Friday, March 28, 2008

Friday News 'N Notes

Last night I, along with Eric of Thayeravenue.com and Jen of The Silver Spring Penguin, met with a representative of Live Nation to discuss the status of the Silver Spring Fillmore and what they envision for the venue. Once I get a chance to put together the highlights, I'll do a post on that.

In the meantime...

- Wow, they have some real muppets working at the downtown Silver Spring Safeway, but of course you already knew that.



Thanks to tacodaemon for the photo.

- Silver Spring restaurant week is back. Yay? Like last year, I question the pricing of a $30 meal at some of these restaurants. I generally spend less than that when I go to these places the rest of the year. Did anyone who took advantage last year find it worthwhile?

- In the biggest Silver Spring TV news since a Blair graduate starred in Beauty and the Geek, Silver Spring-based realtors Pure Energy are going to be featured in their own show on A&E called Stage This House, the pilot of which will air for the first time Saturday night. Presumably the action will all take place around Silver Spring and nearby environs. You can watch a preview here. (via A Parent in Silver Spring.)

- If you're a creative person who can only be productive in a converted space stocked with modern furniture, you're in luck. Space 88 (no relation to Area 88 - unfortunately) will be opening at 8211 Mayor Lane and will offer quite a number of business services, including things I've never heard of, such as chautauquas. More information can be found here.

(Um, speaking of modern furniture, if anyone out there works for a furniture seller that happens to stock Herman Miller and can surreptitiously hook a brother up with an employee discount, let me know...)

- Based on feedback I've received through the site and elsewhere, the proposed Rock Band night will definitely be scheduled for a weekend night once it gets off the ground - which I assure you it will... eventually.

- Olazzo - the one in Silver Spring, not Bethesda - gets a review in the Post's Weekend section.



20 comments:

silver spring penguin said...

Workers at Safeway may go on strike if the union can't settle with corporate big wigs. Safeway has already begun searching for scabs. Can't imagine how that'll work.

Sligo said...

You probably wouldn't know the difference if everyone walked off the job.

Anonymous said...

I've been to Olazzo a couple of times - decent service, reasonable prices, and good food in a nice setting. Overall a welcome addition to the SS restaurant offerings. I also like the fact that it, along with Nicaro and a few other stores/restaurants, helps fill the void between DDTS and South SS.
Now that the Kensington Safeway is open I have to admit that I've abandoned the SS Safeway - I just couldn't take it anymore. It sucks! I was recently in a country with a national GDP ranked 80 spots below the US and, I kid you not, their grocery store was far better than the crap-hole that is the SS Safeway. Sweet mother of Jesus, can't corporate realize that this store needs an overhaul.
I'm done now.

Sligo said...

The worst part about it is that Safeway is expensive!

Anonymous said...

After my rant about the SS Safeway (btw, does this branch of Safeway have an official/unofficial nickname?), I thought I'd calm down by commenting on SS Restaurant Week. After looking at the list of participating restaurants I've got to say that only the following make sense of the $30 dinner option: Mrs K's, Jackie's, and possibly Ceviche or Cubano's but you'd have to be getting 3 really great courses. However, if any of them even mention the word "up-charge" I'm off. For a few of the restaurants the $22 dinner option makes some sense.

Sligo said...

I seem to recall some potential nicknames being bandied about, but I don't know if one was ever settled upon. Personally, I like "Super Suck Safeway". Of course, the one in Four Corners is equally deserving of that moniker.

valvic said...

The staff in the Four Corners Safeway are really nice--give 'em a break! It's not their fault they work in a 1970s-era store.

The customers, on the other hand, are straight out of the bar scene in Star Wars.

lilkunta said...

@ the 3/28/2008 1:24PM anon :
There is a Safeway in Wheaton on GA Ave&Reedie (across from DunkinDonuts, next 2 the construction). Also there is the Woodmoor\4 Corners Safeway on Univ near Bliar High....Y did u drive all the way 2 downtown SS?

I havent been 2 Kens Safeway bc the traffic there is tooooo much. Im coming from Wh and the left turn wait 2 Howard Ave into where Safeway is RIDICULOUS !

lilkunta said...

I am watching (by accident bc Sell This House is supposed to b on & Im mad that it isnt!) the premiere of "Stage This House" with SS Pure Energy staff. It\this is very boring.

Their team is called "pure energy" but they dont sound energetic @ all.

Donna keeps focusing on her trip 2 Mexico...uh we dont need 2 be reminded about how we cannot afford 2 go to Mexico.

I do like Steve (Head Contractor).....Didnt he\ Donna marry back in 2k2 ?

Anonymous said...

I don't understand all the hate for the Thayer Ave. Safeway. The store itself isn't really any different from the supermarkets I'm used to in Chicago (where I'm from). The employees can be slow as all hell - I love it when I get there and there's only *one* checkout available - but I've just decided that's how things are in DC. The service employees are the worst I've ever seen anywhere, in any city, in any country.

I laughed when I saw the first anonymous' comment - I've lived overseas, and I've traveled extensively in South America. DC is worse than the 3rd world. Don't even get me started on the restaurants. And the DC Safeways are awful - they're like the crappy Key Foods you find in ghetto sections of Brooklyn, only with less stuff.

Anonymous said...

I guess I don't understand the last posters lack of hate for the Thayer Ave Safeway. Did I read it wrong or didn't they just make the case for why that Safeway sucks. The fact that they can put together a decent store in Kensington (which is actually easy to get to using Capitol View to Stoneybrook to Kent) means that corporate just doesn't give a s**t about us folks in SS. Yes, most of the grocery stores in the District are strictly from hunger, but we don't have to accept it. We deserve better.
On a different note, anyone know what's going to be in that burned out building on Colesville opposite the Discovery building?

Anonymous said...

Agreed - Safeway could care less about Silver Spring and thus I could care less about Safeway. I will not enter a dirty, disorganized, unpleasant grocery store when better choices abound.

Anonymous said...

I'm the anonymous who doesn't get the hate for the SS Safeway. The only problem I've ever had there is slowness - and that seems to be just the rule in DC, everywhere (maybe not in Kensington or in nice places where all the rich white people live, but anywhere I happen to frequent.) The selection, the cleanliness, etc. has always been more or less OK, I've found.

Now, that said, do I like Whole Foods better? Well, duh.

Bonifant more sinister than Thayer said...

You can't expect that Olazzo is going to sacrifice weekend business to accommodate a Rock Band night. The only way this works for them is if it brings people in on an off night.

Aim for Thursday. That way everyone can nurse their hangovers on a Friday. Weekends are for amateurs, dude. And speaking of The Dude, maybe we could get specials on White Russians that night.

Sligo said...

Who said anything about Olazzo?

Bonifant more sinister than Thayer said...

Thayer Ave claims that Olazzo is a leading candidate for Rock Band night. You two should talk.

Sligo said...

Olazzo would be a fine spot for it, but I welcome proposals from any venue.

Anonymous said...

I haven't been in the SS Safeway for some time- I occasionally go to the Wheaton one-they are definitely crummy stores. Safeway has some really nice stores upcounty and the remodeled one in PG when you get off the Beltway at New Hampshire is in the new Safeway style but Safeway is pricey for what they have. But hey,I hate the Blair Giant too- terrible service.

Andrea

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