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Shortly before HR-57 closed down its 14th Street location in favor of new digs on H Street NE, owner Tony Puesan informed Washington City Paper that “we haven’t got an opening date for the new location, but it’ll be somewhere in mid-January.” The venue’s website similarly advertised that “Reopening is set for this coming January see you then!”
It’s Feb. 1, and the new HR-57 is still not open; in fact, little has changed from this photograph taken last November. (And the old location looks pretty much like what you see above.) The website has changed not at all, save for yesterday when it was down for several hours. Neither Puesan, his nephew/staffer Rafael, nor “house clown” drummer Jimmy “Junebug Jackson have returned calls or e-mails for comment. And scuttlebutt on the local scene is nil.
Indeed, the last piece of news of any kind that this writer can find is this tweet from January, indicating that Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6A, which is responsible for that portion of H Street NE, had signed off on HR-57’s liquor license application, including amendments that would allow it to retain its BYOB policy. According to that application, the club’s public hearing with ABRA was scheduled for Jan. 24; no minutes have been posted online.
Given the late date of the hearing, there’s no reason to believe that the delayed opening of HR-57 has any reason beyond your typical bureaucratic/administrative red tape. But with the previously announced mid-January opening still left undone, it’d be nice to have an update from someone in the know.