Sometimes, yes, you actually have to leave Brookland. And if you have recently gone eastbound down Rhode Island Avenue and into Maryland, it is hard not to notice a flurry of new activity, including arts, restaurants, shops and large residential buildings under construction. One example is the Singer Building at the traffic circle in Mount Rainier which will bring new retail, restaurant, and residential space. While many of us already know about long time businesses such as Franklins and some of the newer stores like the Yes! Organics, we thought readers would appreciate a rundown of some of the new restaurants and breweries/distilleries open or planned for the nearby Rt.1/Rhode Island Avenue corridor. Also, big shout out to the Hyattsville Wire, a blog that covers the happenings up and down the Route 1 corridor, check them out if you want to keep up with what is going on.
- Pizza Paradiso opened in Hyattsville over the summer. This the fourth location in the DC area for this small local chain. It seats 60 inside and has a nice outdoor patio for 18 outside. I have heard that the pizza is really good from a few people and that there is a nice selection of draft beers. (4800 Rhode Island Ave, Hyattsville, MD.)
- Sangfroid Distilling is a distillery coming to downtown Hyattsville sometime this year. They will make fruit brandies, whiskey and the classic Dutch version of gin, called genever. They will offer samples several days a week in their tasting room, which will feature a garage-style door for those nice weather days. Check out more details in this Hyattsville Wire post.
- Streetcar 82 Brewing Company is a Belgian-inspired brewery coming to Hyattsville, very close to the Pizza Paradiso. Owned by three graduates of Gallaudet University who have been home brewing for years, a primary focus of theirs is to foster and contribute to the tight-knit communities around them. They signed their lease over the summer and in November their build out plans were approved, so hopefully they will open soon. (4824 Rhode Island Avenue, Hyattsville, MD.)
- Maryland Meadworks plans to “produce and sell the highest-quality, best-tasting mead (honey-wine) possible utilizing natural processes and local ingredients”. They plan to offer mead tastings onsite as well as for sale at local retailers and on tap at local bars and restaurants. They should be opening in a few months. For more info, check out this interview the Hyattsville Wire did with Ken Carter, owner of Maryland Meadworks. (Located next to Shortcake Bakery at 4700 Rhode Island Avenue, Hyattsville MD.)
- Pennyroyal Station restaurant will bring a 1940’s inspired vintage vibe combined with modern touches and will be located in Mount Rainier’s Singer Building development mentioned above. The restaurant is from the same folks behind popular DC spots Bar Pilar and Cafe Saint-Ex, and was listed as one the DC area’s most anticipated restaurants by EaterDC. Hopefully the restaurant will open soon, they recently hosted a 3-course sneak peek event. (3310 Rhode Island Avenue, Mount Rainier, Md.)