Category Archives: General Neighborhood Topics

NE Eats Returns – Save The Date And Tickets On Sale Now. Great Event, Great Cause.

Pic of the indoor portion of last years NE Eats event

Last years inaugural Northeast Eats event was a fundraiser and tasting event which showcased local food and beverage production in and around the NE DC. We were happy to hear NE Eats coming back. The event is a fundraiser to benefit Brookland’s Washington Jesuit Academy. WJA is a tuition-free middle school for boys from the District’s low-income neighborhoods. WJA leverages an 11-hour school day and 11-month school year to help young men get ahead in school and unlock their potential. As all students attend on full scholarship, and WJA must raise 98% of its annual operating budget each year.

NE Eats tickets include all food and beverage tastings, live music, and kids activities (under 8 free). From an email from organizers:

We are thrilled to announce that NE Eats will once again take place on Saturday, May 6th 2017 on the campus of the Washington Jesuit Academy. With your help, the first NE Eats surpassed our wildest expectations, and we are hoping for the event to be even bigger and better this year. Live Music, additional local food and beverage tastings, lawn games, and enhanced kids activities are all in the works as we seek to have the event fully outdoors.

Photo courtesy of the Washington Jesuit Academy

Check out the preliminary line up of great local businesses participating, more are being added all the time:

  • Union Kitchen
  • Mess Hall
  • DC Brau
  • Three Stars Brewing Company
  • Atlas Brew Works
  • Right Proper Brewing Company
  • Hellbender Brewing Company
  • Wardman Wines
  • Brookland’s Finest
  • Sloppy Mamas BBQ
  • El Camino
  • Ruby Scoops
  • Homestead
  • Whisked!
  • Captain Cookie
  • Goodie’s Frozen Custard
  • Nando’s Peri Peri
  • Panera Bread
  • Premium Distributors

Check out event details on the NE Eats website here. The  event rus from 4:00 – 8:00 pm and tickets are $50 each. Washington Jesuit Academy campus is located at 900 Varnum Street NE.

Bethune Day Academy Hosts A Scholastic Book Fair, April 3rd-7th And On Line

Bethune Playground

From a community announcement:

The Mary McLeod Bethune Day Academy Public Charter School is hosting a Scholastic Book Fair, April 3rd-7th. 1404 Jackson Street NE Washigton, DC 20017. All Brookland Community Members are welcome to attend. All proceeds will help us to stock our school library. In school hours are 3:30pm-5:30 pm daily.

Sounds like a great cause. You can also shop at their online fair here.

Brookland’s Finest To Serve Breakfast 7 Days A Week, Open Earlier For Weekend Brunch

Good news morning people – we are excited to learn that Brookland’s Finest is expanding their operating hours to include daily breakfast. From Chef Shannan Troncoso:

Breakfast starts April, 3rd (opening day!). 7 AM Monday – Friday. Brunch will be 9 AM Saturday and Sunday. We will serve Zeke’s coffee- Regular, Decaf, and Iced Coffee (no espresso drinks)!

Check out the menu below. It is a combination of some of their weekend brunch items with some new additions such as muffins, scones and biscuits, which will be freshly baked by the restaurant’s Pastry Chef Inma Bonarelli.  Also note, they will be opening earlier for Saturday and Sunday brunch at 9:00 am.

Workshare And CSA Programs At Nearby Three Part Harmony Farm

Nearby Three Part Harmony Farm is a 2 acre farm that began in 2011. It was established by Gail Taylor, who is dedicated to producing locally grown food without synthetic chemicals or genetically modified seeds. Check out this great write up on their blog that goes into detail about how Ms. Taylor got started and how she stays inspired.

With spring approaching, you may want to consider volunteering at the farm. There is even the opportunity to exchange work for vegetables for those committed to coming on a regular basis. From the volunteer page:

Exchange 3 hours of work for a share of vegetables. A workshare should commit to coming on a regular basis, i.e. once a week or at least a couple of times a month.

Spending more time with us allows you more opportunities to learn- we do different tasks throughout the season together and we have plenty of time for Q&A/ mini workshops in the field while weeding.

Make sure to check out all the details on the volunteer page.

If digging in the dirt is not your thing, you might want to consider signing up for their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), which is a partnership between the farm and customers who pay ahead of time for an entire season’s worth of farm goods. Go here for more information on that program.

Three Part Harmony Farm is located at 3102 4th Street NE (on the property of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, near 4th and Michigan Ave, NE.)

Food Incubator, Tastemakers, Is Coming To Brookland

Future Site of Tastemakers – at the corner of 10th and Franklin NE

We recently learned that Brookland will be getting a food incubator called Tastemakers from the owners of popular food truck Captain Cookie and the Milkman.  Tastemakers will occupy an 8,000 square foot building at the corner of 10th and Franklin. It will have a kitchen that can host 25 and 40 members as well as retail space. According to this story in the Washington Business Journal:

Tastemakers will have a large commercial kitchen with cold and dry storage, as well as space for as many as eight vendor kiosks where members can sell their wares. There will also be a shared office space with a conference room and a demonstration kitchen.

The article also mentions the potential for food truck members given the building’s three garage bays and onsite parking. Coincidentally, Tastemakers  joins Mess Hall – another food incubator, which is just over the Franklin Street bridge in Edgewood. Right Proper Brewing and the Dew Drop Inn are also nearby – maybe we could see some interesting joint efforts.  Tastemakers is slated to open in late summer or early fall and will be located at 2800 10th Street NE.

Eyesore Building At 12th And Girard For Sale

Property for sale at 2900 12th St NE – corner of Girard

FYI – this post has been updated with a new, increased sale price.

We have been following the changes at 2900 12th Street NE for a number of years (the corner of 12th and Girard NE). A re-cap: in March 2015 we wrote about how longtime Brookland business M&S Barber Services re-located because of what was supposed to be impending development. In May 2015 construction fencing went up around the property, a dumpster arrived, and internal demolition permits were posted in the window. As far as we know, no other permits were obtained. Eventually the construction fencing came down and over time the building has become covered in a patchwork of painted over graffiti.

We recently found out that the property is for sale for $1,825,000. The real estate listing simply states:

Opportunity: lot with plans for 14 units in the heart of hot hot Brookland! the existing building will need to be removed.

I would be pretty surprised if it sold at that price, but stranger things have happened. This sideshow shows the selling developer’s plans for a three story residential-only apartment building. Of course, a purchaser could always go with something else. We will let you know when we learn anything new.


Build-Out Of Indigo Indian Restaurant Moves Forward

Former Serendipity and future Indigo location.

Back in November we found out that Indigo, a popular Indian restaurant in NoMa is planning to open a second location here in Brookland. We haven’t seen much activity at 3301 12th Street, the site of the new restaurant (and former Serendipity location), but recently we noticed a dumpster at the curb. There are also now signs in the windows from the owners of Indigo with the following message:

This is Chapter 2

Indigo – Indian food on the go!

Bringing authentic Indian food to your neighborhood. Indigo chooses Brookland to be its new home. We are proud, yet humbled to be here.

Most importantly, there are recent demolition and building permits in the window, for the kind of things you would expect – plumbing, electrical, walls, flooring, seating, etc. We will keep our eyes open and let you know when we learn anything new.

Free Comedy Show At Right Proper Brewing Tonight

We thought neighbors would be interested in a free stand up comedy show tonight from the Power of Positive Drinking, an  interactive open-mic comedy concept which combines stand-up and drinking games. From the event page:

No more games. It’s time to get real with you guys. There’s a lot of f*ckbois and f*ckgirls out there who still haven’t recognized that their shenanigans do have consequences. Luckily, we at the Power of Positive Drinking appreciate the patience and talent it takes to discretely but unequivocally tell these clowns to go eat the appropriate amount of horse feces. So we’d like to gather our favorite comedians together to honor everything from side eye to slight, awkward laughter. Come join us for a night craft beer and laughter at those who are beneath us. And remember: never let anyone get away unscathed.

Doors Open: 5pm
Comedy Show: 7:30pm

Right Proper Brewing Company Production House and Tasting Room is located at 920 Girard Street NE.

Brookland Gets Another Capital Bikeshare Station At 18th And Monroe

We were happy to learn that Brookland got another Capital Bikeshare (CaBi) station at the corner of 18th and Monroe NE near Burroughs School. It seems like a great location, connecting the Metro and 12th Street with those  deeper in our neighborhood and in Woodridge. Time to get a CaBi membership if you don’t have one already.