Menomale in the Washingtonian

Yesterday Brookland’s own little pizzeria that could Menomale posted on their Facebook Page

Guess who made the cover of the Washingtonian’s dining section?

Greats news for Leland, Ettore, and the whole Menomale gang, its good that their delicious pizzas, sandwiches, and yummy beer continues to get recognition it deserves. Also it great that they are putting Brookland on the culinary map.

If you haven’t gone yet be sure to stop by.


Sunday: 11am-10pm
Monday: 5pm-10pm
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 5pm-10pm
Thursday: 11am-11pm
Friday: 11am-11pm
Saturday: 11am-11pm


CUA Athletics Hosts Community and Youth Night Tonight

CUA Community and Youth Night

Tonight is CUA Community and Youth Night as CUA hosts cross town rival Gallaudet University. See the information below.


WHAT: Catholic University Athletics invites members of the Brookland/Edgewood community as well as children from the surrounding areas to come see the CUA football team in action

WHEN: Friday, September 7 at 7:00 pm. Cost of admission is free for Brookland/Edgewood residents (with ID) and children from the surrounding areas (children who wear their youth team jersey receive a free snack)

WHERE: Cardinal Stadium, located behind the DuFour Center at:
3606 John McCormack Drive NE
Washington, DC 20064

6:20-6:45: CUA student-athletes address children
7:00: kick-off
Halftime: children invited to take part in on-field contest

To register, please contact Bobby Picardo at:
202-319-2024 or

See you at the game!

When: Friday, September 7 at 7:00 pm. Cost of admission is free for Brookland/Edgewood residents (with ID) and children from the surrounding areas (children who wear their youth team jersey receive a free snack)
Where: Cardinal Stadium, located behind the DuFour Center at:
3606 John McCormack Drive NE
Washington, DC 20064
Time: 6:20-6:45: CUA student-athletes address children
7:00: kick-off
Halftime: children invited to take part in on-field contest

Cardinal Stadium

Colonel Brooks’s Tavern Scheduled to Close on Friday 9/14

With the impending demolition of Brookland’s much loved of Colonel Brooks Tavern there have are questions about when one can get a last drink at the Colonel. It looks like that date is next Friday 9/14/2012 is the last day for Colonel Brooks.

If you are like me its bitter-sweet to see Colonel Brook’s Tavern go. I have been going on and off in the 10 years that I have lived in Brookland, and even though I haven’t gone as much in recent years it was still a neighborhood staple.

Wondering/hoping that there will be wake for Colonel Brooks before the demo #brookland
Brookland Avenue

I even wondered if there would be an official closing or “wake” for the good Colonel. but looks like there is nothing so official.

What’s Next

Looks like the 901 Monroe folks are looking to break ground on the project before the end of the year. The construction will take approximately 18 months to complete.

The 901 Monroe project units price will $1,600 to $2,000 per month for one bedrooms and $2,100 to $2,500 a month for two bedrooms.

As for the retail options coming to project, the 901 Monroe team has not announced any retailers as of yet and are working with commercial broker and are actively seeking retailers for the site.

So stop by next week; bemoan or celebrate the changes coming to Brookland and have one last drink in memory of the Good O’l Colonel.

Colonel Brooks Tavern

Spend Labor Weekend with Chocolate City Beer

Chocolate City Beer is having a two-fer this labor day weekend.

  1. On Saturday 7/1/2012 there will be the Somthing Stuffed food truck during the normal Growler hours.
  2. CCB will be open on Labor Day, Monday 7/3 from 11:30-2:30PM for getting your growlers filled for Labor Day festivities.
In honor of all you hard working Em Effers, We will be open this Labor Day weekend, Sat w/ @ Food Truck AND Monday 11am-230pm.
Chocolate City

Certainly a good weekend to kickback with some locally made delicious suds for your Labor Day BBQ.

Chocolate City Beer

Monroe Street Market: Barnes and Nobles, Starbucks on the Horizon

Shani and Joe the fine folks at the great new Brookland Blog The Brookland Bridge did some great fact finding that Barnes and Nobles and Starbucks will be coming to the CUA South Campus Monroe Street Market development.

Brookland Bridge did a little digging and found this announcement from Barnes and Nobles College

Barnes & Noble College is proud to announce it has been selected to operate The Catholic University of America (CUA) campus bookstore. The five-year contract will allow Barnes & Noble to bring its years of experience, resources, innovative technology and the widest selection of course material formats to the students and faculty of Catholic University.

B&N states that this partnership will move the book store off campus into an off campus Gateway Project

Barnes & Noble College will also be part of a two-year Gateway project that Catholic University is developing. In 18 to 24 months, the bookstore will move off campus as part of a joint development project between the University and a local developer. The complex will be a mix of housing, retail stores and restaurants. Upon completion, the new space will introduce a new Barnes & Noble College super store that will replace the current existing bookstore. The new store will also introduce a Starbucks café and a greater selection of trade books, apparel and much more.

Overall this is very great news and good way to integrate the town and gown parts of the neighborhood more closely. I envision this working like John Hopkins College Book Store and VCU College Bookstore among others.

Lastly once again a big kudos to Brookland Bridge for getting this info. Be sure to check out their fantastic site which has a lot great posts on development and local happenings going on in the Greater Brookland Area.

Brookland Middle School: School Improvement Team

Brookland Middle School – School Improvement Team Flyer

The Ward Five Council on Education submitted a flyer to create a School Improvement Team (SIT) for the planned Brookland Arts and Language Middle School (grades 6-8), scheduled to open in August 2014.

Dear Ward 5 parents and others concerned about education,

This is to inform you about plans to assemble a School Improvement Team (SIT) for the planned Brookland Arts and Language Middle School (grades 6-8), scheduled to open in August 2014.

What does the SIT do?

  • Discuss the development of the new Middle Schoolc
  • Discuss the development of educational specifications (“ed specs”) and building design
  • Consult on issues that arise during construction

If interested in volunteering to serve on the SIT, please send an email to by 9/7/12 with the following info:

email address:
school your child attends (if applicable) and grade:
why interested in serving on SIT:

Based on the level of interest expressed, DCPS will work to form a SIT (totaling approximately 15 members) from that group in preparation for the kickoff meeting scheduled for 9/17.

Shelagh Bocoum
Public Relations Officer
Ward Five Council on Education

Brookland Tuesday Farmers Market is Back

The Tuesday Brookland Farmers Market from Michael Tabor of Licking Creek Bend Farm starts back up today Tuesday June 5th. The farmers market is every Tuesday throughout the summer from 4:30pm-7pm under the Michigan Avenue (Brookland Bridge) just north of the Brookland Metro.

In past years the Tuesday Brookland Farmers Market has gone through the early fall, last year’s last farmers market of the season as on Tuesday October 25th.

The Tuesday Farmers Market is great and they always have good items to buy, also there are CSA memberships that can be purchased and picked up at the Tuesday Market. The Upper Crust Bakery will once again be selling their delicious baked goods as well.

This Tuesday is our first official Brookland Farmers market of the season and our first CSA.

Make our farmers market a new part of your routine for Tuesdays – from 4:30 – 7:00pm. Upper Crust Bakery will join us again this season, and a little later on in June, we hope to add a granola table and home grown mushrooms!

Make sure to bring your own bags to carry your produce off (and if you have extras, we can use them).

This week you can expect:

  • vine ripe tomatoes
  • green beans
  • broccoli
  • unwaxed cucumbers
  • asparagus
  • green and yellow squash
  • cabbage
  • baby onions
  • scallions
  • garlic scapes
  • arugula
  • lettuces
  • Swiss chard
  • radishes
  • strawberries
  • herb medley (chives, thyme, savory, oregano)

One of our customers offered this recipe for a white bean dip using garlic scapes:

  • a can of white beans (or soak dry beans and use a similar amount)
  • a good amount of garlic scapes (to taste)
  • olive oil – again, he didn’t give an amount, but proportional – so maybe start with 1 or 2 tablespoons, again to taste and texture
  • lemon juice (again to taste, start with a tablespoon)
  • lemon zest
  • Parmesan cheese, again to taste
  • blend all ingredients in a Cuisinart or blender.

See you Tuesday at the market,

Michael, Esther and Charmaine

When: Every Tuesday, June – October(ish)
Where: Under the Michigan Avenue (Brookland Bridge) just north of the Brookland Metro
Time: 4:30PM-7PM

Tuesday Brookland Farmers Market

BNCA DC Statehood Community Picnic

DC Statehood Picnic June 23 Color Flyer

The Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association’s DC Statehood Committee Is hosting a DC Statehood Community picnic on Saturday June 23rd Turkey Thicket Rec. Center from 11am-1pm.

See the announcement from BNCA DC Statehood Committee Lead Josh Burch

Brooklanders & Beyond,

The Statehood Committee of the Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association cordially invites you (so save the date now) to join us for a community picnic on June 23rd, 2012 at Turkey Thicket Rec. Center from 11am-1pm. The picnic will be an opportunity to get together and meet neighbors while learning about DC history and the modern day push for statehood. We will have educational games and activities for adults and for children and hope that you will join us. For more information please feel free to contact me off of the listserve at

Hope to see you on the 23rd.

When: Saturday June 23rd, 2012
Where: Turkey Thicket Rec. Center, 1100 Michigan Avenue, NE
Time: 11am-1PM

Turkey Thicket Recreation Center

Langdon Dog Park Association Summer Kick Off Party This Saturday

Please join the Langdon Dog Park Association (LDPA), your neighbors, and their furry pals this Saturday 11am – 1pm for the park’s Summer kick off party at the Langdon Dog Park, 2901 20th Street NE, between the recreation center and the pool.

  • The Washington Humane Society will have their adoption van with adoptable animals, as well as information on their programs and services (adoption, fostering, volunteering, spay/neuter, feral cats, cruelty, humane education, etc.).

  • The Washington Animal Rescue League will also be at the park with their truck with adoptable dogs and Dr. Jan Rosen, their medical director, for “Ask the Vet.”

  • Spot on Training will have an “Ask the Trainer” table, and will set up two doggie pools to serve as a doggie cooling station. They will also bring goodie bags with treats, sponsor a “How Many Bones” contest for $25 off a training class, and have material with dog park etiquette tips.

The LDPA is an all-volunteer organization, having no paid staff/board members. Funding is provided by memberships and contributions/donations from the general public. Board members will be on hand at Saturday’s event to explain how you can help the park continue to be a success.

Refreshments (hot dogs and drinks) will be available for a small donation, so bring a few bucks. For more information, visit and or send an email to

Langdon Dog Park

Brookland House and Garden Tour this Sunday June 3rd

Brookland Home and Garden Tour 2012

The Greater Brookland Garden Club‘s Annual House and Garden tour for 2012 is this Sunday, June 3rd from Noon to 5PM, and a reception from 5PM-7PM

Hello Friends of Brookland,
The Greater Brookland Garden Club’s 12th Annual House and Garden Tour is this Sunday, June 3rd, from noon-5 pm with a reception following from 5-7 pm. Preview the homes on tour at While you’re there, buy your tickets! Tickets are available for $12 presale, $15 the day of the tour.
Tickets can also be purchased at Petals, Ribbons & Beyond, 3906 12th St. between the hours of 9:30AM and 6:30PM Monday through Friday and 10:00AM to 5:00PM Saturday. Tickets will also be on sale at the store on Sunday, June 3rd from 10:00AM to 3:00PM.

There are 9 houses on the tour—each one different and full of great features and interesting stories. The houses and gardens are not to be envied—they are on display to offer ideas to other city residents to emulate in their own houses and gardens.

The Greater Brookland Garden Club is a Federal 501c(3) not-for-profit organization. We have no paid staff. All profits from the House and Garden tour will be used for maintenance of community “pocket gardens” and street tree plantings.
Invite your friends and please join us on Sunday, June 3rd.

Also be sure to preview the nine houses participating in this years home and garden tour.

Hope to see everyone out there on Sunday.