Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Two New Restaurants Coming for You to Complain About

The first harbinger of a new restaurant opening is often a bright orange liquor license hearing notice appearing in the window of an unoccupied space. A couple more of these notices have recently popped up around downtown Silver Spring, though they provide little indication of the nature of the planned establishments outside of their names.

First, there's "Urban Butcher", set to occupy the first floor of this building at the corner of Georgia and Ripley. Sounds a bit serial killer-y to me. Perhaps the name is meant to be ironic and it will actually be a vegan restaurant.


UPDATE: Reader JW did a little sleuthing and found the Maryland trade name application for Urban Butcher, which included a few bits of new information. First, the name is being registered by Raynold Mendizabal, presently the executive chef at the Lima Restaurant in the District. Also, there will be both an operating butcher shop and a restaurant on the premises. If nothing else, you know your meat will be fresh.

There's also a notice posted in a window of this nondescript building located at 923 Sligo Avenue for an eponymously-named "923 Sligo Cafe".


I have no other info on either of these establishments, so if anyone has any details, let us know!



Thanks to MG for the tip on Urban Butcher.



52 comments:

Anonymous said...

You haven't mentioned Scion yet on East West. They have been open for about a month. Food and drink are pretty good from my limited experience so far.

Yada said...

Other than the terrible service and the lack of actually anyone being at Scion the two times I was there, I'd give it a B-.

Unfortunately, due to the shit location and the lack of Silver Springians actually supporting restaurants in their neighborhood, I'll be surprised if they place makes it a year.

Anonymous said...

There is also a new coffee shop going in on Silver Spring Avenue, next door to IBI office furniture.

Vagrarian said...

The "Urban Butcher" has been standing empty for over a year, I think; it's about freaking time something got off the ground in there.

Anonymous said...

Scion is really good in my opinion. NOt the best food ever in the history of the world (which seems to be the standard that must be met by most on this blog in order for them to eat at it) but it's good food and a great beer list.

I've never seen it empty. But I agree that the service is terrible unless you're at the bar.

Why is it a bad area? The lack of wild teens running around? Not too difficult to walk the other way off the metro, or to park in the free county garage across the street.

Anonymous said...

So, per the Gazette, work on fixing the SSTC concrete slabs is due to begin "within the week."

Therefore we can expect work on fixing the concrete slabs to begin "within the next 6 months or so."

http://www.gazette.net/article/20130709/NEWS/130709435/1124/work-to-begin-at-silver-spring-transit-center-within-a-week&template=gazette

Bill Gwynn said...

Anyone have any insight on why they cut down all the trees on Georgia Ave between Bonifant and Sligo?

Chris D. said...

I agree with your concern Bill, I was dissapointed to see the removal of the trees, especially when there was no clear explanation of why or advance notice of the removal. I certainly hope they are replaced with something to help give some shade cover to the walk there.

Anonymous said...

Anyone have any insight on why they cut down all the trees on Georgia Ave between Bonifant and Sligo?

I believe it's part of the Fenton Village Pedestrian Linkages Program. I heard form a client of mine whose business is just off Georgia that when the trees were originally planted, the contractor made a mistake (sound familiar) and planted ones not approved by the County arborist. So the trees were going to die or were already dying and so are just being replaced with more appropriate species. Can read more about the project here.

http://www6.montgomerycountymd.gov/dhctmpl.asp?url=/content/dhca/community/neighborhood_revitalization.asp#FSVPedLinks

Anonymous said...

They are cutting down the trees in preparation to re-do the sidewalk to match the red brick downtown. They started at the World Building (which is complete). I spoke with someone working on it and they are starting at the World Building (Georgia east side), going north to downtown, then will do the same thing going south on the west side of Georgia.

Anonymous said...

Oh no! No Scion bashing please. I think it's pretty good and, as some one who lives in the Mica, I am so happy to have a restaurant right there. Let's all go to Scion and encourage more businesses to fill in the retail space in that area.

Anonymous said...

Also, I had very very good service both times I visited Scion. Extremely friendly and nice waitresses. I thought the service was better than the food.

JK said...

What's happening with the salad restaurant on GA? Supposedly opening in the spring.

Sligo said...

Re: What's happening with the salad restaurant on GA?

I think they should be open fairly soon. They are having a "pre-opening dinner" (not open to public) tonight.

Anonymous said...

The food is just okay (it's consistent but it's just that some things are good and some things are not that great). The appetizers are better... but for anyone who has ever complained that Silver Spring doesn't have a good place to get a beer, now is your chance. Awesome beer list, great bartenders. If this place fails then the blame must be directed squarely at everyone who lives in the downtown area.

Anonymous said...

How could anyone aware of the existence of Quarry House ever complain about not having a good place to get a beer in Silver Spring?

engrish_major said...

Because the Quarry House is always crowded as hell.

Anonymous said...

Fair point.

Anonymous said...

Re: the QH being always crowded, reminds me of the Yogi Berra line, no one ever goes there anymore, it's always too crowded.

Anonymous said...

You see the two competing themes? Scion is alwasys empty, Quarry House is always crowded. Two cmplaints diametrically in opposition to each other. So, the poster complaining about Scion being empty should go to the Quarry House and vice cersa.

Anonymous said...

Been to Scion once and thought the service was fine. The food was inconsistent, but the beer selection is amazing. They have beers I've never seen anywhere else in MOCO.

J

Rex Immensae Majestatis Chapman said...

My Scion thoughts are similar to those of others: great beer selection, inconsistent food, friendly service. I liked my half-price Tuesday burger a lot, and the sauce on the spring rolls. The desserts were why bother. Worth another trip.

Anonymous said...

Do restaurants advertise anymore?
Is there any place to even advertise?
I want to go to Scion but I never think about it when I'm hungry.

I'm used to heading towards downtown and down Georgia and never think the other way.

Even a little local area mailed menu or flyer would help. They should ask the Club Wags how to do that, I get things from them all the time.

Anonymous said...

Sweet Green is opening to the public Monday with free food!

Danielle Meitiv said...

Thanks for the info about the 923 Sligo Cafe - I just noticed the sign yesterday (on my way to dinner at Jackie's...) That's just down the street from me so I'm very curious about what happens there.

Also can someone explain how Vicino's is still open when I've seen a total of 14 people in there over the 6 years that I've been here? Or is it another Piratz's like place, holding on forever...

Anonymous said...

Never been myself, but I have had several people tell me they really like Vicino's, which is more than can be said of Piratz.

Anonymous said...

Presumably Vicino's owns their building so their overhead is fairly low. Also, don't they have a well-regarded regular jazz nights? I imagine that helps a lot. Bet they don't make too much money, but don't have ever-ballooning rent prices to pay either.

Anonymous said...

Could Urban Butcher be related to Urban BBQ?

Anonymous said...

I was at Scion last night and the place was completely packed! They were having some sort of beer/happy hour event. I have been several times before, but have never seen it that crowded. Hope it keeps up. It's a great addition to the neighborhood and I love the food.

Anonymous said...

It was a Lagunitas beer event. Half off 9 different Lagunitas drafts served in complimentary glass mason jars/mugs.

Terry in Silver Spring said...

"Never been myself, but I have had several people tell me they really like Vicino's, which is more than can be said of Piratz."

I love Vicino's. Wonderful old fashioned Italian food in a place that looks like Italian restaurants did in my childhood.

Anonymous said...

Vicino's has live jazz in the basement every Monday night. they are building a very good reputation for supporting the local jazz scene. I always heard that Vicinos was very small child friendly - so if you have tots its a great place to go with the kids and not get dirty looks. The white pizza was really good.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone else ever heard of the McMenamins Brothers in Portland. They have made a highly successful business converting old movie theaters into top notch brew pubs and music clubs. Turning old SRO hotels and grade schools into boutique hotels.
We don't lack the old buildings - we just lack anyone with vision - and a good beer list.

Anonymous said...

I've been to a McMenamins before. It was a former grade school...multiple bars, movies, and rooms. Very very cool concept, but I agree there is a lack of vision in MoCo for that type of thing---but if it was built would customers show up??

Anonymous said...

No, they wouldn't show up becasue MOCOers crave real cities, not one stop pub/movie venues etc.

Anonymous said...

923 has been vacant for years as Total AV moved to their location on Georgia Ave just past 16th. I know a guy there and the owner has/had just been sitting on the building for the whole time. he told me of rumors of a restaurant moving in there quite a while ago. I guess it took all this time to hash things out.

Anonymous said...

Well 923 had a major addition put on last year and a new company moved into the back 3/4 or so of the building. It's only the front part of the building that's vacant and now that's being filled with the cafe/restaurant.

Anonymous said...

I could be wrong, but I thought some martail arts gym setup there.

Anonymous said...

Because the pizza thread is not dead yet......here is all the evidence you need that DC does not know good pizza.

http://www.wtop.com/?nid=1140&sid=2937361&lb=true&cat=pizza


Really? Pizza Hut in top 10? Papa Johns? Ledo's? Again, this town does not know pizza.

Anonymous said...

^^^
It doesn't really look like much of something to make a judgement from. Some local radio station list a bunch of popular pizza places to vote for and somehow "this town doesn't town doesn't know pizza." Oh, the horror. Who gives a flying fig?

Anonymous said...

DC Brau will be launching in MoCo at Quarry House on Thurs July 18.

DC Brau should look the Flower Theater and Takoma Theater as places to have a Brew Pub. Both have large interiors and historic exteriors.
Takoma Theater is in DC, close to Metro. It wouldn't have those pesky MoCo liquor laws to contend with.

Anonymous said...

the town doesnt know pizza. pretty well known around the town and around the country

G. Money said...

Yeah, but on the plus side, we're not from New Jersey.

Anonymous said...

Anymore more info on Urban Butcher? Is it really a butchers shop or a goth/Zombie clothing store?

Anonymous said...

Weren't they supposed to restart construction on the transit center yesterday? I haven't seen any action out there yet.

Anonymous said...

Did you read the update?

Anonymous said...

Re: the transit center. I can see it from my apartment and, to be sure, there are some folks milling about. Per Gazette and WaPo they are "preparing for repairs." Which means "not actually doing repairs." Why they could not have "prepared" for the repairs while waiting for the permits to come through so that they were actually ready to "repair" as soon as possible would, in any other situation, be a mystery to me. But here, of course, it is par for the course. No sense of urgency. No accountability.

Perry said...

It seems a burger place will be opening up where the dry cleaners are right now?

Perry said...

Oops...here is the link to the Peterson DTSS plans...BurgerFi?

http://peterson.propertycapsule.com/properties/downtownsilverspring#plans


http://www.burgerfi.com/

Anonymous said...

Hadn't heard of Burgerfi before, but it looks pretty solid. They seem to have some odd obsession with having all their menu prices end in a 7. Overall, looks like slightly cheaper price points than Stage, which is good.

Thanks for the info, Perry.

Anonymous said...

I'm from Germany and none of you have any clue what a real hamburger is. Rubes...

Anonymous said...

Anyone know anything about this restaurant Odalis (fka Lisbeth's Cafe) on Georgia? Worth going?