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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Grace Deli to be Reborn as Heaven & H

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The formerly cheery little deli at the corner of 7th and H has remained sadly shuttered since the tragic murder of its owner June Lim. Lim was killed during a botched robbery that took place even as she was making plans to retire, and looking forward to becoming a grandmother.

Now a man who knew her has stepped forward with plans to open a new sandwich shop in the space, and to call it Heaven & H with a nod towards Mrs. Lim. Donte Beal told Jessica Sidman of the Washington City Paper that he knew June Lim well from his time working as a barber along the H Street Corridor. Since that time he has completed culinary training, and has big plans for his little sandwich shop.

Say goodbye to the carryout only model. Beal is adding a little seating (yay for a widow facing counter!), a a couple of tvs, and even wifi. Sidman further reports that Beal plans to serve a mix of hot and cold sandwiches. Look for offerings featuring croissants, english muffins, and pita bread.

I'm also intrigued by Sidman's mention of an interior wall mural featuring the likeness of June Lim.

8 comments:

grr said...

i like this a lot

Chris said...

Me too.

Alan Page said...

Great concept, great venue title. RIP to the original owner, such a tragedy.

Anonymous said...

This is a nice idea. My gosh what a senseless tragedy.

Anonymous said...

What a great way to help the spirit of Jun Lim live on. I can't wait to help support this local place!

Anitra White said...

I'm soooo proud of Mr.Donte' Beal. This has been his dream for years and its so exciting to watch it come to life. I cant wait to eat one of those signature sandwiches you'll only be able to get at Heaven & H.

Toya said...

Not blood but Donte is my brother & I am so happy that he followed his heart & decided 2 open his Eatery He is an amazing cook I know this for a fact & his customers will be overly satisfied with his service. He is an Wonderful Man Honest, Respectful, Hard working, Dedicated, Loving & Kind. He Deserves The Great Success Heading His Way...I'm patiently waiting 4 The Grand Opening Of Heaven & H (:

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Tae (My Role Model) Love Always Your Sister 'Hubba'