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The flash from H Street, apparently official: HR-57 reopens in its new location at 1007 H St. NE —-its third storefront in 18 months—-tonight at 8 p.m.
Word came late Tuesday night via photographer Timothy Forbes, a friend of HR-57 owner Tony Puesan who often photographs performances at the popular jazz club. Wednesday, a staff member confirmed that HR-57 would open its new(est) doors Thursday for its storied weekly jam session.
The club’s move, two blocks from its prior outlet at 816 H St. NE, was announced last December, less than a year after it had moved to H Street from 14th and Q Streets NW. The move, explained HR-57’s late house drummer Jimmy “Junebug” Jackson, was necessary because 816 had a much smaller capacity than the venue need. Thus Puesan made a deal to move into a former storefront church at 1007 H Street. “This one will be a lot more like the old HR-57,” said Jackson. “The brick walls, the couches, more seating.”
Initially, the reopening was reportedly planned for January 2012. Like the first move to H Street, however, this relocation was bogged down by bureaucratic red tape. (Notably, ANC 6A filed a protest in February against the liquor license application for the new location; the protest was withdrawn the following month.) “It’s frustrating,” Puesan told me one night outside the club in February. “D.C. is supposed to be in favor of small businesses. They sure make it hard to open one.”
Now, all hurdles seem to have been cleared and HR-57 3.0 is ready to swing again. The next dates on its calendar will be announced soon.