The 3,000-square-foot shop will sit at the base of an incoming apartment building, the Belgard (33 N Street NE), H&R Retail tenant rep Sebastian Restifo tells Eater.
Menomale debuted in Brookland in 2012, when the neighborhood was pretty much a desolate dining zone. Since then, newcomers like District Space, Primrose, Brookland’s Finest, and Masala Story have followed. Salumeria, located a few doors down from Menomale, brought the neighborhood a new option for cold cuts, cheeses, fresh pastas, and antipasti in 2016.
Restifo, who “looked all over” Northeast for potential spaces, says Menomale and Salumeria will carry over their “core menus” while expanding upon selections. Alex Walker and Connor McCarthy (MillerWalker) represented landlord Wood Partners.
Menomale, run by the wife-and-husband team of Maria Rusciano and Naples native Ettore Rusciano, creates its pies with ingredients sourced from Italy’s Southern region of Campania. The star product is fired in a hand-built wood-fired oven. One of their best sellers is the spicy diavola with for di latte mozzarella, spicy salami, red peppers, San Marzano tomatoes, and basil.