On Monday, residents in Bloomingdale and across DC were buzzing about the latest article on Washington in The New York Times. Many residents were delighted to see their local restaurant, The Red Hen, in our case, mentioned in an article about neighborhood restaurants. But as has happened before with the publication of articles about Washington, Ms. Steinhauer's article drew a lot of criticism. Most assumed the author is a New York resident who had made a brief visit to DC to write the article. (I am pretty sure the author resides locally,) Others took issue with the characterization of the neighborhoods and their newest residents. The Washington City Paper even posted a column that mocked the NYT article. http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/housingcomplex/2014/10/21/in- a-changing-washington-lots-of-stuff/ I, for one, enjoyed the article, almost always loving to see my neighborhood's name in print, which was accompanied by a slide show with four beautiful pictures of The Red Hen.
When we purchased our home in Bloomingdale, I never expected there would be so many restaurant options popping up across the neighborhood, much less one that would draw in visitors from across the city and from out of town. To date, I have yet to find any record of Bloomingdale having had a restaurant in the past. At some point, the Safeway at First and Rhode Island had a counter spot (and a US Post Office branch) but that seems to have been the extent of dining out in downtown Bloomingdale.
As I have done a few times in the past, I am sharing a link and a blurb from the article about Bloomingdale, not because it is historical, but because it can serve as a record of how our neighborhood is changing and how others are taking note.
Washington Has More on Its Plate
Restaurants in D.C. Are Moving Into Residential Neighborhoods
The Red Hen, in the emerging neighborhood of Bloomingdale just blocks from a public-housing project, is pulling in local homeowner pioneers, new careerists clinging to the Eater DC hot list and, yes, United States senators.