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!


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Columbia Heights Day is Saturday, June 17! Music, arts, food, vendors, kids' carnival, beer garden, fun for all ages; want to volunteer?


Columbia Heights Day is upon us again! This year's, the 12th annual, will be on 11th Street between Park and Irving like in previous years from 11am-6pm.

There will be local businesses, arts and crafts, fitness classes, music and a lot more, plus a kids' carnival at the Tubman school field, and a beer garden hosted by Meridian Pint.

Here's more info on what's happening and the schedule, as well as the Facebook invite from the Columbia Heights Initiative, the organizers.

They're also looking for volunteers and sponsors if you want to do a bit of help.

The best local DC street party is back and you’re invited!! Join us in celebration of diversity and community with the neighborhood’s finest food, drink, and entertainment. 

Discover artisans, entrepreneurs, and area businesses in the heart of Columbia Heights. The fun is everywhere and for everyone! We have three stages of live music, dance, and free fitness classes. Kids can play at the carnival on the Harriet Tubman field while adults make their own fun at the Meridian Pint beer garden. See you on Saturday, June 17th!

Where: 11th Street between Park Road and Irving Street.
When: Saturday, June 17th 11am-6pm
Cost: FREE (Donations welcome!)
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Main Stage line up:
Maryjo Mattea and a Pile of Dudes- 11:00 am - 11:45 am
The Fuss - 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm
CREATE - 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
SAHEL - 2:45 pm - 3:30 pm
The JoGo Project - 3:45 pm - 4:30 pm
Empresarios - 5 pm - 6 pm

Community Field Stage line up:
Barro Vermelho Capoeira - 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
PanLara - 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
DC Self Defense Karate Association - 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Salsa With Silvia - 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Zumba with CHampion Lifestyle Fitness - 4 pm - 5 pm
Evolution Grooves band - 5:15 pm - 6 pm
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Get Involved!
There are lots of ways you can get involved with Columbia Heights Day. Whether you want to be a volunteer, vendor, or entertainer we want to hear from you!

Visit our Website to find out more about our day full of good vibes!
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