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Taste of H Stories: Sticky Rice

Updated: Oct 4, 2019

One feels just a bit more hip when they walk into the H Street institution that is Sticky Rice. It’s the perfect mix of aloof urban industrial chic and warm local neighborhood pub. John Yamashita opened the original Sticky Rice in Richmond, Virginia, 20 years ago. After much success, he partnered with local H Street restaurateurs Jason Martin and Phil Rodriguez to bring Sticky Rice to DC. Needless to say, DC residents love the sushi and vegan dishes and, after nearly 11 years, Sticky Rice is as popular as ever--not an easy feat in a competitive city with so many choices, high turnover, and exorbitant taxes.

“We consider Sticky Rice a community restaurant--we want everyone to feel welcome,” says John. “We love the food and hospitality life and we work hard to make sure we make a contribution to the community.” This is evident by his actions: not only does John regularly feed the homeless community on H Street, his restaurant also gives a 20% discount to all teachers, first responders, and military personnel year round. He says it’s their small way of showing gratitude to the people making life better for the rest of us.

Sticky Rice has also shown its love for DC educators by participating in the Taste of H since it began in 2012. When asked why they’ve chosen to support GrantEd Foundation through this event John said, “It’s a well-run event, the organization has made it easy for us to participate, and we love that so many restaurants are represented. Variety is the spice of life!” He went on to say “Every teacher should want to be a part of GrantEd--it’s the easiest grant program I’ve ever heard of and teachers spend so much money to make their students’ lives better.”

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