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4th Annual Brookland Toys For Tots Event This Friday At Smith Public Trust

Neighbors Mike and Patrick have been hosting a toy drive benefiting Toys for Tots that has grown into a neighborhood tradition. Now in its fourth year, the event grows larger each year. Once again the event will be at Brookland hot spot Smith Public Trust, this Friday December 4th from 8:00 pm – midnight. Check out the flyer below for more details.

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Brookland LGBT Celebration Tonight At Smith Public Trust

Brookland Home Festooned For LGBT Pride
Brookland Home Festooned For LGBT Pride

You would probably have to be living under a rock to not know that the Supreme Court ruled today in favor of the legalization of gay marriage nation-wide. Hooooray! Thirsty LGBT members of the Brookland and surrounding community are going to gather at Smith Public Trust tonight to celebrate. All are welcome, look for the folks with the gay flag. Many thanks to Smith Public Trust for hosting the group at a moments notice. Smith Public Trust is located at 3514 12th Street, NE. See you there!

Washington Post Neighborhood Guide Profiles Brookland


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 studios Analog, 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!

Home Brewing Demo At Smith Public Trust This Sunday, Part Of DC Beer Week

Flyer Courtesy of Smith Public Trust.
Flyer Courtesy of Smith Public Trust.

We recently learned of a pretty cool event happening this Sunday at Brookland restaurant Smith Public Trust. Three Stars Brewing Company is teaming up with the DC Homebrewers Club and The Homebrew Outreach & Participation Sisterhood (HOPS) to do a homebrewing demonstration. 

From Smith Public Trust:

AUG. 17th, 3PM, #DCBeerWeek’s educational series kicks off with a hands-on demo of the #beer making process. Experienced members of local #homebrew clubs HOPS and #DCHomebrewers will be on hand to show how even novices can make tasty beer right at home.  The 3 Stars Homebrew Shop has generously donated the ingredients for the brew day and will also be on hand to sell kits and merchandise.  Come see how beer gets made!

Smith Public Trust is located at 3514 12th Street, NE. Lastly, check out the Tweet from 3 Stars about the event:

Smith Public Trust Opens Doors With A World Cup Soft Opening Menu

Smith Public Trust (the new restaurant at the Old Library location) is having an open house today for the World Cup!!! Check out the menu here – looks awesome!!

Counrtesy of Smth Public Trust
Counrtesy of Smith Public Trust


Here is there soft opening menu:

WorldCup // Open House Selection Menu

Summer Watermelon Arugula Salad   8          

Arugula, Watermelon & Feta Cheese w/ Champagne Ginger Vinaigrette


Edamame Hummus & Grilled Pita   7

Edamame, Tahini, Garlic, Lime Juice, Sriracha, Pita Bread


Smith Matchstick Potatoes   5

Julienned Potatoes, Herbed Salt or Old Bay w/ Cilantro Lime Aioli


Green Curry Coconut Milk Mussels & Crostini   12

Thai Green Curry Paste, Coconut Milk, Lemongrass, Garlic, Onion, Ginger


Seared Green Beans & Shiitake Mushrooms

Garlic, Ginger, Oyster Sauce, Sriracha


12th Street Nachos   8

Queso, Fire Roasted Jalepeño Sauce, Pico de Gallo,

+  2 House Made Guacamole & Sour Cream


Scratch Pancakes w/ Bacon & Eggs   7

Two Eggs Your Way, Bacon


Public Trust Burger   11

Cheddar, House Made Pickles, Arugula, Tomato, Grilled Red Onions

+ 1 Avocado  + 2 Bacon  + 1 Fried Egg

“Smith Public Trust” To Open Soon In The Space Of The Old “Library”

In October 2013 we wrote about the announcement of a new restaurant coming to Brookland here. Recently we have reached out to the proprietor Miles Gray of the soon to be open restaurant “Smith Public Trust” on 12th Street, to give us some more information about this new business and to give us a sneak peek.

Here are some photos starting with how the space looked like before the renovation. They also show some of the interesting features, like the bar made out of a cut up shipping container:


Miles was kind enough to answer some questions for us:

– Please introduce yourself (Restaurant Group) to our readers.
Howdy. I’m Miles Gray, I’ve been involved in food and beverage, in some capacity or another, for about eight years. Most recently as Managing Partner at Smith Commons on H St. NE. I’m also directing DC Beer Week for the 2nd consecutive year. 

– What motivated you to choose Brookland as the location for your new restaurant?
Brookland is one of DC’s true hidden gems. With it’s abundance of history, religious and educational institutions as well it’s diversity, artistic support and strong sense of community, it was kind of a no brainer.

– What is the new place going to be called, and is there a specific reason why?
The new place is named Smith Public Trust. “The concept of the public trust relates back to the origins of democratic government and it’s seminal idea that within the public lies the true power and future of a society; therefore, whatever trust the public places in it’s officials must be respected.” We hope to be a space for great exchange of ideas, cultural learning and mixing of demographics. 

– What is going to be the concept of the new place? Hours / Seats / Food / Targeted audience?
In relation to the food and beverage, I can’t say that we have a “concept” in it’s most common sense. More abstractly we hope to be a place for all people from all walks of life. We hope to operate from 11AM to 11PM during the week, offering approachable creative cuisine, cold pressed juices, locally roasted single origin coffee, smoothies, craft cocktails, craft beer and free high speed wi-fi. We have about 99 seats for dining, drinking, working and hanging out, an arcade/viewing room in the back with a set of bleachers and 100 inch projector, as well as an outdoor patio space. We also have a stage for live music. Our target audience is good people who want to spread that good vibe.

During construction, we’ve really been inspired by the tae kwon do facility next door and their students. We’ve been fortunate to see the parents of all ages and students from all walks of life come together several times a week to learn together. This sort of organic diversity is rare in DC, but seems intrinsic to the landscape of Brookland. We hope to create a similar environment, which complements the neighborhood – a space where people from different backgrounds can come and converse, share ideas and enjoy each other. There are thousands of places in the city that sell food and beverage, but very few with a sense of history and desire to celebrate all people for who they are. We firmly believe in the collective power of the people. If we are fortunate, we will create a progressive space that reflects the past and present of the neighborhood, The District, and the United States while projecting a bright sense of our collective future. That is our goal. 

– Who can people contact, if there are interested in employment?
Our GM, Philip Peters at pj(dot)peters11(at)gmail(dot)com>

– When are you planning to open?
We hope to open within the next couple of weeks.

– Are you planning a soft opening phase or an immediate Grand Opening?
We will do a soft opening phase to test out our systems. We’ll put the word out via Twitter @PublicTrustDC .

– Is there anything else you would like to share with the Brookland community?
I’d like to let the Brookland community know that we are happy to be here and we are grateful for the warm welcome that we’ve been given thus farm. Please feel free to talk to us on twitter @PublicTrustDC. Cheers.

Restaurant By Owner Of Smith Commons To Replace The Vacant Library Bar!

The Library Bar. Photo Courtesy of WJLA.

Well, this the best news I have heard in a while! Brooklanders have been hoping for something positive to happen to the vacant storefront at 3514 12th St NE (between Newton St & Monroe St) that was last known as a bar called the “The Library” and closed in March 2012. We are super-happy to read in the Washington City Paper that the owner of popular H Street restaurant Smith Commons will be opening a restaurant at this very location! The restaurant will be called Smith Public Trust and will focus on small plates dishes with an international twist. The article in the City Paper describes the restaurant:

…as a place where people can come in to have a coffee and use free wifi during the day, grab a beer and some grub, or enjoy some live music on weekends. [Owner] Gray says the idea is for  the restaurant to be an incubator for local musicians. The 3,500 square-foot space has a small stage for electro, indie, hip-hop, jazz, and other performances, which will all be free.

How amazing is that? We have eaten at Smith Commons and I can attest that the food, service and decor were fantastic, so this news makes us extra happy. Welcome to the neighborhood!!