Today is the Day Without Immigrants protest, and several of our local businesses are taking a stand in solidarity with their immigrant staff. We thought readers would like to know which restaurants are closed or offering limited menus so that their employees may attend the protest. This list is being updated as we get new information. Way to go guys!
From Brookland’s Finest: We’re closed on Thursday in support of our staff who’ll participate in #ADayWithoutImmigrants protest
From Brookland Pint: As a Latino business owner I stand in solidarity with all of my immigrant staff. Therefore, we will close our kitchen this Thursday in support of our immigrant staff’s desire and right to protest the evolving state of immigration policies in our country. Our bars will remain open and our guests are welcome to BYOF (bring your own food.) -John Andrade, owner
From Busboys and Poets: Our founder @andyshallal is an immigrant in solidarity #ADayWithoutImmigrants. We will be closed on Thurs. Immigrants make America great!
According to a story in the Washingtonian, The Dew Drop Inn will close its kitchen, but the bar will be open.
Although not in Brookland, the District Fishwife, located in Union Market, is owned by a Brooklander: The District Fishwife is an immigrant-owned business and stands by our team. We will be closing our kitchen all day…
From Nido, around the corner in Woodridge: We will be closed tomorrow in solidarity with our staff. Immigrants are the backbone of the restaurant industry and without them Nido would not exist. We invite you to join us on Monday to raise funds for Ayuda and show your support and appreciation for the individuals and families who work and sacrifice to serve our community every day.
Steel Plate will close its kitchen, but the bar will be open.
When we moved here seven years ago, there really wasn’t anything in the way of New Year’s Eve celebration offerings. Now every year seems to bring more and fun events and a wider array of choices. Here is a rundown of NYE events for those who want to stay local. Cheers!
Brookland’s Finest will offer a fixed price, 3 course dinner that includes shrimp cocktail, Surf and Turf, and dessert. The dinner costs $35 per person and there will be a champagne toast for guests in the restaurant when midnight rolls around. Brookland’s Finest is located at 3126 12th St NE.
Brookland Pint will have a special menu that will be served Saturday evening. For $50 guests will get a special paired tasting menu. Make reservations by calling 202.758. 2757 or emailing email@example.com. Brookland Pint is located at 716 Monroe Street, NE.
Dew Drop Inn is offering up a New Years Eve dance party with a DJ from 7:00 pm – 2:00 am. From their Facebook page: “Come ring in 2017 with The Dew Drop Inn. Will be having an all night dance party with tunes by Ameer Dyson and No Cover & Midnight Toast.” The Dew Drop Inn is located at 2801 8th Street NE.
Nido is having a special four-course Spanish-inspired dinner for $85 per person, which includes tax and gratuity. There will be three seatings, 5:30pm, 7:30pm and 10:00pm. There will also be an optional $45 wine pairing. Check out more details on their Facebook event page and purchase tickets here. Nido is located at 2214 Rhode Island Avenue NE.
Smith Public Trust‘s NYE Space Camp dance party returns this year. The event starts at 7:00 pm with a handful of 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 two DJs, champagne toast at midnight and snacks like sliders and grilled cheese after midnight. Steel Plate is located at 3523 12th Street NE.
We hope everyone has a fantastic New Years no matter what your plans!
Nido, a nearby restaurant on Rhode Island Avenue is celebrating their one year anniversary starting this Sunday. It has been a great year for them, which included being named one of the 100 Best Restaurants in DC by Washingtonian Magazine. Check out their line up of events below.
When we first moved here, San Antonio’s and Colonel Brooks’ Tavern were holding it down as the major sit-down restaurants in the area. So it is still pretty surprising to us, in a way, to see Brookland businesses (and those in our wider area) getting publicity from the established city-wide press. We love it. These small businesses put a lot on the line, and took a chance on our area, so we thank them and congratulate them on being “Best Of” in their category. Area winners in
Right Proper takes the brewing process one step further than most: Its production brewery, which opened in Brookland in December, houses three 45-hectoliter oak wine casks (called foudres in French) inoculated with a house culture of wild yeasts and bacteria. A tribute to the days when beers were produced in only wooden vessels using natural airborne yeast, foudres allow beers to continuously develop in character and depth.
The Public Option – DC’s Best Brew Pub (Staff Pick). Since we did a story on their soft opening back in October, this small home-grown business has steadily improved with fun pop-up events and outdoor seating. As the City Paper said:
It is the most neighborly pint you can order in Washington. Now that is a brewpub.
Neighbors seem fiercely proud of the bright Mediterranean joint whose name means “nest” in Italian and Spanish…Were it located on buzzy 14th Street NW, it might be mobbed with scenesters. But given that it’s more than a mile from a Metro station, it’s a relaxed place to escape for the evening. Or as the description on the menu simply calls it, “a place to sit down.”
Jazz and Cultural Society (JACS) – Best New Jazz Venue (Staff Pick). When we first caught up with JACS owner DeAndrey Howard two summers ago, as he was making plans to open JACS, we knew it would evolve into a great neighborhood-focused destination. As noted by the City Paper:
It all adds up to a rare breed: jazz as a grassroots movement. JACS’ place among the rowhouses of Brookland is no accident. It signifies Howard and Jamison’s desire to strip away the music’s often-elitist trappings and give it back to an everyday audience.
Back in June, we wrote about the area’s newest restaurant, Nido, just around the corner in Woodridge. We really love that their rustic Mediterranean style fare has brought some much needed variety to the local dining scene. That’s why we were delighted to get a sneak peek of their upcoming brunch menu and cocktails, and we weren’t disappointed. We tried seven dishes and each one was delicious in its own way. Check out the pictures below.
One of the standouts was the Tortilla Espanola, which was a light yet filling combination of eggs and tender potato slices that came with a delicious aioli and a perfect salad with just the right acidity to cut through the richness. We also loved the Heirloom Tomato Tartine, which combined simple fresh ingredients like goat cheese, basil and olives that together came together in rustic yumminess. Lastly, we really loved the Blueberry Upside-down Cake, which came out warm, with fresh berries and whipped cream. Overall, you could really taste the love in all of these well thought out dishes and cocktails.
Brunch will be served Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 am -2:30 pm, starting this weekend. Nido is located at is located at 2214 Rhode Island Ave. NE, their Facebook page is here, and there website is here.
The area’s newest restaurant, Nido, opened it’s doors this week and of course we couldn’t resist attending the grand opening. After the pics below we list our favorite things about this great new dining option, just around the corner in Woodridge.
Thoughtful decor – Those of us who patronized Lace, the nightclub that preceded Nido, can appreciate what a radical transformation the Nido team has made. Bravo! The upstairs has a clean, bright, sunny, modern, and inviting vibe, while the downstairs has a romantic, candle-lit, private feel to it. In other words, upstairs for meeting friends for happy hour and downstairs for date night.
Yummy food – We sampled a number of items including smashed chickpeas (had a punch of garlic), marinated olives, braised pork with patas bravas (potatoes cooked nicely, very homey and comfort foody, nice sized portion for a “small plate”), Chicken thighs (very tender, liked the lemon zest) and our favorite, the Pappardelle (homemade pasta cooked till al dente, with tender pork sugo, it was rustic and delicious). Mostly, we are glad to have some much needed variety to the local dining scene.
Professionalism- Even though we went on the opening day, Nido had the feel of a restaurant that has been open for a while, despite being pretty packed. Kudos to the Nido management team for obviously training up the staff and being ready to roll on day one!
Nido is located at is located at 2214 Rhode Island Ave. NE, their Facebook page is here, and there website is here.
Back in April we wrote about a restaurant, Nido, coming to Rhode Island Avenue from one of the the owners of Boundary Road Restaurant. The restaurant will have a Mediterranean/small plates menu (see below) and looks to be coming along nicely, from all the photos we have seen on their Facebook page.This story in the Washington City Paper offers up more details and some pics of dishes. According to the article, the restaurant plans to open June 25th (which is confirmed on their Facebook page) and:
The restaurant will be open Tuesdays through Sunday for dinner. They’re also thinking about opening for happy hour as early as 3 p.m. some or all days of the week. A month in, they plan to open for weekend brunch.
We can’t wait to try this place out- everything sounds amazing! Nido is located at 2214 Rhode Island Ave. NE.
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