After more than six months of delayed openings, a sports bar on the H Street corridor is set to welcome customers for the first time tomorrow, with breakfast.
Permit applications and construction repeatedly delayed the unveiling of 6th and H Street Bar and Grill at 6th and H streets NE. But the eatery will open at 7 a.m. Friday, co-owner Leslie Defour said.
For now, the restaurant will serve breakfast and lunch Mondays through Fridays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will offer weekend brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eventually, the eatery will have dinner and expand its hours, Defour said.
The 1,200-square-foot restaurant has seating for 41 customers — 14 people at the bar and 27 diners in tables and a booth. In addition, the bar’s owners plan to host 22 additional patrons in a patio along 6th Street, pending the permit approval for the planned sidewalk cafe.
A menu was not available to preview earlier this week, but Defour said the restaurant will start by serving American bar food like Buffalo wings, french fries and salads. Then, based on customer suggestions, it will add and alter menu items to suit locals’ tastes.
Defour is opening the bar with her brother, a sports fan who she said always dreamed of owning a restaurant. One day at work as a real estate agent, she saw the space was available and decided the time and location were right for her brother’s ambitions.
They decided to make their restaurant a family-friendly place to watch games. The walls above the granite bar are covered with 10 TVs and a diverse collection of signed jerseys, banners and other sports memorabilia.
“We’re excited to open,” Defour said. “We want it to be a neighborhood spot for everyone to come meet up.”