More Neighborhood News

Friday, September 28, 2007

For most of the year, I've been looking forward to H Street Country Club, an 18-hole miniature golf course that neighborhood bar kingpin Joe Englert plans to open in the old Phish Tea Cafe space at 1335 H St. NE. The opening had been projected for summer, but Englert says spring is more realistic. "It's a really big project," he says of the alcohol-friendly indoor course, whose holes and obstacles will honor D.C. musicians and culture. "It's like the most art we've ever done. We want to nail that baby."

Then again, delays are nothing new for projects on H Street, considering construction and the usual red tape of permitting, liquor licenses and inspections.

While we're waiting for a game of putt-putt with a side of pale ale, there are other projects worth watching for. Sushi restaurant Sticky Rice is entering the same crowded block as the Pug and Granville Moore's, at 1224 H St. (It's related to the hipster hangout by the same name in Richmond.) At the other end of the neighborhood, a two-level jazz bar and lounge called Pap and Petey's is getting ready to replace the old Readers Lounge bookstore and the Quieto Cafe at 421 H St.

-- Fritz Hahn

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