Smoothie King In Rhode Island Row Donates 10% Of All Sales To Ethiopian Churches

Smoothie King at Rhode Island Row

We saw this story on the news and figured readers would like to know that the Rhode Island Row location of Smoothie King donates 10% of all sales to help rebuild churches in Ethiopia. Check out the video below from WUSA9 and think of supporting them next time you have a craving for a smoothie. The Smoothie King is located at  2350 Washington Place, in the Rhode Island Row development next to the Rhode Island Avenue Metro stop.


Brookland And Rhode Island Metros To Close For 6 Weeks This Summer, And Petition For Bus Priority Lanes

Yikes! Neighbors who depend on Metro rail to get around will need to make alternate plans this summer. The Brookland and Rhode Island Ave Metro stations  will be shutting down from July 21 – Sept 3 for the purpose of fixing platform conditions that affect the ADA-accessibility. From the WMATA announcement:

Metro will return to Rhode Island Avenue Station to complete necessary structural repair work that begun during SafeTrack. Rhode Island Avenue Station was closed on an emergency basis in 2016 when concrete fell from the aerial structure. Metro engineers stabilized the structure and advanced as much remediation work as possible during a SafeTrack surge in 2016. This 45-day project will allow crews to complete structural repairs at Metro’s oldest outdoor station, including addressing deteriorating platform conditions that affect the ADA-accessibility of the station.

  • Rhode Island Ave and Brookland stations closed.

  • No Red Line service between Fort Totten and NoMa-Gallaudet stations; use Green Line as alternate.

  • Shuttle buses provide service between Fort Totten, Brookland, Rhode Island Ave, and NoMa-Gallaudet stations. Red Line trains will operate in two segments: between Shady Grove & NoMa-Gallaudet and between Fort Totten & Glenmont.

Some area residents voiced their displeasure on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook, and stressed the need for commuting solutions beyond the temporary shuttles. ANC Commissioner for 5E01, Ed Garnett, sent out this link to a petition to  establish bus priority lanes on Rhode Island Avenue during the Metro closure.

Save The Date – 11th Annual Great Brookland Yard Sale

I’m not gonna lie, seeing that the date has been set for this years’ Great Brookland Yard Sale made me so happy –  a warm weather event to look forward to! For those of you unaware, the GBYS is a set date for Brookland residents to host concurrent yard sales. The GBYS is organized by the Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association (BNCA) and is a great event for the whole neighborhood. It brings people from across the city into Brookland to see what a great community we have, it gets us out and about to meet our neighbors, and those who have yard sales get rid of stuff and make a little bit of money. We recently learned from a BNCA email that this year, the GBYS will take place on Saturday, May 5th. Also note, the Greater Brookland Garden Club always hosts its annual plant sale on the same day. That sale is located at 12th and Newton and they sell a wide variety of plants (Annuals, Perennials, Natives, Vegetables, Herbs, and Tropicals). We will let you know when yard sale registrations begin.

Calabash Tea Bar And Cafe Plans For A May Opening At 12th And Evarts

Rendering of Calabash Tea Bar and Cafe courtesy of Calabash, via Eater DC

In late January, we posted  that Calabash Tea Bar signed a lease in Brookland to open a second location.  Now we know that the cafe will be occupying the storefront at 12th and Evarts NE. We really love the  hummingbird and red hibiscus mural, the abundance of plants on the patio and that the location will bring even more foot traffic to the stretch of businesses at that end of 12th Street. We learned a bit more about what to expect from the cafe, which specializes in hand-blended teas, from this Eater DC article:

Amen hopes to open the new community-centric spot on Tuesday, May 8, the day the Shaw location turns three — and also her birthday. The new location is projected to operate from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily; regular programming will include neighborhood meetings and wellness events.

Sounds great! Calabash Tea Bar will be located at 2701 12th Street, NE.

Meet Tuskegee Airmen At Woodridge Library Book Event: The Tuskegee Airmen Chronology

Woodridge Library

The Woodridge Library has a great line up of events for Black History Month, including a movie series. One event we found to be particularly exciting will take place on Thursday February  15, 2018 at 7:00.  Dr. Daniel Haulman, author of  “The Tuskegee Airmen Chronology”will be speaking. From the event page:

The Tuskegee Airmen Chronology: A Detailed Timeline of the Red Tails and Other Black Pilots of World War II provides a unique year-by-year overview of the fascinating story of the Tuskegee Airmen, embracing important events in the formation of the first military training for black pilots in United States history, the phases of their training at various air fields in Tuskegee and elsewhere, their continued training at other bases around the United States and their deployment overseas, first to North Africa and then to Sicily and Italy. The book is the fifth on the subject by Airmen expert Dr. Daniel Haulman. Come and meet Dr. Haulman and talk with some of the Tuskegee Airmen.

The Woodridge Library is located at 1801 Hamlin Street NE.

George Washington Medical Immediate And Primary Care Practice – Now Open At Rhode Island Row

Sometimes it can be challenging to find convenient healthcare options here in North East, so we were happy to learn that there is now another option. The George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates has opened an Immediate and Primary Care facility at the nearby Rhode Island Row shopping center. From the GW Medical Families Website:

The GW Medical Faculty Associates Immediate & Primary Care practice prides itself on being able to provide immediate medical service and being your primary care provider all under one roof. So, whether you are looking to schedule a routine check-up with a medical doctor, or find yourself needing to be taken care of immediately, we are here for you on your time, every time.

Immediate Care

If you need to be seen now, we have you covered. Whether it’s a bump, bruise, a cold, or the flu – whatever your case may be – we offer convenient, extended hours to serve you when you need us most. And with a wide range of lab and diagnostic testing available, we can get you the results you need fast.

Primary Care

Whether by walk-in or appointment, our doctors can be your primary care physician. We offer physicals, exams, screenings, lab and diagnostic testing, and even prescription refills. Whatever you need and whenever you need it, we offer the convenient, extended hours and comprehensive, long term services to make sure you’re covered.

The healthcare office is located at 2350 Washington Pl., NE, Suite 110N in the Rhode Island Row apartment complex next to the Rhode Island Avenue Metro station.

Upcoming Women In Science Event: Mystery Of The Runes From Vikings To Modern Gamers

The ongoing Women in Science events, hosted at AJACS by CUA’s School of Arts and Sciences have become really popular among neighbors. So we are happy to see the series return on Monday February 19th. Learn about runes, their history, and their relationship to gamers, from Lilla Kopar, Ph.D. This is a free event, no previous knowledge is needed and all ages are welcome. Check out the flyer below for more information. The event is from 6:00 – 7:30 PM.  AJACS is located at 2813 12th Street NE.

Ramen World Returns To Mess Hall – Get Your Tickets Before they Are Gone

Nearby culinary incubator, Mess Hall, is a food community where DC-based food entrepreneurs come together to cook, share and collaborate. We thought neighbors with culinary interests would want to check out Ramen World, an annual event that always sells out. As a bonus, you get to check out MomoYakitori, the restaurant coming to Rhode Island Ave.  From the event page:

#RamenAllStars :

  • Himitsu – DC’s hard-to-get table (and one of Bon Appetit’s Top 50 Best New Restaurants) comes to Ramen World! Chef Kevin Tien and Carlie Steiner’s ultra popular concept will make its best ramen bowl this one day only.
  • Daikaya and Bantam King and Haikan – Chef Katsuya Fukushima represents his trifecta of restaurants and presents multiple dishes to demonstrate his inventive uses of ramen.
  • Paper Horse – Ramen Powerhouse Erik Bruner Yang (famed founder of Maketto, Brothers & Sisters, and Toki Underground) shows off his newest ramen concept starring Chef Mike Galyen!
  • Wolfgang Puck’s The Source – Chef Russell Smith, known for everything from dumplings to Peking Duck to buns, demonstrates his ideal bowl of ramen.
  • Chaplin’s Ramen House & Cocktail Bar – This Shaw institution shows off its authentic ramen.
  • Abunai – The big red truck will be parked outside, serving up a modern Hawaiian ramen dish.


  • NOMAD DUMPLiNGS – Mess Hall Member Karen Hoefener serves up undoubtedly the best dumplings in DC!

  • Momo Yakitori – BE THE FIRST TO TRY these traditional Japanese skewers COMING SOON to 2214 Rhode Island Ave, NE.

Mess Hall is located at 703 Edgewood St. NE.

Brookland’s Finest Mardi Gras Menu Pairs Up With One Eight Distilling On (Fat) Tuesday

To celebrate Mardi Gras on February 13th,  Brookland’s Finest has created a special dinner menu with festive specials featuring local spirits from One Eight Distilling.

Louisiana cuisine will be the focus of the menu. The first course features Crispy Frog Legs with Remoulade Sauce paired with a rosemary infused Gin Rickey. Etouffée with Gulf shrimp, crawfish, and andouille sausage is the second course, which will be paired with a play on a French 75 made with Verbena Infused District Made Vodka. For dessert, guests will enjoy Bananas Foster Beignets with chocolate ganache and fresh fruit served alongside a Sazerac made with Rock Creek Rye. The full menu, available for $35 per person, can be found here. Brookland’s Finest is located at 3126 12th Street, NE.

Momo Yakitori Plans For Mid-February Opening, Bringing Japanese Flavors To Rhode Island Ave NE

Diners shouldn’t expect too much of a make-over, since Nido’s clean and modern aesthetic lends itself well to Momo Yakitori’s vibe

In late December we were happy to write that Momo Yakitori would be occupying the space left vacant when Nido closed on Rhode Island Ave NE. We recently learned a lot more about the upcoming restaurant from this article in Eater DC:

Featured skewers, which come one per order, include locally sourced chicken breast adorned with plum, miso, or black garlic, and pierced seasonal veggies such as trumpet mushrooms, eggplant, shishito peppers, and sweet pumpkin. Bowls of cabbage with vinegar and sesame dressing serve as a mid-meal palate cleanser.

The sneak peek photos of Momo Yalitori’s food in the Eater DC story were drool-worthy! Momo Yakatori will be located at 2214 Rhode Island Avenue NE and will open for dinner on the weekends at first and then expand to nightly dinner service eventually.