Well, this the best news I have heard in a while! Brooklanders have been hoping for something positive to happen to the vacant storefront at 3514 12th St NE (between Newton St & Monroe St) that was last known as a bar called the “The Library” and closed in March 2012. We are super-happy to read in the Washington City Paper that the owner of popular H Street restaurant Smith Commons will be opening a restaurant at this very location! The restaurant will be called Smith Public Trust and will focus on small plates dishes with an international twist. The article in the City Paper describes the restaurant:
…as a place where people can come in to have a coffee and use free wifi during the day, grab a beer and some grub, or enjoy some live music on weekends. [Owner] Gray says the idea is for the restaurant to be an incubator for local musicians. The 3,500 square-foot space has a small stage for electro, indie, hip-hop, jazz, and other performances, which will all be free.
How amazing is that? We have eaten at Smith Commons and I can attest that the food, service and decor were fantastic, so this news makes us extra happy. Welcome to the neighborhood!!