Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Lettuce Welcome Sweetgreen

As you may have heard, Silver Spring is set to get its very own salad restaurant in the form of Sweetgreen, opening this summer in the former Georgia Avenue home of Living Ruff. If Silver Spring wasn't fully gentrified before, the arrival of a salad joint would likely make it official. The only salad-focused place I have ever really patronized was the Mixt Greens in the Wildwood Shopping center in sort-of Bethesda, but that closed after less than a year of operation. Hopefully our Sweetgreen will fare better.

Downtown Bethesda has of course been home to a Sweetgreen for some time, and many commenters will be quite pleased that Silver Spring is becoming just a little more like Bethesda. Apparently even Bethesda wants us to become more like Bethesda - this week I received in the mail a complimentary copy of Bethesda Magazine, encouraging me to become a subscriber. It's certainly a good magazine to subscribe to if you like to peruse plastic surgery ads and  $2M+ real estate listings. Seriously, their cover story this month is entitled "Extreme Homes". (The issue did include a Silver Spring Guide, which I imagine is intended for Bethesdans who want to go slumming.)


Also in new developments:

- I haven't seen it myself, but I've received a number of reports that there is ongoing activity in the former Mayorga location in South Silver Spring. Anyone know what the deal is?

- It has just been announced that Busboys and Poets will be opening a new location in Takoma - that's Takoma, D.C. not Takoma Park, Maryland. You may recall that owner Andy Shallal refuses to open a location in Montgomery County because the MoCo government wouldn't ask the feds to spend less on defense. Clearly the government of Arlington (home of the Pentagon) must have bravely made that same request, as he opened a Busboys location there. And that is the reason I will never go to Busboys and Poets. So stupid.



34 comments:

Bonifant more sinister than Thayer said...

the dialysis center is moving down to that location. now what to put in the dialysis center location?

Sligo said...

You mean the one in the old Library? I smell a historical preservation fight coming on!!!!

rachel Posell said...

there is a dialysis place going in to mayorga.

Patrick Thornton said...

I too find the whole thing with Busboys & Poets silly and think it has nothing to do with MoCo's thoughts on defense spending. My best guess is that he has looked into moving into DTSS specifically and was unable to get tax incentives or other incentives to do so.

His official accuse, as you point out, makes no sense since no one who has an issue with defense spending would possibly open a place in NoVa but not MoCo.

I don't officially boycott the place, but it does keep me from trying to go there more often. I'll probably check out the Takoma location once, but in general I don't like to support this kind of self-aggrandizing hypocrisy.

Anonymous said...

I was lobbying for a Chop't, but will have to check out the sweetgreen when it opens.

Isayaah Parker said...

Bustboys and Poets isn't anything to write home about anyway. Someone should open something like Bustboys and Poets in Silver Spring just to piss Andy off. The food sucks and I've had horrible service at all locations thus far. Everyone who works there has a giant celery stick up their ass. Overpriced drinks and alcoholics pretending to be ARTSY FARTSY.

Anonymous said...

Bustboys? Is that like Hooters?

Anonymous said...

Shallal is an idiot.

Justafed said...

sweetgreen is moving in? Within shouting distance ol La Madeline? The circle is complete! (Actually not quite; I think the rules say you also need a PaperSource and an ultra-high end bike store. But close enough.)

Gull said...

How about a Cava Mezze Grill? Yummmmmm. That's my favorite lunch spot when i'm in Bethesda.

Anonymous said...

That's f-n hilarious. I live in Takoma Park, Maryland and am pretty sure our govt has a policy against defense spending, just like have policies on Tibet and Nukes. If not, it's merely an oversight!

Lee said...

As proud owner of a blog totally devoted to vegetables (Veggie Quest, woot!) and devoted plant eater, I am STOKED that we are getting a salad place. Can't wait for it to open!

Avocado said...

I'm excited about the Busboys in Takoma, DC! That side of the tracks needs some more life. When I looked at houses there a year ago it was discouraging to think about having to walk under an underpass and along long blocks to Takoma Park for any yuppy-ish eateries. The other option was to walk to Georgia Ave for fried chicken and that type of carryout.

It is a great place for a new Busboys. I've always had great service & enjoyed the food at their 14th St & Mt Vernon Square locations. Can't comment on their booze but they have a great herbal tea selection that is reasonably priced with free hot water refills...

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