The next Ward 5 Happy Hour will take place Thursday, April 6th, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm located at Brookland’s own Menomale. These events are always lots of fun, come on out and meet some neighbors. Weather shouldn’t be an issue since Menomale will host the event in the (heated) outside patio.
We thought Menomale regulars would like the heads up that they will be closing up shop – just for a few days – to spruce up the place. We spoke with Ettore Rusciano, Menomale’s owner and he said that the reno will mostly be cosmetic things like fresh paint, new lighting, and some minor repairs to the pizza oven. We look forward to checking out the updates and enjoying the best pizza in DC when they reopen. The post below is from Menomale’s Facebook page.
Last month we wrote about the soft opening of Salumeria 2703, Brookland’s new Italian deli is from the owners of Menomale. Now we are happy to see that after a short break they are opening their doors again for their grand opening on Wednesday July 27th.
We are very excited to announce our grand opening date of July 27th! Thank you all for your continued support!
The store sells products imported from Italy such as cheeses, cured meats, and prepared food like fresh made pastas and meals to go made at the deli on site. Salumeria 2703 is located at 2703 12th St. NE, just a few doors down from Menomale. Check out their Facebook page here and on Twitter here.
After months of waiting we were happy to see Salumeria 2703 have its soft opening yesterday. The Italian deli is from the owners of Menomale, Ettore and Maria Rusciano, who converted a former Brookland office space into a retail grocery store with prepared food and a deli on site. The focus will be ingredients imported from Italy such as cheeses, cured meats, combined with fresh made pastas and breads so that patrons can make authentic Italian meals at home. There are also prepared foods to take away. We tried the meat lasagna and it was so, so good. We also got the chance to see pasta being made with their pasta machine, which was imported from Verona, Italy. Check out the pictures we took below. (Flash is required to see the photos, if you can’t see them, click here to open them in Flikr.)
Maria told us that the soft opening means that they aren’t 100% stocked right now and will work out some kinks before having a grand opening and operating at full steam. Salumeria 2703 is located at 2703 12th St. NE, just a few doors down from Menomale. Check out their Facebook page here and on Twitter here.
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.
Yesterday, the Washington Post ran this story on Brookland, calling our neighborhood “the place to go right now”. The feature, which is accompanied by a handful of cool photos, is the most comprehensive write up I think I have ever seen on Brookland. The story covers local eateries Smith Public Trust, Brookland Pint, Brookland’s Finest, Brookland Cafe, Hälsa, and Menomale. The story also explores local stores Bartered Threads and Scrap DC, and Arts Walk studiosAnalog, Wild Hand Workspace, and Stitch and Rivet as well as Dance Place. This is a good article to bookmark for the next time a friend or family member asks about where you live!
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 …….
The next Ward 5 Happy Hour will take place Thursday, March 6th, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at , located at Brookland’s own Menomale. These events are always lots of fun, come on out and meet some neighbors. Menomale is located at 2711 12th Street, NE. As the Ward 5 Happy Hour folks say: Meet Your Neighbors – Support Local – Share a Few Laughs – Why Not? For more information, check out the Ward 5 Happy Hour Facebook event page.
We caught with Mariya, co-owner of Brookland hotspot Menomale and learned great news! They got the go-ahead to start building an enclosure for their existing outdoor patio. At this point, they aren’t sure how they are going to go about it. For now, they are shopping around for estimates, or maybe Ettore, her husband, will try his hand at building it himself. Either way, we are very excited for them – and for us! With the sometimes long waits for table it will be nice to have an enclosed waiting/dining area outside.It might be a while before the build out is complete, and she asked for customers’ patience during the construction. Mariya said that since they are still deciding on the design, they can’t guess on a completion date, but that it will be before it gets too cold. Congrats on your continued success, Menomale! We can’t wait to dine on your new patio when it is complete.
Given a lot of the chatter around Brookland these days about new restaurants, we thought readers would appreciate information regarding some of Brookland’s newer restaurants and their liquor licences.
We learned from an ANC 5B-04 meeting on Saturday April 27th that Menomale’s liquor licence was up for renewal. ANC 5B-04 Commissioner Caroline Steptoe spoke to immediate neighbors of Menomale and received only one very minor complaint. The deadline to protest their license renewal came and went without any issues on Monday April 29th, because they are viewed as good neighbors. Menomale is a craft pizza restaurant that just celebrated one year of being open and is located at 2711 12th Street NE.
Little Ricky’s, has been open since November 2012 and its liquor licence is currently up for renewal. We spoke with Chase Moore, co-owner of the Cuban restaurant and he stated “Lola and I have worked hard to not just be in the community but to build community- a lot of that is being a good neighbor. To date there haven’t been any noise concerns expressed and certainly there have been no violations. We think most of the neighbors enjoy knowing there is a place they can go where everyone behaves responsibly and all are welcome.” As regular patrons, we couldn’t agree more! The deadline to send a letter in support of or protest their license renewal is Friday May 24th. Let’s hope all goes well there. Little Ricky’s is located at 3522 12th Street NE .
There has been quite a bit of discussion about the liquor license application of a new restaurant hoping to open in our neighborhood, Brookland’s Finest. The Brookland’s Finest team has applied to DC’s Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) for a “Tavern” license. My wife and I actually live pretty close to the proposed Brookland’s Finest location, so we wondered what a Tavern license means for the immediate neighbors. An article in the Ward 5 Heartbeat, which posted a copy of the Brookland’s Finest liquor license application indicated that it will allow the restaurant to “operate from 7am to 2am Sunday through Thursday and 8am to 3am on weekends” with minimal food requirements. Having said that, the sample menus as part of their business plan indicates that they will offer substantial food service. However, this license will allow them to forgo keeping the kitchen open late as it would with a “restaurant” liquor license. Thus, if they do so, later hours will be for drinking only. Tyler Nelson, Editor of the Brookland Avenue Blog shared the following liquor license information about Brookland restaurants with us for comparison:
Menomale – Restaurant license
San Antonio Grill – Tavern license
Optimism – Tavern license
B’Cafe – Restaurant license
Little Ricky’s – Restaurant license
We thought readers would be interested to know that the immediate neighbors to this location have been drawn into a debate about what this restaurant will mean for us. A Yahoo! Group in support of the restaurant has popped up here, ANC 5B-04 Commissioner Caroline Steptoe went door to door over last weekend asking us our opinion in a “for or against” format, while neighbors also received a letter from Tony Tomelden, a Managing Member of Brookland’s Finest and longtime Brookland resident. Mr. Tomelden’s letter described his commitment to the community and encouraged feedback from neighbors so they can work out any concerns ahead of time. His letter also addressed concerns that he is already aware of. As this process has unfolded, my wife and I have had many conversations with neighbors and the major concerns seem to boil down to noise, trash, and parking. As we talked to neighbors, we were also surprised to hear a lot of misinformation being spread about the restaurant. This prompted us to share the business plan distributed at the an ANC 5B-04 meeting on Saturday April 27th with neighbors and start a petition in favor of the restaurant. While we are generally in favor of the restaurant, we still feel that productive, civil, and reasonable discussions need to take place between immediate residents and the Brookland’s Finest team to make sure everyone is heard and happy. Brookland’s Finest liquor license application was submitted to ABRA over three weeks ago, but the placards have not been posted on the building yet, which means there is still time to have this constructive dialogue with the restaurant’s management team. We will keep you posted as to any new developments as they occur. The proposed location of Brookland’s Finest is 3126-3128 12th Street NE.
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