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H Street Boom Continues With New Hot Spots

Despite Metro shutting down the H Street Shuttle last month, development continues to boom on the H Street Northeast corridor. With the H Street streetcar line under construction, Capitol Hill residents and visitors will find themselves with new places to dine, shop and party in the neighborhood.

New Neighbors

• Erik Holzherr’s Church & State (1236 H St. NE) opened Tuesday night to much fanfare. After successes with Fruit Bar (on the first floor of the same building) and Wisdom (1432 Pennsylvania Ave. SE), much is expected of this bar, with its church-like decor and American cocktails, including manhattans, martinis and daiquiris.

• Smith Commons (1245 H St. NE), with an international menu combination of comfort food and fine dining, opened with rave reviews from several D.C. outlets. The three-story bistro has three indoor bars and an outdoor bar for spring and summer days.

• Opened by the owners of Toki Underground, Tacos Impala (1204 H St. NE) offers authentic and cheap Mexican cuisine from a stand. With three tacos for $3, patrons can choose steak, pork or beans with cotija cheese, paired with either salsa verde or salsa impala. Don’t miss this before the stand closes at the end of March.

Coming Soon

• Three pizza places plan to open this year, according to the Capitol Hill blog
H Street Great Street. Home Slice (1387 H St. NE), a creation of New Orleans restaurant owner Musa Ulusan, will feature tapas, a wine bar and a wood-fired pizza oven. Home Slice will open early this year. Angelico H Pizza (1421 H St. NE) will feature pizza, appetizers, salads and sandwiches and plans to open midyear. Also coming soon is Marvelous Pizza, a Canadian chain, which plans to open a location in the H Street Connection shopping center.

In Case You Missed It

• After a fire broke out at the Argonaut tavern (1433 H St. NE) last summer, the old English-style bar continued to operate as renovations and repairs were done to the building. Despite the building being only partly opened, the Argonaut was named Bar/Tavern of the Year at the Hilly Awards, which are voted on by Capitol Hill residents. The bar had a grand reopening Jan. 15, dubbing itself “Argonaut 2.0.”

• Metro Mutts (508 H St. NE) was opened by two Capitol Hill families in 2009. Since then, their business has grown into providing products and services for the cats and dogs of the Hill. Recognized at the Hilly Awards as Retailer of the Year, the store enjoys being “a hop, skip and brisk walk away from your doorstep.”

Something Arty

• City Gallery (804 H St. NE), approaching the first anniversary of its opening in March, will begin a new exhibition, “Color and Shape,” on Feb. 5. The exhibit, which will showcase Nancy Donnelly’s glass art and Jill Finsen’s oil paintings, is part of a monthly exhibit rotation for local artists.

• At SOVA (1359 H St. NE), customers can enjoy not only a shot of espresso or a glass of wine but also a display of photos as a part of “Exposed: The Polaroid Retrospective.” More than 1,000 images by local photographers are on display through Feb. 20.


• For those looking for an entertaining evening, check out the Rock N Roll Hotel’s events. Tonight, the bar (1353 H St. NE) will host the third annual H Street Karaoke Championship, which will feature the best of the best karaoke performers who were a part of earlier rounds at Sticky Rice (1224 H St. NE) and Little Miss Whiskey’s Golden Dollar (1104 H St. NE). Other Rock N Roll Hotel events include the weekly Friday night Spelling Bee Buzz (during which spelling bee contestants drink as the words progressively get harder), a trivia night every Thursday and different bands every week.

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