Tuesday, November 12, 2019

New Malaysian-American Gastropub to replace Meridian Pint

Makan chef James Wozniuk was recently chef de cuisine at Erik Bruner-Yang’s Spoken English in the Line hotel.
 Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

Former Maketto and Spoken English chef James Wozniuk and partner Kendrick Wu taking over the former Meridian Pint location with Makan and Thirsty Crow, a two-part Malaysian restaurant and subterranean Malay-American sports bar. The pair quietly opened the basement gastropub portion of the concept last weekend, serving a 50/50 American and Malaysian food menu alongside beers and whiskeys. The rest of the venue is set to open this December at the 11th St location.

The restaurant duo was among Eater's "Most Anticipated Restaurants in D.C." back in September and they are on track to become a community staple. Wozniuk is running a limited menu for now, but plans to expand it with dishes inspired by street hawker fare like Malaysian fried chicken and a Ramly burger—a popular style of smash-burger wrapped in an egg omelet and topped with sweet chili sauce. Soon, he’ll start crowd-testing plates for Makan, which is is slated to open mid-December. 

Wozniuk describes Makan as "full immersion Malaysian" serving cuisines that blend influences from India, Thailand, China, and other Muslim countries. It will occupy 100 dining and cocktail bar sears on the sidewalk-level and will be the only dedicated Malaysian restaurant in the city. 

via Popville

“You really notice the void of not being able to eat it [Malaysian food]” says Wozniuk, who began regularly traveling to the country five years ago. “Not having something like this here, and for the food to be so amazing, I can’t wait to share the experience I love with everyone else.”

Anna Spiegel of the Washingtonian, ran a full profile of the new establishment. You can read her full review and interview here. Below are some excerpts from her profile: 

Wozniuk is a Texas native but he’s no stranger to Southeast Asian cuisine. Over a decade ago, he became such an avid fan of Bangkok Golden’s then-secret Lao menu that chef/owner Seng Luangrath invited him into her kitchen for cooking lessons and Sunday family meals. (He now counts her as a close friend and mentor.) He started with Maketto as a chef de cuisine in 2013 (two years before the restaurant formerly opened) and most recently helmed Spoken English. When it came time to strike out on his own he wanted to try and recreate the Malaysian flavors he loves.

Part of Makan’s shareable menu will be inspired by Nasi Campur, “mixed rice” restaurants where scoops of grains are accompanied by a huge variety of meat and seafood dishes, sambals, breads, and vegetables. In Malaysia, the plethora of items are often spread out buffet or cafeteria-style, but at Makan, you’ll find a dozen-odd options on the menu that will be served on family-style platters with the signature scoop of rice. Patrons will also share smaller plates such as roti jala (net-like crepes served with curries for scooping), spicy house-made noodles, or petai a.k.a. “stink beans.” (“They look like fava beans but smell like gasoline and have a very unique taste,” says Wozniuk.) Another Malaysian dish Wozniuk is excited to introduce: locally made, real-deal tempeh—not the stiff blocks sold in grocery stores.

“It’s a different experience. It’s softer, tender, but still has the texture of the beans,” says Wozniuk, who compares the difference to homemade tofu.

Down the line, the team wants to introduce crowd favorites like Malaysian chili crab. Also: weekend dim sum. Wozniuk says brunch is when he’ll take more creative license, offering spins on hawker and kopitiam (cafe) fare like noodles, soups, dumplings, sweet and savory waffles, and even a few favorites that nod to his southern roots.

“I love biscuits, so there’ll definitely be a biscuit on the menu,” says Wozniuk.

Makan and Thirsty Crow are located at 3400 11th St., NW. Thirsty Crow is open now from 4:30 PM to close on weekdays, at noon on weekends. Makan is set to open in mid December. 

Thursday, November 7, 2019

2019 Kids & Dog Halloween Costume Event!

The 2019 Columbia Heights Community 'Fright Night' was an absolute blast! 

Special thanks to North Columbia Heights Civic Association for spearheading this annual Dog costume contest! Also, thank you to all of our wonderful sponsors... Columbia Heights Dog Park (11th&Park)Viva The Life - PropertiesDistrict Bridges, @ Encounter Church DC!

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

FreshFarm and Community Foodworks announced Tuesday that the organizations are merging, creating what will become the third-largest group in the United States dedicated to farmers markets, food access and sustainable agriculture. The combined organization will be led by Hugo Mogollon, a native of Ecuador who has turned the small Community Foodworks into a respected organization known for its work in underserved communities.
“Both organizations are very excited about the future,” Mogollon told The Washington Post. “I think both boards have done a great job exploring what this [merger] would mean for both organizations and what it would mean for the food system in the region.”
See the entire article by clicking HERE.

URGENT HELP NEEDED @ the Humane Rescue Alliance!

The Human Rescue Alliance is pleading for adopters and waiving adoption fees for select available animals today! 

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

The Last Time DC Hosted the World Series...

D.C. was very different the last time it hosted the World Series. Heck, the Pentagon didn't exist back then.

What did the Washington region look like in 1933, the last time a local Major League Baseball team was playing in the World Series? For starters, the Pentagon and National Airport didn’t exist. The Arlington Memorial Bridge was all of 1 year old and the Glenn L. Martin Co. — the company responsible for the “Martin” in Lockheed Martin Corp. — had just started fueling the burgeoning aviation industry from its new headquarters in Maryland.

To read full article, click HERE.

• J. Willard Marriott, who in 1927 started what would become the world’s largest hospitality company with a root beer stand in Columbia Heights, was expanding his chain of popular Hot Shoppes restaurants by 1933, bringing newfangled drive-in restaurants to the region. Marriott and his wife, Allie, were banking $1 million a year from their six Hot Shoppes locations by ’33. Marriott (NASDAQ: MAR) wouldn’t open its first hotel until 1959.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Great Local Deals for the Nats Game!

Is paying a fortune to see a Nats World Series game versus watching it on TV worth it?
Lou's City Bar is doing specials and giveaways for all games.  To kick things off, Lou's is hosting a live pregame radio broadcast TODAY at the bar from 4-8pm with The Team 980 and hosts Steve Czaban and Scott Linn.  Here are the specials:

- $4 Drafts & $16 Pitchers of Miller Lite and Bud Light
- $5 Drafts & $20 Pitchers of Blue Moon and Sam Adams products
- $5 House Wines
- $6 Rail Drinks

If you know of other specials in Columbia Heights, Park View or Mount Pleasant, let us know! 

Friday, October 18, 2019

School Safety Meeting on Monday, Oct. 21st

    Mark your calendars -- Monday, October 21st, 7:00 - 9:00PM (at District Bridges Office, 3400 11th Street) to discuss safety of our youth in our schools and out of them.Several guests will be there to share their work and experiences with the community, so please join us in listening and discussing this important topic! 

      Click HERE to RSVP!

      • The School Security Division: They are responsible for the in-school School Resource Officers (SROs) and handle everything from the physical safety of the kiddos to issues like gangs, bullying, and other at-risk behavior.  They are focused as much on building support options as enforcement, and we're looking forward this is a great to hear how they are partnering with CBOs in the neighborhood and also how we can help support them in that effort.
      • DaSean Jones, Parent of a CHEC student and a huge advocate for youth issues, especially relating to mental health, trauma informed trainings, and equity across the city. He’ll be joined by his daughter, a student at CHEC
      • DC Scores: More than just soccer, they are serving the needs of youth beyond the classroom by combining the game with tutoring, helping students succeed and find their voices through creative writing and performances. 
      • DPR Roving Leaders: They work with youth in our community to address the needs of students beyond the school walls, provide interventions when needed, and keep students engaged in positive activities.

      Thursday, October 17, 2019

      The Pinch Closing Tuesday in Columbia Heights

      “They say all good things must come to an end… Sadly after nearly 8 great years The Pinch will be closing it’s doors. We’ve enjoyed our time spent here in Columbia Heights and getting to know our neighbors and friends and would love to see you all before we go! Our last night will be Tuesday 10/22/19!

      This bar has been a venue for punk rock shows. We are sad to see The Pinch on 14th Street close its doors. 

      Click HERE to see their post on Facebook.