We've been hearing about Vendetta (1210-1212 H Street) for months now (Joe Englert's talked about bringing an Italian restaurant to H Street for years), and they are finally almost ready to open. I was able to stop by for a quick tour earlier this week.
Hopefully they will be ready for a soft-opening Tuesday or Wednesday. More details as they become available.
Initially, Vendetta will be open only for dinner, but they plan to start daily lunch, and weekend brunch service later this summer. They are working on a brand new patio out back, but that's not going to be ready super soon.
You can see the menu here. Expect pastas, salads, and 4-5 rotating proteins. They do have gluten free items, and will have some vegan options.
Here's the Vespa bar.
They have three beers, and a prosecco on tap. They will have a variety of beers in bottles. Wines bottles will range from $29-60 dollar. Expect to pay $7-10 per glass. If you stop in during the daily happy hour, you can snag select wines, or prosecco for $5 a glass.
Complete with Vespas hanging from the ceiling.
Vintage cameras decorate one wall.
Including spots at the bar, Vendetta has seating for 95 patrons, and a total maximum occupancy of 200.
The view from behind the bar.
The bocce ball courts (one upstairs, & one downstairs) were still under construction when I visited. Though the restaurant is open to all ages, bocce is 21+ after 8pm.
The lights for the downstairs bar came out of a church in upstate New York.
The wood lined walls are a very different look from when the place was the Red Palace (as well as the Red & the Black).
They snagged a bunch of cool vintage Italian posters from a shop in Boston.
They knocked out most of the central wall between 1210 and 1212 H Street. They also installed a garage door, so they can open up part of the dining area to fresh air on nice days.
The kitchen is behind that red wall.
That's the first floor bocce court on the right.
You can see my entire set of Vendetta photos here.