Good Food Market Coming to RIA NE

Attachment-1Last month, the Mayor’s office for Planning and Economic Development awarded several local businesses with financial grants to assist with their business needs (like signage, etc). One of the winners was Good Food Markets LLC, located at 2006 Rhode Island Ave NE. I had a chance to catch up with one of the partners of Good Food Markets, Kris Garin, and as you will see, we should all be excited about them joining our community!

Good Food Markets will be an oasis in a relative food desert on that end of Brookland and for the Woodridge community, providing produce and some other perishable foods at competitive prices as larger grocery stores. One thing they do want to get across to the neighborhood is that they are there to serve everyone in the community, so there isn’t a sole focus on their produce or perishables being organic or locally sourced (although local will definitely be their first choice), as they want to make sure the price points are within the scope of everyone’s budget.  As for other items, such as meat, they do plan to have a limited selection but the community feedback and response will drive the selection. With their small footprint (1,000 square feet), they need to ensure that they have what the community will buy.

In addition to their grocery selection, Good Food Markets will also sell prepared meals that are cooked offsite, fresh, by one of their partners. These meals will be prepared with fresh, top quality ingredients, and can feed a family or an individual. The price point for a family meal will be, as Kris mentioned, around the same price point as a Popeye’s Family meal, which will hopefully entice people to eat a freshly cooked, healthy meal instead of fast food. The menu will be chosen based on feedback from the community, so the more you let them know what you want the better the selection will be! The Market also plans to sell prepared lunches that folks could pick up on their way into work in the morning and will be cheaper or at the same price as lunches that are bought downtown. The owners are also hoping to roll out a system where people can pre-order their prepared meals for pickup and offer a delivery service for convenience at a later date.

The location is in the middle of the Main Street portion of Rhode Island Ave NE, taking over an old Soul Food restaurant (see below). This location was chosen as their first location due to complaints they kept hearing from area residents concerning their lack of access to fresh food nearby. Kris, who once lived in New York City, wants to bring the small market concept that addresses specific needs of a neighborhood, that is so popular in the Big Apple, back in style throughout the District.

They are currently in the construction phase of their build out but are making progress every day, and have a target time frame to open some time soon after Labor Day. Their hours of operation, which will depend on the feedback from the community, will start out being from late morning to early evening hours. They promised to let The Insider know when they have pictures to share, and more news about their selection and opening date, so stay tuned!

TL/DR: Good Food Markets will bring fresh produce and prepared meals to Rhode Island Avenue NE starting after Labor Day. #GoodWard5News


Good Food Markets’ location at 2006 RIA NE


Brookland: A Home Flipper Haven

Redfin released an analysis today about flipped houses in major markets and found that DC had several of the hottest neighborhoods for home flipping in the country last year. Petworth ranked #1 in the country with average gain of $312,400 per flip. Brookland/Catholic University ranked 3rd with an average gain of $271,900 per flip. Fort Totten and Stadium Armory ranked #6 and #7 respectively. This gain is the difference in value between purchase price and sale price for homes bought and sold within a year; it does not factor in remodeling or other costs.

In our metro, the average gain for a flipped home was $104,100 in 2013.  Last year 4,260 homes were flipped in the DC metro – according to our analysis of MLS data – with a median flip time of 172 days.  And 73.2 percent of these homes were flipped for a gain. The analysis shows that our market continues to see high levels of flipping activity this year.





Steel Plate – First Look

Thanks to some awesome neighbors (Tim and Mary), here are a few first looks at Rustik owner Diton’s new restaurant in Brookland, Steel Plate. No word yet on the menu or when they plan to open (they are saying next week, though) but as I get more information, I will pass it along! Keep an eye on here for more updated information!

Exciting to see so many options right off of RIA NE for the residents to enjoy!

Check out more photos on their Facebook page.


Smith Public Trust – first look

Smith Public Trust, located at 3514 12th Street, is opening soon, and another edition to the Brookland neighborhood. They are planning to have a soft opening starting tomorrow, following the World Cup schedule for now.

Here’s the first look…









Lock7 Development Moving Forward

Construction for the new Lock7 project at 2724 12th Street, NE (just off of Rhode Island Ave NE) is about to begin, according to their website, and they have put up some new renderings of their design. The development is a  22-unit, with 11 townhome-style buildings with two condominiums in each, at about 1,300 sq ft in size, and parking included.  They tout their green building aspects used on the roofs, and are expecting to start on this project in the next couple of months.



Mess Hall Coming to Brookland

messhall0523201401-600According to the Washington Biz Journal, a culinary incubator with commercial kitchen and event space is coming to Brookland. Mess Hall, as it will be called, will occupy a 10,000 sqft warehouse at 703 Edgewood St, NE. Here are some excerpts from the article:

“The incubator is the brainchild of Al Goldberg, a former corporate catering manager and current water systems salesman, who started thinking about launching a small business incubator after seeking in vain for space to open his own catering business a few years ago….

…Goldberg expects to be able to accommodate up to 100 members in the space, depending on the size of their businesses. To ensure things work smoothly with so many moving parts, he’s designed a proprietary system — he’s largely mum on those details — that will govern usage of the incubator’s resources….

…Mess Hall will provide more than just space. Goldberg anticipates collective buying for common ingredients, Mess Hall catering gigs that will give members another revenue stream and, eventually, collective product distribution. Down the road there may even be a collective rooftop garden.”


ICYMI: Five Shot Outside Clubs On Queens Chapel Rd.

In case you missed it…


Photo courtesy of NBC4

Police said five people were shot in northeast Washington early Saturday morning outside a restaurant and gentlemen’s club.

Three men and two women were shot outside the Stadium Club in the 2200 block of Adams Place, NE. All five were taken to a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

Investigators aren’t sure whether the incident started inside or outside the Stadium Club.


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