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.
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. NE, their Facebook page is here, and there website is here.
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.This 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.
Back in March we wrote about how ReCreative Spaces transformed a vacant commercial space on Rhode Island Ave NE into an artist studio and artistic exhibition space. Now the organization is preparing to present a free arts festival, (Up)Rising that will include curated visual and performing arts programming along the 1600-2400 blocks of Rhode Island Ave NE. Some of the venues will be vacant spaces, some will be businesses. The arts festival will take place Sunday May 24th and Monday May 25. You can check our more details at the event page here and check out this cool video about the festival.
Putting on such an ambitious and free festival is not cheap or easy, so the folks at ReCreative Spaces have set up a crowdfunding site in hopes of raising the funds necessary to pull off the festival, perhaps you will consider donating today.
We thought readers would like to know about some of the new and exciting things happening just around the corner in Woodridge on RIA.
Zeke’s Coffee DC is applying for a sidewalk cafe permit. For those of you who haven’t checked it out, Zeke’s is a small batch coffee roastery and coffee shop on Rhode Island Avenue NE.
Good Food Markets is applying for a beer/wine permit. We are excited to soon be able to purchase adult beverages along with our grocery staples.
Provost, a new restaurant, is proposed for 2129 Rhode Island Ave NE. The Rhode Island Avenue NE Insider had a lengthy post about the restaurant back in 2013, and we hadn’t heard much about it again until this meeting notice from ANC 5C 07 Commissioner Treadway. Hopefully things are back on track.
Although widely published via listserve, ANC and Civic Associations email lists, here a quick reminder about a community meeting at the Brooks Mansion this evening.
As a combined effort of the Metropolitan Police Department, ANC Commissioners and Brookland/Woodridge Cicic Associations a meeting has been organized to address the topic of Neighborhood Watch initiatives. This is a wonderful opportunity for all residents, who would like to make a difference in their neighborhood.
We heard about these important community meetings from the good folks over at the Friends of Rhode Island Avenue NE (FoRIA):
Final Open House – DDOT RIA Streetscape Improvement Project:
The initial open house was a great success, and thanks to your feedback, the DDOT team has put together its report on streetscape improvements for RIA. Please help spread the word, and join us for the DDOT’s final open house for the RIA Streetscape project!
March 12, 2014
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Art Enables – 2204 RIA-NE
Rhode Island Avenue Main Streets Meeting
Once again, DSLBD and leaders from other successful Main Street programs will join us to provide in-depth information about the Organization component of the Main Street Four Point Approach®. They will share with us how the Organization committee works with all of the other committees to build a sustainable and complete Main Street program.
The Organization committee is the backbone of the Main Street program, and involves working with community and business stakeholders to build consensus on the path for the RIA Main Street, plus a tremendous amount of “behind the scenes” work to keep the whole Main Street program running smoothly. And if you missed the other info sessions we had in January and February – no worries! We’ll share all of the information with you in upcoming volunteer orientations.
March 24, 2014
5:30 – 7:30 pm
Art Enables – 2204 RIA-NE
One of the most exciting development projects in the area is the new Woodridge Library, which is expected to be completed in 2015. In the meantime, the Woodridge Interim Library, located at 1790 Douglas St. NE, will take the place of the old Woodridge Library until the new one is completed. The interim library, a 4,200-square-foot modular unit, will have a Grand Opening Celebration this Saturday, January 25th. Keep up with the Library’s progress via the Woodridge Library’s blog and check out the announcement below.
One of my favorite development projects in the wider area is the overhaul of the Woodridge Library. I hope that the modernized and expanded library will be a catalyst for increased investment in the Woodridge area of Rhode Island Avenue NE, an area that seems to be on the cusp of homegrown renewal thanks to folks like the Friends of Rhode Island Ave (FoRIA). The design plans for the library are impressive and decidedly modern. Forward-thinking Wiencek and Associates and Bing Thom Architects were selected to lead the overhaul. I find their designs thoughtful and beautiful, for example, Bing Thom was behind the popular Arena Stage Theatre in Southwest DC. The current library will close late this summer and the new library is scheduled to be completed in 2015. Interested in learning more? There will be a meeting on Wednesday May 1st to discuss updates and status. The meeting will take place at the Woodridge Library, located at 1801 Rhode Island Avenue, NE, starting at 6:00 pm. Keep up with the Library’s progress via The Friends of Woodridge Library’s blog.
The September 11 Memorial Tree Grove in nearby Langdon Park was originally planted by residents of Ward 5, and includes Cherry, Magnolia and Dogwood trees. The Grove was planted in honor of three students, three District of Columbia teachers and two staff members from the National Geographic Society who were among the victims of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. All were killed on American Airlines Flight 77 after it was hijacked at Dulles International Airport and crashed into the Pentagon.
It’s time for a refresh and renewal. On Saturday, April 13th the trees in the Grove will be mulched and weeded to maintain the quality of the Memorial, andCasey Trees and volunteers will plant 39 new trees. Your help is needed and welcome. Register to volunteer here. Donations towards the planting can be made here.
The event is co-sponsored by Premier Community Development Corporation (PCDC), the Woodridge Civic Association, the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association, and the Geneva Ivey Day School. Breakfast and lunch refreshments will be provided by the Brentwood Giant, Costco and Whole Foods. Meet up with fellow volunteers at 1800 Franklin Street. The planting will take place from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Follow the Ward 5 September 11 Memorial Grove on Twitter.
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