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Momo Yakitori Plans For Mid-February Opening, Bringing Japanese Flavors To Rhode Island Ave NE

Diners shouldn’t expect too much of a make-over, since Nido’s clean and modern aesthetic lends itself well to Momo Yakitori’s vibe

In late December we were happy to write that Momo Yakitori would be occupying the space left vacant when Nido closed on Rhode Island Ave NE. We recently learned a lot more about the upcoming restaurant from this article in Eater DC:

Featured skewers, which come one per order, include locally sourced chicken breast adorned with plum, miso, or black garlic, and pierced seasonal veggies such as trumpet mushrooms, eggplant, shishito peppers, and sweet pumpkin. Bowls of cabbage with vinegar and sesame dressing serve as a mid-meal palate cleanser.

The sneak peek photos of Momo Yalitori’s food in the Eater DC story were drool-worthy! Momo Yakatori will be located at 2214 Rhode Island Avenue NE and will open for dinner on the weekends at first and then expand to nightly dinner service eventually.

The Public Option And Munchie Monsters Grill Bring Another Dining Option To Rhode Island Ave NE

We already love The Public Option because it is a local gem that serves up their own homegrown beer. Now we have another reason to belly up – they are teaming up with Munchie Monsters, currently a food truck with a lot of gluten free and vegan options as well as meat dishes like slow roasted chicken and pork. Check out the menu below. From the Munchie Monster’s Facebook Page:

Grammie Munchie will be opening a restaurant in NE DC right on Rhode Island Avenue! Come taste the love in DC, along with a pint of amazing brew from Bill at The Public Option!!! Soft opening Feb 2 and 3…

The Public Option is located at 1601 Rhode Island Avenue, NE.

Large Mixed Use Development On Rhode Island Ave NE Has Zoning Hearing Today

802-810 Rhode Island Avenue NE is the blue building in center.

Back in August we wrote that the owners of 802-810 Rhode Island Avenue NE applied to rezone the property from commercial and industrial use to medium-density commercial and high-density residential usage. We recently learned that the Zoning Board will hold a hearing about the request Thursday February 1st at 6:30 pm. According to the public notice, the property is about 21,677 square feet and you can get a better idea of the proposed zoning change via this slide deck.  Those familiar with the building know that it is a part of the Mt. Calvary Church group of buildings near the Rhode Island Metro. We will keep our eyes on this and let you know when we hear anything new.

RIA Porchfest – Save The Date And Call For Volunteers, Performers And Hosts

Image courtesy of Rhode Island Avenue Main Street

Porch Fest is an annual event organized by the good folks at Rhode Island Ave NE Main Street. The event transforms neighborhood porches and stoops into stages for an afternoon of free performances and community based fun. This year’s Porch Fest will be taking place Saturday April 14 from 2-6 pm . If  you are, or know of any performers, they are currently lining up participants as well as folks willing to lend their porch and volunteers. From the Porch Fest page:

Registration for Performers, Porch Owners and Volunteers is NOW OPEN!


Momo Yakitori, A Casual Japanese Restaurant, To Take Over Nido’s Space On Rhode Island

An example of Yakitori from a street vendor in Osaka,Japan. Image courtesy of WikiCommons, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:YakitoriM0826.jpg

When we spoke to the owners of Nido, (the now shuttered restaurant on Rhode Island) recently, they assured us that they were close to securing  a new tenant for the space. So we were happy to hear that Momo Yakitori, a new casual Japanese spot is planning on opening there soon. According to a story in the Washington City Paper, the ground floor of the restaurant will be more of lounge and the lower level will be the restaurant space. The restaurant’s menu will center around Japanese-style Yakitori, which are grilled skewers of meat and vegetables. From the article:

Momo means thigh in Japanese. It’s one of the most popular parts of the chicken to order at yakitori restaurants, where food is grilled over binchotan charcoal. Chiou and Morishita plan to use these grills at Momo Yakitori and hope their restaurant feels like a place you could stumble upon on a side street in Japan.

The target opening date is February 1st, but they are looking for some help getting over the finish line via a GoFundMe effort to raise $20,000 to help to secure the rest of the permits, licensing, and some equipment. It seems like a worthwhile investment, donors get  a gift certificate to Momo Yakitori for the same amount they donate plus an invitation to the grand opening. We will let you know when we hear anything new. Momo Yakitori will be located at 2214 Rhode Island Ave. NE.


65 Unit Rental Development Planned At Old Flip-It Location On Rhode Island Ave.

Back in August, we wrote about how a raze permit was filed for the building at 1544 Rhode Island Avenue NE, which most readers know as the old Flip-It location. We have been keeping our eye out to see what will happen next, and we recently noticed that now there is a large sign on the property from developer/contractor Dila. We checked out their website and found the following information:

Coming Summer 2019. 65 rental units. 1,2, and 3 bedrooms

We will check back periodically to see if there is an updated picture or additional information.

Neighbors Seek To Protest Liquor License Application At Rhode Island Ave’s Provost

Readers may remember that back in November we posted about Provost, a restaurant that has been in the works since 2013 and just applied for a liquor license.  The owners seek liquor sales and permission for live entertainment Sunday through Thursday 8 am – 2 am, Friday and Saturday 8 am – 3 am for the indoors and for their rooftop deck – liquor sales Sunday through Thursday 8 am – 2 am, Friday and Saturday 8 am 3 am. We recently learned from the email below from ANC Commissioner Odunsi, that constituents voted against supporting the liquor license and that she will be collecting petition signatures to protest the application this evening. We don’t know the specifics of why our Woodridge neighbors are for or against the license, but in any case, looks like there won’t be much seated dining on Rhode Island Avenue NE for a while, given Nido’s closing as well.

RE:  PROVOST Restaurant Petition Signing
When:  Tuesday, 12/19/2017,  7pm – 9pm.
Where:  Woodridge Library, 1st Floor in the stairs seating area,
I want to thank all of you who came out in November to hear about the specifics of the operations for Provost Restaurant located at 2129 Rhode Island Avenue NE.  The community voted 9-7 against the application as it stands: a class C/R alcohol license with an entertainment endorsement and summer (rooftop) garden with operating hours from 8AM – 2/3AM Sunday through Saturday. The owner, Nina Gilchrist, informed us that the location would be available for rental for private functions as well. Many were concerned about the noise, loitering and parking during such late hours, possibly on a daily basis.
We’re hoping to enter into a community settlement agreement to ensure the peace, order and quiet in the neighborhood so that we can enjoy our homes. In the meanwhile, I’m collecting signatures of concerned neighbors just in case we don’t have a settlement agreement in hand before the deadline to file a protest (12/26/17).
I will be at Woodridge Library Tuesday 12/19/17 1st floor on the steps seating area from 7pm-9pm collecting signatures and email addresses. I will need your email to keep you informed of the upcoming hearings for this license application. So far, there is a roll call hearing set for January 8, 2018 where at least 5 residents who signed the petition need to be present to give our group standing. The actual protest hearing is March 7, 2018.
If you can’t come out Tuesday evening, but would like to sign the petition, please let me know. And, please inform your neighbors who may not already be on this list. If you’d like to walk around and help get signatures, that would be great. I’ll have extra petitions with me. Thanks.
FYI – Attached is the notice of placard from ABRA and a link to an article about PROVOST in 2013 on the Rhode Island Ave Insider:
Yolanda Odunsi
for ANC5C07

Popular Rhode Island Ave Restaurant, Nido, To Close Next Week

Since they opened in June 2015, Nido has been one of our favorite places to dine in the area, whether it was for a date night or entertaining out of town guests. We had been hearing rumors of their closing and now, unfortunately, it has been confirmed by a posting on their Facebook page. From the posting:

As many of you already know, our last night of service will be Friday, December 22nd.

We want to take a moment to extend our sincerest thanks to everyone who has stopped in to share a meal with us. It has been a pleasure to serve you, and we are so grateful for your friendship and support.

We also want to let you know that we are committed to continuing our relationship with this wonderful community. We have been working diligently to find a new tenant who will bring something unique to the neighborhood, and we will let you know more about what will be opening in our building as soon as we’ve found the right fit.

We wish the Nido team all the best and thank them for the years of delicious food and drink. Nido is located at 2214 Rhode Island Avenue NE.

3rd Annual Procrastinator’s Market – Arts, Crafts, Vendors, Santa, Food And More

The Annual  Procrastinators Holiday Market, a free event organized by the Rhode Island Avenue NE Main Street, is coming up on December 16.  From the event page:

Featuring local arts and crafts vendors, entertainment, holiday card and crafts tent courtesy of Plaza Art, photos with Santa, food + beverages and more!
This is a RAIN or SHINE event, with activities for the entire family.

The market is free and will be held from 10:00 am -8:00 pm at 1300 Rhode Island Avenue NE between Brentwood Road and Montana Avenue.

Rhode Island Row Tree Lighting – Food, Giveaways And Clothing Drive

We thought readers would like to know about this fun way to start off the Holiday season. From the event page:

Join friends and neighbors to kick off the holiday season at the annual Rhode Island Row Tree Lighting! Enjoy live performances from District Dance Arts and Nelly’s Echo, festive food and drink, and free giveaways for kids before helping us count down to the tree lighting at 7:00.

Join us early and enjoy games and giveaways at the WPGC 95.5 coat drive outside Carolina Kitchen! From 10AM-6PM, help spread some holiday cheer to local families in need by donating cold weather clothing and accessories (including coats, hats, gloves, and scarves).

Sounds like a great event!