- The Action Committee for Transit is holding a contest
to estimate the opening date of the Transit Center. The prize is dinner
at 8407, though you have to pay for a membership to be eligible. They
will probably have to pony up for a lot of meals if "never" proves to be the correct answer. (Which it is.)
- Substations needed to power the Purple Line (also never happening) may be disguised as single family homes along its route. People are complaining, of course. This idea is nothing new, as there's a number of Pepco substation houses scattered around the area, some of which are now occupied by actual people.
- Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the Mini Maker Faire at the Civic Building last weekend, but by all accounts it was a smashing success, with over 10,000 attendees. Let's hope they bring it back next year.
- A woman from Silver Spring was one of the survivors of last week's terrorist attach in Nairobi, Kenya.
- Kaldi's, the new coffee place on Silver Spring Avenue is now open. Has anyone tried it yet? They have a Facebook page, were, strangely, they have posted a Starbucks promotional video.
- The AFI Silver Theatre is offering free popcorn to furloughed government workers. I'd certainly be catching up on movies were I forced to stay home this week. (Though today I'd be at the Majestic for Gravity on IMAX.)
- Adios, Quiznos. The Fenton Street location has closed after ten years of operation in downtown Silver Spring. I don't particularly like Quiznos, but at one time it was the few options in that immediate area prior to all the DTSS restaurants opening, so I have eaten there a few times.
That block just won't be the same without dozens of Quizno's banners and signs, including the "grand opening" sign that was displayed for years.
- Remember how Pedro Matamoros (formerly of Nicaro and 8407) was going to buy the Golden Flame Restaurant? Not so much. Not only did he not buy the place, he's not even the chef there anymore.
- There was a AMA (ask me anything) on Reddit yesterday with Bar Rescue host Jon Taffer, who famously failed to re-brand Silver Spring's Piratz Tavern. He had a few choice words regarding the Piratz Tavern management (who, to their credit, are still there).
Q: Which bar rescue was the most difficult one for you?He did get called out by a few commenters for purposely antagonizing the owners with his selection of a "corporate" theme for the revamp. I do agree that he must have been trolling them.
A: Pirates comes to mind because it was so bizarre, and uncomfortable every minute I was there. I can't really say this about any other bar that I've rescued, but I did not like those people, candidly. And I did not enjoy one minute that I was there. It was my most difficult in that regard.
Q: Who was the most entertaining owner to work with? Do you keep in touch with any owners long after the shows?
A: I've developed very good friendships with some of them. With the exception of Pirates, I've left everyone in a good relationship.