It’s no secret that the thing we care about most around the Hill is food. We’re especially attached to our special places to get a cup of coffee or a quick lunch or dinner bite. Here are a few updates you may have missed:
Goodbye, Sizzling Express
Sizzling Express, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, is saying goodbye to the Hill. Their last day will be June 15, and we’re not the only ones devastated––Capitol Hill Books tweeted this lament yesterday:
This is hard to say….but the Sizzling Express around the corner from us is closing. This is going to require dramatic changes to our lifestyle. *Imagines slo-mo video montage of all the General Tso’s we’ve eaten there*— Capitol Hill Books (@chbooksdc) June 5, 2019
Your ribs and miso soup will be sorely miso-ed, friends.
Goodbye, Port City Java; Hello, something that’s not Hill Café
Port City Java closed without much fanfare on June 3 and Larry over at Capitol Hill Corner had the initial scoop here. Friend of THIH and alert maven Liz Festa filled us in some more after talking to the former PCJ manager and franchisee. The lease ended with Port City Java and a family member will now own the place. They originally had settled to call the place Hill Cafe, but as that is the name of the newest iteration of the space on 15th and A NE (formerly Mia’s and Loaf, and Loaf II), they are currently looking for a new name. Expect to see the new, and newly christened, space opening within a couple of weeks.
Goodbye Kyoto Sushi; Hello Pho 79
Kyoto Sushi, a mainstay of cheap but reliably good sushi (at least in the evenings) closed quietly back in April. Management had been having a hard time predicting the number of employees to staff and service had become spotty at best. (Long wait times, incorrect orders, etc.)According to Mr. Mark of Capitol Hill Super Market, the business had become unusually slow. For some time, and thanks to the eagle-eye of PoPVille, we’ve known Pho 79 is moving in. Now, Pho 79 has an opening date: June 14. The space is looking pretty and the Vietnamese newspapers covering the entrance were off as of this evening.
Finally, goodbye Buredo, Hello RiceBar!
We shared this photo on Tuesday , but it’s worth resharing: