In the last year there has been news of a lot of new restaurants coming to Barracks Row. While a few have already opened their doors, we are still awaiting the opening of seven new places, so we thought it was time for a quick rundown of what has opened and what will soon be opening on 8th Street and the few blocks directly off Eastern Market.
From tacos to Balkan cuisine to sushi, the list is far from boring.
Please note: for restaurants that have not yet opened, dates are estimates since approvals and inspections can often throw things a bit off-course.
Ambar opened last week at 523 8th Street SE, on Barracks Row. The spot formerly home to Jordan’s 8 now serves Balkan cuisine, although with a lighter small-plate twist. See early details at Young & Hungry, Urban Daddy, Thrillist and The Washington Post.
Sūna recently opened upstairs from Acqua al 2. Run by the same people as Acqua, Sūna offers two tasting menu options to diners– a four course for $48 and an eight course for $78. EatMore DrinkMore has a great review.
Harold Black, also from the owners of Acqua al 2, opened in December upstairs from Acqua and next to Sūna. It has no website or published phone number but, it’s not too hard to figure out how to find it if you read the comments of our review. Then just text to make a reservation. You can read more reviews at The Golden Spoon, Young & Hungry and Girl Meets Food.
Yes! Organic opened in the old Blockbuster/Erol’s Video space last fall. This is not a new restaurant but it is a food option that we were worried about losing for a brief period. It was originally rumored that Jos. A. Bank would be opening in that location, and while we do need more retail like that in the neighborhood, I’m glad that Yes! was able to secure the space. I personally love the wide aisles and better lighting of the new location.
Chipotle opened last fall at 413 8th Street, SE. Its immediate neighbors recently voiced concerns at a recent ANC meeting about noise and trash issues and an inability to get either Chipotle, or building owner Street Sense, to resolve the issues. Fast food establishments are typically not allowed on Barracks Row but the ANC granted an exception for the establishment. Neighbors are saying that the trash issues have them in violation of their agreement with the neighborhood. You can read more about it at ANC 6B Commissioner Brian Flahaven’s blog.
Opening in 2013:
Beuchert’s Saloon is planned for 623 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, the old Capitol Hill Art & Frame. Apparently the location used to be the location a saloon called Beuchert’s Saloon in the late 19th century, and operated as a speakeasy during the prohibition. Young & Hungry has a great article on how the business partners worked with the Capitol Hill Restoration society to piece together the history. They are hoping to open in the next few weeks if all goes as planned. You can also read more about it at Eater DC and see an early look at menu offerings at Young & Hungry.
DCanter, a boutique wine and beer retailer is set to open up at 545 8th Street, SE. They plan to specialize in unique, small production wines and “expert educational events that enhance the experience of tasting and sharing wine.” The build-out has only just begun but they are hoping to open in late March or early April. Backstage Costumes, which was formerly in that space, will be sorely missed in the neighborhood, as noted by THIH’s Jen DeMayo when news of its closing broke last fall.
Rose’s Luxury is scheduled to open in the first half of 2013 at 717 8th Street, SE. The owners turned to Kickstarter for help in raising funds for the renovation and design of the new space, raising $25,723, surpassing their goal of $20,000. Their Kickstarter page explains that the restaurant will be “a small neighborhood restaurant on Capitol Hill with approximately 40 seats, an interior garden and a cozy little bar upstairs.” Read a bit more about the concept at Young & Hungry.
District Taco is planning to open its second brick-and-mortar location in the former Yes! Organic Market at 656 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE. According to All We Can Eat, they are hoping to open in January or February.
Kraze Burger, a Korean chain with one location in Bethesda, will be opening in the Spring of 2013 next to Chipotle at 415 8th Street, SE. According to Barracks Row Main Street, a kitchen needs to be added to the space, so a spring opening date is a bit of a moving target.
Hopefully opening in 2013:
Nooshi and Tash are the most delayed projects on the stretch, at least by my count. It was way back in October of 2010 that it was announced that the owners of Chateau-Animaux were selling their building at 524 8th Street SE, and looking for a smaller location (they moved a block south and have since changed the name to Howl to the Chief). The new owners of the building planned to open Nooshi Sushi and Tash, which will serve Turkish kebabs. Why has it taken two years?
Permitting delays. In an interview with THIH last year, Barracks Row Main Street’s Martin Smith explained that, “Given the extensive renovation the building needs and the sometimes-slow pace of permitting in the District, the build-out for both has taken a lot longer than everyone had initially hoped that it would. Rest assured, however, that the construction crews are out and hard at work, and Vanessa Lim of Nooshi has told us that a mid-summer opening is still the target. So keep your eyes peeled!” That “mid-summer” target has obviously been missed, but some recent progress on the exterior of the building is hopefully a sign that things are going to be wrapped up and ready soon.