Friday, April 11, 2008

RIP Fenton St. Jerry's Subs

Growing up in Silver Spring, I was a frequent patron of Jerry's Subs & Pizza's multiple (at that time) downtown locations. We didn't have much else for awhile. They would frequently offer large pizzas for $3.99, and believe me, I took full advantage of that deal, no doubt shaving a few years off of my lifespan. As far as their pizza goes, it's nothing special, and as my culinary tastes matured my cheesesteak consumption experienced a steady decline.

Nonetheless, I was sad to learn that the Jerry's on Fenton Street, which has bookended Skid Row for countless years, has closed. Was it a casualty of the growth in restaurant choice experienced by Silver Spring in recent years? Only Jerry knows. Now this Jerry's and the erstwhile location at GA & Thayer (now Langano) will exist only in my fond childhood memories. Yeah, there's a Jerry's over on 16th St., but it's not really the same thing, is it?

This is kind of how I felt when I found out...



Granted, I had pretty much given up on Jerry's, but if I recall the film's plot correctly, Charlton Heston had given up on Earth, too.

Now we can start the speculation on what will take Jerry's place on Fenton St. I heard that Louisiana Express in Bethesda has lost their lease and that if they can't find a new location in Bethesda, they may consider Silver Spring. Mmmmmm.... a cheesesteak po' boy would certainly make a fine substitute for a Jerry's cheesesteak.

UPDATE: Sigh. My initial hope that the passing of Jerry's might at least result in the arrival of something new and interesting was crushed today when I learned via the SSP that the space will be filled by good 'ol Rostas. Meet the new Silver Spring. Same as the old Silver Spring.



14 comments:

Thayer Avenue said...

I know how much people around here love national chains/franchises, but I'm about ready to open up a Schlotzky's downtown. The one on Connecticut is too far away and frequently sub par. I think it could be a lot more successful than Panera, Potbelly's or Jerry's (sorry, Sligo) put together.

Who's with me?

Anonymous said...

There's one in Four Corners, for what it's worth. (But I haven't tried it, despite living practically next door.)

Sligo said...

Oh, there's plenty around, but no more in DTSS, which there has been for as long as I can remember.

bonifant more sinister than thayer said...

We need a Claim Jumper restaurant. (Just google "Claim Jumper fat people" to see what I mean)

rd said...

I like Schlotzky's, but I think Potbelly's is a little better. Can't beat $3.99 sandwiches. What I'd really like to see that will never happen is Raising Cane's (http://209.240.145.143).

Brent said...

We went to LA Express a couple weeks back and found it closed, with no hint of a forwarding address. Would make a nice addition to SS -- even as a non-chain to placate those who are adamant about such things. Is there any way to contact the LA Express people and nudge them this way? (as I said, the place was just locked up, with no explanation).

Anonymous said...

I used to love Schlotzky's when I was in college. Then there was this really cute girl who worked there and I fell hard for her (she didn't know it, of course). I probably ate at that Schlotzky's 40 times in two months until I finally got the nerve to ask her out. She turned me down (had a boyfriend ...named uh...Shlotzky?).

That was in 1979 and I've never been able to eat one of those sandwiches again. Not because of any emotional hang-up...but from eating so many in such a short time. Yuk.

Thayer Ave., too said...

Anonymous, that's a sad, pathetic tale-- I'd swear I could feel your (gastrointestinal) pain.
But I'd still love a Schlotzky's. Apparently they're one of the better-run chains, and their food is fresh and tasty. Love love love the bread.
(I got really excited when Anonymous at 10:48 said there was "one in Four Corners"-- imagine my disappointment when I realized they meant a Jerry's!)
And can we please nix the Jerry's radio jingle-- "Ooo, Ooo, Jerry's" with the bad George Bush impressions? Aaaargh!

b said...

as bad as that jingle is it is still preferable to the bad predidential impersonator at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

Anonymous said...

They should put a Carolina Kitchen at that location.......

Anonymous said...

Carolina Kitchen seems to have gone "upscale" with their new locations. I ate at the one at the Blvd @ Cap Ctr not too long ago and a "meat & 2" lunch plus drink ran me more than $12!!

The place is much nicer looking that the old one on GA, and they still say Welcome Welcome, but $12.75 for meatloaf, collards, mashed potatoes, cornbread &sweet tea? That's a downpayment on a ticket back home to Georgia!

silver spring penguin said...

Apparently, pizza joints all over the country are having a rough time.

"Pity the pizza, in a land of nuggets"
The New York Times (Apr 13, 2008)

Anonymous said...

I worked in a 300 person company next door to the Jerry's. We left a month ago and moved elsewhere in MoCo. I wonder if our leaving killed the Jerry's, but as a resident of SS I unfortunately cannot say I regret the loss. The smell of the air freshener in the restroom invaded the rest of the restaurant, and I couldn't ever get passed that....

Jason Bonnet said...

There is a small new chain that is growing. Came from NYC, and two spots have opened up downtown. It's called 'Chop't' and it is all about salads and wraps. We need more healthy alternatives in SS.