Category Archives: Food and Booze

San Antonio Bar And Grill Opens Outdoor Dining Space

Happy diners on San Antonio's outdoor patio
Happy diners on San Antonio’s outdoor patio

We are happy to write that Brookland has another option for outdoor dining. We spoke with Jaime Vargas, the owner of San Antonio’s about their new patio, and he told us that they opened the sidewalk dining space last weekend, but that the soggy weather put a damper on opening it up at first. But now that the weather has cleared up a bit, folks are really enjoying the space. They are permitted to serve alcohol on the patio  from 11:00 am -10:00 pm daily and seat up to 33 people. Unfortunately, they aren’t allowed to offer their awesome Happy Hour specials on the patio. This end of 12th Street could really use more foot traffic, so it was great to see people out and about and livening up the block. San Antonio Bar & Grill is located at 3908 12th St NE.

Liquor Licence Updates – Menomale, Askale And Former Little Ricky’s

Ward 5 Happy Hour Brookland NE Washington DC
Mmmmmm…Menomale

We thought readers would be interested in some upcoming hearings regarding liquor licences at neighborhood restaurants.

Back in 2012 when Menomale opened, they entered into a voluntary agreement because of concerns raised by the ANC Commissioner at the time. The agreement stipulates that they cannot serve alcoholic beverages from 2:00 – 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. Now the restaurant is looking to terminate the settlement agreement associated with their liquor licence. The hearing date for the change is June 13, 2016. Menomale is located at 2711 12th Street, NE.

It seems like yesterday that Askale Cafe got it’s liquor license, but time flies, and they are already up for a renewal. The hearing date for the renewal is June 13, 2016. Askale Cafe is located at 3629 12th Street, NE.

Little Ricky’s closed in July 2014. Since then, what will replace the popular restaurant has been the subject of rumor, but no hard information that we are aware of.  We did recently learn that the ABC Board will be cancelling the liquor license for the location at a hearing on Wednesday, May  18th because the license holder (Gin Rummy LLC) did not seek to renew it. Little Ricky’s was located at 3522 12th Street NE.

Hopfest 2016 At Hellbender Brewing Co. Hosts 17 Breweries Saturday

Hellbender HopfestHere is an event for local beer lovers this Saturday, May 14 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM at nearby Hellbender Brewing Company. Tickets are $50 per person, which you can get here. From the event page:

HOPFEST is back – the only D.C. beer festival by local brewers and for local brewers! This year 17 local DC, MD & VA breweries will pour over 20 of the hoppiest, local craft beers to raise money for the D.C. Brewers Guild! Brews on tap will include old favorites, rare hard-to-finds and one-offs brewed just for Hopfest. Guests will receive a complimentary tasting glass and unlimited pours. Plus, the Arepa Zone food truck will be on site to serve their award winning arepas.

Hellbender Brewing Company is located at 5788 2nd Street NE.

Huacatay Peruvian Restaurant Coming To 4th Street NE

Huacatay Peruvian RestaurantIf you are like us, you already miss Silvestre’s yummy roasted chicken. That’s why we were excited to hear that a new Peruvian restaurant featuring roasted chicken will be opening soon in nearby Edgewood. The restaurant, Huacatay, is named after a Peruvian type of black mint that is often used in sauces. We don’t know much more about the restaurant, but we will let you know when we learn anything new. Huacatay will be located at 2314 4th Street NE (across from the entrance to the Forman Mill’s parking lot).

The Public Option Offers Up Weekly Pop-Ups In May

We are excited to learn that local micro brewpub the Public Option will be teaming up  with other local start ups for three weekend events in May. From the Public Options’s Facebook page:


Here is the line up, from the Public Option:

  • Sunday May 1st at 2:00 pm – Belgian style fries with special sauces. Micah & Evan know frites! You won’t want to miss The Fry Brothers.

  • Saturday May 7th at 2:00 pm – Picture an egg roll with soul – that’s a Dooney Roll. Hand rolled with collard greens and smoked turkey and served with a special mumbo sauce, these babies pair with any number of our beers. Vernon hinted at the possibility of some experimental rolls – jerk chicken

  • Saturday May 14th at 10:am – We are very happy that Stuff’t DC has agreed to bring their delicious strombolis back over on the 14th. Bryan and Lauren are serving up some hard choices between new creations and old favorites.

For more information, check out the event pages hereThe Public Option is located at 1601 Rhode Island Ave, NE.

Local Healthy Fast Food Restaurant, Hälsa, Quietly Closes

Halsa ClosedWe thought readers would like to know that local healthy fast food restaurant, Hälsa, has closed. As you can see from the picture, the windows have been papered-over and there is simply a sign saying “closed, sorry for inconvenience”. A posting on their Facebook page (below) indicates that there were ‘facility issues’ and that they are hoping to relocate. We wish the owners and staff the best and we will let you know when we hear anything new. Hälsa was located at 655 Michigan Ave NE in the Monroe Street Market development.

Monroe Street Farmers Market At Arts Walk Opens This Coming Saturday

We are sure readers will be excited to learn that the Farmers Market operated at the Monroe Street Market Arts Walk returns this Saturday, April 16 from 10:00 am -2:00 PM. The market will occur every Saturday through December and is located at 716 Monroe Street NE.  Check out the Tweet below announcing the start date, and their new name and logo.

San Antonio’s Seeks Alcohol License For Outdoor Seating

New outdoor space in front of San Antonio's
New outdoor space in front of San Antonio’s

Since Spring 2014, neighborhood restaurant San Antonio Bar and Grill has been seeking outdoor patio seating in front of the restaurant. Last August we wrote about their application to DDOT to build a 644 square foot, outdoor seating area which will accommodate 10 tables with 4 umbrellas. We stopped by on Sunday and checked out the freshly added wrought iron enclosure, and noted the ABRA placards in the window announcing their application for outdoor alcohol service San Antoniodaily from 11:00 am -10:00 pm for 33 people. The ABRA hearing will take place May 9th at 10:00 am.  We really hope the application is approved with no issue. San Antonio’s opened in 2009, when opening a sit-down restaurant in Brookland was a risky investment. Jaime Vargas, the owner, has consistently supported neighborhood events by donating food and the restaurant is a reliable, affordable dining option. Also, this end of 12th Street could really use more foot traffic. We hope to be enjoying a margarita on their patio space soon! San Antonio Bar & Grill is located at 3908 12th St NE.

March Madness Menu At Brookland’s Finest Features Sloppy Mama’s BBQ

Bear Down!
Bear Down Arizona!

If you are like us, March Madness is a special time of year. That’s why we are excited to enjoy fresh smoked bbq while catching some games and watching our brackets. From an email:

Brookland’s Finest will celebrate March Madness with a special collaboration menu with Sloppy Mama’s Barbeque. The restaurant will air all March Madness games on their TV screens and the menu will be available March 14-20, featuring items like smoked whole wings, a fried pickle basket and sandwich and entrée versions of pulled pork and beef brisket.

Sounds great! Brookland’s Finest Bar & Kitchen is located at 3126 12th Street, NE.

Super Tuesday Watch Party At Steel Plate

Chocolate City Beer Obama Story
Four More Years!

We thought our politically inclined neighbors would like to know that neighborhood watering hole Steel Plate will be hosting a Super Tuesday watch party this Tuesday, March 2nd.  From the Facebook event page, “The big screen will come down and the sound will be on. Second floor. Enjoy the show!” The event includes a one-night only special drink list that includes drinks like the Feel the Bern, the Trump, the Hillary, the Carsonarious-Rex, the Cubans and the Christie. Steel Plate is located at 3523 12th Street, NE.