Monday, June 26, 2017

New coffee shop and deli coming to 3661 Georgia, old Amanuel Market


Looks like a new coffee shop and deli is coming to the area: I saw permits in the window at 3661 Georgia Avenue NW, just south of New Hampshire, the old Amanuel Market, a convenience store. The market was busted for selling synthetic drugs in 2015 and closed sometime after that. The owner also applied for a liquor license in 2011 but the ANC opposed it.

The permit says there will be food prep and coffee with 11 seats. I can't find much else more about it, interested to see if it's going to be a hip spot, a deli with coffee in those pour yourself things, or something else.

Here's the full permit text. Some places have coffee machines on the counter but they're for the staff to use, so we'll see.

USE CHANGE FROM CONVENIENCE STORE WITH ACCESSORY PREPARED FOOD SHOP TO FOOD PREPARATION AND COFFEE SHOP. BY KEEPING THE EXISTING MECHANICAL , ELECTRICAL AND PLUMBING AS IS WITH THE ADDITION OF ADA COMPLIANCE HANDICAP ACCESS BATHROOM, THREE COMPARTMENT SINK , UNDER COUNTER FREEZER AND COFFEE BREWING MACHINES ON THE COUNTER. 
PREOPARED FOOD SHOP WITH 11 SEATS ON THE 1ST FLOOR, CELLAR FOR STORAGE ONLY. NO MECHANICAL WORK WILL BE ADDED ON THE ROOF.

Red Derby now offering $3 brats, half-price burgers on Mondays


Whoa, this is a super deal. Red Derby, the relaxed neighborhood spot at 14th and Quincy, has just launched a $3 brat Monday: $3 for one brat with sauerkraut or two for $5. Monday also have have price burgers.

The Derb' has pretty solid bar food, so I suspect this brat is good too.

They're at 3718 14th Street NW. Check them out if you haven't been (but remember they are cash only, there is an ATM.)

Friday, June 23, 2017

El Rinconcito II under construction again after fire in October; looks close to done


Good news for fans of El Rinconcito II at 1326 Park Road, the Salvadoran and Mexican restaurant that burned in October: I walked by the other day and there's construction going on inside, and it looked pretty close to being finished.

The spot caught fire in late October and has been closed since. If you haven't been, it's quite tasty, good and not expensive Salvadoran and Mexican food, plus they have a nice patio.

I hope they get back on their feet soon. I am missing some pupusas and tasty cheesy Mexican food (and margaritas.)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Checking out new beer hall, Franklin Hall at 1346 Florida from Penn Social, Big Chief folks




More bars! Recently Franklin Hall opened at 1346 Florida Avenue NW, next to La Colombe and Pizzeria Vetri. It's from the folks behind Big Chief in Ivy City, Penn Social downtown, Lost and Found in Shaw and a few other spots. I checked it out last night. It's big.

The hall part of the name is accurate -- the spot is cavernous, kind of a modern-style warehouse or loft with high ceilings, polished concrete floors and such. It's full of picnic tables and high tables with stools, and it was pretty packed last night -- there was also a Jon Ossoff watch party, so maybe that was part of it. The crowd also seemed a bit young, but maybe that was the event as well. There are also games like card games and giant Connect Four.

Their website calls it an American beer hall and they have a fairly big draft beer list with American beers from all over the country: Oregon, California, Missouri, Michigan and around here, with both pints a liters. The pints started at $5, and the liters at $10 (which was Boh and Miller Lite.) 

They also have food at a walk-up window: lots of sausages seems to be their staple, plus loaded fries, chicken tenders, a burger or two, brussels sprouts, churros and such. I got the Natty Boh sausage, which was cooked in said beer, and it was pretty good, as were the shoestring fries it came with. Not gourmet cuisine but so far so good with bar food.

The bar is almost the length of the whole spot, so that made it easy to get a beer. The only knock on the spot is that it was really loud and echo-y -- they could use some noise absorbers or something. 

They also have pretty good happy hour deals: $2 off all drafts Monday-Friday from 4 to 7 pm, as well as $2 off rail cocktails. 

I'd be curious to see what it's like on the weekends if it was that crowded on the week day!

They're open 4pm-1am Monday-Thursday, 4pm-2am Friday, noon-2am Saturday and noon-1am Sunday.

Menus are below. Click them for a bigger version:





Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Happy hour at Midlands tonight: donate clothes, get $1 off


This is neat -- as part of the youth employment event on the 21st, which I wrote about earlier, Midlands is holding a clothing drive tonight: if you donate new or gently used professional clothing, shoes and accessories, you'll get $1 off!

Pretty neat way to help out some deserving young people, while also getting a good deal.

Georgia Avenue Thrive is also looking for volunteers for the event on the 21st, just email Jennifer Kuiper, jkuipermpp(at)gmail.com.

Know young people looking for work? Youth employment fair at Midlands on Wednesday: resume and interview help, workshops, folks who are hiring


If you know any young people looking for work, here's a cool event. Georgia Avenue Thrive and the city are organizing an event for young people who are looking for work: they're calling it a Youth Employment Support & Job Readiness event and it's at the Midlands beer garden on Wednesday. There will be various representatives from various government offices, organizations that help students get jobs, and others with workshops, free professional clothing, help with resumes and more. Sounds pretty neat, pass it along to your neighbors or friends!

Here's more from Georgia Avenue Thrive:
Please share the attached flier and Facebook announcement about the Youth Employment Support & Job Readiness Event at The Midlands (3333 Georgia Ave NW) this Wednesday, June 21, 11am-3pm. Employment service providers, mini-workshops, workplace clothing give-away, one-on-one resume coaching and free hot dogs and lemonade will all be provided!

Monday, June 19, 2017

City shuts down Target food sales on Friday due to rodents

Yuh oh. The city's inspectors found some rodents at Target on Friday and shut down their food sales for part of the day. WJLA has the story, they were closed part of the day but were allowed to start selling food again that night. The Starbucks inside Target reopened Saturday.

This isn't the first time the store has been temporarily banned from selling food -- it happened in 2015 as well due to rodents and insects.

Let's hope they've figured out what the problem is and cleaned it up.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Columbia Heights Farmers Market now open Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings


This is neat -- if you're looking for more good food and other local items, the Columbia Heights Farmers Market is now open two times a week: Wednesdays 4-7pm and Saturdays 9am-1pm. Sometimes they're there a bit after 7 too.

The market is pretty awesome, there are always various produce vendors, dairy, bread, coffee, meat, drinks, sauces, premade foods and other snacks and items, all from local farmers or small businesses. It's good for picking up a quick snack or breakfast or some ingredients for future meals.

The market is located at the Columbia Heights Civic Plaza, the triangle between 14th, Park and Kenyon, across from the Tivoli building.

There's also the Petworth Market, also Saturdays at 9th and Upshur, and the Mt Pleasant one, Saturdays at the Mt. Pleasant Plaza (near Mt. Pleasant and Park Rd.)

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Jenkins Capital BBQ opening soon at 14th and Monroe; check out the menu


BBQ time! A reader was at the ANC1A meeting the other day and the owner said they're opening in about a week.

Here's a bit more info from the reader:
He said that you could go to the website now, but I haven't tried it since I don't know what it is.

He said that they stole one of the best BBQ chefs from Atlanta and had some other interesting things to say about his food. There will also be a 16 seat bar with TVs, and then outside seating when that is approved.
I also can't find their website, but their Facebook page is up, complete with a logo.

I also received a preview copy of the menu from an ANC commissioner, check it out below (click it for the full version.) Looks pretty awesome, and thorough!