Back in August 2014, we wrote about the the free little library that was a magazine dispenser turned robot. Over time, the Robot Little Library took a beating from vandalism and the elements. Once Scrap DC, where it was located, closed up shop, the robot had no place to call home. So we decided to take it in, spruce it up and give it a new lease on life.
Unfortunately, life got in the way of good intentions, and Astrid (the better half of the Brookland Bridge) didn’t really take action until about three months ago when she finally started to work on the robot. She removed rust, broken metal, screws and glass pieces and added a fresh coat of paint, and what we think some cool new features. Next we needed a new home for the robot library. We approached the management team at Brookland’s Finest restaurant and they were immediately enthusiastic about the project. About a month ago, we put on the finishing touches and rolled him into place.
So now readers, young and old, have another option to exchange books through the little library. So far we are excited to see that it has been pretty popular, we have done two big fill ups, and have been adding books periodically. Still, it has been a challenge to keep the robot library stocked at all times, so if you have any extra books around the house, please consider stopping by, donating, and helping us keep the library stocked. If you enjoy reading, likewise, “check out” the books and please return them when you are done. Here are some pictures we took of the completed robot little library – just waiting for Brookland neighbors to stop by. The robot is located in front of Brookland’s Finest, 3126 12th Street NE. (You need flash to see the photos, if you can’t see them, click here.)
How time flies! This is how the location at Brookland’s Finest looked when we moved here – boarded up, metal bars and all. It’s hard to believe this popular neighborhood restaurant will have its two year anniversary this Thursday.
We spoke with Craig, the restaurant’s general manager who said that patrons will enjoy happy hour prices all day and specialty cocktails from One Eight Distilling and more. Hope to see you there!
Our 2 year anniversary is next Thursday! We have 1/2 price burgers and happy hour all day! #BrooklandsFinest
If you are like us, March Madness is a special time of year. That’s why we are excited to enjoy fresh smoked bbq while catching some games and watching our brackets. From an email:
Brookland’s Finest will celebrate March Madness with a special collaboration menu with Sloppy Mama’s Barbeque. The restaurant will air all March Madness games on their TV screens and the menu will be available March 14-20, featuring items like smoked whole wings, a fried pickle basket and sandwich and entrée versions of pulled pork and beef brisket.
Sounds great! Brookland’s Finest Bar & Kitchen is located at 3126 12th Street, NE.
We thought our beer loving readers would like to know that Brookland’s Finest will partner with Denizens Brewing Co. on a series of four beer dinners every Wednesday throughout the month of February, starting Wednesday, February 3rd, and continuing during regular dinner service on February 10th, 17th and 24th. From a press release:
Chef/co-owner Shannan Troncoso will prepare a $35 prix fixe, three-course menu with Denizens pairings, including new seasonal releases, which will change each week. A sample menu is below and includes hearty seasonal dishes such as mussels with house chorizo sausage and ale broth, and porter-braised beef short ribs.
Brookland’s Finest and Denizens Brewery Paired Beer Dinner Sample Menu
When we moved here six years ago, there really wasn’t anything in the way of New Year’s Eve celebration offerings. How things have changed! Here is a rundown of NYE events for those who want to stay local.
Brookland’s Finest and Sloppy Mama’s are teaming up to offer a $35 fixed price, 3 course dinner that includes charcuterie, ribs, pork belly, pulled pork and smoked chocolate truffles. (If you miss the NYE dinner, collaborative all-day menus will be available between December 30 and January 3, as well as a special New Years Day brunch menu). Brookland’s Finest is located at 3126 12th St NE.
Brookland Pint will have a special menu that will be served Thursday evening along with the restaurant’s regular menu. For $35 guests will get camembert-stuffed dates to start off, then a choice of oysters or french lentil-vegetable soup, lamb ragu or lobster risotto, and chocolate opera cake for dessert. There will also be a special three cheese plate with beer pairings offered. Also, kids eat free from 5:00 – 8:00 pm and parents get a free glass of bubbly. Reservations are recommended. Brookland Pint is located at 716 Monroe Street, NE.
Dew Drop Inn is offering up the ‘Inter Galactic New Years Eve Party’, a dance party with a DJ starting at 8:00 pm. Free admission, drink specials and a midnight toast. The Dew Drop Inn is located at 2801 8th Street NE.
Right Proper’s Brookland Tasting room will be open from 5:00 – 9:00 pm for those that want a low-key casual and early evening or want to jump start their evening before heading elsewhere. More info here. Right Proper is located at 920 Girard Street NE.
Smith Public Trust is having a NYE dance party called Smith Space Camp starting at 7:00 pm with six 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 a DJ, champagne toast at midnight and snacks like sliders and grilled cheese after midnight. Steel Plate is located at 3523 12th Street NE.
Those of us who enjoyed the last two times Sloppy Mama’s brought their smoker to our neighborhood, know that we are in for a treat again. From an email:
Beginning on Labor Day, Brookland’s Finest Bar & Kitchen will offer a week-long collaborative menu with Sloppy Mama’s Barbeque featuring sandwiches and smoked meat entrees. Chef Shannan Troncoso will serve the special menu betweenSeptember 7 and 13, and will feature dishes with Kansas City and Georgia Gold sauces such as:
Smoked Chicken Muffuletta Panini: Olive Tapenade, Smoked Mozzarella Cheese, Olli Prosciutto, Sundried Tomato Dipping Sauce, Hand Cut Chips ($13)
Beef Brisket Sandwich: Cole Slaw, Choice of Sauce (Kansas City and Georgia Gold), Brioche Bread, House Cut Fries ($14)
Pork Ribs: Bacon Mac and Cheese, Spicy Greens, Cole Slaw ($20)
Thanks to Brookland’s Finest general manager Craig Allen for reaching out to us about this event:
We would like to invite you and your family to the very 1st Brookland Social.
On Sunday evening, August 23rd from 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM we would like to invite the families of the Brookland community to Brookland’s Finest to meet and greet all of their neighbors and and community members. We encourage you to come out with your children so that they can meet their classmates before school starts the following Monday . We will have happy hour specials, and goodies for the little ones. Please come out to your favorite neigborhood restaurant and enjoy this fantastic experience!
P.S. If this goes well, there will be a second one coming soon!
Brookland’s Finest is located at 3126 12th Street, NE
Chef Shannon Troncoso from Brookland’s Finest Restaurant was on WJLA’s Good Morning Washington recently and showed them how to properly clean and eat whole Maryland blue crab. Way to represent the neighborhood! Check out the video below and the restaurant’s Wednesday weekly Crab Boil. Brookland’s Finest Bar & Kitchen is located at 3126 12th St. NE.
Many thanks to Craig Allen, the General Manager of Brookland’s Finest for reaching out to us about some exciting media exposure this restaurant will be getting. From an email:
Brookland’s Finest Bar & Kitchen will be featured on Fox 5 DC’s “Will You Eat There?” segment. We would like community support as we would not be here without the Brookland community. Will Thomas will be here at 5 PM to start filming. He will talk to guests, Chef Shannan, Tony and myself asking questions about the restaurant and the cuisine.
We would appreciate if you could let Brookland residents know that we would love to have them here and on TV with us tomorrow at 5 PM (he will be here from 5-6 PM or so). It will be during happy hour, so we will have drink specials for those guests that are interested.
Sounds great! Brookland’s Finest Bar & Kitchen is located at 3126 12th St. NE.
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