After the murder last year of Grace Deli’s owner June Lim, the former bustling corner market and deli at 701 H Street NE has been closed.
Now, the City Paper reports it will reopen as a sandwich shop paying homage to Lim:
But come October, the corner space at 701 H St. NE will reopen, thanks to Donte Beal, who says he was a friend of Lim and worked at a nearby barber shop at the time of her death. He plans to pay homage to Lim at his forthcoming sandwich shop called Heaven & H.
Beal says he was motivated to open up the deli after getting culinary arts training at D.C.’s adult education school Ballou STAY. “I knew June really well,” Beal says. “Over the years up until the incident, we developed a good relationship. She’d let me get things and pay her later if I didn’t have lunch money when I was just starting out in the barber shop… Not only that, I’d bring my family and she’d give them free candy.”
The deli cafe, which will be open for breakfast and lunch, will serve hot and cold sandwiches served on “untraditional” breads like croissants, English muffins, and pita. Unlike Grace Deli, Beal says he won’t serve any frozen foods.
Read more information in Jessica Sidman’s City Paper post.