A couple of years ago we heard about the Hilltop, a new bar and restaurant planned for 2737 Sherman Avenue NW. It's from Kaleabe Getaneh and Sam Jahanbeen, who are both affiliated with
However, we haven't heard much except for a few construction updates, until Borderstan noticed that their Facebook page says they're opening in September.
The place is at the corner of Sherman and Girard in a big building that they've done a nice job renovating. The building has been vacant for a long time (the city previously had it registered as "vacant-blighted") so it's great to see something new and neat coming. It's also kind of in a gap, there isn't a ton nearby aside from Mama Chuy's and Dulcinea, and those are more restaurants.
The building will have outdoor seating and a big front window that opens all the way (like El Chucho.) According to their liquor license, which was approved, their hours will be 10am-1am Sun-Wed, 10am-2am Thurs-Sat, which suggests to me they'll have brunch. The outdoor areas will be 10am-11pm every day.
If you've been to the Saloon, you might recognize Kaleabe and Sam: Kaleabe is the longtime waiter formerly with dreadlocks (and a great guy) and Sam is the Saloon's owner's nephew.
The Saloon is a good spot too: relaxed, friendly, and they do a lot of community service, like building schools overseas.
Images from their Facebook and Google Streetview