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Friday, January 11, 2013

CP: More on Vendetta

vespa by antmoose
vespa, a photo by antmoose on Flickr
The City Paper has some details to flesh out Vendetta, which replaces Red Palace at 1210-1212 H Street.


*6-8 different pastas and sauces to mix and match
*"Adirondack rustic" look for the interior
*120 seats
*Two 35 foot bocce ball courts (free to play)
*16 seat Vespa bar that Washington City Paper says will actually have Vespas hanging from the ceiling.
*Expected opening mid-April


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't wait for the Frozen Tropics follow up article "16 Crushed By Falling Vespas At Local Italian Restaurant's Cold Open"

Jan 11, 2013, 2:10:00 PM

Anonymous fatty said...

Sounds good and the bocce courts will be fun

Jan 11, 2013, 3:57:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

How do you have an Adirondack Rustic feel and a Vespa seat bar? I'm super excited for the food but Vespa's aren't really found in the Adirondack Mountains. I'm curious to see how this will look.

Jan 11, 2013, 4:39:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do hope the Italian is better than the Mexican at Country Club.

Jan 11, 2013, 5:22:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

agreed Anon 5:22. I hope the pay as much attention to the food as they do the kitchy theme.

Jan 11, 2013, 5:31:00 PM

Anonymous NE said...

hells yes to bocce!

Jan 11, 2013, 6:23:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hernando on H:
5:22 and 5:31 are typical Yelp-ish trolls. Food at Country Club is very good....especially compared to the Mexican food on the Hill. Gauc is great. Margaritas rock.

Jan 11, 2013, 8:56:00 PM

Blogger Tom A. said...

anon 8:56: This isn't first grade-- not everyone wins a blue ribbon.

Not liking a particular restaurant's food doesn't make anyone a "troll." It's just their opinion. Your opinion about the food at a restaurant doesn't make it any more valid than anyone else's opinion.

Jan 12, 2013, 10:37:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

We do not need anymore restaurants or bars. We need more locally owned retail shops to draw people here during the day.

Jan 12, 2013, 11:02:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you have plans to open one? What sort of store do you think would work well over here?

Jan 12, 2013, 11:14:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah well that's just like your opinion man.

Jan 12, 2013, 12:11:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

They seem to be moving quickly. Web site is up. vendettadc.com

Bocce!!!!!! :)

Jan 12, 2013, 12:34:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

HSCC does not serve delicious food.

Jan 12, 2013, 4:29:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ancho Anonymous:

Disagree......H St CC serves great food. Love the tequila too..........

Jan 13, 2013, 1:39:00 PM

Anonymous Jason said...

Awesome. Can not wait for them to open.

Jan 13, 2013, 2:05:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Food at HSCC wildly inconsistent. And overpriced for what it is. Much rather spend my $ at Smith Commons, Toki, Vic, Boundary, to name a few.

Jan 13, 2013, 5:39:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

cant we just have a straight up italian food place without the idiotic themes? Thank goodness there is Toscana (just off H), no frills, just really, really good italian.

Jan 13, 2013, 9:53:00 PM

Anonymous Marion Barry said...

No, Idiotic Themes are a prerequisite to get Special Tax Breaks on H Street.

Seriously, check out the valuations of some of these buildings ...

Jan 14, 2013, 10:46:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon said:
1) Can you name one "special tax" break any of these businesses have ever received?
2) Why do we have to be "straight up" anything? A restaurant is a very hard way to make money. Why can't we have a little bit of fun?

Jan 14, 2013, 11:17:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

RE: Anon 11:17am

I am all for fun. But as someone who enjoys food, particularly good food, I think the focus of any restaurant MUST be on exceptional food made from top quality ingredients and prepared by a chef who knows how to cook. A "theme" may get people in the door, but will it be enough to keep them coming back. I live only a block from the proposed location for Vendetta. But, I assure you if the food is not good, no matter how "fun" it is, I will continue to eat at Toscana, or other Italian places, that focus on the food, not the fun.

Jan 14, 2013, 1:55:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 1:55 has a great point. A lot of restaurants on H Street started out with excellent food but subsequently the quality dropped off. I dont want to name names of the restaurants because people may get their feelings hurt....

Jan 14, 2013, 4:53:00 PM

Anonymous happy camper said...

sorry to say, i don't like the food at h st country club either. the drinks rock, though!

Jan 14, 2013, 8:01:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree: Country Club food is really inconsistent…and I have been many times.

I guess everyone is hoping Vendetta has better fare. Looks like a different chef, which maybe is a good sign?

Jan 14, 2013, 9:48:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Granville Moores used to have amazing food. Now it's terrible. The artichoke dip is especially terrible.

Jan 15, 2013, 11:35:00 AM

Anonymous jonathon "in the know" said...

agreed. granville moore's will go the way of some of the adams morgan places: ADIOS!

too bad, really, but it's what happens.

any guesses on what will replace granville's?

any bets?


hint, it smells like real THAI!

Jan 15, 2013, 3:16:00 PM

Blogger Campy said...

I dunno, Granville Moore's is certainly not terrible. Maybe they've fallen off their mark from back in the day when they were king of northeast DC but I've had enough brunches there lately to say it's still pretty damn good.

Jan 15, 2013, 5:35:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mussel Beach said:

Two hour wait last Friday at Granville...packed this Monday, too. Have eaten outstanding food there consistently fries bst in the city...hasn't dropped off at all.....and you H St CC haters don't go out much. Better than Guapos, Cactus Cantina and Tortilla Coast. Have the Gauc, steak, enchiladas. I just think you don't like busy places....

Jan 15, 2013, 9:24:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I beg to disagree. There are plenty of places that are not great but are still packed (see sticky rice and any TGIFridays in the burbs). The last time I went into GMs, it was too dark, sub par food, and overpriced for what you got but fact is, there isn't much in the way of a decent brunch unless you go to the same handful of places that are open on Saturday mornings over and over.

I give a lot of places on H a pass for sub par food because I like to help local/independent owned restaurants and don't expect them to have the resources that a large company would have to ensure quality ingredients, best chefs, etc.

Jan 15, 2013, 10:11:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jonathon In the Know...is this a good use of your time and energy on the internet? I don't think this is what Al Gore had in mind when he invented this contraption. Why say/write these sorts of things? My God, being anonymous surely is the curse of the social media class....name, address, vocation please if you have to be so nasty..

Jan 16, 2013, 11:00:00 AM


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