901 Monroe St, NE

Folks write in about the former Colonel Brooks Tavern plans about once a month. Finally an update from the Washington Business Journal:

The appeals court ruling remands the PUD to the zoning panel for further review, to decide whether the project is too dense for the community, to address the policy that requires protection of existing homes on the site, and “to determine whether, in light of the commission’s conclusions on these issues, the commission should grant or deny approval of the project.”

WBJ notes that the project previously “was approved for more than 200 apartments and 13,000 square feet of retail.” You can read the full 901 Monroe D.C. Court of Appeals Decision here.

Rendering via Halsa’s Facebook

Thanks to a reader for sending. Halsa’s website says:

“Opening Fall 2014
Brookland, Washington, DC

HÄLSA is a new “fast-slow food” restaurant.

Our chefs prepare NUTRIENT-DENSE dishes full of fresh ingredients that are sourced from LOCAL FARMERS and THOUGHTFULLY PLATED for you in a fast, casual setting.

Grab and go. Grab and sit. Take home for dinner.”

They also sleuthed this post from WeWork:

“This is where Emily Gaines comes in. A WeWork Wonder Bread member and a healthy-living extraordinaire, Emily firmly believes that “fast” and “nutritious” don’t have to be mutually exclusive. In an effort to prove this point, Emily is launching her first restaurant in September, an organic, locally sourced, fast food spot called hälsa. Although not of Swedish decent, Emily got this name from the Swedish word meaning “health,” both of mind and of body. “The Swedish are into eating locally and organically,” Emily explains. “They are also on the cutting edge when it comes to sustainability,” another key component of Emily’s concept.

hälsa will be located in a new development in the Brookland area of D.C. called the Monroe Street Market. This spot will house other restaurants like &pizza, Potbelly, and Busboys and Poets, as well as several subsidized art studios. Emily chose this location based on its proximity to students from Catholic University and a growing population of young families and young professionals, all groups likely to share her passion for healthy and sustainable eating.

hälsa will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner using 80% locally sourced ingredients from D.C.-based farms such as 3 Farmers, Tree and Leaf, Next Step Produce and Ecofriendly Foods. The remaining 20% of her products will be those not found locally such as avocados, cocoa, and several superfoods (She also plans to include coconut ice cream on the menu).”

And a job posting says:

“Hälsa is a revolutionary fast food start up opening this fall in Brookland, DC. Hälsa is dedicated to providing, healthy, fresh, and seasonal cuisine in a quick environment. We are currently seeking front of house team members on a full or part time basis.

We will be serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner 6 days a week. We are opening in mid-October but are seeking cashiers to join our team now to help with other startup activities before the opening.”

DC8443611 - Exterior (Front)

This house is located at 1326 Hamlin Street, Northeast. The listing says:

“This charming Brookland bungalow features 3 bedrooms w/ large closets,an open living room & dining room,smart kitchen w/ generous cabinet space & a pantry,enclosed sun porch & easy off st. parking!The open basement offers endless space for storage&a laundry area.Brand new furnace/HVAC ,newer roofing,spacious back deck & a meticulously landscaped garden. Prime location just blocks to metro!”

You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/2.5 bath is going for $450,000.

pain sculpture

Over the weekend we were tweeted:

“Some punks threw brick @ my head. Tried 2 call dc #911 only to get recording @DCPoliceDept #emergencyfail #Brookland @CM_McDuffie @PoPville”

I asked if they were ok and what happened and was told:

“Totally ok. They had terrible aim. More blown by 911 recording then brick honestly. What if it was a serious emergency?”

recording was basically like “you’ve reached dc emergency line” over and over. Hung up cuz was more concerned with said punks


And another reader shares:

“Yesterday morning, as I went to move my car, I noticed a sizeable group of dents in the driver’s side door. A cluster of bricks were a few feet away, while a nearby house was clearly missing that group of bricks from its walkway.

It looks like whoever threw the bricks at my car was aiming to shatter the window. Luckily, they missed, but still did damage to the car. I know there have been quite a few incidents where windows have been broke in Columbia Heights lately, but wanted to report this just the same – the bricks are still there, so be on the lookout if you’re parking there anytime soon!

As an FYI, I didn’t have anything out in the open in my car. I think it was mostly bad luck! I did submit a police report, although I know there’s not much that can be done.”

8th and Monroe St, NE

On Tuesday we learned the good news that Brookland Pint would be opening Monday with seating for 118 people indoors and 48 on the patio plus 24 craft beers on tap. You can read the full press release here. For the first few weeks Brookland Pint will open at 5pm but then will be open for brunch, lunch and dinner 7 days a week – have a look at the menus:

Brookland Pint Daily Menu (PDF)

Brookland Pint Burgers (PDF)

Brookland Pint Brunch Menu (PDF)

But the real awesomeness is how sweet the space turned out including another dope mural:


Tons more photos after the jump. (more…)

8th and Monroe St, NE

From a press release:

“John Andrade (owner of Meridian Pint and Smoke & Barrel) is proud to announce the opening of Brookland Pint, a new American craft beer and American casual cuisine-type restaurant in the heart of the Brookland community. Designed with historical significance in mind, Brookland Pint seeks to promote a festive environment that can both stand the test of time as well as encourage environmental sustainability. Nearly every aspect of the décor has a story and connects with the history of America, some rather indicative of the 30’s and 40’s, especially the celebration of women and women’s empowerment. The unique atmosphere of Brookland Pint is made complete with individual USB/electrical plugs situated along the bar and at nearly every table! Brookland Pint offers a vast array of 24 craft beers with an inviting indoor/outdoor atmosphere. Brookland Pint is scheduled to open August 18th.

The all-American restaurant & bar, which will seat 118 people indoors and 48 on the patio, will feature local grown and harvested foods that range from southern comfort dishes to American classics. Neighborhood chef, Rebecca Hassell, has delighted the DC area with her talents at several favorite restaurants and has since helped create an extensive menu that displays foods that embrace the melting pot that is America.

Upon stepping through the doors of Brookland Pint, you will notice the primary focal point: the bar. Crafted entirely from some of Maryland’s finest reclaimed wood, which was acquired from Southern Maryland tobacco barns. This wood was also used for the community table as well as trim throughout the restaurant. The bar is stocked with 24 all-American craft beers and sits adjacent to a white Vermont marble and glass enclosed beer tap and refrigeration unit which houses all of the high end, large format beer bottles.

Brookland Pint’s banquet room, called the Juniper Room, is named after the Virginia Juniper tree that was reclaimed after it fell on Utah Street, NW during the Derechio of 2012. The banquet room tables are made of this wood and exemplify the clear ties to history and community owner Andrade is looking to establish.

Brookland Pint will be open for brunch, lunch and dinner 7 days a week and will stay open until 2am Sunday – Thursday and 3am Friday and Saturday. For the first few weeks Brookland Pint will open at 5pm.”