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- I viewed an advanced screening of the Piratz Tavern episode of SpikeTV's Bar Rescue (airing July 22nd), and found it fairly entertaining, with plenty of angry yelling and cursing. Maybe that happens in every episode, but I can't imagine the staff and owners of bars featured on previous episodes could possibly have been as obstinate. I think the producers were annoyed that the bar reverted to its original pirate theme, as the episode concluded with this burn:


- Now leasing: the Solaire Metro Apartments, a new highrise located in the so-called "Ripley District". Oddly, one of the neighborhood features highlighted on their website is the fire station. A fire station a block away seems like something you might not want to draw prospective renters' attentions to, unless you are aiming your marketing at arsonphobiacs.While they're at it, they ought to also mention the freight trains that regularly pass by on the nearby tracks.


- It is handy, however, to be near a fire station when your business goes up in flames, as was the case with Ebony Barbers on Fenton Street, which was reportedly the victim of arson early yesterday morning when a suspect was seen breaking the barbershop window with a baseball bat and torching the place. (This time zombies were uninvolved.) Fortunately the fire didn't spread next door to the bookshop, which would have resulted in a hell of a blaze.

- Rumor has it that Fajita Coast may be returning (with a second location) to Four Corners after relocating back in February to the spot in East Silver Spring vacated by the defunct Babe's Sports Bar & Grill. If true, this development would be somewhat surprising if the stories of Fajita Coast's acrimonious relationship with their Four Corners landlord are to be believed. Regardless, the return of Fajita Coast would no doubt be welcome news to those living in the '01.

- Also in Four Corners rumors, Sweet Frog Yogurt shop is reportedly set to open in the awkwardly-located house in the back corner of the Woodmoor shopping center parking lot. I recently saw that it was available for lease and wondered what someone could do with it. There you go.



72 comments:

ES said...

I live in the Solaire - it's had residents for over a month or two now.

It's in a completely crappy location right now - it's cut off from the metro, is right next to another big construction project, and it backs up to the soup kitchen. I'm banking on the fact that MoCo will get their act together and finish the transit center so you can walk right down Ripley to the transit center, and the building itself is really nice.

Also, I'm glad Fajita Coast may be moving back. I had the worst experience there and will not be returning. Let them go back to where they hopefully have a loyal customer base.

Sligo said...

Huh, odd they just issued a press release today about beginning residential leasing.

ES said...

That's weird! They've been posting ads on craigslist and other sites for ages now!

Sligo said...

Maybe you were part of the "soft opening"

Anonymous said...

Had a nice experience at Fajita Coast a couple of weeks ago. The food wasn't as good as Mi Rancho, but the patio was pleasant and the service was good. The giant kiddie sand pit is a bit odd, but actually pretty cool because the kids could play in a nicely contained area. Can't believe they'd move back to Four Corners, because they seem to be doing pretty good business in the new location. When we were there early Friday evening, it was packed on the patio, and fairly full inside already.

Anonymous said...

Wonder how many people will sue Foulger Pratt if the transit center needs to be torn down. I'd imagine owners of the two large Riply projects (including the Solaire) would certainly pile on. The value of their apartments falls off a cliff if their expected 100 yards to the metro commute remains 6 a crazy circuitous 6 blocks.

Anonymous said...

@ES - I've been thinking about moving to Solaire. Have you had any noise/maintenance problems with the apartment itself?

Stuart said...

Regarding Bar Rescue, many of the bars on the show revert to their original name and menu after the show is over.

Mike said...

ES, that is the first negative comment I've ever seen about Fajita Coast in all the years I've been going there, including the new location. I hope you give them another chance.

The sand is a holdover from Babe's "beach" and I will say it's a nice distraction for the kids when families go there. I had way too many negative experiences on Mi Rancho's patio when parents let their kids run around the tables all night. Then there was the father at the table next to us one night a few years back who thought it would be a good idea to distract his restless three-year-old by saying, "Let's roar like a dinosaur!" He gave a couple of examples, and the kid picked up on it, but then wouldn't shut up. Unforgettable evening.

Kev said...

"Regarding Bar Rescue, many of the bars on the show revert to their original name and menu after the show is over."

Many? I'm not sure about that. I'm sure that a few have. From what I've seen on the show, a lot of the places actually get improved and the new ideas stick. The Piratz Tavern episode just seems like a failure all around. The old concept sucked, the new concept sucked, owners didn't help, producers didn't help. And now people close to the restaurant industry are saying that the bar will finally be put out of its misery soon.

Seth Gitter said...

I did a "research study" of bar rescue and basically only 1/10 of the places featured on last season now get 4 stars on Yelp. 3 have since closed down and the rest are in the 2 to 3 star category.

More here: http://sethgitter.blogspot.com/2012/02/evaluating-bar-rescue-or-corporate.html?showComment=1331683955556

Anonymous said...

Fajita coasts food is overpriced for what you get. Very very average. But I guess when comparing it to mi rancho it's pretty good.

The Fajita coast location is horrible. it doesn't lookl like anything will ever be succesful in that horrible building

Foulger Pratt needs to be sued to the poin that they never ever get a county contract again

Piratz tavern is still horrible. Always will be.

Anonymous said...

"The Fajita coast location is horrible"

Completely disagree...this part of town needs a restaurant/bar. There are a lot of high rises and single family homes nearby so that should mean sufficient number of customers. I like the fact that it's off the beaten path away from Hellsworth...I often think to go there to have a more relaxed dining experience. And the sand pit for the kids is brilliant. As a father of two, I would much rather go there than Mi Rancho. As for the price...yea..it's a bit pricey for Mexican food.

Anonymous said...

Im not saying the location is horrible per se- let's be clear.

That building is horrible. it needs to be razed and re done. Then the crap around it needs to be razed /redone.

Could become really nice around that area with some work. Get rid of the slummy shops there and make the building that Fajita coast in it make sense architecturally for any retail or a bar.

I agree theres a large audience there and east west could use some more walking retail/food options.

that area was poorly planned but there are ways around it to make it better.

Anonymous said...

fajita coast's location is perfectly fine for them, or any resteraunt. the problem is parking. thats always been the problem with that location. granted thousands of people live within walking distance of it, people are still lazy enough to drive the 2 blocks, so whatever goes there next, needs to find a way to add more parking. period

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Anonymous said...

why would there be a comment about the power being out? this post was written BEFORE the storm...idiots. and is completley irrelevent to the topic.

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When did the comments on this blog become so nasty? Can't we comment on things without attacking each other?

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Don't worry about it. It's just the 1 guy who's nasty. Try to ignore him.

lilkunta said...

How do you know it is a Sweet Frog Yoghurt coming to Woodmoor shopping center? I do see the fence and contruction on that building. I guess BofA arent going to make that bldg there drive thru atm anymore?

ES said...

@Anonymous 3:47 - I haven't experienced any major issues. You can hear people from the hallway and vice versa, but otherwise I haven't had noise issues through the walls. The hallway thing seems pretty standard in the apartment buildings I've lived in.

There's some noise from the construction (both across the street and some within the building), but as it's largely during work hours, it hasn't bothered me.

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Yeah there is one guy thats nasty and thinks everyone is a troll if they critique the area in any way:

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Anonymous said...

Thanks ES! Appreciate it.

ES said...
@Anonymous 3:47 - I haven't experienced any major issues. You can hear people from the hallway and vice versa, but otherwise I haven't had noise issues through the walls. The hallway thing seems pretty standard in the apartment buildings I've lived in.

There's some noise from the construction (both across the street and some within the building), but as it's largely during work hours, it hasn't bothered me.

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