- 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.