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Thursday, July 03, 2014

(Miss?) Kitty's Saloon Headed to 1208 H Street

Rochester Saloon, Madison County, Montana (Ca. 1890)
Rochester Saloon, Madison County, Montana (Ca. 1890) Photo available online courtesy of Montana State University. Photo by Thomas B. Brook.

There has been much speculation as to what would happen to Souk's old home at 1208 H Street. Now we finally have an answer. It seems that a new restaurant called Miss Kitty's Saloon (or maybe just Kitty's Saloon, based on the new sign) is moving in. The (still under construction) website announces an anticipated opening sometimes this summer, and invites you to "Come find out what Kitty's is fixin' up in the back of the chuck wagon." What Kitty's fixing up is, apparently, "contemporary redneck cuisine." This article (from last year) in Food Service Monthly has more information:

That Atlas District continues to grow. Miss Kitty’s Saloon is slated to open the end of August at 1208 H St. NE. The managing operator and executive chef is Scott Webster, a CIA grad who worked for Clyde’s Restaurant Group for 16 years, including executive chef at Clyde’s in Tysons Corner. The rustic mid-western saloon will be on two floors. Second floor expected to open in the fall, featuring a bourbon/whiskey bar.

District Cuisine has a photo of the new signage, and a brief history of recent building/business ownership. Kitty's Saloon has yet to tweet, but they do have a Twitter handle.

29 Comments:

Blogger NRClark said...

"contemporary redneck cuisine"????

Jul 3, 2014, 9:19:00 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i do miss Souk. lamb tagine. cot damn..

Jul 3, 2014, 9:25:00 AM

 
Anonymous 4th and G said...

Contemporary redneck cuisine is just another name for the trendy "roadkill to table" concept taking over the DC restaurant scene.

Personally, I'm looking forward to trying the possum slow-cooked in a miso broth and served alongside a paté of squirrel's brains.

Jul 3, 2014, 10:21:00 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just be a normal country western bar/saloon. PLEASE. Don't try to do too much. It's a good name, now fashion an old-time rustic interior and have cheap beer and whiskey and good, basic food options at non-gouge prices. Come on guys I need this!

Jul 3, 2014, 10:47:00 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i hope they are just kidding, and that they will actually serve Thai food. we need Thai on H. THAI!!!

Jul 3, 2014, 11:16:00 AM

 
Anonymous Kenny G said...

It's just a matter of time before the Patent Office revokes their trademark on " redneck cuisine".

Jul 3, 2014, 12:35:00 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thai x 1,000,000

Jul 3, 2014, 4:05:00 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess I'm behind -- what happened to Souk?

Jul 3, 2014, 4:12:00 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i miss Souk too. The interior decoration in Souk had no equal in the city and what a beautiful outdoor patio with art hanging up outside they had!

Jul 3, 2014, 5:04:00 PM

 
Blogger pat said...

A place called Miss Kitty's should be old west themed and have waitresses dressed up in bustiers and short bustle skirts.

Jul 3, 2014, 7:05:00 PM

 
Anonymous HayNow said...

What do foreigners know about country western bars? nothing, that's what!

Jul 4, 2014, 1:23:00 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The phrase "contemporary redneck cuisine" is likely as offensive as "contemporary cuisine" would be. Are you sure they want to be known as a contemporary redneck restaurant? I mean is that really the goal, to have such a troublesome connotation with their restaurant? I mean its their right, but is the this direction H Street is going? It is frankly to alienate all other than white people who are middle class and above? I guess maybe the poor whites I knew who hated to be called rednecks, well they are too poor to matter, and the rest of us don't matter. Thank you again FT for waving the flag of middle class and above white supremacy. Classy, I mean real classy. What next, a theme restaurant based on the film: C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America? Will their be lynch the negro hangman style games, or prizes for the best racist asian accent? Really classy FT, and super classy H Street.

-Robby

Jul 5, 2014, 11:42:00 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. Reporting on a change in a restaurant makes this blog suddenly racist and classist. I don't get that logic jump. Bizarre restaurant food choice and strange response.

Jul 6, 2014, 12:15:00 AM

 
Anonymous Annoyingmous said...

Robby forgot to take his meds again.

I mean, Jesus, what a weird, weird post.

Jul 6, 2014, 9:37:00 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 0015 and 0937:


The argument was laid out well, and as written it's actually more offensive to poor whites who are called that name as a put down. The culture here on FT seems to be if you don't agree belittle, discredit, marginalize, or flat out insult the person posting a comment. I've learned to expect that from people in the region. It is the cost of doing business around here. But my head remains unbowed.

-Robby

Jul 6, 2014, 11:07:00 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The term Redneck is chiefly used for a poor rural white person of the Southern United States. It can be a derogatory slang term similar in meaning to cracker (especially regarding Georgia and Florida), hillbilly (especially regarding Appalachia and the Ozarks), and white trash.

By 1975, the term had expanded in meaning beyond the poor Southerner to refer to "a bigoted and conventional person, a loutish ultra-conservative." It is often used to attack white Southern conservatives. The term is also used broadly to degrade working class and rural whites that are perceived by urban progressives to be insufficiently liberal. At the same time, some white Southerners have reclaimed the word, using it with pride and defiance as a self-identifier.

Jul 7, 2014, 10:52:00 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

right out of dictionary.com suggests the term is a pejorative and needless. why can't they just say country cuisine? not sure what that is but it seems nicer.
I don't think it sounds crazy racist and that whole tree hanging post robby wrote sounds a bit (!) over the top, but the term redneck is unnecessarily derisive.
here's another definition =
red·neck [red-nek] Show IPA Informal: Often Disparaging.
noun
an uneducated white farm laborer, especially from the South.
a bigot or reactionary, especially from the rural working class.
adjective
Also, red-necked. narrow, prejudiced, or reactionary: a redneck attitude. Synonyms: biased, narrow-minded, intolerant. Antonyms: fair-minded, open-minded, broad-minded, tolerant, unbiased, impartial.

Jul 7, 2014, 10:58:00 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lighten up. Here is another, somewhat long, definition for Redneck:

"Redneck Woman"

Well, I ain't never been the Barbie doll type
No, I can't swig that sweet Champagne, I'd rather drink beer all night
In a tavern or in a honky tonk or on a four-wheel drive tailgate
I've got posters on my wall of Skynyrd, Kid and Strait
Some people look down on me, but I don't give a rip
I'll stand barefooted in my own front yard with a baby on my hip
'Cause I'm a redneck woman
I ain't no high class broad
I'm just a product of my raising
I say, 'hey ya'll' and 'yee-haw'
And I keep my Christmas lights on
On my front porch all year long
And I know all the words to every Charlie Daniels song
So here's to all my sisters out there keeping it country
Let me get a big 'hell yeah' from the redneck girls like me, hell yeah
Victoria's Secret, well their stuff's real nice
But I can buy the same damn thing on a Wal-Mart shelf half price
And still look sexy, just as sexy as those models on TV
No, I don't need no designer tag to make my man want me
Well, you might think I'm trashy, a little too hardcore
But in my neck of the woods I'm just the girl next door
I'm a redneck woman
I ain't no high class broad
I'm just a product of my raising
I say, 'hey y'all' and 'yee-haw'
And I keep my Christmas lights on
On my front porch all year long
And I know all the words to every Tanya Tucker song
So here's to all my sisters out there keeping it country
Let me get a big 'hell yeah' from the redneck girls like me, hell yeah
Hey, I'm a redneck woman
And I ain't no high class broad
I'm just a product of my raising
And I say, 'hey y'all' and 'yee-haw'
And I keep my Christmas lights on
On my front porch all year long
And I know all the words to every ol' Bocephus song
So here's to all my sisters out there keeping it country
Let me get a big 'hell yeah' from the redneck girls like me, hell yeah
Hell yeah, hell yeah
Hell yeah
I said hell yeah!

Jul 7, 2014, 11:31:00 AM

 
Anonymous Annoyingmous said...

Dear Galileo, I mean, Robby -- while there's no doubt that folks here get belittled for silly reasons all the time, you got belittled because you went off the deep end. Whatever you may think of the the establishment's name, calling the blog racist for doing absolutely nothing more than reporting on its existence is, to put it quite simply, nuts. And that's what you did. Deal with it.

Jul 7, 2014, 12:48:00 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A 12:48:00 PM:

Hardly nuts at all, and frankly I sand by what I wrote. I think there is a perniciousness about this blog at times and some of it's readership. It is an unforutnate name no doubt. That is true, it also harkens back to very bad times. We need to not white wash that. We need to understand that words are powerful and we owe it to ourselves to no BS about this stuff.


-Robby

Jul 7, 2014, 4:38:00 PM

 
Anonymous Annoyingmous said...

"frankly I sand by what I wrote."

Yes. And since that's nuts, that's why you got belittled.

"It is an unforutnate name no doubt. That is true, it also harkens back to very bad times. We need to not white wash that. We need to understand that words are powerful and we owe it to ourselves to no BS about this stuff."

This would be a fair complaint if the blog suggested it was a *fortunate* tagline, or whitewashed the expression, or suggested that the expression really didn't matter. But none of those things happened. So, to you, simply reporting that the establishment exists = "BS about this stuff"?

Wow. Just . . .wow.

Jul 8, 2014, 8:13:00 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

8:13:00 AM:


I know facts get in the way of the truth. I made my peace with the way of this world. There is hope, but not from here. You can justify bad behavior, but the truth is there is no justification. There is only the end that we control. We control ourselves.


Robby AKA Uncle T.

Jul 8, 2014, 8:24:00 AM

 
Anonymous not-a-troll said...

Good grief. I am from the South. The only people who find the term "redneck" offensive are urban ultra-libs who love to seek out reasons to be offended...well, and Southerners who are called "rednecks" by some idiot urban ultra-lib who thinks it's an insult.

If you are offended by the term redneck and you're not from the South, STFU. If you are from the South and you're offended, get out of the DMV for a few days and clear your head of all this self-proclaimed moral superiority.

Jul 8, 2014, 8:35:00 AM

 
Anonymous Annoyingmous said...

"I know facts get in the way of the truth."

Wow.

"You can justify bad behavior, but the truth is there is no justification."

The only bad behavior here, Robby, occurred when you decided that the owner of the blog did something that she didn't actually do, and then when you decided to call her post racist for content that wasn't actually there.

"We control ourselves."

If you actually *did* control yourself, you'd apologize to her.



Jul 8, 2014, 12:49:00 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All the rednecks *I* know prefer to be called hillbillies. And their cuisine of choice is pulled pork BBQ & moonshine. If that's all this place serves, I will not be complaining.

Jul 8, 2014, 4:28:00 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bravo Annoyingmous. But one who can not see how they belittle people will not apologize.

Jul 8, 2014, 6:02:00 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:49:00 PM:

I can only assume you're talking about the quote below:

"Thank you again FT for waving the flag of middle class and above white supremacy."

The blog is actually not the blogger, and I think there are two writers. This blog does have a fair bit of charged comments around race, class, etc. You can look through the 10+ year history of this blog. Again, I know facts get in the way of the truth. I see nothing to apologize for, because there isn’t anything to apologize for.

-Robby AKA Uncle T

Jul 8, 2014, 6:10:00 PM

 
Blogger Jess said...

Everyone here realizes the phrase "contemporary redneck cuisine" is in quotes...because it was quoted from the website (http://kittyssaloon.com/). Right?

Surely no one thinks the writer of this post just made that up.

Jul 9, 2014, 4:00:00 PM

 
Anonymous DC Capital said...

Love the idea. Been in DC for school and work for a while now, lived on the Hill for some years. I remember when we couldn't walk the street safely and had to go to Georgetown or Adams Morgan. Thanks, whoever Kitty is for bringing some more variety to our community. Your a bit racy, hope the food is good.

Jul 12, 2014, 7:55:00 PM

 

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