Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Silver Spring News 'N Notes

- Some changes are afoot at a couple of established Silver Spring restaurants: Ed Witt is out as chef at 8407, to be replaced by Justin Bittner, most recently of Bar Pilar in the District. Expect a revamped 8407 menu in the fall. Meanwhile, 8407's original chef, Pedro Matamoros, is to become part owner of the longstanding Golden Flame Restaurant, where he had already been named executive chef  back in March. 

- I had been looking for a photo of this classic graffiti on the Forest Glen railroad bridge for quite some time, and finally found it posted on the Old Time D.C. Facebook page. The current, shortened version which simply reads "Surrender" has somehow managed to survive for quite a few years without being removed.



- I believe I may have mentioned this before years ago, but one of the enduring mysteries of Silver Spring (to me, at least) is why the World Headquarters of Stuckey's is located in the nondescript office building at the corner of 16th and Spring Street. There are zero Stuckey's in Maryland and the nearest location is three hours away. On the off chance that an employee of Stuckey's corporate reads this blog, could you please explain how the chain came to be headquartered here?

 - A Silver Springer's kitchen remodel is featured in the current edition of Dwell magazine. Kudos to the magazine's editors for not pluralizing Silver Spring, as is the norm. I will even forgive their transgression of indicating on the cover that the house is "in Washington".

- I had heard that Frank Lloyd Wright's son once lived in my neighborhood, but had never seen any evidence to verify that assertion. However, there's an interesting document for sale on eBay right now - the original specifications for a house Wright designed for his son in Bethesda. (His grandson now lives there.)

Of course, the document identifies the client (Wright) as a resident of "Silver Springs, Maryland"


Though interestingly, they managed to get it correct elsewhere:


The document is a bit confusing, as it seems to incorrectly indicate that the house was to be built in Silver Spring ("Springs"), which unfortunately was not the case.



18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Former GA Rep Bill Stuckey is the chairman or was, he is also a longtime DC resident. Not sure how long Stuckey's headquarters has been in Silver Spring, but the Stuckeys have been around DC for a long time.

Isayaah Parker said...

The bigger question, is WHY is the Stuckeys building so UGLY looking? It looks like something out of Baltimore. Can they paint it? Can they remodel it? I'd prefer them to tear it down and build something more modern and something which engages the street with RETAIL on the ground level. Right now its just some ugly box in a ditch with chipped paint and an ugly parking lot.

Gull said...

@Isayaah

If Stuckey's is in the office building i'm thinking of on the corner of 16th and Spring across from one of the entrances to Summit Hills, than it was just painted last month. Got rid of the flaking cream and used more of a taupe color with stripes of dark blue. Looks 1,000% better than before they started.

As for it looking like a Baltimore building, it just looks like a 1965 era building. There are tons of buildings that look like this or worse all over Prince Georges County, including a huge collection in Riverdale along Kenilworth Ave, including the building that is the HQ for who I work for.

If that building were to ever be torn down (unlikely) it would be best served being incorporated as part of any future Falkland redevelopment. Because it sits below grade of the road, I doubt they'd ever do anything that would add a retail bump out in front, plus the site would no longer have circulation for loading or the 2 level parking behind it. Some changes will have to happen however because part of the parking will be bought by the State for the Purple Line.

JessMan said...

hope they keep the calamari with that delicious dipping sauce at 8407

Terry in Silver Spring said...

There used to be Stuckey's in Maryland when I was a kid. I remember at least one on the Eastern Shore. We used to beg Dad to stop and get us a pecan log like they had on the Stuckey's commercials. He used to threaten to buy one and make us eat it all. lol

I still remember their jingle. Take a Stuckey's Stop!

Anonymous said...

Silver Spring has had some interesting alumni:

Currently Acorn Miedia is on Wayne Ave. They're the US distributor for BBC TV shows and movies.
Jane Goodall used to have an office in the Perpetual Building.
The Perpetual Building is owned by the father of the guy who wrote Incredibly Loud & Extremely Close.
Sylvester Stallone's father used to have a hair salon on Wayne.
Goldie Hawn's father had a jewelry shop.
Don't forget author George Pelicanos lives in East Silver Spring.
Matt Drudge, Dave Chappelle, Dominque Dawes, Connie Chung have all lived in Silver Spring.

Anonymous said...

Why are people so upset about the police presence this weekend at the movies? I think they can us that every weekend on Ellsworth.

Anonymous said...

Just a reason to complain.

Ive actually seen guards there and cops during movies in the theater before. I didn't care or complain.

Also I'm glad Witt is out. Kitchen bar quality has gone down a lot ever since he took over.

Anonymous said...

Update on Bethel Church site:
Dale Music isn't holding out - a developer now owns the entire block on the west side of Georgia, from Bonifant down to Pyramid Atlantic. They can build up to 90' on Georgia and 200' after a step back of 2 to 1. None of the buildings are protected and will be torn down by the Developer.
The Ripley District has a zoning overlay that allows extra height and density because its near Metro and the tracks.
Solaire residents in east facing units - Enjoy your views while you have them.

Anonymous said...

Pedro is gone from the Golden Flame. Apparently he was never to purchase the place, was only the exec chef and only lasted 6 months before the owner of 42 years released him.

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