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DC City Council Chairman Phil Mendelson Brings ‘Meet up with Mendo’ To Brookland

Make sure to try some delicious food when you are there!

We thought Brooklanders would be interested in this opportunity to meet DC City Council Chairman, Phil Mendelson and discuss any concerns. From a community announcement from Chairman Mendelson’s Constituent Service:

Chairman Phil Mendelson
Invites You to Ward 5 for…
Meet up with Mendo
Share your Questions, Comments and Concerns with the DC Council Chairman at…
Askale Café-3629 12th Street, NE (In Brookland)
January 14th, 2017

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

Ward 5 Happy Hour Brookland NE Washington DC

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.

Ward 5 Happy Hour Visits Askale Cafe Thursday

Make sure to try some delicious food when you are there!
Make sure to try some delicious food when you are there!

The next Ward 5 Happy Hour will be November 5th at Brookland’s Askale Cafe. Specials include a free tasting of food and a 10% discount on main dishes ordered.

Drink specials include: beer $2.50 per bottle and $10.99 for a bucket of 5 beers, $3/glass of wine or $15 for a bottle from 5:30-8 p.m. There will also be mixed drinks available.

The happy hour will run from 6-8 p.m. Askale Cafe is located at 3629 12th Street, NE.

Askale Café Now Serving Beer And Wine And Extending Hours

Back in April, Askale Café applied for a beer and wine licence and  we are happy to report that the licence was granted. Now that they have secured the licence, they are expanding their hours and will have a wine and beer tasting on June 16th. Check out the Tweet below:

Askale Cafe Seeks Beer And Wine License

Askale Cafe Liquor License Askale and Asratie, owners of Askale Cafe, Brookland’s Ethiopian eatery, posted ABRA placards in the cafe’s windows yesterday. The cafe is seeking to re-establish the beer and wine license associated with location that expired before they took over. Hopefully all will go well and there will be no issues at their ABRA public hearing.  We were happy to hear from Asratie that their application has the support of ANC Commissioner Higgins. They are seeking a stipulated license, which means they may be able to serve during the hearing period if approved. Askale Café is located at 3629 12th Street, NE.

Askale Cafe To Offer Traditional Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony Today

Make sure to try some delicious food when you are there!
Make sure to try some delicious food when you are there!

Brookland’s local Ethiopian eatery, Askale Cafe, is inviting the community to an authentic coffee ceremony. From their Facebook page:

Ethiopian Traditional Coffee Ceremony this coming Saturday July 12th at 1pm. Come and participate in this age old ritual of coffee making art and experience.

Askale Café is located at 3629 12th Street, NE.

Askale Cafe Celebrates One Year Anniversary Today With Free Giveaways!

It seems hard to believe that a year has gone by since Askale Cafe, Brookland’s Ethiopian restaurant, opened its doors to the community. This morning they will be celebrating this milestone by offering free breakfast. See the flyer below. If you haven’t already, check them out in person, at their website, Facebook and Twitter. Askale Café is located at 3629 12th Street, NE.

Free Ethiopoan Coffee Ceremony At Askale Today!

Make sure to try some delicious food when you are there!
Make sure to try some delicious food when you are there!

Brookland’s local Ethiopian eatery, Askale Cafe, will be having a pre-Thanksgiving celebration with the community featuring an authentic coffee ceremony. From their Facebook page:

Saturday Nov 23rd, 2013 from 3:00 pm-5:00pm.
Come and Enjoy the free coffee and notice the ongoing improvements of 12th and Otis St. corner.
Yes Askale’s Cafe 225 square foot outside sitting deck is just completed. The 195 Sq. ft canopy over the deck facing Otis st. is to be started soon. We are investing in Brookland! We truly would like to transform Askale Cafe into Brookland’s family room. Come and support us! See you Saturday Nov 23rd!
Team Askale!

Askale Café is located at 3629 12th Street, NE.

Askale Cafe – Lots Of Updates: Outdoor Seating, New Hours And More

Askale Patio - Demolition BeginsRestaurant from Otis Street NEDeck under constructionDeck PlansCanopy PlansVeggie Platter
Tibs Wot - a yummy beef stewOwners Asratie and AskaleSatisfied Customers

We sat down with Asratie Teferra, the co-owner of Askale Café to get caught up with how the Ethiopian restaurant that opened this summer is doing. As is to be expected, they have learned a few lessons along the way and are excited about new improvements they plan to make. Here is a rundown of what is going on at the Café:

    • The most exciting development is that the outdoor dining area they have been planning along Otis Street NE is finally underway. It took a while to secure the permits from DCRA, but now the project is going full steam ahead. Asratie told us “the deck under construction is 15 by 15 feet and wheel-chair accessible to bring in patrons in to the cafe. It is also a green deck, with five planter-boxes to be installed around it. Rain water will be harvested and contained to water plants that will be in the planter boxes.” We love that they are incorporating green elements into the deck! It is expected that the deck will be completed in about 10 days. They hope to serve guests on the deck year-round. It will have an iron railing and dogs will be allowed.
    • The Café is also planning on installing awnings along 12th Street and a 13 by 15 feet canopy over the deck. Asratie said “they will beautify the front and also reduce the sun-glare coming in the afternoon. The Café is spending a substantial amount of money for the improvement of the customer experience.” Indeed, we appreciate the investment they are making in this corner of our neighborhood, especially given that they have a 5 year lease and do not own the building.
    • Once the deck construction is complete, Asratie will seek to renew the Café’s beer and wine license. It is expected that the renewal process will take 45 days if there is no protest. (Once they have submitted their beer and wine application, we will let readers know how they can support if they choose.)
    • Another exciting event for the Café was a live feature on WUSA Channel 9 yesterday. Check out the video here. Way to go Chef Askale! Congrats on your first TV appearance.

  • Asratie wanted me to be sure to share Askale Café’s new hours with everyone – they will now be open Monday through Thursday from 7:00 am – 7:00 pm, Friday 7:00 am – 9:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am – 9:00 pm and closed Sunday. Of course, as they grow the business they may tweak these hours again.
  • Lastly, look out for a new Café website coming soon. For now, you can check them out at their current website, Facebook and Twitter.

Askale Café is located at 3629 12th Street, NE.