Restaurant Updates – Steel Plate And Brookland Pint Are Moving Forward

At the Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association (BNCA) meeting last night we got two great updates on restaurants coming to the area!

Future location of Steel Plate
Future location of Steel Plate

Steel Plate: In July many Brooklanders were quite excited to learn that the owners of Bloomingdale’s Rustik Tavern signed a lease in for a new location in Brookland, at 3523 12th Street NE, to be called Steel Plate. The name is a nod to the railroad tracks that have been a historic and prominent part of life in Brookland. We got an update from Diton Pashaj, the owner, as part of an official request of support from the organization. The restaurant will be two floors with 142 indoor seats and will include a summer garden with 69 seats. He also distributed a sample menu (listed below) that is not set in stone, and he noted that the restaurant’s menu will change every 3 or 4 months. Last week the restaurant saw a big milestone when it posted it’s Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) licence placards, which effectively sets the time table for hearings and potential protests. Any protests have to filed by March 3, but Diton noted that he has not heard about anyone planning to protest. We asked if he will be presenting at February’s ANC 5B meeting, and he said he is waiting to hear back from the ANC about getting on agenda. The restaurant’s alcohol program will be wine and beer centric with 12-14 wines by the glass, and another 12-14 beers available, and they will look to carry local DC beers.  The restaurant team is seeking the following hours: Monday – Thursday from 8:00 am – 2:00 am and Friday – Sunday from 8:00 am – 3:00 am. Diton noted that he “would love support” from the neighborhood as the ABRA process get underway. As for the BNCA, they took a vote, and will write a letter to ABRA in support of the restaurant. If everything goes perfectly, the target date to open is mid April or so. For more information, follow the restaurant on Twitter @Steel_Plate_DC.

Future patio of Brookland Pint
Future patio of Brookland Pint

Brookland Pint: In September we learned that the owner of Meridian Pint and Smoke and Barrell, John Andrade, will be bringing a new restaurant to the south-west corner of Monroe Street Market’s Artwalk (at 8th and Monroe NE). Yesterday we learned that the restaurant will be called Brookland Pint. John also informed us that he is expecting the restaurant’s construction permits any day now, and will begin build-out in a matter of weeks. He also expects to post his ABRA application notice in a few weeks, and like Steel Plate, Brookland Pint will seek maximum hours. Still, they don’t foresee staying open that late regularly, as they will have a strong restaurant and American craft beer focus, and usually close their other locations around 11 or 12 o’clock at night. The restaurant will have 120 seats inside and 48 on the outdoor patio, which will be a great anchor for the 27 art galleries that make up the Arts Walk.  If all goes well, they are hoping to open the restaurant this July.


Steel Plate example menu:

    • Biscuit Sandwiches
      • Country ham, heirloom tomato, black pepper mayonnaise
      • Fried egg, extra sharp cheddar, grilled asparagus
      • Roast beef, thousand island slaw
      • Fried chicken, peach and cranberry, bibb lettuce
    • Sides and Salads
      • Dill succotash
      • Marinated tomatoes and basil
      • Corn dodgers, pinto beans
      • Waldorf salad
      • Toasted green bananas
      • Grilled Napa cabbage
      • Wilted lettuce with bacon and eggs
      • Greens with house dressing
      • Crispy herbed potato wedges
    • Snacks
      • Oyster gratin
      • Fried green tomatoes, pear chow chow
      • Potato cheese scones
      • Creamed shrimp, rye toast
      • Chicken croquettes
    • Big Plates
      • Chicken with dumplings
      • Cobb salad, apple Roquefort dressing
      • Virginia ham, red eye gravy, biscuit, warm apple sauce
      • Scallops, potato salad, parsley marmalade
      • Chicken fried steak, buttermilk sweet potatoes, collard greens
      • Cottage cheese timbale, hominy squares, baked beans
    • Desserts
      • Fried peach pie, lemon molasses anglaise
      • Carrot pudding, ginger snaps
      • Hot iron white chocolate cookies, tahini ice cream
      • Banana fritters, rum raisin caramel
      • Nutmeg melon sherbet, soda cookies
      • Rhubarb upside down cake, lemon thyme sorbet

6 thoughts on “Restaurant Updates – Steel Plate And Brookland Pint Are Moving Forward”

  1. Has anyone heard of the progress across the street at the old Library bar? I believe there was talk of the owners of Smith Commons (H street) coming.

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