16 Jun 2011

More Hill Eats on the Way

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The dining options on the Hill continue to diversify, and we’ve got a few more coming our way this summer.

According to a recent post on Twitter, Pitango Gelato should be open at Eastern Market in a few weeks.  Pitango is the local chain of frozen treat shops that offers gelatos and sorbets made from locally-sourced ingredients, as well as espresso drinks.  I’ve sampled a number of their flavors at the Logan Circle and Penn Quarter locations and have found them to be some of the richest and most vibrant tastes around.

Barracks Row gets a frozen yogurt shop (soon?) with 32 Below.  The owners have begun hiring staff for a grand opening just in time for the warmer months, and hopefully with enough time for us all to cash in our coupons from A Taste of 8th back in May.  No word yet, though, on the actual opening date.

There has been visible construction and signs of progress at Crepes on the Corner, the little eatery we’ve been waiting for at 15th and C Streets SE.  Sighting contractors several evenings this month I contacted the owners who report progress on the lower level (where the kitchen will be) and finishing the floor at ground level.  Delays with permitting and other issues pushed back their work, but they hope to be open soon.

Many neighbors were disappointed to see Toyland on H Street NE close up shop.  From our friends at Frozen Tropics we’ve learned a new gourmet burger and salad eatery will be taking Toyland’s place.  Called “The Big Board,” the place will offer dinner service starting in August, with lunch planned for the fall.  There’s some concept about prices fluctuating based on demand, sort of like the stock market (and thus the homage to the “big board”) though it doesn’t sound fully fleshed out at this point.

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