Nido Brunch Preview

Nido, the Mediterranean restaurant located at 2214 RIA Ave NE, is about to begin brunch service starting Saturday, August 1st. 

We had an opportunity to try the dishes ahead of time, and not only are we beyond impressed with their standard menu and bar, the brunch items are just as good. Starting with muffins and apricot marmalade, then moving on to the tortilla espaƱola, then to the heirloom tomato tartine, and the patatas brava with an egg, and then moving on to the braised pork shoulder and the egg sandwich, this brunch finished with an amazing blueberry upside-down cake. 

But let’s not forget about the wonderful cocktails. We started with a refreshing Spritz, tried the Bubbles & Sorbet, and finished with the Vermouth Cassis. All three were bright, quenching, and flavorful. Perfect for summer brunch. 

Check Nido out for brunch starting next weekend!



1,550 Unit Mixed-Use Project Going To Rhode Island Center

Need any more evidence that Rhode Island Ave NE is the next area of the City that is going to be transformed (thanks for the heads up, UrbanTurf)Take a look at the below renderings of a project by MRP Realty slated for Rhode Island Center, near the Rhode Island Ave Metro station, that will have 1,555 residential units, and be completed over six phases. The current shopping center has a Big Lots, Popeyes, and other smaller retailers.


Nido defines RIA’s future

Nido hasn’t opened to the public yet but it is already the most talked about restaurant in this DC quadrant (and beyond). The restaurant set this coming Thursday for its grand opening but today, a few friends (and me) had a chance to sample the dishes and see the restaurant before it becomes too busy after they officially open.

Here are some pictures of the food and place. Enjoy and see everyone just about everyday.



More Development Near Brookland Metro?

Metro recently released bids to sell and develop two empty, greenspace lots near the Brookland-CUA metro, according to its solicitation. The lots, one at 9th and Lawrence Streets NE and the other at 9th and Kearney Street NE, are 21,094 sqft and 16, 239 sqft, respectively, and are zoned C-M-1. The cost for each of these properties are $500,000 for the Lawrence St site, and $375,000 for the Kearney St site. All bids are due June 19th.

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Who’s excited for Nido?

I had the opportunity yesterday to meet Erin and Karlos, the proprietors of Nido, a coming-soon Mediterranean restaurant to 2200 block of RIA NE.

I was given a tour of the restaurant, and although they are still knee deep in renovations and construction, the potential for the space was obvious. Long gone is the dark walls and dark lighted space that once was Lace. Erin and Karlos are bumping out the facade to put in a full glass windowed front, and along with the huge sky light, sun light will flood the main floor. A new bar with at least eight taps will occupy one side of the main floor, and ample tables will occupy the rest.

One floor below, another full bar and more seating (with built in benches in each corner of the room), offer plenty of space for hanging out at the bar or sitting down for dinner. The layout doesn’t make you feel like you’re in a basement.

Anticipation is building in the neighborhood and beyond. The opening cannot come soon enough…expect late spring/summer opening.

Main floor, looking toward the front

Facade being torn down and rebuilt. Expect the ramps to also be removed .


RIA Main Street Valentine’s Dance

The Rhode Island Avenue Main Street Valentine’s Day Dance was a pretty great time! From the wine/beer to the food to the dancing to music by the DJ to a silent auction with some really cool stuff (Wizards tickets in the Mayor’s and McDuffie’s private suites), the dance was lively and a great cause!










NIDO – Another New Restaurant for RIA NE

If you wondered if 2015 is going to be a good year for Rhode Island Ave NE, look no further than Bespoke Kitchen’s opening for supper club, Good Food Markets’ grand opening today, and Woodridge being predicted to be the hottest neighborhood in the DC area in 2015… We now can add another reason: Nido, the restaurant taking over Lace, has started renovation! (for more info on Nido, read this article from ElevationDC.)

According to their Facebook page (which looks like they just started) on January 22nd they wrote:

We are very excited to share with you that today we finally purchased the property that will become Nido. Our new restaurant. Stay tuned for updates and photos.

And they also recently posted their building permit today:


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