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Posted at 4:46 PM ET, 03/ 3/2011

Coming Soon: Bars to watch for

By Fritz Hahn

Ramen bar Toki Underground should open "pretty soon" above the Pug on H Street NE says owner Erik Yang (second from left). (Evy Mages for The Washington Post)

In today's Got Plans? discussion, we took a question about the Lou's City Bar, a new sports bar set to open in Columbia Heights with two dozen draft beers and 18 large high-definition TVs. Lou's, which will be at 1400 Irving St. NW next to the now-closed Commonwealth Gastropub, had planned to open today, but it isn't quite finished. Next Thursday is now the target date.

That got us thinking -- what about some of the other high-profile bars and restaurants that have been "coming soon" for a while?

Jack Rose, the whiskey-centric bar from the owners of Bourbon and Breadsoda, is set to open in Adams Morgan's old Third Power Fitness building on April 15. Look out for three outdoor decks facing three different directions, an extensive bourbon menu that includes several pre-Prohibition selections and a cozy speakeasy-style basement bar.

H Street NE should get its late-night ramen fix sooner rather than later. Toki Underground is just "waiting for the last inspection," reports owner/chef Erik Yang, "and we should open pretty soon after that." The decor, which includes a number of repurposed skateboard decks, looks ready, and the bar is stocked with some serious Japanese sakis, but given the nature of the D.C. inspection process, "I can't put a total date on it," Yank says. "I really can't make any promises."

Since last year, visitors to Marvin and the Gibson have watched the construction on Blackbyrd Warehouse, a new restaurant and lounge. A planned February opening has been pushed back, says co-owner Ian Hilton, and it now could be four to six weeks away. What's left to be done? "mostly finishing the interior," says Hilton. The delay does have an upside, though: Better weather in which to enjoy the back patios shared by Marvin and Blackbyrd.

By Fritz Hahn  | March 3, 2011; 4:46 PM ET
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