Washington, DC

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


515 8th Street, SE

From Medium Rare:

“We wanted to let our Capitol Hill friends know that after dinner tonight 1/1/20 we will be closing our 8th St, SE location and expanding our presence at Nat’s Park. Please visit us at our Cleveland Park, Arlington or Bethesda locations. PJ brunch doors open at 10:30 today”

Ed. Note: Medium Rare’s Barracks Row location opened the former Fusion Grill space here back in 2014.


Courtesy Bombay Street Food 2

From a press release:

“Following the success of the flagship Bombay Street Food in Columbia Heights, restaurateur Asad Sheikh will bring India’s bright and vibrant flavors to his next location, opening its doors on June 21st.

After opening award winning restaurants in Northern Virginia (Curry Mantra, London Curry House and 1947), owner Asad Sheikh continues to focus all of his attention on bringing his long time dream of the Bombay-based street food concept to reality with the new location. The new outpost of Bombay Street Food 2 will be located at 524 8th St SE, in the former Garrison space on Capitol Hill. The decor reflects the city of Bombay and its culture, with 75 seats, including an extensive patio. Read More


From a press release:

Valor Brewpub, Capitol Hill’s veteran-inspired restaurant and brewery, is hosting a two-month pop-up starring Qui Qui, a cult favorite food truck and catering company specializing in Caribbean cuisine. The pop-up begins Sunday, June 16 and occurs every Sunday and Monday until the end of August.

Check out the menu here: Qui Qui Valor menu (pdf)

Qui Qui, derived from a childhood nickname for co-owner, Ismael Mendez, is Caribbean-fusion with a focus on Mexican and Puerto Rican cuisines. The pop-up will feature their most popular dishes like Mofongo (smashed plantain), Kan Kan (Tomahawk Porkchop), and Churrasco (seared skirt steak), as well as some collaborative dishes with Valor Brewpub Executive Chef, Ryan Hackney. Read More


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