Most people know that Lincoln’s Cottage, just outside of Brookland, is a gem worth checking out. While it is the only public place where one can get a glimpse into Abraham Lincoln’s public and private life, did you know that it is the only National Monument that doesn’t receive federal funding? That means it must rely on supporters to keep their doors open, and continue their award-winning education programs and preservation efforts. From an email:
Join us from 5pm-9pm at Steel Plate on Tuesday, November 28th. There’ll be drink specials, a raffle with fabulous prizes from local businesses, and Steel Plate is generously donating 10% of the night’s sales to the Cottage.
Check out more information at the event page. Steel Plate is located at 3523 12th Street NE.
Americans for Self Rule, is an organization dedicated to protecting DC from Congressional overreach and promoting DC’s right to self-governance. This Thursday they will be hosting an event at 6 pm at Steel Plate about DC gun laws. From the event page:
Please join us for a discussion about DC Gun Safety and the legislation currently proposed that impacts it. Learn how to help fight for our local rights, to make our own Gun laws.
Brooklanders who want to eat local and do some good this weekend might want to stop by Steel Plate. From their Facebook page:
Inauguration weekend is upon us. With that, and in solidarity with our fellow citizens, we are proud to announce that Steel Plate will equally distribute half of all the weekend proceeds to both the ACLU and Planned Parenthood. On both Friday and Saturday nights, we will have a representative from PP join us, and you can donate directly as well. #thesedoorsstayopen
Additionally, several DJs will join us on Saturday night to cheer us up…
Unfortunately, we will not open for brunch on Saturday (we can’t be in two places at once!).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!
We thought our politically inclined neighbors would like to know that neighborhood watering hole Steel Plate will be hosting a Super Tuesday watch party this Tuesday, March 2nd. From the Facebook event page, “The big screen will come down and the sound will be on. Second floor. Enjoy the show!” The event includes a one-night only special drink list that includes drinks like the Feel the Bern, the Trump, the Hillary, the Carsonarious-Rex, the Cubans and the Christie. Steel Plate is located at 3523 12th Street, NE.
When we moved here six years ago, there really wasn’t anything in the way of New Year’s Eve celebration offerings. How things have changed! Here is a rundown of NYE events for those who want to stay local.
Brookland’s Finest and Sloppy Mama’s are teaming up to offer a $35 fixed price, 3 course dinner that includes charcuterie, ribs, pork belly, pulled pork and smoked chocolate truffles. (If you miss the NYE dinner, collaborative all-day menus will be available between December 30 and January 3, as well as a special New Years Day brunch menu). Brookland’s Finest is located at 3126 12th St NE.
Brookland Pint will have a special menu that will be served Thursday evening along with the restaurant’s regular menu. For $35 guests will get camembert-stuffed dates to start off, then a choice of oysters or french lentil-vegetable soup, lamb ragu or lobster risotto, and chocolate opera cake for dessert. There will also be a special three cheese plate with beer pairings offered. Also, kids eat free from 5:00 – 8:00 pm and parents get a free glass of bubbly. Reservations are recommended. Brookland Pint is located at 716 Monroe Street, NE.
Dew Drop Inn is offering up the ‘Inter Galactic New Years Eve Party’, a dance party with a DJ starting at 8:00 pm. Free admission, drink specials and a midnight toast. The Dew Drop Inn is located at 2801 8th Street NE.
Right Proper’s Brookland Tasting room will be open from 5:00 – 9:00 pm for those that want a low-key casual and early evening or want to jump start their evening before heading elsewhere. More info here. Right Proper is located at 920 Girard Street NE.
Smith Public Trust is having a NYE dance party called Smith Space Camp starting at 7:00 pm with six 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 a DJ, champagne toast at midnight and snacks like sliders and grilled cheese after midnight. Steel Plate is located at 3523 12th Street NE.
Dining Out For Life is an annual nationwide dining fundraising event raising money for AIDS service organizations. DC’s event supports Food and Friends, the only DC charity providing daily, home-delivered, specialized meals, groceries and nutrition counseling to individuals who are battling HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses. Astrid and I are so excited that this year we don’t have to leave the neighborhood to dine at a participating restaurant. Hats off to Steel Plate has and Busboys and Poets for signing up and donating 25% and 35% of their sales for the night respectively.
The event, now in its 19th year, will take place Thursday, April 23rd, and we encourage everyone to go out and support! Steel Plate is located at 3523 12th Street NE and Busboys and Poets is located at 625 Monroe Street NE.
We thought readers would like to know about an upcoming indoor volleyball league from the folks at DC Volley. From their website:
Games will be held at Trinity University’s beautiful gym on Tuesdays from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Come check out a great league in the up and coming Brookland neighborhood!
Have you seen this gym? It IS GORGEOUS! Come out and join DC Volley at one of the BEST gyms in the city!
The league will run with Coed social rules with as many teams as possible making the Final Tournament.
Games begin April 7th.
Teams will play 6 vs 6 and are required to have at least 8 players on their rosters. We welcome free agents and small groups and will do our best to match players to teams!
Participants can be a team (8-11 people), or if you don’t have a team, smaller groups or individuals will paired up with other folks to make teams.
Registration is $70 and open until March 31st unless the divisions fill up first. Click here to register and for more information. As an added bonus there will be an end of season party with free beer at Steel Plate, which is the league’s sponsor. There will also be after game gatherings at Steel Plate with drink specials. Nice!
At the Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association (BNCA) meeting last night we got two great updates on restaurants coming to the area!
Steel Plate: In July many Brooklanders were quite excited to learn that the owners of Bloomingdale’s Rustik Tavern signed a lease in for a new location in Brookland, at 3523 12th Street NE, to be called Steel Plate. The name is a nod to the railroad tracks that have been a historic and prominent part of life in Brookland. We got an update from Diton Pashaj, the owner, as part of an official request of support from the organization. The restaurant will be two floors with 142 indoor seats and will include a summer garden with 69 seats. He also distributed a sample menu (listed below) that is not set in stone, and he noted that the restaurant’s menu will change every 3 or 4 months. Last week the restaurant saw a big milestone when it posted it’s Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) licence placards, which effectively sets the time table for hearings and potential protests. Any protests have to filed by March 3, but Diton noted that he has not heard about anyone planning to protest. We asked if he will be presenting at February’s ANC 5B meeting, and he said he is waiting to hear back from the ANC about getting on agenda. The restaurant’s alcohol program will be wine and beer centric with 12-14 wines by the glass, and another 12-14 beers available, and they will look to carry local DC beers. The restaurant team is seeking the following hours: Monday – Thursday from 8:00 am – 2:00 am and Friday – Sunday from 8:00 am – 3:00 am. Diton noted that he “would love support” from the neighborhood as the ABRA process get underway. As for the BNCA, they took a vote, and will write a letter to ABRA in support of the restaurant. If everything goes perfectly, the target date to open is mid April or so. For more information, follow the restaurant on Twitter @Steel_Plate_DC.
Brookland Pint: In September we learned that the owner of Meridian Pint and Smoke and Barrell, John Andrade, will be bringing a new restaurant to the south-west corner of Monroe Street Market’s Artwalk (at 8th and Monroe NE). Yesterday we learned that the restaurant will be called Brookland Pint. John also informed us that he is expecting the restaurant’s construction permits any day now, and will begin build-out in a matter of weeks. He also expects to post his ABRA application notice in a few weeks, and like Steel Plate, Brookland Pint will seek maximum hours. Still, they don’t foresee staying open that late regularly, as they will have a strong restaurant and American craft beer focus, and usually close their other locations around 11 or 12 o’clock at night. The restaurant will have 120 seats inside and 48 on the outdoor patio, which will be a great anchor for the 27 art galleries that make up the Arts Walk. If all goes well, they are hoping to open the restaurant this July.
Steel Plate example menu:
Country ham, heirloom tomato, black pepper mayonnaise
Fried egg, extra sharp cheddar, grilled asparagus
Roast beef, thousand island slaw
Fried chicken, peach and cranberry, bibb lettuce
Sides and Salads
Marinated tomatoes and basil
Corn dodgers, pinto beans
Toasted green bananas
Grilled Napa cabbage
Wilted lettuce with bacon and eggs
Greens with house dressing
Crispy herbed potato wedges
Fried green tomatoes, pear chow chow
Potato cheese scones
Creamed shrimp, rye toast
Chicken with dumplings
Cobb salad, apple Roquefort dressing
Virginia ham, red eye gravy, biscuit, warm apple sauce
When I first moved to Brookland I started attending Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association (BNCA) meetings. Soon, I found myself taking an active role as treasurer and helping out with the website. Though I am no longer an officer, I still try to keep up with the BNCA’s activities and attend meetings when I can. I have found my membership to be rewarding for multiple reasons – I have met a lot of great neighbors, gotten involved in community events and stayed abreast of neighborhood developments, not bad for $10 a year! BNCA memberships are based on the calendar year, so now is the time to renew or begin your membership. The next BNCA meeting will be on Tuesday, January 21st at 7:00 pm. Please see this month’s meeting agenda below. The meeting will be held at the Howard Divinity School, 1400 Shepherd Street NE in the Faculty Dining Room (Basement level, room 78).
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