The Union Market at 1309 5th Street NE is finally open. It is a short drive away for our neighborhood, and offers a much needed new venue for finding artisinal foods of all types.
I paid a visit on Sunday, and a few photos follow. As the Market gears up, a few businesses were only open on Saturday and others were still in the process of setting up shop. Nevertheless we got a good taste of what’s available. From a local creamery to an eco friendly meat farm, you could find a variety of foods, fruits and vegetables, breads, olive oil, cheeses, honey, coffee, spices, and more. An oyster bar–Rappahannock–featured prominently, and was very busy indeed. A juice bar offered a variety of deliciously unique juice mixes.
Next to the Market itself was a parking lot with a good number of food trucks. Alas most of them had left by the time I got there, but I helped myself to an amazing mix of custard and lemon ice.
It will be great to see how the Market develops over the course of the next few months, but clearly it will become a hub of neighborhood weekend activity. Check out their web page for upcoming events, including the Trucktoberfest food truck festival on September 22nd!
We spoke with Lola and Chase, owners of Little Ricky’s, a Cuban-American restaurant coming to 3522 12th St NE. Like with most new restaurants in the District, the various bureaucratic hurdles have made it difficult to predict an exact opening date. When pressed, they said to expect a hard announcement in the coming weeks, with a probable opening date in late September or early October. What we know for sure is that it will be a sit-down restaurant and that they will initially be open Friday through Sunday; till the kinks are worked out and they are able to establish their optimal hours of operation. One of the more exciting aspects of the restaurant is their commitment to bringing the artwork of established Cuban and Cuban-American artists to their space. The first artist featured will be Ahmed Gomez. His website describes his works as:
“An ongoing relationship between my personal history, the formation of my early years in an environment surrounded by art influenced by Social Realism and the iconic illustrations of the 1920’s-50’s. They are a juxtaposition of pictorial layers, coexisting with several realities, a dialogue between the ideas of the vanguards and the Pulps Comics & Pin-Ups. They connect in an intertwining game. I want these ideas to trigger new reference points, and stimulate critical commentary on the painting as either an element of value or a visual interpretation of cultural representation.”
One thing is for sure – this is a great indication of Brookland’s promising future. Many Brooklanders are clamoring for a variety of options in dining, so we are sure the restaurant will be well supported. We will keep you updated as we get closer to Little Ricky’s grand opening!
CityPaper reports that Brookland’s beloved pizza restaurant Menomale suffered flooding from a clogged drain during the heavy storms on Sunday, while it was serving customers. The owners and staff have been busy cleaning the restaurant, which re-opened today. Thankfully it seems not much harm was done!
One of the most exciting recent additions to the Brookland neighborhood has been the arrival of Chocolate City Beer. It’s hard to believe that a year has gone by since they started supplying the city (and us!) with carefully crafted delicious brews. We chatted with Don Parker, one of the owners, and he filled us in on their anniversary happenings.
This Friday August 17th they will celebrate their 1 Year Anniversary at Penn Social as part of DC Beer Week. Penn Social is located on the corner of 8th and E Street NW. Four of CCB’s beer will be on tap for only $5 each, including El Segundo Farmhouse Saison, a beer crafted especially for DC Beer Week. With a DJ spinning and no cover charge, it is sure to be good times.
If you can’t make it Friday, be sure to check out their growler hours. Every Saturday they offer for free brewery tours and tastings, and growler and merchandise sales. This Saturday, August 18th, the amazing Red Hook Lobster Pound Food Truck will be there serving up their famous lobster rolls. Growler hours are 12:30 – 4:30 every Saturday.
If you are unfamiliar with Chocolate City Beer, Stephanie Liotta Atkinson did a great and thorough story on the company in December over at the Rhode Island Avenue NE Insider. Chocolate City Beer is located at 2801 8th Street NE.
Many Brooklanders have longed for the day that we could enjoy a dining establishment with outdoor seating. Well, wait no more! As we speculated earlier today, Menomale now has outdoor seating. Just look at these happy Brooklanders enjoying their pizzas, salads, sandwiches and beer! For those of you with little ones, the booster seats they have fit really well on their outdoor chairs, in keeping with Menomale’s kid-friendly reputation. More great news, Leland, one of the owners, tells us that they are exploring ways to keep the outdoor seating going year round, perhaps by adding thick plastic walls to the existing canopy frames. This is seems like pretty realistic plan, as people were seen dining outside nearby establishments like Boundry Stone all through last winter.
While driving past Menomale last night, it looked like they were setting up for outdoor seating. Be still my beating heart. If so, it would be HUGE for Brookland, as we have a dearth of outdoor dining options. Through conversations with the owners, I know they have been planning on having outdoor dining for quite some time now. So far nothing new has come across from Menomale on Twitter or Face Book, so fingers and toes crossed for now.
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