Category Archives: General Neighborhood Topics

Food Incubator Tastemakers Eyes A January Opening Date

Like many neighbors, we have been eagerly awaiting the opening of Tastemakers. Looks like the  gourmet food hall, bar and market will be opening in just over a month. From their website:

Starting in January, we will welcome you to join us for chef’s table events, tastings, and cooking classes. Stay tuned for details.

We also learned from this article in Eater DC that Tastemakers recently passed their health inspection. From the article:

When the front of house portion opens to diners in early 2018, expect assorted food stands and a bar. Francis expects Tastemakers to serve lunch and dinner, and possibly breakfast with coffee. She also wants to offer cooking classes, host charitable events, and offer a diners’ club with chef’s tasting-style events.

Sounds great! Tastemakers will occupy an 8,000 square foot building at the corner of 10th and Franklin.

Day Care Center, Nido Nursing Center, To Open At 12th & Monroe (Old True Value Location)

Back in July 2015, Brookland lost an institution when the True Value  Hardware store at the corner of 12th and Monroe closed after 40 years.  Since then there have been rumors about what would take its place, but nothing definite looking till now. We recently noticed a sign for Nido Nursing Center on the still papered-over store windows. The website address listed didn’t yield any information, so we did some digging around on Facebook and found a page for Nido Nursing Center, which lists 3501 12th Street (12th & Monroe) as its location and announces in the post below that they are coming to Brookland.

The post says that they “…are aiming to open mid fall, early winter… if not sooner.”  We were able to peek in and it didn’t look like they will meet that target. The space still looked pretty rough and gutted out, but had some wall framing up. We are curious about how pickup/drop off will work at such a busy intersection, but time will tell. We will keep an eye on things and let you know when we learn anything new.

Right Proper Celebrates 2nd Anniversary With Record Fair, Food, Beer And Music

Time flies when you are enjoying delicious fresh brewed beer. It is hard to believe Right Proper’s Brookland tasting room is turning 2! They will be celebrating this Sunday, December 3rd from 12 – 5pm with a record fair, food, beer (of course) and music. Check out the flyer below for more details. Right Proper is located at 920 Girard Street NE.

District Space Brings A Versatile Pop-Up Culinary Venue To 12th Street

Many neighbors, including us, remember Little Ricky’s with fondness, and have hoped something new and fabulous would take its place. The wait is over. A new venue called District Space has arrived at the 3522 12th Street location.

Elan Bar joins members of the old Ricky’s team, Chef Miguel (resident chef) and Lola Pol (one of the partners)  to transform the location into a whole new concept – a pop up venue. We experienced one of their first events, a cocktail focused evening paired with delicious small bites. While the space is available for private parties, the main focus will be short term culinary events featuring up and coming chefs, restaurateurs and other culinary concepts.

We caught up with Elan to discuss the new incarnation of the location. Check out what he has to say about after the slideshow below. (You need flash to see the photos, if you can’t see them click here to open them.)

Of course, our first question was why he chose Brookland for District Space:
I can’t think of a neighborhood that would be a better fit for District Space than Brookland. Its proximity to two of DC’s most prominent shared kitchen spaces–Mess Hall, on the border of Brookland and Edgewood, and the upcoming Tastemakers, in Brookland proper–will allow for a tremendous amount of mutually beneficial relationships. As a new business owner, I’d also note that everyone I have had the chance to interact with has been nothing but supportive and enthusiastic about the concept (even if it’s somewhat unfamiliar at first!).
I’m confident District Space is going to bring a new and exciting energy to the Brookland neighborhood. Brooklanders will now be in the unique position to learn about and experience some of the most talented up-and-coming folks in the DC food-and-beverage space.

Elan envisions District Space as  helping develop the DC food scene by doing more than just providing a venue. He says:

We view every chef, bartender, cheesemonger, distiller, etc., that walks through the door as a partner. Every time someone new uses our space, we’re committed to developing a relationship with them and supporting their growth.

As such, his goal is to connect and leverage these relationships to create a more robust and inter-dependent food-and-beverage scene not only in Brookland, but across DC. For example:

I want to be able to connect the charcutier who’s doing an event in January with the cheesemonger who did an event last week. We believe that nobody does it alone, and it’s only through supporting each other that DC can not just continue to grow–but really be on the forefront of the national food scene.

So what’s next? Look out for their next major event from Johanna’s Table,  featuring Chef Johanna Hellrigl cooking northern Italian fare at District Space from December 14-17. They will be running it like a more traditional restaurant (reservations, non-ticketed, etc.).  Once they get up and running, social media such as their Twitter feed and Facebook page will be the best way to keep up with the happenings. Welcome to the neighborhood, District Space!

Primrose, Brookland’s New French Wine Bar Is Now Open

We thought neighbors would be happy to know that long awaited French restaurant Primrose is now open for business -and it’s pretty great! The menu is concise, offering up French classics such as Coq au vin and Steak frites and of course, a great selection of wines. We stopped by on their opening night and really enjoyed our dinner. For now, Primrose will be open in the evenings, and closed on Tuesdays, and will do a weekend brunch when they get up and running. We will be doing a full write up after we have been a few times, and tried a number of dishes, so look out for that. Primrose is located at 3000 12th Street NE (northwest corner of 12th and Hamlin Streets).

Giving Tuesday Happy Hour At Steel Plate To Benefit President Lincoln’s Cottage

Most people know that Lincoln’s Cottage, just outside of Brookland, is a gem worth checking out. While it is the only public place where one can get a glimpse into Abraham Lincoln’s public and private life, did you know that it is the only National Monument that doesn’t receive federal funding? That means it must rely on supporters to keep their doors open, and continue their award-winning education programs and preservation efforts. From an email:

Join us from 5pm-9pm at Steel Plate on Tuesday, November 28th. There’ll be drink specials, a raffle with fabulous prizes from local businesses, and Steel Plate is generously donating 10% of the night’s sales to the Cottage.

Check out more information at the event page. Steel Plate is located at 3523 12th Street NE.

Rhode Island Row Tree Lighting – Food, Giveaways And Clothing Drive

We thought readers would like to know about this fun way to start off the Holiday season. From the event page:

Join friends and neighbors to kick off the holiday season at the annual Rhode Island Row Tree Lighting! Enjoy live performances from District Dance Arts and Nelly’s Echo, festive food and drink, and free giveaways for kids before helping us count down to the tree lighting at 7:00.

Join us early and enjoy games and giveaways at the WPGC 95.5 coat drive outside Carolina Kitchen! From 10AM-6PM, help spread some holiday cheer to local families in need by donating cold weather clothing and accessories (including coats, hats, gloves, and scarves).

Sounds like a great event!

Long Awaited Rhode Island Ave. Restaurant, Provost, Applies For A Liquor License

Provost with liquor license application placards in the window

Provost, a restaurant that has been in the works for a few years on the 2100 block of Rhode Island Ave NE has applied for a liquor license. We first heard about Provost from this Rhode Island Avenue NE Insider post  back in 2013. At the time, the concept was a health conscious menu with vegetarian options and a rooftop deck.  The last news we heard about it was April 2015 when it was a topic at an ANC 5C 07 meeting. Hopefully things are finally moving forward. From the liquor license application:

A new restaurant serving traditional American cuisine. Seating capacity of 87 inside. Total Occupancy Load of 100. Roof Top Summer Garden with 48 seats. The License will include an
Entertainment Endorsement for the inside of the premises only.

The application requests liquor sales and permission for live entertainment Sunday through Thursday 8 am – 2 am, Friday and Saturday 8 am 3 am for the indoors and liquor sales Sunday through Thursday 8 am – 2 am, Friday and Saturday 8 am 3 am on the rooftop deck. Provost will be located at 2129 Rhode Island Avenue, N.E.

Catholic U Offers Puerto Rican College Students A Tuition-Free Spring Semester

Puerto Rican Flag flying in front of a Brookland home

From an article in The Tower, CUA’s student newspaper:

The Catholic University of America will waive tuition and other student fees to welcome up to 40 students currently enrolled in degree programs in colleges and universities in Puerto Rico to support them in the wake of damage done by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Students are now eligible to apply to be enrolled in the spring semester.

We think that is just awesome, way to go CUA!

9 Months Of Lane Closures Begin Today On Monroe Street Bridge As Part Of Bridge Construction

Monroe Street Bridge Rendering Courtesy of DDOT

We have been writing about the reconstruction of the Monroe Street Bridge for a while now. We thought readers would like a heads up to expect at least 9 months of slow-going as the project picks up steam. From the project’s website:

…the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will shift the traffic pattern on the Monroe Street NE Bridge between 7th Street NE and 10th Street NE beginning on or about Friday, November 17, 2017; weather permitting.

Westbound lanes will be closed and traffic will be shifted to the eastbound lanes with a single lane in each direction. The sidewalk on the north side of the bridge will be closed. All pedestrian traffic will be directed to the south side. Bicyclists will use the full lane to travel through the construction zone, sharing with motorists during this phase.

This phase of work is expected to last approximately 9 months,..