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When Little Ricky’s opened in Brookland in 2012, enthusiasts raved that it was the most authentic Cuban restaurant in the D.C. area. (And the tostones, ham croquetas, and real Cuban coffee merited the enthusiasm.) While the Cuban concept didn’t last—a Washington Post review was lukewarm and business tapered off—one aspect did: From the start, co-owner Chase Moore has made a point of welcoming the LGBTQ community into his bright, family-friendly space. He’s hosted monthly Greater Brookland LGBT happy hours and a daytime dance party fundraiser for SMYAL, plus some bear-centered events: Local musician Tom Goss even filmed some scenes from his music video about bears at the restaurant. “We’ve gotten the unofficial moniker as a gay hotspot in Ward 5,” says Moore. This May, the restaurant ditched Cuban fare for Southern staples. The fried green tomatoes and barbecue ribs should resolve any lingering bad feelings about the menu change, and the queer events should keep the gay patrons coming back for a good time.