Brooklanders who haven’t had the chance to check out District Space yet have an extra incentive to do so, a 15% discount off of their upcoming event starting this weekend. The pop up event from 1 Ounce or 2 Cocktail Club will run this and next weekend and the discount applies to the earlier (6PM-8PM) seatings on Friday, 1/19 and Friday, 1/26. Owner Elan Bar told us “I’d love it if we could get more neighborhood folks through the door. If readers put “BROOKLANDFAM” in the notes section on the checkout page, they’ll receive a refund 15% of their total ticket purchase within 24-hours.” Reserve your spot via the event page here. Now, about the pop event itself, it is:
…a custom-crafted cocktail experience, featuring 5 original drinks with a light bite food accompaniment prepared by Chef Johanna Hellrigl (Johanna’s Table and XII by Johanna).
For this edition, the nice boys want to show that you don’t have to choose between having great beer and great cocktails. Featuring local Flying Dog beers, these aren’t “beer cocktails”; these are cocktails that highlight how beer can be incorporated thoughtfully and tastefully (pun intended!) into mixed drinks. From fortified beer to warm you on a blustery winter evening, to stout beer turned into a cordial as an homage, the drinks will both delight and force you to rethink even a basic boilermaker.
We recently wrote about District Space, a new culinary pop-up destination on 12th Street. Neighbors interested in checking out the new venue will have their chance next week during a 4 day pop up from Johanna’s Table, featuring Chef Johanna Hellrigl cooking northern Italian fare.
For her fourth pop-up, Chef Johanna is going home. She is excited to share the food and wine of Alto-Adige, an autonomous province in Northern Italy, and birthplace of her father. Over countless visits to spend time with her family in Südtirol—as it’s known locally—Johanna developed an admiration for the cuisine’s unique marriage of Italian and Austrian flavors.
Sounds delicious! Make your reservation here (requires a $20 per person deposit). To keep up to date on future pop up events at District Space, don’t forget to follow their Twitter feed and Facebook page. District Space is located at 3522 12th Street NE.
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!
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