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New Coffee/Bar/Restaurant from Owners of the Pug, Solly’s, and (formerly) Sova Still Coming to Brookland – Hoping to Open in new Location this September

by Prince Of Petworth April 21, 2013 at 10:22 pm 22 Comments

12th and Jackson Street, NE

Back in June 2012 we learned that the owners of The Pug (H St, NE), Solly’s (U St, NW) and Sova (formerly of H St, NE) were bringing a new neighborhood bar, grill and coffee Lounge to Brookland. At that time they were hoping to open in the former Library space at 3514 12th Street, NE. Pug owner and Brookland resident Tony T explained their vision to us:

We are putting together a family friendly, neighborhood bar and grill. The coffee element that Frank brings is also an integral part of what we are doing.

I live just a few blocks away, so I’m looking to make a place where I can take the kids to dinner as well as a place the softball team can come for a few pitchers after a game. the neighborhood bar feel is very important, but with the chef we’re bringing on board, the menu is going to be much broader than hot dogs and 13th street meats off of the Pug’s grill. Although both may be included to keep the kids happy.

The long and short of it is, we want a place to eat and drink that caters to the families and folks who have been in Brookland for years, as well as a place for the newer folks.

The bad news is that the former Library space, obviously, didn’t work out – the good news is that they found an even better corner location – 12th and Jackson St, NE:

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And I’m happy to say the vision of coffee/bar/restaurant remains. Last week I spoke with the future owner who told me the space will have room for around 55 seated inside and an awesome 25 person outdoor patio. For the outdoor patio think Pearl Dive Oyster Palace and Cusbah that have the roll down window with their outdoor seating:


If all goes according to plan they hope to open sometime in September. Stay tuned.

After the jump – a taste of some of what you’ll see on the menu.

Salads and Sandwiches

Seasonal Green Salad
Arugula, Red Onion, Cucumber, Bacon Crutons, Sweet Basil Vinaigrette

Cow Girl Charcuterie Platter
Fennel Salame, Olli Proscuitto, Cow Girl Creamery Cheese Selection, Marcona Almonds, Roasted Red Pepper, Cornishons, Olives

Grilled Caesar Salad/ add chicken or salmon
Caesar Dressing, Croutons, Parmesan Reggiano

Bacon Wrapped Shrimp and Grits
Creamy Grits, Creole Sauce

Brookland Burger
Grilled Angus Beef, Carmelized Onions,
Tillamook Cheddar, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Brioche Bun, Onion Rings

Soup of the Day
Daily Seasonal Selections

Beer Braised Steak Sandwich
Beer Braised Prime Rib, Provelone, Horseradish Mayonaise, Carmelized Onions, Hand Cut Fries

Crab Cake Sliders
Pan Seared Crab Cakes, Lemon Aioli, Brioche
Buns, Kettle Chips

13th Street P.E.I. Mussels
Roasted Tomato Sauce, Pernod, Fennel,
Garlic, 13th Street Chorizo, Grilled Crostini

Crab and Avacado Salad
Tarragon Aioli, Roasted Corn, Red Pepper, Baby Greens

Grilled Chicken Club
Applewood Smoked Bacon, Romaine,
Heirloom Tomatoes, Dijon Mayo, Handcut Fries

House Salad
Mixed Greens, Tomato, Pecorino Romano, Balsamic


Brookland Margarita
Fresh Mozzarella, Basil, Roasted Red Peppers, Tomato Sauce

Deli Pepperoni, Salame, Italian Sausage, Onion, Bacon, Mozarella Cheese, Marinated Tomatoes

Roasted Garlic, Red Onion, Fresh Mozzarella, Olive Oil, Arugula, Whole Grain Mustard Sauce

Turkey Goat Cheese, Cucumber, Sundried Tomatoes, Creamy Vinigarette

Proscuitto and Pesto
Olli Proscuitto, Pesto Sauce, Feta, Arugula


Brick Oven Roasted Half Chicken
Seasonal Vegetables, Rosemary Roasted Potatoes, Demi Glace.
Rosemary and Dijon Salmon 20 Roasted Tomato, Green Beans, Stone-Ground

Spaghetti and Meatballs
Sunday Sauce, Hand Cut Pasta, Veal Meatballs

Fried Maryland Catfish
Coermeal Encrusted Local Catfish, Mac & Cheese, Greens

Korean BBQ Short Ribs
Miso Marinade, Pickled Veggies, Jasmine Rice, House-made kimchi

Cowboy Cut Pork Chop
Apple cider Brine, Brandy Cream Sauce, Seasonal Vegetables

Porcini Rubbed Rib Eye Steak
Loaded Mashed Potatoes, Spicy Rapini, Porcini Mushroom Rub

Kids menu

Tomato Sauce, Grated Pecorino Cheese, Meatballs

Brookland Kid’s Burgers
Grilled Angus Beef Sliders, Tillamook Cheddar, Brioche Buns, Handcut Fries

Chicken Tenders
Fried Chicken, Fresh Cut Veggies

Grilled Cheese Panini
Cheddar, Mozzarella, Kettle Chips

Creamy Skippy, House-Made Jelly, Handcut Fries


Loaded Banana Split

Grandma’s Recipe, Pistachio

Pound Cake Crouton
Winter Berry Sauce, Chantilly Cream

Cheese Trio
Poached Fruit, Lavender Honey, Crostini

White Chocolate Cheesecake
Strawberry Basil Sauce

Double Chocolate Brownie
House-Made Peanut Brittle, Vanilla Ice Cream

  • Anonymous

    Hooray for Brookland!

  • Sir Douchy

    About time Brookland got some attention – by far, the most under-appreciated neighborhood in the city.

    • Prince Of Petworth

      Many would argue Brookland “got some attention” with the arrival of Menomale not to mention tons of other ongoing developments, EYA, 901 Monroe etc. Stay tuned for lots more Brookland development in the coming months.


    • Stavros

      I think there are many, by far, less appreciated neighborhoods in the city than Brookland.

    • Anonymous

      that’s, by far, the silliest comment on the internet.

  • Anonymous

    Bless you for having a children’s menu! 3/4 of the people I know who live or moved to Brookland have young kids and there are also all the charters, dance schools, etc. Not to mention the college kids need a place to go. Such a wonderful neighborhood but for many years has been hobbled by having only Col. Brooks and the Island bar to go to nearby and that other coffee shop is not great. Brilliant move for a diverse neighborhood that needs a new hangout.

  • Anonymous

    As someone who knows nothing about Brookland, what are the main parts of the ‘hood? Is there a central business area or drag where you can hang out?

    I’ve been meaning to check out the area now that the weather is getting nicer.

    • Stacys

      12th Street is the historic main drag. The new development is along Monroe St.

    • Anonymous

      And if you’re going there just to check out the neighborhood, be sure to stop by the Franciscan Monastery. It’s particularly pretty in the spring. http://www.myfranciscan.org/

    • eponymous

      Depends on your goal. If it’s a night of eating/drinking options are still a bit sparse – it’s FAR from having the options of U St, H St, or even Capitol Hill – but there are some solid options. I would start at 12th and Otis and check out the Brookland Cafe, then head south to Little Ricky’s (12th and Newton) and Menomale (12th and Franklin).

      If you’re house shopping or want to get to know the neighborhood a bit better, I would take a walk from the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception east across the Monroe Street Bridge, then walk south on 10th, check out the Round House at 10th and Irving, then go from Irving back up 13th Street to Newton, then west towards the Metro (you’ll see the Marjorie Rawlings House on the way).

  • Stacys

    I hope everything goes smoothly for them! And if you’re going to have a bar/restaurant at the end of your block (and I do), I can’t think of a better situation than to have the owner live with his family just a few blocks away.

  • BeverlyS


  • Great news!!!

  • Anonymous

    So happy, yeah for Brookland !

  • JL

    This is great, though I have to admit I would have preferred the other location (former Library, next to Little Ricky’s) to 12th & Jackson. All the best spots in Brookland are spaced out about as far away from one another as possible along 12th: Menomale, then this one 4.5 blocks north, Little Ricky’s another 3.5 blocks north, Yes! Market yet another 3.5 blocks north. I guess it’s better this way for parking/traffic, but I can’t help but feel like Brookland’s growth/development would have more “momentum” if these were all concentrated within a couple of blocks.

    • Anonymous

      more potential for things to fill up inbetween!

  • Dad of two

    This is fantastic to see. I was expecting that all the new development in Edgewood (Chancellor’s Row and Monroe St. Market) along with density at the Metro station (Col. Brooks) might help nudge Brookland’s 12th St. along and here you have it. I love to see grownup food but with a kid’s menu too. Brookland really is a family-friendly neighborhood.

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    Excellent! Given that Brookland is thick with children, it makes sense that more places would be family-friendly. That’s my only sore spot with Menomale, frankly. Best of luck to these folks.

    • That’s surprising to me. We’ve been at least a handful of times with our 2 year old, and they’ve been great with him and us.

  • Brookland’s Finest!

  • gk

    mmmmm. banana splits!


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