Thursday, November 29, 2012

Would You Like Lead With That?

It may have recently received a facelift, but the downtown Silver Spring McDonald's remains as sketchy as ever. A couple weeks back, this guy inexplicably discharged his firearm inside the men's bathroom. Many of the articles about the incident refer to a "shooting" at the McDonald's, but doesn't that require someone to get shot? I clicked on the link expecting a completely different story. At least no one has gotten typhoid fever lately.

Not to be outdone by its neighbor, the Dunkin' Donuts on the next block has been shut down by county heath inspectors for violations less than two months after opening!

Photo courtesy of reader B.

Between the McDonald's, Dunkin' Donuts and the transit center clusterfuck, that intersection is the Bermuda Triangle of Epic Fails.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Leave These Leaves

I came across this sign when while strolling through my neighborhood earlier this evening. I don't understand it, but everything about it just feels very Silver Spring to me.

I'm sure eventually someone will provide a reasonable explanation, but really I'd rather not even know.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Silver Spring News 'N Notes

- Home Properties has put the entire Falkland Chase complex up for sale. Surprising, considering all their efforts to get their plans to redevelop the north parcel approved.

- After being open for just two years, Fire Station 1 is getting a new owner and a makeover. I still have never stepped foot inside this place.

Thanks to Jerry McCoy for the photo.
 - According to a commenter, the Stage Burger will also be also be receiving a renovation that includes a new bar as well as an expanded menu.

- As you may have already read in the comment threads of previous posts, we're getting a Cricket Wireless store next to the County Liquor store on Colesville road. Meh, right? I guess it beats an empty storefront. (Barely.)

- This is the oldest house in Silver Spring, in case you were curious.

- MajesticWatch Update: Went to see the new Bond flick on Saturday night and ticket lines were out the door. Total employees manning the box office at the time: three - and one appeared to be a manager lending a hand. The Majestic must be one of the highest volume theaters in the chain, yet management always appears to skimp on staffing.

- From the archives of the Baltimore Sun, here's the downtown Silver Spring "Silver Triangle" retail and commercial project that never was. This would have been the intersection of Georgia and Colesville.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Silver Spring H&M Set to Open Tomorrow

After months of construction and a complete overhaul of the former Borders space, the Silver Spring H&M is finally set to open tomorrow. I don't shop much at H&M for myself, but I did confirm that the Silver Spring store will indeed carry their children's line, which is actually pretty nice and fairly inexpensive.

The first 100 people in line when the store opens will receive a free t-shirt and a card worth $10 to $300 in merchandise. If you want to get in on this deal, plan to be in line early.

Bienvenidos Taqueria Distrito Federal

The retail space at 930 Wayne Avenue, most recently home to Skew Works, will soon be getting a new tenant. Taqueria Distrito Federal, a taco joint with locations in Columbia Heights and Petworth is set to move in to the space, which has sat empty since Skew Works closed back in January.

This is certainly a welcome development, as a place that serves authentic Mexican tacos has been on my wish list for awhile. (Now give us empanadas, please.) Yelp! reviews of the other TDF locations are mixed, but generally positive. They also serve Mexican Coke, which is a plus.

I'm hoping this can become a go-to place for a quick lunch. To be honest, I'm getting a bit tired of the current options.

Thanks to KevA for the tip.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Election Day Open Thread

So, how are the lines at your local Silver Spring polling station? If the early voting lines at the Civic Building were any indication, you may find a bit of a queue today, at least during peak hours. I cast my ballot (at least that's what the computer told me) in downtown Rockville last week and was in and out in five minutes.

Even if we live in a state where our presidential vote is not worth nearly as much as the vote of someone in say, Ohio, there are still some important measures on the ballot this year. Personally, I think we deserve to also be allowed to vote in Virginia after being subjected to incessant ads for Tim Kaine and George Allen for the past few months. You'd think with today's digital technology they'd find some way to target ad buys so that cable subscribers in Montgomery County wouldn't have to put up with this crap.