We thought readers might want to consider supporting Brookland area businesses by voting for them in the latest DC City Paper “Best Of” competition. The poll closes March 5th. If you fill out the ballot, you may want to consider the following Brookland and nearby businesses. Let us know if we left anything out. You can fill out your ballot here.
Best Dance Company: Dance Place
Best Jazz/Blues Venue: Jazz & Cultural Society (JACS)
Best Bike Shop: The Bike Rack
Best Hardware Store: Annie’s Ace Hardware – Brookland
Best Pilates Studio: Excel Pilates Brookland
Best Place to Buy Wine: Wardman Wines
Best Vet: District Vet
Best Yoga Studio: Bluebird Sky Yoga
Best Neighborhood To Live In: Brookland (of course!)
Best Bakery: The Bakers’ Lounge
Best Bar: Brookland’s Finest/Steel Plate/Smith Public Trust/Dew Drop Inn/Brookland PInt
Best Brew Pub: Public Option
Best Coffee Shop: Zeke’s Coffee of DC
Best Craft Beer Selection: Brookland Pint
Best Dive Bar: The Dew Drop Inn DC
Best Ethiopian Restaurant: Askale Cafe
Best Local Brewery: Right Proper
Best Neighborhood Bar: Brookland’s Finest/Steel Plate/Smith Public Trust/Dew Drop Inn/Brookland PInt
This coming Saturday, Stitch and Rivet, a local crafter of handmade gifts and accessories is celebrating their three year anniversary. From the event page:
The holidays are over, winter is here, and the skies have been gray for many days in a row. LET’S HAVE A PARTY!
2017 is here and many new things are coming to Stitch & Rivet- a freshly updated line, our new monthly Featured Maker and a new look to the workshop. Come celebrate our third year in business, check out the new work, and meet Jennifer Wilfong of Yummy & Co. our first Featured Maker. This event is family friendly, and there will be cake!
When we moved here seven years ago, there really wasn’t anything in the way of New Year’s Eve celebration offerings. Now every year seems to bring more and fun events and a wider array of choices. Here is a rundown of NYE events for those who want to stay local. Cheers!
Brookland’s Finest will offer a fixed price, 3 course dinner that includes shrimp cocktail, Surf and Turf, and dessert. The dinner costs $35 per person and there will be a champagne toast for guests in the restaurant when midnight rolls around. Brookland’s Finest is located at 3126 12th St NE.
Brookland Pint will have a special menu that will be served Saturday evening. For $50 guests will get a special paired tasting menu. Make reservations by calling 202.758. 2757 or emailing email@example.com. Brookland Pint is located at 716 Monroe Street, NE.
Dew Drop Inn is offering up a New Years Eve dance party with a DJ from 7:00 pm – 2:00 am. From their Facebook page: “Come ring in 2017 with The Dew Drop Inn. Will be having an all night dance party with tunes by Ameer Dyson and No Cover & Midnight Toast.” The Dew Drop Inn is located at 2801 8th Street NE.
Nido is having a special four-course Spanish-inspired dinner for $85 per person, which includes tax and gratuity. There will be three seatings, 5:30pm, 7:30pm and 10:00pm. There will also be an optional $45 wine pairing. Check out more details on their Facebook event page and purchase tickets here. Nido is located at 2214 Rhode Island Avenue NE.
Smith Public Trust‘s NYE Space Camp dance party returns this year. The event starts at 7:00 pm with a handful of DJ’s through the night. The event is free but you have to RSVP here to get in. Smith Public Trust is located at 3514 12TH Street NE.
Steel Plate is hosting a New Years Eve party, starting at 9:00 pm. Purchase tickets at their event page for $15. Because they are looking to have a pleasant, non-crowded environment, tickets sales will be limited to a reasonable number. There will be two DJs, champagne toast at midnight and snacks like sliders and grilled cheese after midnight. Steel Plate is located at 3523 12th Street NE.
We hope everyone has a fantastic New Years no matter what your plans!
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.
The restaurant’s hours are Monday to Saturday, 10:30 AM – 8:30 PM and you can check out the menu here. If you don’t have flash, you can check out the photos here.
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!
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
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!
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