Small Plates: Granville Moore’s To Expand In the Fall

Posted June 30, 2010 at 4:17pm

Granville Moore’s, the beloved gastropub on H Street Northeast that is often plagued by long waits for a table, is about to grow in size. Executive Chef Teddy Folkman says the restaurant plans to renovate the basement to create more seating. While he was tight-lipped about the expansion, he did say the renovation should be completed sometime this fall.

The basement renovation isn’t the only new project at Granville’s (1238 H St. NE). Folkman recently welcomed chef Maria Evans, formerly of Castle Hill and Trio in Rhode Island, to the kitchen. The two plan to work on a collaborative menu. In the coming weeks, the bar will also roll out a late-night menu.

Sophisticated Sno-Cones

As the oppressive D.C. summer heat threatens to sink your mood, take a moment to swing by Art and Soul (415 New Jersey Ave. NW). This Capitol Hill restaurant is offering sno-cone cocktails to help Washingtonians beat the heat.

Created by general manager Jay Poblador, the cocktails are served in cone-shaped martini glasses and feature shaved ice layered with a variety of liquor. The sno-cone cocktail list includes the Savannah, a mixture of vodka, African nectar tea and peaches, as well as the Rehoboth, made of the Portuguese spirit Cachaca, pineapple and spearmint rimmed with smoked black salt. The cocktails sell for $12, but the price drops to $6 during happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

In keeping with the summer theme, Art and Soul is also bringing back its Crab and Beer Wednesdays. This prix fixe menu features three jumbo crabs, corn on the cob, corn bread and coleslaw. The cost will vary depending on market price, but the restaurant hopes to keep the bill to around $25 a head. A bucket of 7-ounce “nips” of regional micro-brewed beer is also available for $14. This menu will be served on the patio from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. every Wednesday through the end of July.

Pizza and Peroni

Dining at the already budget-friendly Potenza (1430 H St. NW) just got a whole lot easier on the wallet. The large Italian restaurant, located a few blocks from the White House, is offering a new special in the 40-seat bar. Customers can get a pint of Peroni and one of five house-made pizzas for $10.

Customers can choose from pizzas such as traditional margherita made with tomatoes, mozzarella made in-house and basil, or gorgonzola dolce, a combination of tomato sauce, gorgonzola, Mache and aged balsamic drizzle.

The menu is only available in the bar Monday through Thursday from 8 to 10 p.m., Saturday from 8 p.m. to midnight and Sunday from 8 to 10 p.m. Potenza is also hosting complimentary wine tastings every Thursday night in July. Tastings will be next door to the restaurant at Potenza Wine from 5 to 7 p.m.