Tanglewood Works’ Moves to Brentwood

Popular “upcycling” shop Tanglewood Works is moving the furniture side of its business from Hyattsville to Brentwood.

The new location at 3721 Rhode Island Ave., across from the fire station and just down the street from Studio 3807 apartments, will combine furniture from Tanglewood Works with another local business, Village Furniture Finds.

“My team loves selling our hand-painted art furniture here in the Gateway Arts District but we knew we needed a location better suited to loading and unloading furniture and we wanted a bigger variety of options for our clients,” owner Sue Older-Mondeel said.

The new store will be known as Pickin’ & Grinnin’.

Meantime, the non-furniture side of Tanglewood Works will remain at its current location in Hyattsville’s SoHy district at 5132 Baltimore Ave., renamed Tanglewood Gifts, alongside My Dead Aunt’s Books and Suffragette City.

A grand opening and sale for the new furniture store is set for 3 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 5 at 3721 Rhode Island Ave.

Along with do-it-yourself crafts and kids activities, the event will feature live music, barbecue from local favorite 250 Texas BBQ and drinks from Maryland Meadworks.

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Watch the Hyattsville Library’s Saucer Fly

The Hyattsville’s public library’s “flying saucer” lived up to its name this morning as construction workers lifted it to a new home on site.

The iconic Space Age-era saucer was the subject of an intense public lobbying campaign to spare it from the wrecking ball as the old library is demolished.

The library’s architects chose to move it from its location at the old library’s entrance along Adelphi Road to an interior courtyard where it will be home to a “reading garden.” It will be on a different part of the property until construction is finished.

Although well-loved among the community — it was the library where Jim Henson first checked out books on puppetry — the 1964 building was past its prime, and renovations would have been more expensive than starting over.

The new $32.7 million library will be a lot more energy efficient, with larger windows and a children’s section with a castle, dragon and troll bridge.

And the saucer, once derided, will keep the city’s connection to its past while serving a better purpose than it had.

While the library is under construction, area residents can check out books at the temporary location at 6502 America Boulevard, across from the movie theater at University Town Center.

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Capital Bikeshare Keeps Expanding on Route 1

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It’s been a long time coming, but Capital Bikeshare is finally getting serious about expanding along the Route 1 corridor.

New bikeshare stations opened recently in several key locations:

• Studio 3807 apartments in Brentwood
• West Hyattsville Metro on Queens Chapel Road and Hamilton Street
• Hyattsville Middle School
The future new Hyattsville library site on Adelphi Road
• Northwestern High School in Hyattsville

This includes existing stations at the Shoppes at Arts District Hyattsville at 5495 Baltimore Ave., near City Hall in Mount Rainier at Perry and 35th Street and at Riverdale Park Station at 6621 Baltimore Ave. The system almost has enough stations to start making trips worthwhile.

But the Hyattsville Wire has learned that several other stations are in the works for this summer and fall, pending agreements with landowners:

• Magruder Park in Hyattsville (summer)
Melrose Skatepark in Hyattsville (summer)
Heurich Community Park in Hyattsville (summer)
• The Hotel at the University of Maryland (fall)
• College Park Metro station (fall)
• The former Quality Inn site in College Park (fall)

Greenbelt is also moving ahead with plans to install five bikeshare stations by the summer of 2020 at Greenbelt Station Parkway and North Center Drive, Breezewood Drive and Cherrywood Lane, Roosevelt Center, Crescent and Ridge roads near the police station and near Eleanor Roosevelt High School.

For now, the biggest drawback is that there isn’t a Capital Bikeshare near the Prince George’s Plaza Metro station (although rival Zagster is at the College Park Metro already).

But each new station adds to the usefulness of the system, especially for residents who work in D.C. and may already have a membership. And as we’ve argued before, Capital Bikeshare is the new Metro when it comes to accessibility and development.

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Federalist Pig to Open Hyattsville Location

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Beloved D.C. barbecue joint Federalist Pig will open a second location in Hyattsville.

The Adams Morgan restaurant is expanding to a 2,500-square-foot space that once housed The Tire Place until earlier this year at 5504 Baltimore Ave.

The location will be just across the street from the Shoppes at Arts District Hyattsville, home to Busboys and Poets, Tara Thai and Elevation Burger, and will likely be a major draw for the area’s already diverse restaurant scene.

It’s also a huge get. Federalist Pig is often ranked among the area’s best barbecue restaurants and even got a shout-out on “House of Cards.” Its menu draws on traditions from around the world, all sides are vegetarian and food allergies are respected.

Owner Steve Salis told the Washingtonian the restaurant will have bar service, a large outdoor patio and a more upgraded look than the distressed corrugated metal at its other location.

It will also have two large wood-fired smokers, dramatically increasing Federalist Pig’s catering operation and allowing both restaurants to stay open later. (The restaurant often runs out of smoked meat by 7:30 p.m.)

Pitmaster Rob Sonderman told Eater D.C. that he’s planning to experiment with the menu, especially trying different combinations of woods, since he’s been limited to a gas-assisted smokers to now.

“I feel like you guys haven’t really seen anything yet in terms of what we can deliver for food and service,” he said.

Federalist Pig is expected to open late this year or early next year.

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New Peruvian Chicken Coming to Riverdale Park

A Peruvian chicken restaurant is headed to the Arts District along the Route 1 corridor.

Suya’s Pollo a la Brasa will move into the former Jey’s Auto building at 5731 Baltimore Ave. in Riverdale Park, across from DeMatha Catholic High School.

The business was registered in February to Takoma Park resident Patrick Kamgang.

A type of blackened rotisserie chicken, pollo a la brasa has become a trendy “cheap eat” in the Washington area in recent years, with Beltsville’s Sardi’s Chicken in particular attracting a lot of attention.

Latin American restaurants have also done well in the area, with Salvadoran restaurants Las Comadres and El Comalito and Venezuelan restaurant Cafe Azul all nearby.

The restaurant will be a welcome addition to the property, which has set empty for years.

Property owner Jey Edward of Silver Spring previously ran a gas station on the site. In 2008, he had the gas tanks removed and the soil remediated to allow it to be used for other purposes, but it sat vacant long enough that the town of Riverdale Park threatened to take it by eminent domain at one point.

In 2018, Edward cleaned up the property and refurbished the building on site to attract new tenants.

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Route 1’s Newest Delicacy: Chun Bing

The search for the next big thing in fast-casual dining is bringing an ancient Chinese dish called chun bing to the Route 1 corridor.

College Park restaurateur Hua Wang — known for local favorite Northwest Chinese — recently opened CB Chinese Grill at 4370 Knox Rd., to specialize in what has been called “the Asian version of a Tex-Mex burrito.”

Building on the format of Chipotle, staffers build your chun bing to order, spooning fillings and sauce on top of a chewy house-made flour pancake. (You can also have your meal prepared as a rice bowl.)

Your protein options are shredded pork, sautéed lamb, braised beef, Sichuan pepper chicken and grilled beef sausage, while options include stir-fried eggplant, hot-and-sour shredded potatoes, a kind of Chinese sauerkraut and black bean sauce.

The menu also includes some Chinese dishes similar to what is offered at nearby Northwest Chinese, which was named Best Asian Restaurant in the 2018 Hyattsville Wire reader poll and is regularly cited by D.C. restaurant critics as a top “cheap eat” in the Route 1 corridor.

Although CB Chinese Grill has only been open a few months, it’s already attracted the attention of a restaurant critic at the Washington Post, who described the decor as “a rough draft of a restaurant” but praised the chun bing as a tasty and hearty option, especially for the “campus full of hungry students” nearby.

Even in College Park’s already diverse and interesting restaurant scene, CB Chinese Grill seems like a strong addition.

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Riverdale Park’s Denizens Plans May Opening

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The new Denizens Brewing Co. is scheduled to open at Riverdale Park Station in May.

Co-founder Emily Bruno told the Hyattsville Wire that the popular Silver Spring-based brewery doesn’t have “any firm dates” yet but plans to open next month.

The 12,000-square-foot space will be one of the biggest new draws at the Riverdale Park Station mixed-use development sinceWhole Foods opened in 2017.

Along with its taproom, Denizens will cater private events and host meet-ups for yoga, biking and running clubs.

Denizens is also a good fit for the diverse local community, as the only woman- and minority-owned brewery in Maryland.

Bruno has said the brewery’s belief is that “there is a beer for everyone,” not just the stereotypical bearded beer nerd.

While a recent Stanford study found that consumers ranked a craft beer more poorly when they thought it was made by a woman, Denizens’ owners say they have faced little outright discrimination.

“I think the future is going to have a lot more women at the helm in the beer business,” Denizens co-founder Julie Verratti told Forbes recently.

Denizens joins Franklins, Streetcar 82 Brewing Co., Maryland Meadworks and Sangfroid Distillery as part of Route 1’s burgeoning craft beer and liquor scene.

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Capital Bikeshare Coming to Brentwood

Studio 3807 in Brentwood is adding another amenity: bikesharing.

The new apartment building at 3807 Rhode Island Ave., will install a Capital Bikeshare rack on Thursday, April 18, extending the popular bikesharing service along Route 1 corridor.

The rack is just one of a number of interesting amenities at Studio 3807, including solar panels, electric car-charging stations, commissioned art, an art gallery and an artisanal food hall.

Despite its popularity in D.C., Capital Bikeshare has been slow to expand in Prince George’s County.

Currently, there are stations in Mount Rainier’s city center, at the Shoppes at Arts District Hyattsville, at Riverdale Park Station and at the site of the Hyattsville public library at Adelphi and Toledo roads.

But there aren’t any stations yet at the Metro stations, eliminating the most obvious scenario for users.

College Park, University Park and the University of Maryland have done a good job building out a successful bikeshare system called mBike from rival Zagster, including a station at the College Park Metro stop, but it’s limited by not being tied to a broader regional system.

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Hyattsville’s Electric Bolt Police Car First in U.S.

Hyattsville’s electric police car was the first of its kind.

When the Hyattsville Police Department added a Chevrolet Bolt to its fleet in September of 2017, it became the first electric patrol vehicle in the state and the first Bolt used as a police car in the country.

Funded in part by a grant from the Maryland Energy Administration, the vehicle had to undergo some modifications before it could start patrolling the streets. The car was equipped with a two-way radio, computer, sirens and lighting.

But in other respects, it was better the a traditional gas-powered police car. The Bolt is much quieter — an advantage when police are looking to be stealthy — it has fewer emissions and it can go from zero to 60 mph in less than six seconds.

The vehicle is electronically limited in speed to 90 MPH and its less roomy than other sedans. Another limitation was that the Bolt’s design prevented the installation of a driver-side spotlight used for reading addresses or checking out suspicious vehicles.

Sgt. Richard Hartnett, an electric vehicle enthusiast who drives the Bolt, told the Hyattsville Wire that the benefits of the vehicle far outweigh the costs. 

“There is very low maintenance on the car,” said Hartnett. “[Our experiment was to] see if electric car could suffice as a police car, if it could handle the everyday rigors of police work and its range of the battery would be sufficient to do patrol and then take it home and come back and it has far exceeded that.”

Pending the availability of more grants, Harnett hopes that the department will purchase more vehicles.

The department also purchased an 2017 Zero DSR electric motorcycle that will also be used for patrol and it expected to be on the road by the end of this month.

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World Cuisine Influences Riverdale Park’s Tapas

The menu items at Riviera Tapas Bar may have Spanish names, but their influence comes from around the globe.

The newly opened Riverdale Park restaurant at 6108 Rhode Island Avenue, located at the former home of S&J Restaurant, uses the structure of a tapas place — small plates with big flavors, designed to be shared, but it’s dishes are not really just Spanish or Mexican.

On a recent visit, the Hyattsville Wire sampled Datiles with bacon wrapped dates stuffed with white cheddar cheese and a filet mignon with creamy polenta and spinach in a red wine reduction that could have been served in an American steakhouse.

The chef paired these items with miniature toasted baguettes with tomato spread and olive oil that would have been at home in a rustic Italian restaurant; another with Manchego cheese and dry-cured ham that was quintessentially Spanish

Other menu items include lightly battered calimari with sriracha aioli; smoked salmon with caramelized shallots and capers; grilled jerk chicken with tropical relish; crab cakes with cheese grits; and lightly battered chicken croquettes.

Co-owner Patricia Martinez told the Hyattsville Wire the restaurant is now holding happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m on Thursdays and Fridays with a list of $6 specials.

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