that prediction is just to give people a nice surprise when it opens earlier!

  • tom

    Great..now lets get started on the H Street Connection.

    • stacksp

      What is H St Connection?

      • anon

        It was the suburban style strip mall that was located at H and 8th. It’s been torn down and they are building an apartment building with retail in its place. Many of us H Streeters are happy about it since that intersection has been known to be an issue for years.

        • stacksp

          Oh yeah ok. Never heard that strip mall referred to as such. I know exactly what you are referring to.

        • dh

          Update on that: Per Michael Neibauer and WCSmith, the new H Street Connection building will now be call “Avec”.

        • Kingman Park

          The intersection will continue to be an issue as long as the bus stops remain. 8th and H is a busy intersection for bus transfers.

          • Anony

            @Kingman Park, An issue because of a bus stop? Isn’t that helpful to have transit options right there? Should the Streetcar put a stop there would it make a difference?

          • Kingman Park

            I’m not saying that the bus stops should be removed. I was replying to anon’s comment implying that that intersection was an issue because of the strip mall. Those bus stops are very important for a lot of people, they just attract a lot of loitering.

        • ringtail

          It still is an issue. That won’t change while the bus stops are there and I don’t see them going away. The streetcar stops at 8th and H now. The real fun will start when potential residents of the development see the bus stop scene and decide to look elsewhere. Then the developers will demand better security. This location has killed businesses before but on a much smaller scale.

      • tom

        The old strip mall down the street that was demo’ed a few months back.

        • Anon H St

          Whoa there is a live construction cam! Although since there is no construction as yet, they should probably just let the police use it for monitoring the drug dealers outside the 7-11

    • Anon H St

      Agreed – that will be huge as those two blocks are still mostly a dead zone after the daytime retail closes

  • stacksp

    Can’t wait. Just up the street from where I park for work.

  • David T.

    A bit of a related hijack of the comments: the sidewalks at 14th & Rhode Island NW have also reopened! I didn’t even notice until I had almost traversed the whole stretch of sidewalk.

  • Dadric

    Certainly excited for Wydown and having our sidewalk back, not so much for the Whole Foods or the apartments.

    • Dcpolis

      You might not have the Whole Foods without all the apartments. Maybe it’s not all contingent on this one particular building, but certainly of all the new development in general. That’s kind of the way it works, density = more customers.

  • Mia

    Fantastic. I am excited about Whole Foods, Wydown (skim milk please – not just 2% like the Wydown on 14th…) and, well, the apartment building too – although the building itself is not overly good-looking; but the whole concept is so much of an improvement to the neighborhood over what used to be there…

    Now it would be great if we could get a full-service gym…Hoping that 901 H St NE (the old H St Connection re-development) can deliver a gym. How we have a gym desert on H, I don’t get it… The yoga studio and CrossFit are fine, but not the same as a proper gym.

    • Lisa

      +1 for the gym. I know many of the apartments in the area have gyms, but those of us who are in rowhouses would LOVE a gym. There’s a great demand for one within walking distance.

    • Kon8th

      +1 for the gym as well. I’ve lived in the area for many years and the lack of a gym is a long-standing frustration.

  • Ashy Oldlady

    Are people actually using those streetcars? Do they get crowded during rush hour? I’m guessing that biking would be faster.


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