Friday, March 30, 2012

Follow Friday: A Collection of Silver Spring Twitter Feeds

Is #FollowFriday even still a thing on Twitter? Regardless, I figured it might be worthwhile to compile and post (on a Friday) a comprehensive list of Silver Spring-centric Twitter accounts plus a handful of others that may be relevant. The frequency and usefulness of tweets in these feeds may vary a bit and a few accounts appear to be dormant, but perhaps there may be some you find of value.

If you know of a feed I omitted that others might find of interest, post them in the comments section or shoot me an email.

Without further ado, here's the list:

Blogs, News, Etc.
Just up the Pike
Silver Spring Center
Silver Spring Patch
Silver Spring, Singular

Montgomery County Government
Montgomery County Police
Montgomery County Public Schools
Montgomery County Solid Waste Services*
S.S. Volunteer Fire Department
The Straight Line (MoCo Planning Blog)

*Actually quite useful. Will let you know when to put out your trash during weeks with a holiday.

AFI Silver Theatre
Round House Theatre
Fillmore Silver Spring
Silver Spring Stage

8407 Kitchen Lounge
Fire Station 1
Jackie's Restaurant
Kao Thai
Mama Lucia Silver Spring
McGinty's Public House
Pacci's Restaurants
Quarry House Tavern
Society Lounge
Stage Burger Lounge
Tropical Ice Cream Café
Woodside Deli

Purple Line Now

Handmade Mart
Silver Spring Zombie Walk
Taste of Fenton Village

South Silver Spring

Art Spring
Bell Flowers
Dale Music
Fenton Street Market
Fenwick Beer & Wine
The Record Exchange 
Whole Foods (Montgomery Co.)

Downtown Silver Spring Courtyard

Blair Apartments
The Cameron

And finally, here's a special one for all the bag tax-hating commenters from an earlier post: the bag tax has its own Twitter account!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Silver Spring Oddity

Random factoid of the day: In 1971, a young pre-Ziggy Stardust David Bowie spent his first ever night in the States in Silver Spring. Flickr user ozoni11 has shared the photographic evidence:

Now, if we could only get a photo of Jimmy Page outside the Wheaton Rec Center.

Thanks to KR, whose Facebook share of this photo I never saw until it somehow resurfaced when I switched to the new timeline format.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Silver Spring News 'N Notes

- Now the Post is openly mocking the Transit Center debacle. At least there was a Zombie Walk plug.

- If you're curious why survey crews have been busy measuring things along Sligo Creek Parkway in recent months, they're doing advance work for a project that will replace all the sewer lines that run along the creek's path. This is part of a larger, regional effort to upgrade the sewage system. Hopefully that work won't be too disruptive (or stinky) when it begins.

- So Society Lounge is finally open. Anyone try it yet? The menu looks good, and it includes a "Silver Spring Burger"

- If Ike Leggett gets his way, parking fees in downtown Silver Spring could increase this year. While the proposed increase for meters is just 10 cents an hour, charging for Saturday parking is also on the table. Not sure if this change would apply to garages or just meters, but if it's the former, that could prove to be quite the cash cow for the County. However, I believe there may be some sort of agreement with the DTSS developer that prevents the county from charging for parking at the Wayne and Ellsworth lots on weekends. (It's possible the agreement has expired.)

Somewhat unrelated, but it's about time they instituted some sort of validation process for parking in the Whole Foods/Strosnider's lot. Of course, adding a gated exit would create a whole new set of traffic problems. Perhaps parking headaches are unavoidable when it comes to that lot. And for those who claim that churchgoers are not using the lot, why is the far side of the lot filled on Sunday mornings when the side closest to Whole foods has open spots? Is it just that shoppers want a little extra exercise?

- After the inevitable drama that comes when you deal with the County bureaucracy, the Fenton Street Market will be returning to Veterans Plaza on Saturdays beginning April 28th.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

What a Way to End the Weekend

While the rest of the weekend may have been dreary and gray, the sun finally came out of hiding this afternoon and I can't think of a better possible way to pass a lovely spring day than this guy did: hanging out in the Burnt Mills Shopping Center listening to ABBA on a vintage 80's ghetto blaster.

UPDATE: Apparently he owns this spot. Here he is last Friday, listening to MC Hammer:

(Thanks to KL for the second pic.)

Friday, March 23, 2012

The Dark Knight Returns (to White Oak)

According to the official Montgomery County Police Department Twitter, Batman was pulled over today near the intersection of 29 & Prelude Dr. It would appear the current model of Batmobile is a Lamborghini Gallardo. Even funnier, last year this same Batmobile actually did break a wheel. No word if the Joker managed to get away in that incident.

This is the best auto-related Silver Spring story since those kids were pulled over a few years back for driving a riding mower on the Beltway.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

And So Ends The Short Existence of Corporate Bar & Grill

He was no dragon. Fire cannot kill a dragon.

From Facebook.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Silver Spring News 'N Notes

- Word on the street is that the Society Lounge may be open for business today. However, a tipster who spoke to the proprietor last week was told that the restaurant wouldn't be opening until this Wednesday or Thursday, so I'm not sure what the situation is. There's no info on Society's Facebook page, though that hasn't been updated for months. This one has been in the works seemingly forever. Hopefully it will be worth the wait.

- Photographer Chip Py captured a video of the United Theraputics skybridge being installed over Cameron street last weekend:

See how simple it is? We can just go ahead and throw one up on the new library, right?

- "Contractor denies concrete error at Silver Spring Transit Center". Well, of course they do. Meanwhile, no progress is being made on the transit center.

- St. Michael the Archangel, the small school opposite Whole Foods on Wayne Avenue, plans to close at the end of this academic year. I'm curious as to what will happen with that parcel of land. Will the church hold onto it or sell it for what would no doubt be a substantial amount?  Not sure what the zoning requires, but perhaps they could re-zone for residential or commercial. It would sure be convenient to the Purple Line.

- I don't know what happened to all the food trucks we started to see around town last year, but they appear to have abandoned us as of late. Even Rolls on Rolls decided their kati rolls were too good for a Silver Spring location us once they got all fancy and traded in their trailer for a self-propelled vehicle. Cupcake Boulevard, a new confectionery-hawking vehicle, has committed to being in Silver Spring twice a week, so those with a sweet tooth may want to check their twitter feed for times and locations.

- There's a cannoli factory in Silver Spring? Mmmmmm cannoli....

Monday, March 12, 2012

Restaurant Roundup

As there's been a fair amount of discussion in the comments sections regarding the states of various restaurants, I thought it might be worthwhile to compile the most current statuses of these eateries. Feel free to provide corrections or updates in the comments if necessary.

Piratz/Corporate Bar & Grill:
Re-opened this past weekend. It's still called Corporate, but now the faceless suit on the sign sports an eye patch. While their old pirate-garbed regulars may have returned, any potential customers peering through the window might be more than a bit confused by the place.

Masa Hibachi Steakhouse & Sushi: The Japanese restaurant that took over the old Ceviche space seems to be readying for an opening after finally settling on a somewhat less trademark-infringing name.

Gebeta: This Ethiopian restaurant will be opening in the old Taste of Jerusalem location on Georgia Avenue.

Sushi Jin: Remains closed after a fire in January. Not sure why it hasn't re-opened, but I heard a rumor that a health inspection was involved in some manner. Don't quote me on that. It's somewhat ironic that of all types of restaurants, it would be a sushi one that would have a fire.

Society: This has been a work in progress for over a year now. Other restaurants' entire lifespans have been shorter than this. They must have plenty of cash reserves or a nice line of credit to cover rent and renovations with no revenue all that time. By all accounts, the interior looks complete and is quite nice. Hopefully it will be open for business in the coming weeks.

The Former Highland Origin Coffee: Last year the coffee shop added a full menu and promptly closed. Now there's a liquor license application in the window for what looks like what will be yet another Ethiopian restaurant. What will this bring us up to, 143 Ethiopian places? Ethiopian restaurants are the new hair salons.

Marrakesh: I don't know what is going on with this place. I reported it was closing based on a Groupon offer refund email, but since then the owner has been quoted in a Gazette article claiming he is still in business. WTF?

Update: Thanks to commenter Jag for reminding me about the following two:

Scion: This Dupont Circle restaurant has announced they will be opening a second location at 1200 East West Highway.

La Madeleine: The chain of French cafes will be opening up a location at the intersection of Wayne and Georgia. No idea what the timeline is on this one.

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Piratz Tavern to Resurface from Davy Jones' Locker?

Well, shiver me timbers. The Piratz Tavern/Corporate Bar and Grill saga, likely having already clinched "most entertaining story of the year" status, may now be beginning yet another chapter. The erstwhile Tavern is presently closed in order to undergo unspecified renovation. Scuttlebutt is that a mutiny against the Spike TV-imposed re-imaging is underway and the restaurant may scuttle the "corporate" theme and revert to being ye olde pirate bar.

If this is indeed the case, this development will no doubt please Piratz regulars* to no end, though from what I can tell on the "Soul of Piratz Tavern" Facebook page, they won't be fully appeased until Bar Rescue host Jon Taffer is keelhauled. How much will remain from the Bar Rescue overhaul remains to be seen, but I have to expect the resulting look from this new renovation (de-renovation?) would be some sort of hybrid of the two designs. They can't jettison it all, right?

Personally it's a wash to this landlubber, since I had equal desire to go to either Piratz Tavern or Corporate Bar and Grill: zero.

*Another thing I gleaned from their Facebook page is that a good number of these Piratz supporters are from out of town. I'm not sure how "regular" they actually were.

Monday, March 05, 2012

Signage FAIL: Quiznow

There is never any shortage of signs/banners/flags displayed outside the Quizno's on Fenton Street, but recently they've posted an intriguing handwritten sign out on the sidewalk advertising their new delivery service. I never really thought twice about the sign until I happened to glance at it in passing and noticed the inclusion of the curious word "Quiznow".

I have gone over this sign countless times in an attempt to interpret the meaning of Quiznow. Is it an amalgamation of "Quizno's" and "now", as in "Quizno's now has free delivery"? Did someone incredibly misspell Quizno as Quiznow? Or, is it two words (Quiz now), the sign's author having neglected to include last three letters of Quizno's? The more I think about it, the more my head hurts...

Unrelated, but in case you didn't already see it on Facebook, check out this Fillmore concert t-shirt fail, spotted in the wild:

Friday, March 02, 2012

Now We Are Six

Today marks the sixth anniversary of the founding of this blog, which launched in 2006 with the ever-so-creative name of "Silver Spring Blog". While it may have gone quiet for weeks at a time in recent months, it's still here, 650 posts later. To celebrate the occasion, The Stage Burger Lounge will be handing out free hamburgers to its first fifty customers tonight.*

*The free hamburgers have absolutely nothing to do with the blog, whatsoever.