We learned from the Rhode Avenue NE Insider that Bloomingdale hot spot Rustik Tavern has chosen Brookland as its next location. We heard rumors that they signed a lease for the long-vacant property at 3523 12th Street, and are happy to hear the good news through a verified source. (The property is the brown brick building with the second floor balcony between the 12th Street Cleaners and Deaf Outreach between Monroe and Newton Streets, NE.) For those of you that haven’t been to Rustik, it is a great place to dine with friends and family. They serve fantastic thin crust brick oven pizzas, small plates and entrees. Among our many favorites are the kale salad, the Pep Pep pizza and the goat cheese, fig and olive tampenade. Of course, it remains to be seen if they are bringing the same concept to 12th Street, but in any case we are super excited to hear this news. Hopefully this will bode well for the future of the remaining vacant properties that line 12th Street as well. The Bloomingdale location is 84 T Street NW, just off Rhode Island Ave. Welcome to the neighborhood Rustik – we are so happy to have you!