Barrack Row Photo Update: Hine Clean Up – Progress on Kraze Burger and Rose’s Luxury -Hookahs at Café 8 – New Paint on The Fridge – Sidewalk Hazards at Cava and Yes!
by Larry Janezich
According to a notice posted on the exterior of the Hine building and signed by Stanton Development partner Ken Golding, Stanton-Eastbanc (SEB) is now responsible for the management of the Hine School property, following lease of the land from the city. The notice states that next week, SEB will embark on a cleanup campaign in advance of the future demolition and construction. Golding states that “this will involve weeding, cutting grass, throwing out all debris and we will need anyone residing in or around the buildings to leave.” A phone call requesting additional information to Eastbanc representative Matt Harris, who reportedly will oversee the clean up, was not returned.
Rose’s Luxury, the family-style no-reservations restaurant named after chef Aaron Silverman’s grandmother is scheduled to open seven days a week for dinner starting in September. The new venture will feature a $46 per person five course dinner with a menu leaning toward vegetarian dishes. Diners will select from a five section menu comprised of dishes of cold, warm, pasta, other goods, and meat – one each from the first four sections, and a meat served family-style. Desserts will be separate. Upstairs will hold a separate bar and a room for private dining. According to their website at http://rosesluxury.com/ for every meal eaten at Rose’s the restaurant will donate .25 cents to WFP-USA to help feed a hungry child around the world.
Kraze Burger at 415 8th Street, SE, also hopes to open in September. The South Korean based chain has an empire of more than 100 outlets and opened their first American restaurant in Bethesda in late 2011. The menu from that outlet lists 14 burger choices which can be cooked to order, including the Hawaiian Burger with cream cheese sauce, grilled pineapple, and greens; the Vege & Bean Burger with grilled tofu patties, Swiss cheese, grilled mushrooms, tomatoes, lettuce and garlic butter; and classic beef and classic veggie patty burgers. The menu also offers salads, other sandwiches, fries, chili, onion rings, grilled asparagus and frozen yogurt. Patrons can build their own sandwiches, choosing their bread, protein and toppings. See the Bethesda outlet’s menu here: http://washingtondc.menupages.com/restaurants/kraze-burger/menu
Cafe 8, the Mediterranean Restaurant at 424 8th Street, SE, is now serving tobacco via hookahs in their rear outdoor patio. If they’d put Turkish tea in addition to Turkish coffee on the menu, you’ll think you’re in Istanbul.
The Fridge, the quirky art/performance space in the alley behind the Shakespeare administrative offices at 516 8th Street, SE, has freshened itself up in celebration of a month long exhibit and series of performances titled “The Elements of Hip Hop.” See their website here: www.thefridgedc.com
Barracks Row Main Street has launched an ambitious project to redesign the Eastern Market Metro Plaza. One would think they could get DDOT or the Capitol Hill BID or maybe the owners of the establishments above to spend a half an hour to fix the hazardous conditions presented to Barracks Row pedestrians.