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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.

Smith Public Trust And 7 Drum City Present A Valentines 1960’s Love Music Showcase

Looking  for something unique and local to do with your valentine this year? Here is an idea. Check out the live show by 7 Drum City’s Flashband, which will be a 1960’s love music  showcase at Smith Public Trust. Interested? Make sure to get your tickets soon since the show will probably sell out, and ticket sales end on the 8th. Tickets cost $10. From the event page:

On Saturday February 10th, bring your date for Valentine’s Day and get nostalgic as you rock out to all your favorite 60s jams! We’ll be closing out the night with a featured local band to be announced soon!

The doors open at 7:00 and the show begins at 7:30. Smith Public Trust is located at 12th Street NE

The Public Option And Munchie Monsters Grill Bring Another Dining Option To Rhode Island Ave NE

We already love The Public Option because it is a local gem that serves up their own homegrown beer. Now we have another reason to belly up – they are teaming up with Munchie Monsters, currently a food truck with a lot of gluten free and vegan options as well as meat dishes like slow roasted chicken and pork. Check out the menu below. From the Munchie Monster’s Facebook Page:

Grammie Munchie will be opening a restaurant in NE DC right on Rhode Island Avenue! Come taste the love in DC, along with a pint of amazing brew from Bill at The Public Option!!! Soft opening Feb 2 and 3…

The Public Option is located at 1601 Rhode Island Avenue, NE.

TasteMakers Gives A Sneak Peek Of Brookland’s Newest Bar And Offers Up February Cooking Classes

Looks like TasteMakers is starting to line up events as they complete their space and finalize the vendors for the new food hall/ incubator. You can check out a variety of  February cooking classes here, which include Valentine’s chocolate desserts, a Mardi Gras menu and  a Valentine’s Day champagne dinner for two. Also, we were excited to see them tweet the sneak peek below about a new bar called Benjamin’s….or maybe it’s Ben’s on Franklin? Either way,  we can’t wait to check it out.

TasteMakers is located at 10th Street NE

Steel Plate’s Super Bowl Event Sounds Super

Looking for a local spot to watch the big game? Steel Plate is pulling out all the stops. Sounds like the crowd might be *a bit* tilted towards Eagles fans. From the event page:

THIS SUNDAY! Grab your Eagles gear and head over to Steel Plate for the best Super Bowl party in town.

We’ve got our large 9 foot projector, free wings and quesadillas all game long and a Rocky 4 pregame showing to get you pumped up. Join us for the Brady takedown and make sure you bring an empty stomach and some hardcore team spirit.

ENTRANCE IS FREE! See you there.

Steel Plate is located at 3523 12th Street NE.

Large Mixed Use Development On Rhode Island Ave NE Has Zoning Hearing Today

802-810 Rhode Island Avenue NE is the blue building in center.

Back in August we wrote that the owners of 802-810 Rhode Island Avenue NE applied to rezone the property from commercial and industrial use to medium-density commercial and high-density residential usage. We recently learned that the Zoning Board will hold a hearing about the request Thursday February 1st at 6:30 pm. According to the public notice, the property is about 21,677 square feet and you can get a better idea of the proposed zoning change via this slide deck.  Those familiar with the building know that it is a part of the Mt. Calvary Church group of buildings near the Rhode Island Metro. We will keep our eyes on this and let you know when we hear anything new.

Large Development Projects Moving Forward In Nearby NoMa

Market Terminal development, image courtesy of R2L Architects

We thought neighbors would appreciate an update on some of the large development projects happening in the nearby NoMa neighborhood. We recently learned from an article in the Washington Business Journal that the recent purchase of a 98,000-square-foot warehouse property for $56.5 million will clear the way for the Market Terminal development. The land purchased is a couple of blocks west of Union Market and bordered by the Metro tracks, Florida Avenue NE and Morse Street NE. From the article:

Market Terminal is approved for more than 1,100 multifamily units, 52,000 square feet of retail, office and a hotel.

In another Washington Business Journal article, we learned that another large NoMa development has chosen a hotel and that construction will begin this year:

The 204-room boutique hotel will be only the fourth to carry The James brand. It will serve as the hotel component of the 780,000-square-foot Armature Works project, a mixed-use development to include a 465-unit apartment building, a 170-unit condominium building, outdoor public spaces and 42,000 square feet of street-level retail. 

Between these and other developments in the NoMa area, it seems like we will barely recognize the place in a few years.

Catholic University Announces Plans For New $6 Million Dining Hall

Image courtesy of the Catholic University of America

Yesterday Catholic University announced that it received an anonymous $6 million gift which will go towards the creation of a new student dining hall. From CUA’s  website:

The gift is a critical investment that will enable Catholic University to ease crowding, expand food options, and improve the entirety of the student life experience. Envisioned as a dramatic, sun-filled, and welcoming open area more than double the size of the current facilities, the new dining hall will provide a contemporary space with display cooking, ample seating, informal student gathering space, and a prime location near first year housing.

The project is in the planning stages, and CUA is currently looking for an architect. If all goes according to plan, the new dining hall will  open in 2020.

Cupid’s Lounge Sip And Paint Soiree’ At Tastemakers On February 4th

Lots of neighbors are curious about the type of venue Tastemakers will turn out to be. Readers may remember that the new food hall/ incubator opened  in late December with their first food stand, Captain Cookie, which sells ice cream, cookies, and features an “edible cookie dough bar”. The last time we were there, a number of other food stands were near completion. So, we thought neighbors would be interested in one of their first events. From the event page:

Bubbles & Bourbon with Drinks by Doug presents the Cupid’s Lounge: A Sip and Paint Soiree’ at Tastemakers
Indulge in unlimited cocktails made with love from your friendly neighborhood bartender, bubbly networking with Marcia, and paint-your-wine-glass masterpiece with Imagine Meek.

Tickets are $45 and the event takes place Sunday, February 4th from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Tastemakers is located at 2800 10th Street NE (corner of 10th and Franklin).

Brookland Annual Kid’s Clothing Swap Coming Up February 3rd

Photo courtesy of the Menkiti Group

Have your kids out-grown a bunch of clothes that are now clogging up your closets? Do you dread spending a ton of money on some new clothes for them that they will just outgrow soon anyway? Then  this event is for you. From the event page:

Please bring your gently-worn clothing to the Menkiti Group office (3401 8th Street NE) starting now until February 2nd!!!

Porch Pickups are BACK! Send us an email ( or to let us know that you need your clothes picked up from your porch. Please provide name and address of pickup.

We’ll assemble and organize all donations, and then welcome you back on Saturday, February 2nd from 10am – 12pm to pick out new threads for your children.

Are you expecting? Please come by and get started on your infant wardrobe! No donation of clothing or money required.

Did you JUST donate those old clothes but can still use the next size up? Come anyway! Nobody will be turned away. And any leftover clothing will be donated to a local charity.

Accepting gently used maternity, infant, and kids clothing.