In November we wrote about Primrose, a French wine bar coming to Brookland. We recently learned more details from this Citi Paper story. From the article:
The wine bar with an anticipated opening date of late summer will have a feminine, French feel. [co-owners] Zutant and Winter went on a research trip to Paris, where Winter says she fell in love with the easy-going bistros. She’ll carry out the design of the wine bar.
“We want to be just a French neighborhood wine bar slash bistro,” Winter says. “We don’t want it to look like it was plucked out of France and put here, want to have our own touches, but there are a few nods to France.”
Primrose will seat 94, including an outdoor patio and will be located at 3000 12th Street NE (northwest corner of 12th and Hamlin Streets).
We recently posted that the location where Serendipity coffeehouse used to be might become a bbq restaurant. We followed up with the management of Brookland’s Finest and learned that those plans for the location fell through. Soon afterwards though, we noticed that the “For Lease” sign in the Serendipity window was gone, so we kept hope alive that something good would be coming soon. Then yesterday we got the great news that Indian restaurant Indigo is planning to open a location here in Brookland. Judging by the pictures, it looks a lot like it will be at the old Serendipity location. Check out Indigo’s Facebook post below with the announcement.
Indigo is more than just your average Indian restaurant. Gone is sea of fat and excess salt usually found at other Indian restaurants. In it’s place are well-sized portions of flavorful, pleasantly spicy, fresh ingredients. Our kitchen prepares food in the way our mother, grandmother and the entire Tandon lineage has done before; simply put, good food and good family lead to a happy life.
Assuming this comes through, we are very excited by the news! Welcome to the neighborhood, Indigo. The Serendipity location is 3301 12th Street NE (at the corner of Kearney St).
Ever since the news broke that a new Vietnamese restaurant, Pho 12, was coming to Brookland a lot of neighbors have been eagerly awaiting their first taste. The restaurant opened on October 20th and is located at 3740 12th Street NE (where B’Cafe used to be). We decided to check it out and took the photos below.
The restaurant is small but cute with 7 tables. Besides (obviously) Pho, the restaurant also serves appetizers, rice and noodle dishes and desserts, including beignets. We tried the spring rolls, chicken skewers (so so so good), a Pho bowl, and pork with vermicelli noodles. I don’t know much about Vietnamese food but we found everything to be very tasty, flavorful and fresh. The service was also very nice and helpful. I tried my first Vietnamese iced coffee and loved it, good and strong. Over all we are super-delighted to have this new addition to the neighborhood and will definitely be back soon.
The restaurant’s hours are Monday to Saturday, 10:30 AM – 8:30 PM and you can check out the menu here. If you don’t have flash, you can check out the photos here.
We were happy to see that we will be getting a new Vietnamese restaurant soon! The new restaurant, Pho 12, will be 3740 12th Street NE, in the location where the now closed B’Cafe used to be. We spoke with a worker at the location who said that the restaurant will be open in about a month or so. We will keep an eye out and let you know when we see any signs of an opening.
Permits on the windows also indicate that the 9 unit former hotel on the second and third floor above are being refurbished. It would be great to have hotel in the neighborhood. We will let you know when we know for sure whether it will re-open as hotel or as something else. Also, from a sign on the other storefront, a beauty shop/nail salon called Perfect Nails will open this month.
Little Ricky’s, one of Brookland’s beloved restaurants, announced yesterday via Facebook that they will be taking the summer off. Although this news is surprising, it comes on heels of the restaurant’s “re-launch” on May first, which included a new menu concept focused on southern American cuisine. We reached out to Chase Moore, proprietor of Little Ricky’s, for a statement. He assured us that all is well, but that ownership feels it is time for a much needed break, and that they expected a slow summer. In deed, the signs in the restaurant window says “We’ll see ya’ll in September!”. We hope that is the case.
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