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The building located at 1337 H St. NE has to be haunted.
Sandwiched between Dangerously Delicious Pies and H Street Country Club, it was once an illegal funeral home called Ridley Funeral Establishment, as evidenced by two embalming machines the city found on premises in 2007.
Later, when it was a “live, work, and studio space” called 1337 vernissage, it played host to an event organized by Adrian Parsons, the artist who starved himself for 25 days in the name of D.C. voting rights. Yes, the Parsons who circumcised himself with a pocket knife during an art exhibition. The event, called FairFairFair, featured people in togas throwing red paint and wrestling in it, not to mention skinned calves’ heads. That must have been fun to clean up.
In 2012, the property experienced a false start when Eric and Ian Hilton let go of their lease on the space after considering opening up a bar of some sort with live entertainment.
But now, if all goes well, the building will have tenant called Bespoke 1337. According to the filing with the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA), the neighborhood bar will have 65 seats inside and outdoor seating for 15. They’ve also requested an entertainment endorsement, so there will likely be live music or DJs.
Nothing more is known about the bar at this time.