Friday, June 03, 2011

Friday News 'N Notes

- The Moroccan restaurant located at the corner of Georgia and Thayer is now open for business, though unlike originally reported, it is not a pseudo-reincarnation of City Place's erstwhile Taste of Morocco. Rather, it is an all-new restaurant named Marrakesh. Interestingly, the restaurant only serves a seven-course meal priced at $29. There's no menu. I suppose this might be a nice option if you're in the mood (or hungry enough) for that sort of thing, though the time I visited actual Marrakesh, I always ordered from a menu. I'm curious to see how this format works out for them in the long run.

- As they promised when they first opened, Pacci's has begun offering curbside pizza pickup. A bit of advice: if you opt for takeout from Pacci's, consider ordering a white pizza. In my experience the pies with tomatoes, while great when eaten promptly in the restaurant, tend to get a bit soggy on the ride home.

- Society Restaurant has received its building permit, so expect renovations in that space to begin shortly. Not sure what type of upgrades they are planning for Society, but I imagine a decent amount was already invested in construction when Nicaro initially opened a few years back.

- To follow up to my earlier post on Silver Spring's International Style homes, there's another house built in this style hidden away on Renfrew Road of which I was previously unaware. I drove by to check it out but neglected to snap a pic. (Thanks to commenter Olya Dougherty for the tip.)

Also, the new owners of the house on Flower Avenue that recently sold are in the process of restoring it and have even started a blog detailing their efforts. Check out the photo tour. Clearly, it's a bit of a fixer-upper but it has potential.

- Silver Spring's inaugural Ethiopian Festival is scheduled for June 25, from 3-9 in DTSS. From the press release:

The festival is an Ethiopian inspired event featuring educational, cultural and contemporary components such as: art walks, fashion features, traditional music and folk dance, coffee ceremonies and contemporary music headliners.
I went to the recent Indonesian Festival in DTSS and the food they were selling smelled wonderful. Unfortunately, the lines were 30+ deep and Sligo Jr. didn't have the patience for those wait times so I ended up missing out.

- Silver Spring Library's budget: not cut as threatened. I find it amazing that despite that our current library facing massive budget cuts, there still exists a large faction out there that thinks it's a reasonable idea to drop $800K on a library bridge. This ain't 1999, people.

- Is your antiquated Gateway i386 PC still gathering dust in the attic? Now's your chance to dispose of it properly - the county is sponsoring a electronics recycling event this Sunday in the Montgomery Blair HS parking lot. Details here (PDF). (I love that the county also puts out its flyers in Amharic.)

- A menu from Silver Spring's Luau Hut is now a part of the Smithsonian collection. Really. (h/t  Washington Gardner)

It's no Amityville Horror House, but its history makes it creepy nonetheless.
- The story of Silver Spring's "Homicide House" (As Pat Collins likes to call it) has gone international, with recent mentions in both Canadian and British newspapers. If the bank can get its asking price of $515K for a 1,408 sq. ft. murder house, you know the DC housing market really is as strong as reported. In related news, the attorney for one of the men convicted in the most recent murder there believes his client's sentence is "unjust"...



15 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Marrakesh owner is really nice. I hope they do well.

Lisa said...

Sligo, I really do wait for your postings ... thank you for the work you do.

BTW, is this a place/site/blog on which I can ask for DTSS recommendations for a cheap cleaners and a real pharmacy that delivers? Or can you all tell me where online I can ask these kind of questions? Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Here's an interesting tidbit for people who use the library. I recently discovered that we can get free library cards for the DC library system, which has a branch fairly close to my office. This is useful because, as I found out, the DC library system appears to have much better selection (found books that MoCo does not carry) and books I put on hold come in faster. By way of example, I put the exact same two recent books on hold in DC and MoCo at the same time. In DC, I was able to pick them up last week (after a wait of about four weeks). In MoCo, I am still around 50 and 70 in the holds queue.

Susan said...

The owner is really nice, I agree (with anonymous). Also, he worked at the long-ago great Marrakesh downtown. Believe me, it was fabulous when it was in its heyday (& yes, I know real Moroccan food).

It's just a damn horrible time to be opening anything like a resto.

Anonymous said...

I don't know why the lawyer is complaining. SOP in cases like this is for the judge to wait a year and then reduce the original tougher sentence when no is paying attention anymore. It works great and enables defense attorneys to get what they want without all the nasty publicity.

Nellie said...

Thanks for the link!!

Robert said...

"he Moroccan restaurant located at the corner of Georgia is now open for business ...."

What's the cross street?

jag said...

Robert, it's the corner of GA Ave. and Thayer.

kristy said...

The Columbia Blvd. house has already dropped to $500K. It looks like they'll just keep dropping the price each month until it's free.

Anonymous said...

I call dibs.

Packed Suitcase said...

Heads up! Impromptu Food Truck party at the gas station on the corner of Colesville and Georgia. Red Hook Lobster Truck (crazy lines already), SubUrban Bros and the Indian truck.

jag said...

Thanks for the headsup, Packed Suitcase. I was able to use a groupon i had for SubUrban Bros.

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