Goodbye, Ruby Tuesday. It looks like they can't hang a name on you anymore based on this photo from Silver Spring Daily Photo:
The crappy generic family restaurant is the latest establishment to succumb to the black hole of commerce that is Shitty Place. It had a good run, though - it's been in that space for years, perhaps even since the beginning, though my memory fails me on this one. Kind of belies the whole "chain businesses are driving all the independent shops out of business" argument when it is the chains that are shutting down around town. Silver Spring's Ruby Tuesday, Bombay Company, Storehouse Furniture, Jerry's Subs & Pizza (and maybe now Steve and Barry's?) have all taken dirt naps in the last couple years. Seriously, can someone provide me with examples of independent businesses (particularly GOOD ones) that have closed and been replaced by a chain in the same space? No, Rostas (now T-Mobile) doesn't count, because for one thing it is coming back in a space previously occupied by a chain. Maybe the rug shop became the American Apparel, but I can't think of much beyond that.
- Why does every article about a restaurant or bar in Silver Spring have to be prefaced with the BS assertion that Silver Spring is all chain restaurants? Also, where are all the "strip malls" in downtown Silver Spring to which the author refers? From the top of the Quarry house stairwell, the author of this article could look in any direction and spy only non-chain restaurants. But, of course it's always easier to stick with the conventional wisdom that "Silver Spring is all chains because one block of Ellsworth has some and anything else is an aberration".
- Remaining on the subject of chains, I just noticed for the first time tonight that a Smoothie King franchise is going in on Fenton Street between Ellsworth and Colesville. Now we have a place to get our $5 smoothie on.
- Ok, my effort to start up a Rock Band night crashed and burned, yet the freakin' Silver Spring library is hosting a Guitar Hero tournament???
Something seems sketch about this concept... Guitar Hero at the library? This has to be some kind of ploy to make kids read or something, like the guy at the state fair who makes you a balloon animal and then forces you to learn about Jesus in return. You bet your ass that if they hadn't hastily scribbled the "ages 11-18" rule on each of the flyers, I would have been rolling up in there next Monday, though.
- Veridian Nazis. I hate Veridian Nazis.
- My wife said she witnessed a big fight at the corner of Ellsworth and Fenton last Friday evening. Anyone know what was up with that? Apparently the photography-preventing security guards were standing around and not intervening untill the combatants actually came to blows.