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MGM Roast Beef Is Adding Outdoor Seating

    I am sure many of you appreciate the fantastic sandwiches at MGM Roast Beef as we do. Located at 1905 Brentwood Rd NE, Washington, DC 20018, they offer great service, an inviting clean space and fantastic food, which makes it always worth a trip beyond Brookland’s boundaries.

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Sometimes though their limited space and popularity makes you wish they had more seating. Well, wish no more. At our last visit we learned that the owners are planning to add an outdoor patio to the restaurant. Actually construction is already well on the way.

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Whether the patio will be ready in time to enjoy a yummy brisket or turkey sandwich, remains to be seen, so look out for updates right here.

August Ward 5 Community Happy Hour At Bidwell In Union Market

union market dc opening 090912 1The organizers of the Ward 5 Happy Hour are turning to one of Union Market’s establishments the Bidwell Restaurant for this months event . This Thursday August 7 between 6-8pm you will have yet another chance to connect or reconnect with friends of neighbors.

You can see the details about the event on the Ward 5 Happy Hour facebook page.

Photo courtesy of Bidwell Restaurant


Brookland Storm Drain Beautification Courtesy Of The Anacostia Watershed Society

Taking a walk up and down 12th Street just became more interesting. The Anacostia Watershed Society chose Brookland for a series of paintings to beautify the storm drains, but at the same time to raise awareness not to throw trash into the drains.

The main focus and ambition of the AWS is:

….. for the Anacostia River—the other river flowing through our nations capital—to be a clean and healthy place to live and visit once more. You can help us turn this dream into reality. Find out how you can help today!

And the AWS team is not done yet in Brookland. See below the announcement and the call for volunteers to paint a storm drain by the Brookland Green for Tuesday. A great opportunity especially for children. Even if you can not participate in the activity, stop by and thank the AWS team and volunteers for their wonderful work.

Brookand Green, a great community resource!
Brookand Green, a great community resource!

Date: Tuesday, August 5th, 2014
Time: 9:30am to 12:00pm
Meeting Location:  Brookland Green.  The grassy area of land at 10th and Newton NE that is directly across from the Brookland (red line) Metro stop (east of the tracks exit).  Click here for a map.  AWS encourages you to take Metrorail, Metrobus, bike, or walk to this site.  If you do drive, read all neighborhood signs for permit and timing requirements.

Description: AWS wants community members to think twice before dumping into local storm drains (and, thus, the Anacostia) so we’re taking to the streets!  Join us as we paint fun, informative designs on storm drains around Brookland with designs by local artists.  Check out last year’s drains in Mt. Rainier.

Physical Requirements: This event will likely involve lifting, bending, squatting, moving up and down and walking for fair distances.   These events are taking place in the summer time so it’s likely to be quite hot with limited shade.   We recommend not eating salty foods ahead of the event that might exacerbate any heat related issues and to bring a reusable water bottle.  We will provide a cooler of water.  Please wear close-toed shoes and clothes that you do not mind getting dirty with paint.  If you think any of the physical requirements will be problematic, please let us know or consider joining another event.


Brookland Featured In The Washington Post’s Weekend Going Out Guide

The word spreads about how much Brookland has to offer. Check out the article of Beth Cope in the Washington Post:

Change has come to the community nicknamed “Little Rome” for its myriad Catholic institutions, bringing new condos, restaurants and, notably, the arts. But much of Brookland remains a quiet family neighborhood where daily encounters on leafy streets can include nuns and friars …….

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Taft/Dwight Mosley Field Renovation Project – DPR And DGS Are Asking Community For Feedback

The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) and Department of General Services (DGS) held a couple of meetings regarding the renovation of the Taft/Mosley Field and Playground. The plans are taking shape, but as it turns out, the budget for this project does not allow the implementation of all the amenities the community has added to their wishlist. In order to get an understanding what features are most important to the residents who will use the field and playground and those who live in close proximity, Jackie Stanley, Community Outreach Coordinator of the Department of General Services, asks for the following information to be circulated:
Dear Taft/Dwight Mosley Field Community, 
As you may know, The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) and Department of General Services (DGS) has Capital funding to renovate the existing Taft/Dwight Mosley field. To date we’ve held two (2) planning meetings with the community to ensure that the field is designed and renovated based on the needs of the community.  The community includes not only the teams that play on the field but also residents that live in the community and may use the field. 
Our project budget does not support all the amenities the community has requested, therefore, we have developed a survey that will help us better understand what are the top amenities the community would like as part of the project. The survey link is below. 
Additionally,  as we mentioned at the first Taft/Dwight Mosley field community meeting The DC Building Industry Association (DCBIA) annually donates time and material to a DPR project (site). DCBIA has chosen to renovate the playground and park area at Taft/Dwight Mosley as their annual donation/volunteer project. DPR/DGS has dedicated some funds towards playground equipment for this donation. 
The equipment that’s chosen for the new playground at Taft is amazing and offer many super fun play elements for the kids and the playground will be functional and safe. DCBIA is also doing a lot of other site work that the community will appreciate and use for many years to come. The survey is not related to the Playground/DCBIA project. 
We do hope that you will attend and participate on the actual build day (September 27th), as well as encourage your neighbors to come out and support this great donation.  To ensure community input and involvement in both projects I will forward updates, as appropriate.  However, if you have questions or concerns feel free to contact me.  
Jackie Stanley
Department of General Services 
Community Outreach Coordinator
202-431-1195 (cell) 

DC Public Schools’ Beautification Day is on Saturday, August 23! Roll up your sleeves and help beautify our schools. Sign up to volunteer.

East City Art Round Up Featuring The Brookland Third Thursday Edition

East City Art Round Up: Brookland Third Thursday Edition

Thursday June 19

Arts Walk Event At Night
Arts Walk Event At Night

Brookland Arts Walk – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

On Third Thursdays in Brookland, one may visit over 29 open studios in the Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market. Two of the spaces, the Washington Drawing Center and The Wild Hand Workspace will host opening receptions (see details below). Enjoy food and live music courtesy of Danceplace featuring performances by Polvo & Scree starting at 6:30 p.m.

The Arts Walk at the Monroe Street Market is located at 716 Monroe St, NE

Washington Drawing Center – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Washington Drawing Center presents Chris Dolan’s 07092012-09212013: Recent Landscapes of the District and Southern Maryland. Dolan “set himself the challenge of producing one landscape every day for the period between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend.”For a full description of this must go to event, click here.

Washington Drawing Center is located in Studio #7 on the Arts Walk

The Wild Hand Workspace- 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Also in Brookland, The Wild Hand Workspace will host an opening reception for the illustrations of Hannah Dean in her first exhibition It’s a Wonderful Life. Her work examines relationships and organizational themes spanning a variety of media. To read more about the exhibit, click here.

The Wild Hand Studio is located in Studio #8 on the Arts Walk

Washington Project for the Arts – 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

WPA Professional Practices presents Working with Galleries. The panel discussion, led by experts in the field, will help artists navigate through the challenges of working with a gallery. This event is free for WPA members and $10 for non-members. For more information about panelists and the event, click here.

The panel will be held at Capitol Skyline Hotel located at Lounge, 10 I (eye) Street SW.

doris-mae – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Get a last look at the site-specific installation of Hsin-Hsi Chen (she’s covered an entire room, floor to ceiling, with her work!) and Amanda Kates’ intensely colored multi-media work. Meet the artists at this reception before the exhibit closes on Saturday.  Details found here.

doris-mae is located on the second floor at 1716 14th Street NW.

Friday, June 20

Washington Sculptors Group – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Washington Sculptors Group has partnered with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to present Gedankenexperiment. Curated by Sarah Tanguy, this exhibit draws inspiration from scientific and mathematical theories. To read more about this event, click here.

The AAAS is located at 1200 New York Avenue NW.

Montpelier Arts Center – 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Join Montpelier Arts Center for a reception honoring this summer’s exhibitions. The reception will feature three exhibitions in the Main Gallery, the Library Gallery, and the Residents Artist Gallery.  See work from the Washington Sculptors Group, Elizabeth Burger and Melissa Burley. For details on this event, click here.

Montpelier Arts Center is located at 9652 Muirkirk Rd, Laurel, MD.

Saturday, June 21

Brookland – 1:30 p.m.

Curious about street art? Artist Rajan Sedalia will be teaching classes on Saturdays through July 12. Learn about graffiti art, painting, airbrushing, cartoons, comics, color and abstract forms. All skill levels are welcome. Be sure to email for class availability. To read more about classes, click here.

Locations to be announced.

Gallery O on H – 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

After taking Rajan Sedalia’s street art class stop by Gallery O on H for their relaxing courtyard Jazz series, Jazz in the Hood. In addition to viewing the gallery’s permanent collection, visitors can peruse “The Shops” starting at 4 p.m. while the music begins at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Gallery O on H is located at 1354 H Street NE.

Jess Oros is the Production Manager of East City Art.  You can get more information about East City Art on Facebook, by following them on Twitter or click here to sign up for their newsletter.

Bergami’s Pizza Will Celebrate It’s Grand Opening on Saturday June 21

Bergami’s Pizza is the latest Eatery that opened it’s doors in the Rhode Island Row. Check out what they have to offer this Saturday between 10am – 1pm.

It wll be interesting to see how yet another pizza place will hold up against the variety of pizza restaurants and services our neighborhood has to offer ready.

Here is how the founder Mark Bergami describes the concept and philosophy of his business:

Raised in a hardworking family, with immigrant traditions, I was taught the value of hard work; and food was always the center of every family get-together.

I grew up near New Haven, Connecticut, which many consider the pizza capital of the world. From Friday Pizza Night, to the impromptu ‘Mom or Dad didn’t have time to cook’, to rewards (bribes) from the varsity football coach for success on the field. Pizza was always present. Even if it wasn’t always pizza from the nearby famed Wooster Street, it was pizza that stood up to the scrutiny of some of the most demanding critics anywhere.

As much as it was a part of my life growing up, I still never considered pizza as a career. I studied Environmental Science in college with dreams of designing Green Buildings and Water Treatment Plants.

Because of a limited budget, and a passion for good food, I spent much of my free time learning to cook.

When I completed my degree at Uconn I found myself in a position that many young people do. I had some knowledge, but no experience. To get that real business world experience I decided to investigate the franchise world of pizza.

I spent several years, working my way through some of the most densely populated cities in the North East, trying to learn as much as possible about the pizza business. And on my last stop, of the franchise tour, I found myself with a strong desire to taste and serve that wonderful pizza upon which I was raised.

I soon returned home to Connecticut to make pizzas on Wooster Street, and draft a plan to open my own business.

With several years under my belt, and experience in almost every aspect of the pizza market; I began designing Bergami’s. I set my goal to serve artistically crafted pizzas, salads, and coffee drinks. I wanted to use only fresh natural ingredients. I wanted to interact with each customer. And because today’s world is demanding, I wanted to serve customers fast; at a pace accommodating to our 21st century lifestyles.

Our goal at Bergami’s is to prove that it is possible to eat healthy enjoyable meals, while keeping up with the pace of society, at prices fit for any budget.



Smith Public Trust Opens Doors With A World Cup Soft Opening Menu

Smith Public Trust (the new restaurant at the Old Library location) is having an open house today for the World Cup!!! Check out the menu here – looks awesome!!

Counrtesy of Smth Public Trust
Counrtesy of Smith Public Trust


Here is there soft opening menu:

WorldCup // Open House Selection Menu

Summer Watermelon Arugula Salad   8          

Arugula, Watermelon & Feta Cheese w/ Champagne Ginger Vinaigrette


Edamame Hummus & Grilled Pita   7

Edamame, Tahini, Garlic, Lime Juice, Sriracha, Pita Bread


Smith Matchstick Potatoes   5

Julienned Potatoes, Herbed Salt or Old Bay w/ Cilantro Lime Aioli


Green Curry Coconut Milk Mussels & Crostini   12

Thai Green Curry Paste, Coconut Milk, Lemongrass, Garlic, Onion, Ginger


Seared Green Beans & Shiitake Mushrooms

Garlic, Ginger, Oyster Sauce, Sriracha


12th Street Nachos   8

Queso, Fire Roasted Jalepeño Sauce, Pico de Gallo,

+  2 House Made Guacamole & Sour Cream


Scratch Pancakes w/ Bacon & Eggs   7

Two Eggs Your Way, Bacon


Public Trust Burger   11

Cheddar, House Made Pickles, Arugula, Tomato, Grilled Red Onions

+ 1 Avocado  + 2 Bacon  + 1 Fried Egg

St. Paul’s College For Sale

St Paul's College
St Paul’s College

Thanks to the tip from our  good friends at The Totten Life about this information on the website of CBRE, a large scale real estate company. According to this listing, the 1914 established St. Paul’s College is up for sale.

CBRE describes their services as follows:

CBRE is the wold’s premier, full service real estate company. Operating globally, the firm holds a leadership position in virtually all of the world’s business centers.

The official listing is all we can refer to at this time. As soon as we get more details about the future of this amazing property, we will let you know.

Here is the brief description that is given on their website about the St. Paul’s property:

St. Paul’s College Seminary

  • Iconic College located near Catholic University, Trinity Washington University and Brookland Metro
  • Property: 102,000 square foot college with dormitory rooms built in phases in 1913 – 1956, and extensively renovated in 2006 – 2007.
  • Area: 9.48 Acres
  • Fee: Simple Sale
  • The Paulists prefer to sell the land and improvements to one entity. However, a sale of just the improved college with approximately 4 acres of land would be considered.
  •  Ideally designed for college, dormitories, nonprofit organizations, museums, private club or chancery use. (Some uses require Special Exception Approval, see link below.)

For more information regarding the sale of St. Paul’s College Seminary, view links below:

  1. Matter of Right and Special Exception Uses
  2. Floor Plan
  3. Photographs of St. Paul’s College Seminary
  4. Maps
  5. Recently completed, and planned projects in Brookland  and Brentwood