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....






42 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm new to the area (or, more accurately, I grew up here but went away for a looong time and just got back).

Am I correct that from Georgia and Bonifant, the only way to get to the Metro station is to walk down to where Bonifant ends, turn right onto that other street, and go 3/4 of the way around the gargantuan closed parking/bus stop area?

I thought I'd be walking to that station all the time. Now I'm using Takoma and Ride-On most of the time, because Silver Spring station is a pain in the arse.

If there's a shortcut, I hope that someone will let me know.

Sligo, thanks for keeping us abreast of developments.

Anonymous said...

Yes, that's the transit center construction Sligo mentions in the post. I seriously hope the county sues the crap out of Foulger-Pratt for this. The amount of lost productivity alone from making everyone walk around the damn thing for half a decade (who wants the under on it lasting a full decade?) is sky high. These people better never get a county contract again if they can't even adequately monitor their subcontract pouring the damn concrete so it's anywhere near how thick it's supposed to be.

Vagrarian said...

There were several food trucks that came to DTSS regularly that have now abandoned us: Tops American Food Company, Corned Beef King, Go Fish!, and Suburban Bros, all of which now regularly hit Bethesda and Rockville, except Tops which got DC certified and spends all their time there. Currently we have regular visits from Thatsalata (good stuff, and they love DTSS), Cupcake Blvd, occasional visits from Red Hook Lobster Pound and Curbside Cupcakes, and two new trucks coming to DTSS, Curley's Q (which is excellent) and Pino's Auto Grill which I haven't tried yet. Sometimes trucks park on Colesville but recently they've taken to hanging out on Kennett St which annoys me because I'm at Georgia and Wayne and can't get there quickly. And yes, I'm a total geek for food trucks.

Vagrarian said...

And actually, a great way to keep track of local food trucks is http://foodtruckfiesta.com/ which has a live map of where they are, based on their Twitter feeds.

Rebecca said...

@Anonymous

Nope, no shortcut that I know of. Once the Silver Spring Transit Center is complete (oh wait...IF it is ever complete) you will be able to just walk down Bonifant and through the transit center to the Metro station entrance.

Anonymous said...

"Meanwhile, no progress is being made on the transit center" Not sure this is true. From what I see waiting for the Metro every day, they seem to be going ahead and completing those hideous glass encased escalators as well as the hideous glass overhangs, as well as the landscaping on the side facing the tracks.

Sligo said...

I assume they're still doing work around the periphery, but it seems like the primary structure will stay as-is until they resolve this.

Anonymous said...

"as well as the landscaping on the side facing the tracks"

Wait..They're doing the landscaping already?! Heh. Sure got their priorities in order.

I wasn't here when this project started. Is this a WMATA or SS? I guess either way it's gonna take forevvvver!

Anonymous said...

It's moco funded, if that's what you're asking

Anonymous said...

^
You sure its Moco funding? I'm sure a good portion of it is. But, it is WMATA complaining about the concrete issue not meeting their standards.

Anonymous said...

For those of you wondering about the St. Michael's School and relishing the idea of how that land could go to good use - don't hold your breath. I've worked with Catholic schools for a long time and I can tell you they don't shed land easily. They move slowly and when they do something with the likes of a school like that it is more likely to be something like retirement home for priests, for adminstration offices, or a homeless shelter.

Simply put, I seriously doubt they're going to sell it for commercial use or a rail stop.

Anonymous said...

Not unless they have some more molestation suits they need to pay for.

Anonymous said...

It's mostly moco (and the feds, of course).

"The project is being funded through from the Federal Transit Administration (53%), Maryland Mass Transit Administration (11%) and Montgomery County (36%)."

Anonymous said...

I know bigotry against Catholics is totally PC these days; but, did you really need do go there? Does it make you feel better? Was there any point in your imbecile post?

Anonymous said...

Jesus. Just ignore the dumb comments. It's not that hard, people.

Anonymous said...

There used to be a shortcut over the Marc bridge from Bonifant to one of the NOAA buildings on East West Highway, but they closed it a few months ago much to my dismay. Now we have to walk all the way around and deal with the Greenpeace people and assorted panhandlers. It doesn't make for a fun commute. At least the guy who asks for quarters is polite about it, but maybe he should aim higher, like would it be possible to spare a dollar. There's been a woman out there lately with 2 kids, which bugs the crap out of me for some reason. Maybe because they don't look homeless and they don't have any stuff with them. If they were really homeless, wouldn't they have to carry what ever belongings they have with them?

Anonymous said...

Where is this bridge again exactly?

And here's hoping the school becomes a retail space or preferably a bar.

Anonymous said...

The bridge is at the MARC station. Basically, it gets you from the NOAA parking lot to the other side of the railroad tracks.

It was a great little shortcut to get from Georgia Ave. to Giant. But, it has been closed for a couple of months due to construction. Although, there must be some way to get there for people taking the train other than going through the NOAA parking lot. I just don't where that entrance is.

Anonymous said...

There's a staircase that goes down to the Metro entrance so you don't have to go through the NOAA parking lot. I really wish they'd open it back up since the construction is stalled indefinitely.

Anonymous said...

The Church has sold property to pay for sexual abuse settlements. That's not a made up thing.

Anonymous said...

It's remarkable how far the owner of Society has gone out of his way to make sure no one knows anything about the status of anything.

Anyone know if it's open now? Anyone know if this supposed roof deck will open at the same time? What's the happy hour? Why doesn't the owner know how to build hype?

Anonymous said...

I just walked by Society - not open! There's a sign that says they open in March so they have 11 days left. They really need to do some marketing because the only people who know about it are the ones on here!

Vagrarian said...

I think it's getting to the point that nobody cares anymore if Society opens or not. Months ago we were all excited about a new place finally opening...now we're all, "WTF is up with that place? All done and still not open?"

Mike said...

I regularly see the guy at the Metro asking, "Is it possible to help me out with a quarter?"

I've also seen him twice at the Four Corners Safeway with a full cart of groceries. The last time, a couple of weeks ago, he was about to load said groceries into a Jaguar X-type. No joke.

I know it's the cheap version of a Jag and they don't make 'em anymore, but that's a lot of quarters.

Clancy said...

Mike, it's not that hard for me to believe that story. I was once behind him in line at the Whole Foods. He paid out of a roll of cash that was so big I almost did a spit take when I saw it. I had the exact same thought: that's a lot of quarters.

Anonymous said...

You guys are nuts. I've ridden the bus with that quarter guy multiple times and served him at Progress Place. He doesn't cake himself in dirt and sweat and spend 90 hours a week asking for quarters but secretly have a luxury car. If he's shopping and paying with cash instead of food stamps or loading up a luxury car then obviously someone has given him part time work to do so.

Anonymous said...

Some chick on twitter says the 22nd (Friday) is when Society is opening.

Anonymous said...

Well, if some chick on twitter says it is opening on the 22nd it must be true.

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure if we can trust the chick on Twitter because Friday is the 23rd, not the 22nd.

Anonymous said...

Haha, my bad, I added the Friday notation. Her twitter says the 22nd (tomorrow). She's "Publisher, TheListAreYouOnIt.com DC's Number One Resource For All Things Food & Wine Co-Host, Foodie & The Beast Sundays at 11AM on 1500AM"

Anonymous said...

And now someone else on Twitter, who sounds like a part owner, is saying Friday for Society:
"My latest and greatest Project! This Friday Grand Opening of Society Restaurant & Lounge 8229 georgia ave downtown Silver spring! 7p-2a"

Anonymous said...

From their facebook page:
JOIN US FOR OUR "SOFT LAUNCH" COCKTAIL PARTY. THIS FRI. 3/23 7PM-2AM & SAT. 3/24 6PM-2AM. AT SOCIETY RESTAURANT & LOUNGE... 8229 GEORGIA AVENUE
SILVER SPRING, MD 20910.
ENJOY COMPLIMENTARY APPETIZERS!

Anonymous said...

Excellent. Finally something in stone. Hope this place is worth the wait. All the money that was put into that interior/exterior makes it a win already. Up the property value a bit and force that damn wig place out.

Anonymous said...

The new awnings for Lessac Cafe (old Highlands space) are already up. Look real sharp.

Anonymous said...

I keep hearing from friends that Society will attract the same suspect crowd everywhere else in Silver Spring does. I hope not.

Because they put a lot of money into making it look nice. And that's how a lot of people wish Silver Spring was.

Hopefully this will start a movement to force out horrible crap like the wig place, the abandoned 7-11 and all those car rental places (WTF) on Georgia avenue so nice places can move in.

Vagrarian said...

Yeah, I walked by Society on my way to grab lunch at Big Greek yesterday and it looked like they were interviewing potential staff. Good luck to them.

Anonymous said...

"I keep hearing from friends that Society will attract the same suspect crowd everywhere else in Silver Spring does."

Lol, yeah, real suspect crowds buying "Grilled Black Angus Filet" from a high-end lounge. The same suspect crowd going into the rest of the neighboring restaurants (Olazzos, Greek Cafe, FS1, Paccis, etc.). Real shady place, that Montgomery County, MD.

Anonymous said...

Hopefully this will start a movement to force out horrible crap like the wig place, the abandoned 7-11 and all those car rental places (WTF) on Georgia avenue so nice places can move in.

I'll never understand the hate people have for the wig place. The store has been there longer than some you have been on this planet. It's a store that doesn't interest you. Get over it.

I don't even know what abandoned 7-11 you are referring to.

Don't like car rental places? I've had to rent a car 5 times in the last 2 years, usually on short notice. It sure was to be able to walk over there and take care of business.

Easley Does it said...

Yes, just to second what Anon 12:11 wrote, just because a business doesn't cater to YOU doesn't make it a bad business. So many people on these comment boards seem to think otherwise. Or maybe it's just a couple of people who post a lot.

Anonymous said...

That person must be talking about the 7-11 that's under construction on Ga. Ave. I agree that it's dumb to hate a wig store, but I don't see any problem in wishing for something that has a wider appeal take its place. I've never once seen someone in the wig place and I'm sure the vast majority of their business is done online (or something). It can be just as successful and useful in a less prime location. Ditto for a handful of other stores on Ga. Ave. that do basically nothing to draw pedestrians to the area.

Anonymous said...

"Ditto for a handful of other stores on Ga. Ave. that do basically nothing to draw pedestrians to the area"

This anon is right. I'm sure the wig store is a fine, respectable business but it really doesn't add much interest to an evolving pedestrian friendly area. Diversity of business is good but there's a fine line.

libbybean said...

Society opened on Friday. It's sleek and modern, and pretty pricey. The bar is granite and the bartenders are attentive. Waiting to see their happy hour menu. www.societyss.com