We thought Menomale regulars would like the heads up that they will be closing up shop – just for a few days – to spruce up the place. We spoke with Ettore Rusciano, Menomale’s owner and he said that the reno will mostly be cosmetic things like fresh paint, new lighting, and some minor repairs to the pizza oven. We look forward to checking out the updates and enjoying the best pizza in DC when they reopen. The post below is from Menomale’s Facebook page.
Back in April we learned Brookand would be getting a full time permanent yoga studio called Bluebird Sky Yoga at 3101 12th Street NE (12th and Irving). We are happy to report that they will be opening this weekend. From an email:
BLUEBIRD SKY YOGA OPENS MONDAY!
Brookland’s newest yoga studio is celebrating opening tonight, with the full class schedule starting MONDAY. Sign up for classes early to reserve your space.
If you’re looking to get back into yoga, try our Yoga Fundamentals or Alignment-based Flow classes.
Searching for a faster-paced class? Check out Rocket or Vinyasa.
Wanting to quiet the mind? Try our Restorative class.
Interested in working more directly with a teacher? Test out our Mysore Ashtanga program.
If you’re up for an adventure, try our Primal Yoga class, only offered in DC at Bluebird Sky Yoga, and taught by less than 20 certified teachers around the world.
With over 30 classes on the calendar at opening, we hope you will find classes and teachers you love.
Classes start Monday November 7th and you can sign up for classes now here. Welcome to the neighborhood, Bluebird Sky!
Ever since the news broke that a new Vietnamese restaurant, Pho 12, was coming to Brookland a lot of neighbors have been eagerly awaiting their first taste. The restaurant opened on October 20th and is located at 3740 12th Street NE (where B’Cafe used to be). We decided to check it out and took the photos below.
The restaurant is small but cute with 7 tables. Besides (obviously) Pho, the restaurant also serves appetizers, rice and noodle dishes and desserts, including beignets. We tried the spring rolls, chicken skewers (so so so good), a Pho bowl, and pork with vermicelli noodles. I don’t know much about Vietnamese food but we found everything to be very tasty, flavorful and fresh. The service was also very nice and helpful. I tried my first Vietnamese iced coffee and loved it, good and strong. Over all we are super-delighted to have this new addition to the neighborhood and will definitely be back soon.
Last month we wrote about the soft opening of Salumeria 2703, Brookland’s new Italian deli is from the owners of Menomale. Now we are happy to see that after a short break they are opening their doors again for their grand opening on Wednesday July 27th.
We are very excited to announce our grand opening date of July 27th! Thank you all for your continued support!
— Salumeria (@salumeria_2703) July 11, 2016
The store sells products imported from Italy such as cheeses, cured meats, and prepared food like fresh made pastas and meals to go made at the deli on site. 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.
We were happy to see that we will be getting a new Vietnamese restaurant soon! The new restaurant, Pho 12, will be 3740 12th Street NE, in the location where the now closed B’Cafe used to be. We spoke with a worker at the location who said that the restaurant will be open in about a month or so. We will keep an eye out and let you know when we see any signs of an opening.
Permits on the windows also indicate that the 9 unit former hotel on the second and third floor above are being refurbished. It would be great to have hotel in the neighborhood. We will let you know when we know for sure whether it will re-open as hotel or as something else. Also, from a sign on the other storefront, a beauty shop/nail salon called Perfect Nails will open this month.
We thought readers would be interested in this fun event happening this Sunday, June 26 from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM. If you haven’t had the chance to check out Bartered Threads thrift boutique, now is a great time! This event includes brunch, wine, and pillow painting for a cost of $30. Check out more information at the event page and the Tweet below.
All out of Date Night ideas? Sunday’s boring? If so, come to Pretty Paint-N-Pillow Talk. Register on Eventbrite now! pic.twitter.com/1Dn4Rm3T8k
— Bartered Threads (@BarteredThreads) June 10, 2016
Bartered Threads is located at 3924 12th Street NE.
If you have an interest in arts or crafts then you should know about Artist and Craftsman Supply, which recently opened near Brookland at 1201-1203 Brentwood Road NE (in the shopping center behind the Giant and Home Depot). We recently checked out the store, which has been open for about four weeks, and we were blown away by the size, selection and variety of products. Here are a bunch of photos we took of the store. (You need flash to see the photos .If you cannot see them, click here to open the album on Flikr.)
There is something for pretty much anyone, from paint, canvas, and brushes, to decorative paper, stamps, stickers and games to knitting supplies and glitter. Check out their Facebook page here. Welcome to the area and good luck!
Ever since SCRAP DC left the commercial property at 3101 12th Street NE in November, a lot of neighbors have been anticipating what would take its place. We learned from the tweet below that Bluebird Sky Yoga will be setting up shop in that space, which is at the corner of 12th and Irving NE.
— The Menkiti Group (@MenkitiGroup) April 26, 2016
While information like class schedules and instructor bios are still forthcoming, the Bluebird Sky website says the following:
Bluebird Sky Yoga was founded in order to bring yoga, music, art, and more to Brookland. We are located in one of DC’s most creative neighborhoods in a former craft store, and honor the creativity of the city through our murals and art-focused events.
Founder Jennie Light discovered her love of yoga nearly a decade ago while living in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Just like the great outdoors, she found that the yoga mat offers a space for self-exploration and discovery. We can push our edge, or simply sit and observe. While the mountains are far from the city, B. K. Iyengar reminds us that, “you do not need to find freedom in a different land, for it exists within your own body, heart, mind, and soul.”
Our schedule is intentionally diverse. Whether you are looking to study a long-rooted tradition such as Ashtanga, a flowing practice like Prana Flow, a martial-arts influenced practice such as Primal Yoga® Flow, a fascia-focused practice like Yin, an upbeat practice like Rocket, a restorative practice such as meditation, or something else entirely, we hope you will find classes and a community you love.
We hope to see you soon.
Love and Light,
The Bluebird Sky Yoga team
We will let you know when we learn anything more. Welcome to the neighborhood Bluebird Sky Yoga!
Readers may remember our blog post about Brookland Yoga, a new “floating” yoga studio that launched recently. We thought neighborhood Yogis would be interested in knowing that Brookland Yoga has partnered with LATELA to provide yoga classes at the Arts Walk farmer’s market every Saturday starting April 23 through November 12th, at 9:00 am. From the event page:
Join us for a 45 minute awakening slow flow yoga class on Saturdays at the Brookland Farmer’s Market. Stay after class to get some yummy local produce and coffee and chat with your neighbors.
We will begin with a flow, holding our poses for several breaths to create heat in the body, then move into strengthening, and finally into restorative yoga postures to calm the nervous system and rejuvenate the body and the mind. All levels welcome. Please bring your own mat.
Classes are held underneath the arts walk sign on the Monroe Street Market, next to the Brookland-CUA metro bridge just outside of the LATELA store front.
Sign up for the classes here. Check out the Brookland Yoga website here. LATELA is a creative platform that combines art and yoga for positive community growth, and they have an artists studio on the Arts Walk. Check out LATELA’s site here.
PS – if you can’t make the Saturday class, check out Brookland Yoga’s Beer and Yoga class at Right Proper Brewery on Mondays.
When we first moved here, San Antonio’s and Colonel Brooks’ Tavern were holding it down as the major sit-down restaurants in the area. So it is still pretty surprising to us, in a way, to see Brookland businesses (and those in our wider area) getting publicity from the established city-wide press. We love it. These small businesses put a lot on the line, and took a chance on our area, so we thank them and congratulate them on being “Best Of” in their category. Area winners in
- Right Proper – DC’s Best Brewery (Staff Pick). While there is also their original location in Shaw:
Right Proper takes the brewing process one step further than most: Its production brewery, which opened in Brookland in December, houses three 45-hectoliter oak wine casks (called foudres in French) inoculated with a house culture of wild yeasts and bacteria. A tribute to the days when beers were produced in only wooden vessels using natural airborne yeast, foudres allow beers to continuously develop in character and depth.
Right Proper Brewery is located at 920 Girard St NE.
- The Public Option – DC’s Best Brew Pub (Staff Pick). Since we did a story on their soft opening back in October, this small home-grown business has steadily improved with fun pop-up events and outdoor seating. As the City Paper said:
It is the most neighborly pint you can order in Washington. Now that is a brewpub.
The Public Option is located at 1601 Rhode Island Ave. NE.
- Nido – Best Neighborhood Restaurant That’s Actually a Neighborhood Restaurant (Staff Pick). This fabulous restaurant, just around the corner in Woodridge, is the definition of neighborhood gem. The City Paper agrees:
Neighbors seem fiercely proud of the bright Mediterranean joint whose name means “nest” in Italian and Spanish…Were it located on buzzy 14th Street NW, it might be mobbed with scenesters. But given that it’s more than a mile from a Metro station, it’s a relaxed place to escape for the evening. Or as the description on the menu simply calls it, “a place to sit down.”
Nido is loacted at 2214 Rhode Island Ave. NE
- Jazz and Cultural Society (JACS) – Best New Jazz Venue (Staff Pick). When we first caught up with JACS owner DeAndrey Howard two summers ago, as he was making plans to open JACS, we knew it would evolve into a great neighborhood-focused destination. As noted by the City Paper:
It all adds up to a rare breed: jazz as a grassroots movement. JACS’ place among the rowhouses of Brookland is no accident. It signifies Howard and Jamison’s desire to strip away the music’s often-elitist trappings and give it back to an everyday audience.
- &Pizza – Best Fast Casual, Best Gluten Free Menu, Best Kid Friendly Restaurant, Best Late Night Eats, Best Restaurant When You Pay, and Best Vegan/Vegetarian Restaurant (Reader Poll). Although there are a number of &Pizza locations around the city, the opening of &Pizza in April 2014 at Monroe Street Market really upped the fast dining options in the area and added much needed outdoor dining. &Pizza is located at 664 Monroe Street NE.