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.
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.
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:
Good Food Markets, located at 2006 Rhode Island Avenue NE, has opened as of 1pm today!
I knew that the Market was going to carry prepared foods made from the DC Central Kitchen and have fresh produce, but I was pleasantly surprised when I walked through the door. The shelves had an assortment of items from canned goods (think: soups, tomatoes, beans, etc) to boxed cereal to baby food and formula to fresh produce and prepared meats to milk and eggs to condiments/ingredients! It was like going to a miniature Whole Foods or YES! Market but without the stuffiness or high prices (I was surprised again when I rang up my groceries and the bill was a lot lower than I spend at one of those bigger stores)! In addition, the Market was clean, well organized, and had several friendly employees busying themselves.
The concept is great and it is going to reflect the community. For instance, there were some empty shelves in the Market on purpose…they want to leave room for the community to tell them what they want them to carry! So don’t forget to mention to them what it is you are looking for, if they don’t have it, they’ll try and get it! Some coming attractions for the near future: larger selection of meats (chicken, beef, etc), and beer and wine (with a reasonable price point).
So check them out and support your local store! Their grand opening is scheduled for Saturday, January 24th but they are open starting today!
Store Hours: 9am-9pm every day (or until they can see when the community will shop…. for instance, if they have customers that want to stop in on their way to work to get a prepared lunch, they’ll open earlier).
And oh, you noticed the payphone on the wall as soon as you walked in? It’s one of the things they decided to not remove when renovating… a cool relic from the past (but it doesn’t work so don’t try popping in a quarter and expecting to get a dial tone).
Check out more pics here:
Rhode Island Ave NE is soon to be a foodies’ heaven. At a special dinner for the inaugural supper club restaurant, The Bespoke Kitchen, a Rhode Island Ave NE establishment by Eat and Smile Catering founder and chef, Oliver Friendly, eight guests dined on an eight course menu that pretty much blew us away.
The menu theme was root vegetables and it was phenomenal. The menu started with a Ginger Blood Orange Spritz, made with One Eighth Distilling vodka (local distillery). The menu ranged from a rutabaga mousse to lobster to short ribs, and included some pasta to pay tribute to the summer spent in Italy at a two star Michelin restaurant by the sous chef of the restaurant. The courses were paired with reisling, and microbrew beers (Atlas District Common and Flying Dog Imperial Porter).
The Bespoke Kitchen is Oliver’s way to share his artistic culinary skills, cooking for a smaller group of people than the standard hundreds he feeds for catering events. His plan is to have these dinners two to three times per week, with only eight people since that is the table’s capacity.
Interested in booking a seat at this unique dining experience? You have to be on their mailing list. Much like many of the hard to get into restaurants, they will book the reservations on a first come, first serve basis via email only and only after they release the dates of the dinners (look for the rest of January dates to come out in the next couple of days).
Here are some more photos from tonight’s amazing meal:
Last night, I joined community leaders and residents at the District Department of the Environment (DDOE) to testify against two proposed air quality permits to operate auto body paint spray booths in Ward 5’s Brookland and Woodridge neighborhoods. The first permit, #6963, to T&W Auto Company, Inc., is to locate at 1736 Rhode Island Avenue, NE, and the second, #6962, to SMART Automotive, is to locate at 2615 Evarts Street, NE.
As I mentioned in my testimony, I have submitted seven letters opposing the issuance of paint spray booth permits in Ward 5 since taking office in 2012. In the letters, I speak to the environmental and health effects of the volatile organic compounds emitted by paint spray booths. Air quality has been a major policy focus of mine. I have successfully authored two laws, the “Air Quality Amendment Act of 2014” and the “Solid Waste Facility Permit Amendment Act of 2014”, in an effort to improve air quality for Ward 5 residents through the enhanced enforcement of existing laws, particularly with regard to emissions from industrial businesses. Even with our efforts through the legislative process, violators consider paying the new fines as part of the cost of doing business. This is why I am opposing the permit applications for these two businesses.
I am very concerned about the consequential effects of adding any additional spray booths to our ward. These businesses operate without the proper buffers, and given their proximity to residences, negatively impact the quality of air, water, and soil. Equally disturbing, the clustering of these types of businesses creates an unknown harm to associated neighborhoods with unidentified long-term effects. We all recognize the need for industrial-zoned businesses to sustain the development of our growing city; however, we must seek a balanced approach that does not jeopardize the safety of our residents who are most impacted by the location of these businesses.
I want to thank DDOE for its diligence in responding to residents’ complaints and citing bad actors. Above all, I want to recognize and give special thanks to Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners Debbie Smith-Steiner, Nolan Treadway, Walter Deleon, and Michael Morrison, Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association President Tom Bridge, Woodridge South Civic Association President Carlos Davis, and all of the residents who came out to testify against the proposed permits.
Although we have laws on the books to address environmental nuisances, we must remain vigilant when similar cases arise. I look forward to working with you to improve the quality of life for every neighborhood in Ward 5 and across the District of Columbia.
Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Ward 5
Chairman Pro Tempore
Chair, Committee on the Judiciary
1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 506
Washington, DC 20004