Friday, December 11, 2009

Friday News 'N Notes

- Funny literary coincidence that somehow never occurred to me before: Starbucks Coffee and Moby Dick House of Kabob are nearly next door to each other on Ellsworth Drive.

- Big news for lazy people like me out there: Mandalay now delivers. They'll bring you your food for a $1.50 delivery charge provided you live within a five-mile radius. Considering they charge you a dollar fee to get takeout, that's not bad, especially now that winter weather appears to have finally arrived for good. Recall that Ghar-e-Kabab also delivers, and without any added fees. Either of these restaurants easily trumps most other delivery options.

- As mentioned earlier on Just up the Pike, Shorpy.com has some great old photos of Silver Spring. Here's one of a former Masonic Temple/Chevy Dealership/Filling Station that still exists at the corner of Wayne and Georgia Avenues.



If you're ambitious, you can also find some other old S.S. photos by digging around on the Library of Congresses' Prints & Photographs Online Catalog.



Whatever happened to the statue?

- Only somewhat Silver Spring related, but for those interested in this sort of thing, I've started a Flickr pool of Mid-Century architecture (and signs) in the DC area. Silver Spring's representation includes, of course, our Googie dry cleaners.



9 comments:

Thayer Avenue said...

Plus you can order Ghar-E-Kabab from your iPhone. No getting my ass off the sofa for dinner anymore.

Anonymous said...

This is probably an awesome coincidence, but Ben Stein was pictured in the banner ad (frescore.com) when I was looking at the Old Silver Spring pictures.

Also, I wish I did not know about Ghar-E-Kebab for iphone. This could be dangerous...

FunkyGawy said...

That's brilliant on Starbucks & Moby Dick.

I think all the Moby Dicks are near a Starbucks - they share a shopping center in Fallgrove & Kentlands & Ashburn, at least. Maybe not as close as in DTSS. This probably says something about the prevalence of SBUX.

Are there any stores named Ahab near Moby Dick? I suppose they probably went out of business.

Anonymous said...

Probably so, because if they were in competion with Moby Dick, they didn't have a leg to stand on.

Anonymous said...

I checked out Mandalay's website, but there's nothing on there about delivery. I'm assuming you must have seen something posted in the actual restaurant.

Sligo said...

Yes, they have flyers by the door. I took one and meant to post a photo. Will do that later.

Anonymous said...

Jerry McCoy wrote some interesting history of the (darn old) fountain on takoma.com (though he offers no insights on the fate of the statue).

Let's see if the system lets me post a link:

http://www.takoma.com/ssthenagain/2009/06/stereoscopic-silver-spring.html

Silver Spring: Then and Again said...

A 1957 view of the spring on p. 32 of my book "Historic Silver Spring" shows the statue having been broken off at its base.

The Silver Spring Historical Society would like to replace it with something of similar design but history will certainly repeat itself.

Forest Glen said...

There are some statues from the seminary sprinkled about the new development of townhouses they built across the street, one looks very similar to that statue near where the connector trail to the Rock Creek Trail begins ....