Category Archives: Food and Booze

Inauguration Week Specials At Brookland’s Finest – For A Great Cause

We thought neighbors would like to know about these specials going on at Brookland’s Finest. From an email:

During inauguration week, Brookland’s Finest will tap a keg from women-owned brewery Denizens Brewing Company, donating proceeds from the beer to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. The bar will also serve $10 White Russians and $10 Orange Russians (fresh squeezed orange juice, simple syrup, vanilla-infused Civic vodka and cream), with proceeds also going to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

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

Huacatay Peruvian Chicken Restaurant Grand Opening This Sunday

Back in December we wrote about the soft opening of Huacatay, a Peruvian style restaurant specializing in charcoal broiled chicken in nearby Edgewood. We were happy to hear so many positive comments back from readers in the weeks following. This Sunday there will be a Grand Opening for the restaurant from 11 AM – 9 PM From their Facebook event page:

Yum Yum Yum!

Huacatay Charbroiled Chicken Restaurant, welcomes our neighbors; and friendly community to it’s Grand Opening.
We’ll be having a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremory @ 1:00pm. Come join us for free drinks, fun festivities, & of course our yummy

We will be giving away discount coupons through out the day!!!

Huacatay is located at 2314 4th Street NE.

Smith Public Trust’s No Sleep Til Brookland Event Combines Hip-Hop And DC Brews

We thought Brookland beer and music lovers would be interested in this event which combines the two, this Thursday January 12th from 7 – 11pm at Smith Public Trust. Entry to the event, which features beer from DC Brau, 3 Stars and Atlas Brew Works,  is free with an RSVP.  DJ Jahsonic will be spinning tunes from the  golden-era hip-hop. From the Event Page and Smith Public Trust’s Twitter feed:




Smith Public Trust is located at 3514 12th Street NE.

The Public Option Serves Up Vinyl Night This Sunday

Getting a little bit of cabin fever? Here is an event that sounds worth coming out of the house for. Local micro brewpub the Public Option will be hosting one of their Vinyl Night events tomorrow, Sunday January 8th, starting at 7:30 pm. From the Public Options’s Facebook event page:

The Vinyl Knights return! If you have some vinyl records, bring them by. MC Joey Abrams will have his turn table and be ready to spin some discs. The theme for the night is geography. But that’s just a starting point..

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

Huacatay Peruvian Restaurant Soft Opened In Nearby Edgewood

Back in May we wrote about Huacatay, a Peruvian style restaurant specializing in charcoal broiled chicken coming to 4th Street NE in nearby Edgewood. We are happy to write that the restaurant opened Friday and is definitely worth a visit, especially for those Brooklanders missing the yummy chicken we used to enjoy from Silvestre’s. We stopped by, tried a few dishes, spoke with the owners recently and took the photos below (you need flash to see the photos, if you can’t see them, click here.)

The restaurant is currently in its ‘soft opening’ phase, meaning that they quietly opened and are testing things out before going full steam ahead. Because of this, the menu is currently limited to broiled chicken and a number of sides, although in the near future they will expand offerings to items like grilled steak, and other Peruvian dishes. We ordered the charbroiled chicken with sides and the chicken sandwich special. Everything was fresh and tasty and a great value for the price. For example, a 1/4 chicken with 2 sides is $8.25 – not bad! Also, the staff was super friendly and the space was really warm and inviting, with exposed brick, and nice rustic touches like the baskets turned into overhead lighting. Huacatay is located at 2314 4th Street NE (across from the entrance to the Forman Mill’s parking lot). It is open from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm on Sunday -Thursday and from 11:00 am- 10:00 pm Friday and Saturday.  Check out their Facebook page here.

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.