The corporate takeover of Chinatown is a story more tired than Michaele Salahi‘s ongoing cry for attention. But lately I’ve noticed another trend emerging along that last stretch of Chinatown that still, you know, has a Chinese face: the presence of other Asian cultures on H Street NW.
There’s the Pho D.C. shop, which is still under construction, as well as M0miji Japanese Bar & Grill and Royal Thai, both of which are fairly recent editions to the scene. I wonder if this section of town just needs a new name now. Especially since I didn’t immediately notice Chinese pictographs on Royal Thai’s signage. It seems like we should just let go of the whole notion of Chinatown, since it’s obviously collapsing under the heavy weight of gentrification.
Photos of Momiji and Royal Thai after the jump.