Brookland LGBT Party This Saturday

we'll have a gay old time...
we’ll have a gay old time…

Every month the LGBT community from the greater Brookland area (+ Edgewood, Woodridge, Michigan Park, etc.) gets together for fun, community building and general neighborly good times. This month the group will get together on Saturday May 21st at 7:00. If interested, contact us via the contact page and we will send you the address. Please bring a side or drink to share. All are welcome!

San Antonio Bar And Grill Opens Outdoor Dining Space

Happy diners on San Antonio's outdoor patio
Happy diners on San Antonio’s outdoor patio

We are happy to write that Brookland has another option for outdoor dining. We spoke with Jaime Vargas, the owner of San Antonio’s about their new patio, and he told us that they opened the sidewalk dining space last weekend, but that the soggy weather put a damper on opening it up at first. But now that the weather has cleared up a bit, folks are really enjoying the space. They are permitted to serve alcohol on the patio  from 11:00 am -10:00 pm daily and seat up to 33 people. Unfortunately, they aren’t allowed to offer their awesome Happy Hour specials on the patio. This end of 12th Street could really use more foot traffic, so it was great to see people out and about and livening up the block. San Antonio Bar & Grill is located at 3908 12th St NE.

Liquor Licence Updates – Menomale, Askale And Former Little Ricky’s

Ward 5 Happy Hour Brookland NE Washington DC
Mmmmmm…Menomale

We thought readers would be interested in some upcoming hearings regarding liquor licences at neighborhood restaurants.

Back in 2012 when Menomale opened, they entered into a voluntary agreement because of concerns raised by the ANC Commissioner at the time. The agreement stipulates that they cannot serve alcoholic beverages from 2:00 – 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. Now the restaurant is looking to terminate the settlement agreement associated with their liquor licence. The hearing date for the change is June 13, 2016. Menomale is located at 2711 12th Street, NE.

It seems like yesterday that Askale Cafe got it’s liquor license, but time flies, and they are already up for a renewal. The hearing date for the renewal is June 13, 2016. Askale Cafe is located at 3629 12th Street, NE.

Little Ricky’s closed in July 2014. Since then, what will replace the popular restaurant has been the subject of rumor, but no hard information that we are aware of.  We did recently learn that the ABC Board will be cancelling the liquor license for the location at a hearing on Wednesday, May  18th because the license holder (Gin Rummy LLC) did not seek to renew it. Little Ricky’s was located at 3522 12th Street NE.

Arts on 8th – Free Performances Thursdays And Fridays, Workshops On Saturdays

Great news neighbors, Art on 8th returns with free music, dance, and arts events every Thursday, Friday and Saturday through the end of September, brought to you by Dance Place. Check out this video about Arts on 8th:

Every Thursday, from May 5 to September 29, 6:30 pm-8:00 pm: Arts on 8th live music performances will be held on the Arts Walk plaza each week. Each performance will feature a new group. In the event of rain, music will be moved into the Artist Lounge on the Arts Walk. The Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market is located at 716 Monroe St NE.

Every Friday, from May 6 to September 30, 6:30 pm-7:30 pm: Arts on 8th interactive dance performances. These events will take place at O’Connell Plaza located on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Monroe Street or in front of Busboys and Poets. Rain location will be inside Busboys and Poets.

Every Saturday, through September 24th, 1:30 pm: Get Creative workshops in arts & crafts, movement & gardening
at Dance Place, located at 3225 8th St NE.

For more information go here and for the schedules  go here.

Ban Ki-moon Visited Brookland Middle School

Photo courtesy of United Nations Information Center, Washington DC
Photo courtesy of United Nations Information Center, Washington DC

Brookland has seen it’s share of high-profile visitors lately. First Lady Michelle Obama visited in March, then Yo-yo Ma stopped by Noyes School in April, and now, last Thursday Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary-General of the United Nations visited Brookland Middle School. According to this press release from Mayor Bowser’s office:

Brookland Middle School is home to a green outdoor classroom, a solar learning station, geothermal heating and cooling system, exterior green wall, underground cisterns, rooftop solar array, pervious pavers, and more.

DC officials will hold a briefing for the Secretary-General on building sustainable schools, which will cover green construction, data driven efficiency, renewable energy, as well as waste reduction, recycling and composting.

Wow! How great for those kids. Brookland Middle School is located at 1150 Michigan Avenue, NE.

Free Brookland Walking Tour This Sunday

Brookland Boy Scouts at Brookland's 125th Anniversary parade in 2012.
Brookland Boy Scouts at Brookland’s 125th Anniversary parade in 2012.

Neighbor Caroline Petti’s popular walking tour of Brookland returns this Sunday, May 15th. From a community notice:

We’ll start at the Brooks Mansion (Metro parking lot side) 901 Newton Street NE at 1:00 PM. From there, we’ll traverse various neighborhood landmarks, old and new. I’ll share what I know of Brookland’s rich history as well as the issues of the day. The tour will last about 1 1/2 hours and will involve about two miles of walking.

This walking tour is sponsored by Knowledge Commons DC, a free “school” for thinkers, doers, and tinkerers. There’s no charge for the tour and registration opens on Saturday, May 7th.

Register for the class here.

Hopfest 2016 At Hellbender Brewing Co. Hosts 17 Breweries Saturday

Hellbender HopfestHere is an event for local beer lovers this Saturday, May 14 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM at nearby Hellbender Brewing Company. Tickets are $50 per person, which you can get here. From the event page:

HOPFEST is back – the only D.C. beer festival by local brewers and for local brewers! This year 17 local DC, MD & VA breweries will pour over 20 of the hoppiest, local craft beers to raise money for the D.C. Brewers Guild! Brews on tap will include old favorites, rare hard-to-finds and one-offs brewed just for Hopfest. Guests will receive a complimentary tasting glass and unlimited pours. Plus, the Arepa Zone food truck will be on site to serve their award winning arepas.

Hellbender Brewing Company is located at 5788 2nd Street NE.

BNCA To Offer Neighborhood Safety Training This Saturday

FoRIA BNCA Cleanup 007With the weather turning warmer, we wouldn’t be surprised if there were a spike in neighborhood crime. If you are interested in getting Neighborhood Safety Training, check out the class the Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association will be hosting on Saturday May 14, from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon, featuring one of MPD’s Citywide Neighborhood Watch Trainers.  The training will be held at the Brooks Mansion, 901 Newton Street, NE.  For information on the BNCA check out their website, BNCA Facebook page, and follow at @brooklandcivic on Twitter.

Meeting To Discuss The Future Of The Monroe Street Bridge

Monroe street bridgeDC’s Department of Transportation (DDOT) will be hosting a public meeting to discuss the Rehabilitation of the Monroe Street Bridge  this Thursday May 12th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.  At the meeting DDOT will present design plans and schedule for the upcoming project. It will be interesting to see how things shake out, whether the updated bridge will keep our local character or be updated to more of a cookie cutter style bridge. What are your thoughts? The meeting will be held at the Brooks Mansion (901 Newton Street, NE).

Rhode Island Row To Start A Weekly Thursday Farmers Market

We thought readers would like to know that now they will have another option when it comes to area farmers markets. The first market event will kick off this coming Thursday May 12th and the market will run weekly until October 27th. Here is the flyer from the Rhode Island Row Facebook page:

Rhode Island Row Farmers Market

Rhode Island Row is located at 2300 Washington Place, NE (next to the Rhode Island  Ave Metro stop and the Home Depot shopping center).