- Masa, the Japanese Hibachi/Sushi restaurant located on the second floor of DTSS is now open for business. The restaurant has taken the unusual step of having a large banner
produced to advertise their soft opening to DTSS-goers. Perhaps I'm mistaken, but isn't a "soft"
opening by definition one you don't actively promote?
I'm putting off trying Masa for the time being, having been burned too many times by poor service and sub-par food when dining at newly-opened restaurants. I'll wait until they've been open a bit longer and have reached a critical mass of reviews on Yelp! and the like. To their credit, they have been receiving generally good reviews on Yelp! thus far. (I'm still on the fence about Society Lounge, which has been open a few weeks now, and whose Yelp! rating is hovering around my 3.5 star minimum.) And for those restaurants whose marking strategy includes leaving positive reviews of themselves in the comments section of this blog, please don't do that. It's really obvious when you do. I'm looking at you, Skew Works.
While its title may be somewhat misleading, a recent post on the Washington Post website provides some additional details on Masa.
- The pop-up toy store that took over Borders' old space when the bookseller went under has finally closed, and work appears to be underway in the interior, though there is no indication who might be moving in. There were some rumors about H&M last September, but I haven't heard any word on that since. I'd be surprised that they'd open a large store here with a brand new one just a few miles down Georgia Avenue in Wheaton Plaza, but who knows.
UPDATE: It is H&M. Clearly I am not being diligent enough when it comes to monitoring the Downtown Silver Spring Facebook page. H&M will occupy 18,000 square ft. of the Borders space, and is set to open in September. H&M must be following an aggressive expansion plan, as they are also opening up a store over in Chevy Chase.
- After strangely having dueling websites with one site stating the restaurant was moving Bethesda and the other claiming this was a dirty rumor, Marrakesh is indeed gone. According to the liquor license request posted in the window, eventually taking its place will be a restaurant named Lucy's Ethiopian. I'm really surprised that yet another Ethiopian place is on the way, considering there's a new one opening (already open?) down the road at the former Taste of Jerusalem location and another new restaurant at the corner of Fenton and Silver Spring Ave. I don't know how many Ethiopian restaurants one downtown area can possibly support, but I guess we'll find out. Ironically, Marrakesh originally took over a portion of another Ethiopian restaurant - Langano - which still operates next door, though with a reduced footprint.
- The massive CF that is the Transit Center's construction continues. Now the county and Foulger-Pratt are bringing in another engineer to assess the state of the negligently-poured concrete to determine if it is either too little or too much, and if there is any threat of hundreds of tons of concrete and buses falling on your head while you await the arrival of the Z2. It's even possible that the entire thing might even have to be torn down as an "apocalyptic solution".
- Joe Gyau, a 19-year old soccer player from Silver Spring, has signed a three-year contract with Hoffenheim in the German Bundesliga (their main soccer division), which is pretty impressive. More on Gyau here from the New York Times.
- Finally, this may be ancient in Internet time by now, but in case you haven't yet seen it, here's the police video of Batman being pulled over on Route 29 a few weeks back. Unsurprisingly, this story ended up going viral and being picked up nationally.