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H Street corridor to get Mexican restaurant

The site of Sol Mexican Grill, opening on H Street NE

Sol Mexican Grill's second floor

Sol Mexican Grill's upstairs patio

Sol Mexican Grill will be opening its doors at 1251 H Street NE this Friday. The two-level, approximately 2000 square-foot venue replaces Danny’s Carry-Out Chinese food storefront. Do not despair, patrons nowhere near the H Street corridor! The truck is still in motion and serving its popular Mexican food around the city.

"There is no Mexican restaurant around there. We will be the first Mexican restaurant here," says Fernando Postigo, one of the three brothers who own Sol Mexican Grill. "I want all the people to enjoy our food."

The renovation of the building took about two years, but will substantially transform this storefront property.

The popular Mexican food will be served on two different levels and in two different fashions. The first floor will serve food in a similar fast-food style that the truck patrons are used to. Patrons line up and order, picking out what food item and toppings etc. they would like. The second floor will be a sit-down restaurant with a full bar and an outdoor patio. Postigo hopes to have DJs outside on the weekends, but not right now. Both floors can accommodate roughly 130 patrons, he says.

Lovers of the truck food will be happy to know that the menu will be relatively the same downstairs, with even more options to choose from. One of the more interesting items popping up on the menu is beef tongue, which Postigo personally wanted. Other more common Mexican fare include chorizo tacos, fish tacos and tacos al pastor which will be a pork and pineapple blend.

The restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on the weeknights and the weekends from 11 a.m. until 3:30 a.m.

Developments and businesses are opening up every day on and near the H Street Corridor. Just yesterday, the Tree House Lounge opened four blocks from H Street on Florida Avenue NE. Other recent developments and openings in the area include The Maia at 1350 Maryland Avenue NE and a new location for Manny and Olga’s Pizza.

Read more articles by Lisa Spinelli.

Lisa Spinelli is Elevation DC's development editor as well as a freelance journalist, copy editor and mother of two. After receiving her Master of Science in print journalism from Columbia University in 2004, Lisa worked across the country and in Italy as a journalist, editor and Web editor. Her website LisaSpinelli.com has links to a smattering of her published clips.
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