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Things Just Not Flowing at H Street Country Club

Remember my post earlier this month about the H Street Country Club opening in late March? Scratch that. Looks like we'll have to wait a bit longer.

This is, frankly, why I hate writing about opening dates.

After months and months and months of delays, the owners of the indoor miniature golf course and Tex-Mex outlet have one more hassle to deal with: They have to wait eight weeks for a water-pressure test. That's how long it'll take before a representative from the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority can get to the establishment and conduct the test, says Ricardo Vergara who co-owns the H Street Country Club with Joe Englert.

The owners have offered to foot the bill for a third-party tester, but Vergara says WASA nixed the idea, saying that it needed to conduct the test.  "WASA is just not willing to budge," he says.

If WASA would accept a third-party tester, Vergara says the adult putt-putt playground could be up and running in two weeks. Otherwise, it's two more painful months of waiting. "We're losing money by not being open," Vergara adds. "And the city is losing tax revenue by us not being open."

I'm waiting on WASA to return my phone call.

  • Simon

    I'd put odds on the H Street CC not living up to the hype. Because it sure has been a lot of hype, to date.

  • KMango

    MMM..tasty, tasty negativity. Par for the course, I guess.

    Har har.

  • This Isn’t American Idol

    Simon Cowell, I presume?

    Odds are it's going to be a whole lot better than what's currently available in that space (nothing) and it's a pretty safe bet that it will even be better than what used to be there (Phish Tea Cafe).

    Considering how many storefronts on H Street aren't even in the process of being developed, I'm not about to criticize one so close to opening until I've had a chance to try it.

  • Simon

    In order to live up to the amount of hype that the City Paper has given it, H St. CC would have to be giving away Michelin 4-star meals for free.

  • Brian

    "This is, frankly, why I hate writing about opening dates."

    A good solution to this would be not writing about opening dates - bar/restaurant owners are the most optimistic people in the world when it comes to this. Publishing dates, even when given by the owner, isn't helpful when those dates come and go a half dozen times.

  • Jay

    Just another example of D.C. beauracracy doing everything it can to stifle small business in the District...I'm constantly amazed that people still want to open up businesses in the city given all the ridiculous hoops and delays DC imposes on people.

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