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523 8th Street, SE courtesy Ambar

From a press release:

“Ivan Iricanin, founder and CEO of Street Guys Hospitality, announces that his landmark award-winning restaurant, Ambar, located at 523 8th Street, SE, 20003, is reopening after delays due to COVID-19. Guests will experience firsthand this neighborhood restaurant’s new look as soon as Washington officials allow restaurants to re-open for in-house dining on Friday, June 19. One can anticipate expanded entertaining options, both inside and outdoors, which are the result of an extensive makeover. In the interim, Ambar Capitol Hill will begin offering its Balkan dining without limits menu for carryout & in-house dining. Reopening for patio dining, rooftop dining and carryout will re-energize Ambar’s employees, putting them back to work with new safety measures in place to keep both customers and employees safe. Read More


via google maps

From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Sexual Assault Unit are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a suspect in connection with an Assault With Intent to Commit First Degree Sexual Abuse offense that occurred on Thursday, April 16, 2020, in the 1100 block of 8th Street, Southeast.

At approximately 7:00 am, the victim encountered the suspect at the listed location. The suspect requested the victim engage in a sexual act while exposing himself. When the victim refused, the suspect brandished a knife and assaulted the victim. Read More


From MPD: “At approximately 11:00 pm last night in the 500 block 8th St SE, an unknown suspect(s) broke glass to the front door to an establishment and stole 2 bottles of whiskey and fled. Suspect information is unknown. Anybody with information is encouraged to call the MPD tip line at 202-727-9099 or text a tip to 50411.”

Ed. Note: This follows yesterday’s report that Dio Wine Bar was robbed of wine on H Street, NE. We also subsequently learned that Bar Bullfrog was also robbed on H Street, NE that night.


701 8th Street, SE formerly Spring Mill Bakery, via CYM IG

All is not awful!! Fine it’s still pretty awful but I’ll take what I can get:

“Capitol Hill squad!! We are opening this week! For real! Opening day is Wednesday and you can order online for pick up starting now. FYI for this @barracksrow location you’ll need to place your order by 2pm the day before pick up.Read More


430 8th Street, SE

Thanks to Caroline for sending:

“No more Subway in the Eastern Market area! I tried to open the door to head in for my morning Oven Roasted Chicken on wheat and then saw the sign. It’s a loss for me. I loved the staff here. One employee’s wife even made my whole family traditional Tanzanian garments for Christmas one year.”

Updates when we learn what becomes of the space.

Ed. Note: Other fast casual chains folks are missing.


701 8th Street, SE

Thanks to Michael for reporting: “Spring Mill Bakery at 8th & G SE has posted a sign that it will be closing at the end of the month (other locations will remain open). Although I haven’t seen it in writing anywhere, scuttlebutt on the street is that Call Your Mother will take over the space.”

Spring Mill opened here back in 2011. In September of last year we learned that the uber popular Call Your Mother was planning on opening up a location on Capitol Hill (after Georgetown opens.) Update: EaterDC now confirms the Call Your Mother part!!


rendering courtesy Ambar

From a press release:

“Ivan Iricanin, founder and CEO of Street Guys Hospitality, announces that his landmark restaurant, Ambar, is closing for two months on Monday, January 27 to undergo an extensive renovation. Located at 523 8th Street, SE, 20003, the popular Capitol Hill restaurant just celebrated its seventh anniversary as it opened in January 2013. This crowd pleaser is renowned for introducing Balkan cuisine with a modern twist to the nation’s capital. The restaurant became an immediate success with its set-price dining and popular bottomless brunch. Since opening, Ambar has received numerous accolades including a Bib Gourmand by the Michelin Guide; “Best Brunch” in Washingtonian magazine’s annual Winner’s Circle of Reader Favorites; TripAdvisor.com’s Traveler’s Choice Award for “Best Everyday Dining Restaurants in the United States”; “Best Brunch” and “Best Restaurant When You Pay” by the Washington City Paper in their annual Best of D.C. awards, as well as Service Program of the Year” and “Casual Brunch of the Year” at the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington annual RAMMY Awards. Read More


713 8th Street, SE

From Finn McCools:

“UFC 246 Featuring the return of Conor McGregor up against Cowboy Cerrone as the main event on a packed card. Finn’s will be showing the entire event. $20 Cover gets you in the door and includes the first beer on the house. Expecting a big turnout so our advice is to get over to the bar early. 8pm doors for this event.

With the addition to the card, the UFC 246 lineup now includes: Read More


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