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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.

DC Eater Article Highlights Dining Options In Langdon And Woodridge

We thought neighbors would be interested in exploring some eats in the Woodridge/Langdon area that perhaps they haven’t had a chance to check out yet, or weren’t aware of. This article in DC Eater came out a few months ago, so forgive us for taking so long to post about it, but we think it is worth checking out. The piece has write ups for the following places:

  • The Public Option
  • Good Food Market
  • Subbs by Carl
  • Nido
  • Zeke’s Coffee of DC
  • Rita’s Italian Ice
  • Deli City
  • Mason Dixie Biscuit Company
  • Harper Macaw Factory
  • DC Brau Brewing Company

It’s great to see these great establishments getting some coverage. Happy eating!

DC Punk Archive Rooftop Show At Woodridge Library This Wednesday

We thought music loving neighbors would be interested in this upcoming event showcasing DC Public Library’s DC Punk Archive collection. From the event page:

The DC Punk Archive is taking it to the roof this summer for a series of concerts outside on the 3rd floor terrace at Woodridge! Join us for a night of local music overlooking Langdon Park and learn more about the DC Punk Archive collection.

Woodridge Library is located at 1801 Hamlin Street NE.

Brookland Gets Another Capital Bikeshare Station At 18th And Monroe

We were happy to learn that Brookland got another Capital Bikeshare (CaBi) station at the corner of 18th and Monroe NE near Burroughs School. It seems like a great location, connecting the Metro and 12th Street with those  deeper in our neighborhood and in Woodridge. Time to get a CaBi membership if you don’t have one already.

Nido Opens On Rhode Island Ave, Offers New Upscale Dining Option In NE DC

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. NEtheir Facebook page is here, and there website is here.

Mediterranean Restaurant, Nido, To Open Soon On Rhode Island Ave NE

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.nido menuThis 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.