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2214 Rhode Island Avenue, NE

Another eagerly anticipated opening – Nido – opens tonight!

“Our two-level, 80-seat restaurant serves eclectic Mediterranean cuisine.
The space and the menu are inspired by co-owner Erin Lingle’s time spent abroad, and aims to create ‘a place to sit down’ to snack and imbibe with family, friends, and neighbors.

HOURS OF OPERATION:
Dinner 5:30-10:30pm Tuesday-Sunday
Bar open until 12am Tuesday-Thursday & Sunday, 1am Friday & Saturday Weekend brunch service coming soon”

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Photos courtesy Nido and you can see their opening menu here:

Final Menu (PDF)

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From a press release:

“Get ready for … you guessed it – Another Damn Craft Show!

Ladies and Gentlemen. Art Enables, DC’s renowned studio and gallery for emerging artists with developmental disabilities, presents a brand-new, juried shopping experience. Introducing Another Damn Craft Show. The premise is pretty much self-explanatory – a collaboration of artisans with one simple mission: to celebrate the local DC arts-and-crafts scene. Oh. And sell some handmade stuff, too. Lots of it.

Please join us on Saturday, June 13th from 11AM – 4PM at the Art Enables’ studio at 2204 Rhode Island Ave. NE to experience 25 of the best crafters and artisans in the DC Metro area.

“Art Enables is the perfect space to offer an offbeat, upscale craft show full of the District’s coolest alt-crafters. Our show will offer 100% hand-crafted items, like bath & body products, letter-pressed cards, home décor, ceramics, monster illustrations, and work from the studio artists,” said Art Enables’ curator, Beth Baldwin. FREE for artists to participate and FREE for visitors to shop, Another Damn Craft Show showcases what DC is universally known for – alternative art at its best.”

From an email:

Nido [2214 Rhode Island Avenue, NE] Opening Menu

As we put the finishing touches on the restaurant space, Executive Chef Aaron Wright (Butterfield 9, Pesce, The Tabard Inn) has completed the opening menu.

The menu, which can be seen below, includes four sections: snacks, small plates, pastas, and large plates. It features Mediterranean influences and several vegetable-driven dishes.

Opening date and details to follow as soon as they are finalized.”

Nido Menu

3710 24th Street Northeast

This house is located at 3710 24th Street, Northeast. The listing says:

“PRICE REDUCTION!! Practically brand new home!! Renovated from top to bottom! Open flr plan, stainless steel appliances, island to die for, floating stairs, spa showers, yard to garden and spectacular front porch!! Parking pad with full price!! ALARM – CALL FOR CODE!!!”

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You can see more photos here.

Save a marriage – the requester and their spouse at are odds! This 4 bed/3.5 bath is listed at $625,000.

1918 Lawrence Street Northeast

This house is located at 1918 Lawrence Street, Northeast. The listing says:

“Turn this property into the home of your dreams. Great location, location , location. Property is one mile from the new shopping area, Starbucks/ Busboys&poets/ Wood burning fireplace/ walk out Basement/ sep dining & kitchen area. Sunroom to L BR. Great Hrdwd flrs/ Original fixtures in some areas. Hugh yard! ( .150)Needs work/ Fixer upper/ Bring Flashlight/ NO Lights/”

1918 Lawrence Street Northeast inside

You can see more photos here.

This 4 bed/2.5 bath is going for $330,000.

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From Nido:

“Things have progressed quickly and we are hoping for a late May opening.

The purchase of the space located at 2214 Rhode Island Avenue NE was completed on January 23rd by E&K Real LLC of which Erin Lingle and I [Karlos Leopold] are the only members. Since that time we have completed most of the renovation. Currently we are installing finishes (attached are some images). The space, designed entirely by Erin, features hand-painted tile, natural wood and white-washed brick for a bright and cheery atmosphere. We expect to accommodate seating for 85 and a total occupancy of 99. In order to fulfill part of our sustainability goals we have retained GeoStellar to install solar panels on our roof. The remaining roof elements we hope to convert into a green roof. Finally, in conjunction with DC Facades, we expect a full renovation of the facade to begin soon.

Most excitingly, the process of convening our management team has begun and as such we have hired Aaron Wright as our Executive Chef. Originally from Iowa, Chef Aaron cut his teeth on Italian cuisine in his hometown. Since his late teens, Chef Aaron, has felt a desire to plan and prepare seasonal menus. He brings to Nido a vast culinary experience drawn from his tenure at Butterfield 9, Pesce and The Tabard Inn. We welcome all to reach out to Chef Aaron to discuss his experience and culinary plans for Nido.

-Karlos, Erin and Aaron”

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Ed. Note: I was able to check out a dinner here last month and it was phenomenal.

From Bespoke Supper Club [2212 Rhode Island Ave, NE]:

“While we are aiming to create a menu that is scrumptious for all diets, we’d really love to get as many people with gluten allergies to the table as we can! We are way too aware of the restrictions gluten intolerant people have when it comes to eating out at restaurants or events. So this is all about them :) Dates are, Feb. 18 and Feb. 25, both at 7:30pm.

People just need to sign up for the mailing list here to get the invite!”

While the menu is not yet completed you can see a sample menu from a previous dinner after the jump. (more…)

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2006 Rhode Island Ave, NE – Photos courtesy of God Food Markets

Part of why Woodridge was declared a hot neighborhood

From a press release:

“Good Food Markets will host a grand opening event at its flagship location at 2006 Rhode Island Avenue, NE on Saturday, January 24, 2014, owners Kris Garin and James Anderson announced today.

The event will begin at 10:30am with remarks from Councilmembers Kenyan McDuffie (D – Ward 5), David Grosso (D – At Large), and Elissa Silverman (I – At Large) and an official ribbon cutting. The store will feature samples, music, and in-store events will until 9pm.

“We are a community grocery store with a focus on providing our neighbors with fresh, high quality produce, essential groceries and healthy, delicious grab-and-go meals all at affordable prices,” Cristina Moody, vice president of marketing and community outreach.

“They will offer unique access to fresh produce and to good quality food you can’t find at that end of Rhode Island Avenue,” Kyle Todd, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Avenue Main Street said. “We were really impressed with the efforts they made to reach out to the community about what kinds of products they’d like to have,” he added.

Housed in a circa-1920s building, the 1000 square foot space has undergone major interior and exterior renovations. Good Food Markets will be open 9am – 9pm seven days a week.”

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3404 22nd Street Northeast

This house is located at 3404 22nd Street, Northeast. The listing says:

“Totally renovated light filled arts and crafts style home. Coffered ceiling in living/dining rooms w/wall mounted FP & huge kitchen w/granite & top of line appliances. Home audio/intercom. Master suite w/rain shower, soaking tub & custom tile. LL exposed brick & wet bar w/custom cabinetry & beverage refridge. Porch, deck & fenced yard for outdoor entertaining. Large det. 2-car garage.”

You can see more photos here.

This 5 bed/4.5 bath is going for $847,000.