Upscale Southern Style Cuisine – KitchenCray Aims for Late October Soft Opening

1301 H Street. KitchenCray will occupy the first floor retail space.  Photo:  Google Maps. 

Here’s a look at the menu.

And here’s the signature Lobster Mac.

Upscale Southern Style Cuisine on H Street – KitchenCray Looks for Late October Soft Opening

by Larry Janezich

ANC6A’s alcohol beverage committee endorsed Kitchencray’s restaurant liquor license application last week, clearing the way for full ANC6A approval in September.  The restaurant hopes to have a soft opening in late October, depending on permits.  The fine dining with full bar restaurant is at 1301 H Street, NE.

KitchenCray will serve southern-style cuisine under the direction of Chef JR Robinson, formerly of the Blue Duck Tavern and Indulj on U Street.  A sister restaurant in Lanham, Maryland features a popular Lobster Mac, shown above.

The venue’s occupancy load will be 120 with seating for 110 inside, plus an additional 30 seats on the sidewalk café.   Hours are Sunday, 10am – 9pm; Monday – Friday, 4pm – 2am; Saturday 10am – 2am.  The sidewalk café will shut down at 9pm on Sunday and 12 midnight the rest of the week.

The Cray part of the restaurant’s name stands for Creative Revolutionary Artistic Youth – referencing Chef JR’s commitment to teach underprivileged youth about healthy eating and inspire them to pursue a career in culinary arts.  Here’s a link to the home page and the menus featured at the Lanham, Maryland outlet.


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