All posts by Shani

Upon moving to Brookland about 8 years ago, Shani jumped into civic life, having been treasurer for the Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association and lending her web development skills to the Greater Brookland Garden Club. Shani was also the unofficial coordinator of Brookland’s LGBT monthly activities for 6 years. You can often find Shani and her wife Astrid watering the trees on 12th St. NE and walking their dog Frida around the neighborhood. Shani is an artist, owner of SCH Fine Arts, and an IT professional.

District Space Brings A Versatile Pop-Up Culinary Venue To 12th Street

Many neighbors, including us, remember Little Ricky’s with fondness, and have hoped something new and fabulous would take its place. The wait is over. A new venue called District Space has arrived at the 3522 12th Street location.

Elan Bar joins members of the old Ricky’s team, Chef Miguel (resident chef) and Lola Pol (one of the partners)  to transform the location into a whole new concept – a pop up venue. We experienced one of their first events, a cocktail focused evening paired with delicious small bites. While the space is available for private parties, the main focus will be short term culinary events featuring up and coming chefs, restaurateurs and other culinary concepts.

We caught up with Elan to discuss the new incarnation of the location. Check out what he has to say about after the slideshow below. (You need flash to see the photos, if you can’t see them click here to open them.)

Of course, our first question was why he chose Brookland for District Space:
I can’t think of a neighborhood that would be a better fit for District Space than Brookland. Its proximity to two of DC’s most prominent shared kitchen spaces–Mess Hall, on the border of Brookland and Edgewood, and the upcoming Tastemakers, in Brookland proper–will allow for a tremendous amount of mutually beneficial relationships. As a new business owner, I’d also note that everyone I have had the chance to interact with has been nothing but supportive and enthusiastic about the concept (even if it’s somewhat unfamiliar at first!).
I’m confident District Space is going to bring a new and exciting energy to the Brookland neighborhood. Brooklanders will now be in the unique position to learn about and experience some of the most talented up-and-coming folks in the DC food-and-beverage space.

Elan envisions District Space as  helping develop the DC food scene by doing more than just providing a venue. He says:

We view every chef, bartender, cheesemonger, distiller, etc., that walks through the door as a partner. Every time someone new uses our space, we’re committed to developing a relationship with them and supporting their growth.

As such, his goal is to connect and leverage these relationships to create a more robust and inter-dependent food-and-beverage scene not only in Brookland, but across DC. For example:

I want to be able to connect the charcutier who’s doing an event in January with the cheesemonger who did an event last week. We believe that nobody does it alone, and it’s only through supporting each other that DC can not just continue to grow–but really be on the forefront of the national food scene.

So what’s next? Look out for their next major event from Johanna’s Table,  featuring Chef Johanna Hellrigl cooking northern Italian fare at District Space from December 14-17. They will be running it like a more traditional restaurant (reservations, non-ticketed, etc.).  Once they get up and running, social media such as their Twitter feed and Facebook page will be the best way to keep up with the happenings. Welcome to the neighborhood, District Space!

Primrose, Brookland’s New French Wine Bar Is Now Open

We thought neighbors would be happy to know that long awaited French restaurant Primrose is now open for business -and it’s pretty great! The menu is concise, offering up French classics such as Coq au vin and Steak frites and of course, a great selection of wines. We stopped by on their opening night and really enjoyed our dinner. For now, Primrose will be open in the evenings, and closed on Tuesdays, and will do a weekend brunch when they get up and running. We will be doing a full write up after we have been a few times, and tried a number of dishes, so look out for that. Primrose is located at 3000 12th Street NE (northwest corner of 12th and Hamlin Streets).

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A bit of blog housekeeping today. Readers sometimes ask me for ways to keep up with the Brookland Bridge besides having to remember to go and check the blog regularly. One way is to subscribe to the blog. By signing up, you will get an email every time we publish a blog post. Simply go to any blog post,  such as this one, scroll down to the comment form and 1) enter something in the comment field 2) enter your name 3) enter your email address 4) check the box that says “Notify Me of New Posts by Email” and 5) click “Submit Comment”.  Easy Peasy! We will not publish your email address. Thanks again for reading and we will get back to the regular posts tomorrow.

Monroe Street Market Tree Lighting – Get Your Pictures With Santa

On Friday December 1st, there will be a free holiday tree lighting event by the Monroe Street Market development. From the event page:

Monroe Street Market’s second annual Tree Lighting event is happening Friday, December 1st on the outdoor plaza in front of Busboys & Poets. From 6-8 PM, enjoy festive holiday performances, free photos with Santa (cats & dogs are welcome, too!), activities for kids, and food and drink offerings. Then, at 8 PM, join in the countdown as we light the tree.

Giving Tuesday Happy Hour At Steel Plate To Benefit President Lincoln’s Cottage

Most people know that Lincoln’s Cottage, just outside of Brookland, is a gem worth checking out. While it is the only public place where one can get a glimpse into Abraham Lincoln’s public and private life, did you know that it is the only National Monument that doesn’t receive federal funding? That means it must rely on supporters to keep their doors open, and continue their award-winning education programs and preservation efforts. From an email:

Join us from 5pm-9pm at Steel Plate on Tuesday, November 28th. There’ll be drink specials, a raffle with fabulous prizes from local businesses, and Steel Plate is generously donating 10% of the night’s sales to the Cottage.

Check out more information at the event page. Steel Plate is located at 3523 12th Street NE.

Rhode Island Row Tree Lighting – Food, Giveaways And Clothing Drive

We thought readers would like to know about this fun way to start off the Holiday season. From the event page:

Join friends and neighbors to kick off the holiday season at the annual Rhode Island Row Tree Lighting! Enjoy live performances from District Dance Arts and Nelly’s Echo, festive food and drink, and free giveaways for kids before helping us count down to the tree lighting at 7:00.

Join us early and enjoy games and giveaways at the WPGC 95.5 coat drive outside Carolina Kitchen! From 10AM-6PM, help spread some holiday cheer to local families in need by donating cold weather clothing and accessories (including coats, hats, gloves, and scarves).

Sounds like a great event!

Long Awaited Rhode Island Ave. Restaurant, Provost, Applies For A Liquor License

Provost with liquor license application placards in the window

Provost, a restaurant that has been in the works for a few years on the 2100 block of Rhode Island Ave NE has applied for a liquor license. We first heard about Provost from this Rhode Island Avenue NE Insider post  back in 2013. At the time, the concept was a health conscious menu with vegetarian options and a rooftop deck.  The last news we heard about it was April 2015 when it was a topic at an ANC 5C 07 meeting. Hopefully things are finally moving forward. From the liquor license application:

A new restaurant serving traditional American cuisine. Seating capacity of 87 inside. Total Occupancy Load of 100. Roof Top Summer Garden with 48 seats. The License will include an
Entertainment Endorsement for the inside of the premises only.

The application requests liquor sales and permission for live entertainment Sunday through Thursday 8 am – 2 am, Friday and Saturday 8 am 3 am for the indoors and liquor sales Sunday through Thursday 8 am – 2 am, Friday and Saturday 8 am 3 am on the rooftop deck. Provost will be located at 2129 Rhode Island Avenue, N.E.

Catholic U Offers Puerto Rican College Students A Tuition-Free Spring Semester

Puerto Rican Flag flying in front of a Brookland home

From an article in The Tower, CUA’s student newspaper:

The Catholic University of America will waive tuition and other student fees to welcome up to 40 students currently enrolled in degree programs in colleges and universities in Puerto Rico to support them in the wake of damage done by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Students are now eligible to apply to be enrolled in the spring semester.

We think that is just awesome, way to go CUA!