This Wednesday we posted about an ANC Single Member District meeting about Indigo, a new restaurant opening soon at 3301 12th Street, NE (12th and Kearny). We went to the meeting, took photos and here is what we learned. (You need flash to see the photos. Click here if you don’t see them.)
The Indigo representative, Dinesh, stressed two things: family and fresh home cooked meals. He said said his wife cooks all the food by herself and everything will be made fresh every morning (there will be no freezers). It was noted that the Brookland location would be a big step up from their NoMa location being that the NoMa location’s indoor seating is about 1/3 the size of the Brookland location, although NoMa’s outdoor seating is larger.
The primary point of the meeting was to gauge support for Indigo’s liquor license and address any community concerns. ANC 5B04 Commissioner Woodland took a vote by show of hands, and there was unanimous support for Indigo’s liquor license. Indigo’s focus, it was explained, is not to promote liquor consumption, but to have it enhance the dining experience. Assuming there are no protests, their liquor license should be awarded August 14th and their final inspection should be soon. They are targeting September 4th for a grand opening, but are hoping to do a soft opening before then. The few neighbor concerns centered on potential parking issues, whether they will show sports events (not really, the one TV will mostly feature Bollywood music videos) and whether containers and cutlery will be biodegradable.
So what should you expect from Indigo? Clearly a family focused, casual business with a lot of vegetarian options. The restaurant will not have table service, rather folks will order, pay, and find a spot to enjoy their food. Delivery is also a part of their immediate plans. Also, expect that their menu will change frequently and be posted via a chalkboard menu, much like in their NoMa location. Lastly, we appreciated the yummy snacks provided and look forward to Indigo’s opening.