Category Archives: Food and Booze

French Restaurant And Wine Bar, Primrose, Planned At Former Silvestre’s Location

3000 12th Street NE (future site of Primrose)
3000 12th Street NE (future site of Primrose)

From 2010 – 2014 Silvestre’s restaurant was located at 3000 12th Street NE (northwest corner of 12th and Hamlin Streets). Since it closed the building has undergone renovations and we recently learned that the plan for the space includes a French restaurant called Primrose. From the liquor license application:

A neighborhood bar serving French cuisine with a strong wine focus. Seating capacity of 66 inside. Total Occupancy Load of 97. Summer Garden with 26 seats.

Sitting on a patio eating French food and sipping wine, uhhh, YES PLEASE! We stopped by recently and the brick wall that divided the former restaurant has been removed creating an open dining room space, the window spaces that were boarded up or had metal bars on them are now large floor to ceiling windows and a tasteful storefront marquee now wraps around the building. Currently there is scaffolding surrounding the exterior, so we are assuming they are sprucing up the brick facade. We will let you know when we learn anything new.

Indigo Indian Restaurant Plans To Open A Location In Brookland

We recently posted that the location where Serendipity coffeehouse used to be might become a bbq restaurant. We followed up with the management of Brookland’s Finest and learned that those plans for the location fell through. Soon afterwards though, we noticed that the “For Lease” sign in the Serendipity window was gone, so we kept hope alive that something good would be coming soon. Then yesterday we got the great news that Indian restaurant Indigo is planning to open a location here in Brookland. Judging by the pictures, it looks a lot like it will be at the old Serendipity location. Check out Indigo’s Facebook post below with the announcement.

The current Indigo location in NoMa near Union Market seems to be popular – it has 4.5 stars out of 5 on Yelp. From the Indigo website:

Indigo is more than just your average Indian restaurant. Gone is sea of fat and excess salt usually found at other Indian restaurants. In it’s place are well-sized portions of flavorful, pleasantly spicy, fresh ingredients. Our kitchen prepares food in the way our mother, grandmother and the entire Tandon lineage has done before; simply put, good food and good family lead to a happy life.

Assuming this comes through, we are very excited by the news! Welcome to the neighborhood, Indigo. The Serendipity location is 3301 12th Street NE (at the corner of Kearney St).

Gin Rummy (Formerly Little Ricky’s Location) Filed To Renew Liquor License

Brookland Opening NE Washington DCPopular neighborhood restaurant Little Ricky’s closed in July 2014. Since then, what will replace it has been the subject of rumor, but no hard information that we are aware of.  Back in May, we learned that the ABC Board cancelled the liquor license for the location because the license holder (Gin Rummy LLC) did not seek to renew it. Now we recently learned that Gin Rummy applied to renew the liquor licence, and has a hearing set for January 2nd. It would be great to see another unique dining concept there, we really enjoyed Little Ricky’s. We will let you know when we hear anything new. Gin Rummy/Little Ricky’s is/was located at 3522 12th Street NE.

Starbucks At Monroe Street Market Opens Friday, Will Serve Beer And Wine

Location of future Starbucks at Monroe Street Market
Location of future Starbucks at Monroe Street Market

Back in July we posted that a stand alone Starbucks would be taking up a retail space at Monroe Street Market. In early September, ABRA granted the store their liquor liquor license, which states that the location “offers breakfast all day, along with savory small plates, and desserts paired with wine and beer selections. Sidewalk Cafe with a Total Occupancy Load of 30 seats.” We follow the development team doing the build out of the Starbucks and recently learned through the tweet below that the store will open this coming Friday November 11th. It will be interesting to see how this plays out, since there was such a split in the neighborhood over whether another coffee venue in the development made sense. I suspect it will be successful, people love their Starbucks.

Serendipity Coffeehouse Could Be Replaced By A BBQ/Fried Chicken Restaurant

Another incarnation awaits
Another incarnation awaits

Those of us who have lived in Brookland for a number of years have seen a revolving door of businesses of steadily increasing levels of quality at 3301 12th Street NE (at the corner of Kearney St). From a bar called Nate’s Comfort Zone, to take-out barbecue joint “Bobby’s Q”, until about 7 years ago when long-time Brookland resident Jesse Brown took the place over and created a bar/lounge called Optimism, which he most recently reinvented in March 2015 as Serendipity jazz coffee house.  Then, in early September, a Go Fund Me page was set up seeking $65,000 with the warning that “Serendipity may have to close its doors. Permanently. (And soon!)” The coffeehouse abruptly closed soon thereafter and by mid September the “For Rent” sign in the picture above went up and the windows were covered over.

Yesterday we learned from this article in the Washington Business Journal that the location may be close to yet another incarnation – as a barbecue and fried chicken restaurant from an all-star cast of Brookland restaurateurs including Tony Tomelden and John “Solly” Solomon (Brookland’s Finest) and Diton Pashaj (Steel Plate) along with Sloppy Mama’s BBQ. Readers may be familiar with Sloppy Mama’s from their frequent collaborations with Brookland’s Finest. According to the story:

Tomelden, who also owns The Pug on H Street NE, was characteristically pessimistic about the odds of the deal going through, given how many spaces he’s looked at during the past 10 years.

Well, we will keep our fingers crossed for them and will let you know when we learn anything new.

Brookland Pint And 3 Stars Brewing Co. Team Up For Brookland Crab Fest

We thought crab-loving neighbors would be interested in this event at Brookland Pint coming up on Saturday, July 16th from 12:00 PM to 9:30 PM. From the event page:

We will be opening our patio all day for an amazing event filled with great local craft beer and locally sourced Maryland Blue Crab! $55 gets you all the crab that you can eat in a 2 1/2-hour window, and a 3 Stars tallboy can! The details:

Crab: The star of the show will all be medium and large Maryland Blue Crab. To guarantee that you have the freshest crab possible, we will be steaming them in front of you continuously throughout your session! All crab will be prepared with Old Bay (duh!) and served with corn, potato chips, and butter. We will start each session with a bushel of crab per table and continuously replenish throughout your stay.

Tickets can be purchased here. Brookland Pint is located at 716 Monroe Street NE.

Stand Alone Starbucks With Beer/Wine Service Coming To Monroe Street Market

Location of future Starbucks at Monroe Street MarketOne of the worst kept secrets about the retail space at Monroe Street Market in recent months has been an anticipated Starbucks Cafe. Now it appears that plans are moving forward for the location with the application under the Trade Name Starbucks Coffee for a Class D (beer and wine) license. According to the ABRA notice, the application is for “A coffee shop that offers breakfast all day, along with savory small plates, and desserts paired with wine and beer selections. Sidewalk Cafe with a Total Occupancy Load of 30 seats”. Unless there are protests it looks like the license would be granted by late August. However, we popped over to the location yesterday and it looks like the store build out has not begun yet.

Frankly,  with the coffee counter in Busboys and Poets, the Starbucks within Barnes and Noble (both across the street) and the Filter coffee shop less than two blocks away, we find the move a bit of a head-scratcher. But, I don’t doubt it will be a popular destination nonetheless. We will keep an eye out for any progress, like an opening date.

The location of the future Starbucks is 655 Michigan Avenue, N.E, which is the ground-level retail space at the rounded end of the Portland Flats building (across from Busboys and Poets.)

Nido One Year Anniversary – 4 Days Of Events Starting Sunday

Nido, a nearby restaurant on Rhode Island Avenue is celebrating their one year anniversary starting this Sunday. It has been a great year for them, which included being named one of the 100 Best Restaurants in DC by Washingtonian Magazine. Check out their line up of events below.

Nido is located in Woodridge at 2214 Rhode Island Ave. NEtheir Facebook page is here, and there website is here.

Italian Deli, Salumeria 2703, From Owners Of Menomale Soft Opened Yesterday

After months of waiting we were happy to see Salumeria 2703 have its soft opening yesterday. The Italian deli is from the owners of Menomale, Ettore and Maria Rusciano, who converted a former Brookland office space into a retail grocery store with prepared food and a deli on site. The focus will be ingredients imported from Italy such as cheeses, cured meats, combined with fresh made pastas and breads so that patrons can make authentic Italian meals at home. There are also prepared foods to take away. We tried the meat lasagna and it was so, so good. We also got the chance to see pasta being made with their pasta machine, which was imported from Verona, Italy. Check out the pictures we took below. (Flash is required to see the photos, if you can’t see them, click here to open them in Flikr.)

Maria told us that the soft opening means that they aren’t 100% stocked right now and will work out some kinks before having a grand opening and operating at full steam. Salumeria 2703 is located at 2703 12th St. NE, just a few doors down from Menomale.  Check out their Facebook page here and on Twitter here.