CHS Year in Review 2013 | Capitol Hill food+drink goes big — and small

(Image: CHS)

(Image: CHS)

IMG_1801CHS has chronicled the news, big and small, of the boom of the food+drink economy of Capitol Hill. In 2011, we told the stories of a rapid explosion of big investments in the neighborhood’s bars and restaurants coinciding with a wave of new development across the Hill. In 2012, the neighborhood’s biggest players strengthened their hands and put even more on the table.

2013, then, saw a year filled with new neighbors as the growing bar and restaurant scene attracted big talent and encouraged the Hill’s biggest players to further invest. Meanwhile, smaller plays in smaller spaces made by smaller — but growing — names also changed the game. Through it all, there were the dramas and sad passings of a neighborhood experiencing ongoing change and an entertainment business landscape that has never been described as forgiving. Below, you’ll find some of the biggest, most important and most interesting restaurant and bar stories we covered in 2013.

Leaman inside Bakery Nouveau Capitol Hill (Image: CHS)

Leaman inside Bakery Nouveau Capitol Hill (Image: CHS)

Pros move in
A burgeoning restaurant and bar economy attracted big talent and bigger investments.

Kedai Makan (Image: CHS)

Kedai Makan (Image: CHS)

At work at Vostok Dumpling House (Image: CHS)

At work at Vostok Dumpling House (Image: CHS)

Smaller ideas in smaller spaces
2013 was dotted by new investments by first-timers and the occasional larger player as the neighborhood squeezed in new restaurants and bars wherever it could find space.

Olivar's Philippe Thomelin (Image: CHS)

Olivar’s Philippe Thomelin (Image: CHS)

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The last night at the old Bill's (Image: Nate Leese for CHS)

The last night at the old Bill’s (Image: Nate Leese for CHS)

Sad passings*
Here are some of the places we said goodbye to in 2013. *Note: A few of them will be back.

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