Friday, April 11, 2014

RIP TDF

Thanks to WK for the photo!
 Despite repeated angry claims in the comments claiming it wasn't going to do so, Taco Distrito Federal appears to have closed. The Silver Spring location has been scrubbed from their website, and the space is for sale, as it has been for some time.

It's too bad, I actually rather liked the place, even if I only went there occasionally. They were always quite friendly, and kids got a plate of chicken, beans and rice for free. The restaurant's fate was probably inevitable since the day they moved in, as that location really is the worst. You could pass by dozens of times on foot or car and not notice it exists. I think whatever you put there, unless it's somewhere people need to go to in order to remain alive (like when they put a dialysis center in the old post office around the corner), it's going to fail.

I do think that TDF would have done succeeded were it on Ellsworth. Look at some of the middling places that have survived there for years.



162 comments:

Olya said...

Meanwhile La Madeleine which is just a few feet up towards Georgia is booming!

Anonymous said...

Maybe the library will bring some more foot traffic in the future?

Side rant: After living here for a year, I'm puzzled why the hell parking is allowed at any time on Colesville.

Anonymous said...

Yep, sad but inevitable. Sorry delusional dude who thought the space was up for sale w/o the owner's knowledge (seriously, that's what the guy was saying, repeatedly).

I'm trying to think what type of place could survive that terrible recessed space on a busy/pedestrian unfriendly road with no dedicated parking...I'm guessing another restaurant will give it a shot since all the equipment and setup are in place already. Maybe after the library's up and running there will be enough foot traffic for a deli or something. Something that could capitalize on both the lunch/quick dinner crowd and also have takeout deli meats for the growing residential population in that immediate area. Decent margins and something different. Lord knows the deli counter at Safeway isn't exactly going to have high customer loyalty.

G. Money said...

I think what that location could really use is a good tire/auto body shop.

Anonymous said...

I'm really bummed about this. My kids and I had lunch at TDF almost every Saturday for the past few months. I've been worried because it was never busy. I just hoped they had a decent weekday lunch crowd.

This afternoon we went to the TDF in Petworth to try to get our fix, but alas, it was not as good, so not worth the drive.

Anonymous said...

Went to DTSS today. The fountain is roped off...no more make shift water park. Wonder if that's due to a liability issue or businesses complaining?

Anonymous said...

Was the fountain actually going? Because I've seen it roped off before when not operating, and actually I think when it was working as well, only to have it opened up to the kiddies later in the summer.

In other words, I wouldn't worry yet.

Anonymous said...

The fountain is going. I agree it's probably just not ready for the kids to jump into it yet. They have to assign a guard to watch over it when the kids are romping in it.

I love going there to see the little monsters playing in it. However, I've seen in the summer when summer camp buses pull up and unleash a bunch of kids in bathing suits. Seems like a misuse of the fountain.

Gull said...

I think once the library opens and the church site is redeveloped there will be more pedestrian activity along Wayne. I can't judge because I never actually went to TDF however I didn't go because the bad reviews I heard outnumbered the good ones. Maybe with the county's loosening liquor laws this would be a good site to set up our first true bar and really annoy the people who live upstairs?

Anonymous said...

"Sorry we close"???? Where's the grammar police?

Craig said...

The 930 Wayne Ave. location is just cursed. Tenants at the street-level lot have come and gone in alarming frequency. I think the first occupant was a small pharmacy shop. That went kaput quickly. Skew Works restaurant didn't last long. Now TDF is dead at that spot.

I think a deli shop with beer and wine sales would be a good call for that location. Residents in the 930 Wayne condo building would be a good source of revenue for the booze and sandwiches.

Sit-down, full service restaurants are not a good fit at that locale.

btw...Does anyone know if the Silver Spring library will dedicate space for serving food & beverages? Stupid question, I know because I don't think county regulations would allow such a thing. But the library would score huge traffic flow if there was a cafe located inside the building. Free Wi-Fi access would be a huge advantage too.

Basically, I would like to see the Silver Spring library become like a Borders bookstore hangout.

The library should have:

People working or using the internet in the cafe area.

Teens browsing manga and comic books. Better than loitering in the civic center plaza.

Tons of people reading magazines in order to kill time.

Plenty of chairs and tables for patrons to read books, track investments, job searching research or to do school work.

The library should offer book sales.

Rent out meeting room space. Don't waste space for computer labs or children's reading rooms.

In sum, more and more people are downloading e-books today. People are even checking out e-books from the MCPL system without even visiting a library branch. Montgomery County needs bodies inside the building in order to justify the public funding of this project.

Opening a coffee shop or cafe on the premises, renting out space and organizing book sales would be a good way to earn some revenue.

Anonymous said...

The Fenton St. entrance will have a coffee shop and there be rooms st aside for meeting places.

I think others might object to your thesis that computer labs and children reading rooms being a waste of space, me included.

The idea of selling books is better off to the private industries. Generally speaking, you don't want government entities to be competing against private industry. Libraries are a public good, not a private business.

Anonymous said...

I wouldn't mind if they moved some of the Wheaton Library book sale stock to Silver Spring. Since I decided to go car-less, I miss my regular browsing through the offerings. I found some of my favorite books there.

Anonymous said...

Wonder how many years until we have a revolution where it's more hip to read off paper vs. digital screens.

Anonymous said...

Retail fail & libarary is a waste of public funds

Anonymous said...

Of course the guy who can't spell "library" thinks they're a waste.

Anonymous said...

^More smarm from the loser that that think everything Silver Spring does is awesome. It is a waste, because it's an oudated medium. But hey, don't let reality interrupt your need to defend any spending the county chooses to engange in.

Anonymous said...

But hey, don't let reality interrupt your need to defend any spending the county chooses to engange in.

Let me "engange" you is some fact based reality. Usage of the Montgomery County Public Library system in 2010 was about 12.5 items circulated and 9 visits per resident.

http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/OMB/Resources/Files/omb/pdfs/fy12/psprec/lib.pdf


Anonymous said...

It's them there youngins going on about libraries being outdated. Here's a tip - go visit one. You might be a little surprised about a) what's in there and b) how many people are taking advantage of all its resources.

Anonymous said...

"It is a waste, because it's an oudated medium."

Says the "I insult everyone" punk who apparently hasn't stepped foot in a library in years, much less the regularly busy SS location. It's not debatable that it's a well-used public service and space. Even in its current crappy, small, out of the way location there are always an impressive number of people of all ages and income levels using the thing.

Anonymous said...

What I imagine when someone attacks a library (or, libarary, if you will): http://youtu.be/Uvs2g5Nj0NI

Anonymous said...

How about everyone ceases nitpicking people for accidentally misspelling words while they fire off a comment in between work. Calm down.

I'm excited for the new library. The current location, while not far, is a pain to get to sometimes so I don't use it often.

jhodge31 said...

I think the nitpicking came about because of the irony of his misspelling in the context of his comment.

Anonymous said...

I think the nitpicking came because the spinless fat punk that defends everything the government does and everything Silver Spring does is easily riled up.

Anonymous said...

Nah, it was the irony.

Anonymous said...

Seems like someone is getting riled up. And, it is spineless, not spinless.

Anonymous said...

Ah correcting spelling errors on a blog post. The hallmark of the social shut-in.

Also posting two comments in a row and passing them off as two people is pathetic. Even for you fat lawyer boy.

Anonymous said...

And calling names is so very appropriate and mature. Now that's what's tiresome! Good thing you're hiding behind that screen.

Anonymous said...

I did not post twice in a row. And, I am not a lawyer nor am I fat. Perhaps I need to lose a couple of pounds, for sure, but I am still quite a few pounds away from fat.

One should always strive to spell correctly.

Anonymous said...

People, people, people...

Isn't it blindingly clear by now that this troll is simply a sock puppet created by Sligo to drive up page views and comments? No one could possibly be such a tool in real life. Not even someone from Bethesda.

Well played, Sligo.

Anonymous said...

For those of you interested in book sales, the Silver Spring chapter of the Friends of the Library is having a used book sale on Saturday May 3 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the current Silver Spring library location (8901 Colesville Road).

Anonymous said...

"Even for you fat lawyer boy."

Ha! I thought I was the fat lawyer boy, and I haven't even posted this month. Silly troll.

Everyone should check out SS Inc.'s Easter egg hunt if they haven't already. Seems like a cool idea.

MsJess said...

Not having a children's room would would be stupid. Libraries get a lot of foot traffic for children's storytime and activities

MsJess said...

I really enjoyed TDF's tortas and tacos. I hope they will return to Silver Spring in a better location.

Anonymous said...

Ha! I thought I was the fat lawyer boy, and I haven't even posted this month.

Actually, I am pretty sure I am Fat Lawyer Boy. Or maybe, deep down we are ALL Fat Lawyer Boy.

[cue Spartacus scene]

Anonymous said...

I only went to TDF twice. The last time they were really skimpy with the chicken in my burrito. I didn't go back after that.

Anonymous said...

I am Fat Lawyer Boy!

Anonymous said...

Fat lawyer boy here. Everyone please stop impersonating me!

Anonymous said...

No I'm fat lawyer boy!

Anonymous said...

For all of those that still care about the topic of the post after all this nonsense: "Closed for renovation"

Anonymous said...

Closed for renovation? Yeah I suppose that's why the TDF website has eliminated any mention of the place. Because it's just closed for renovation. Yeah...

What exactly is your source?

Gray said...

For what it's worth, NaiNai's is now really open, at least for dinner (5-9:30) every day but Monday. I almost tried it the other night but was enticed by the Scion HH instead.

Anonymous said...

Closed for renovation source: the magic marker signage in their window. Yeah...

Anonymous said...

^^ Don't bother giving the dbag above a source. He's just a prick that is contrary just to be contrary.

Anonymous said...

No, idiot. I am being contrary because every bit of evidence--the fact it has been wiped away from TDF's homesite, the fact it has been listed for sale, the fact that it is no longer open--contradicts the unsourced statement that it is "closed for renovations."

If someone has actual information to the contrary, I am sure many here, me included would be interested and very surprised.

Anonymous said...

ugh, what I wouldn't give for "^^" guy to grow up. Or move.

Anonymous said...

The source of "closed for renovation" is literally written on the wall of the storefront. If pics were capable here, maybe that would put some contradiction to rest. It's there, right in the window of their own restaurant, just like the US constitution is for all of us to know actually exists. Per the wiped website info, maybe Mr. & Mrs. Taqueria took it down temporarily so as not to direct anyone to a closed restaurant. Spidey senses aside, I don't know, I don't really care and I'm not going to interpret anything. I'm just relaying some sourced magic marker info to the blogosphere. Now let's all pat ourselves on the back for a job well over done and move on to saving the world.

Anonymous said...

Does a business that is just "closed for renovations" also disconnect its phone line? Wouldn't you want to at least leave a message for customers so that they know this is just temporary? Hell, even Kao Thai did that, even though their stated reasons for the shutdown were clearly bullshit.

Face it, TDF Silver Spring is closed. Not just on hiatus. I don't care what any crappy hand drawn sign in the window says to the contrary.

Anonymous said...

All hail, The ^^Great Authority^^ has spoken!!
Well played.
Well played, indeed.

Anonymous said...

Back to the library:
Kefa Cafe is going into the Library. Also, the senior apartment building that will be built immediately adjacent to the library will have several storefront spaces that are earmarked for local independent businesses.
Pyramid Atlantic was also tagged for space in the Library but I am not sure that is still in play.
See the news on the Transit Canter today? Just when you think it can't get worse. If the design of the Transit Center was SO bad, how can we be guaranteed that the Purple Line station planned to be built OVER the current Metro station, and the MBT Bridge OVER Georgia Ave will be well designed? Or good looking? Seems like DTSS never gets the A team of engineers, DTSS only gets the D- team of engineers.
Anyone know how the Bikeshare is doing in DTSS?

BTW: Taste the World of Fenton Village is this Sunday. chance to try those Fenton Village restaurants you passed by on the way to TDF.

Anonymous said...

What's this about Kefa? Are you saying they're moving? I'd find that extremely hard to believe. If you're saying they'll be running the library cafe (in addition to keeping their current operations), that'd make a lot more sense.

According to Silver Spring Independent, Pyramid Atlantic was deciding by the end of April (today) whether they were holding out for the library space or moving into a space on Sligo.

I'm not concerned the Transit Center is somehow indicative of all engineering projects that happen to take place in dtss. They're entirely different people involved for each of the projects you list w/the only overlap being relative proximity to each other. Unless you're suggesting DTSS is cursed, there's nothing to be concerned about.

Craig said...

I wonder if Montgomery County and WMATA should discuss demolishing the entire structure and starting from scratch with a different kind of bus terminal architectural project in mind.

If the bus terminal does not have the engineering integrity to accept hundreds of buses traveling and parking on the structure each day then that thing should get the wrecking ball or explosives for total demolition. I have little confidence in "band-aid" engineering repairs.

I actually thought the old WMATA bus lot next to the Silver Spring Metro station was suitable enough for passenger traffic. What a waste of public finances if you ask me.

Anonymous said...

The design of the Transit Center goes back to the Duncan days when there was plenty of money to throw around. The intent of the project would be to combine Metro, the WMATA and County buses, intercity buses like Greyhound, cabs, shuttle buses, limos, and a Kiss & Ride. One stop transit. There was to be a building on top of the transit center and a hotel and office building wrapping it. (that's why no one cared how it looked.) First the building on top went away, then the recession took care of the other buildings wrapping it. Grandiose plans that didn't downsize well.
Duncan is quick to lay blame on the Transit Center debacle but it was his administration that designed it.
The MBT design is now coming up on 15 years old. It's heavy on big engineered elements and the cost is rising. Maybe it's time to step back and look at recent changes like Bike Share and a revitalized Fenton Village. Can the they do more with less and achieve the MBT sooner?

Anonymous said...

It appears the Pacer's space has been leased out. Don't know by who yet as Peterson's site currently just says "Tenant" (instead of "available"). A smaller space next to Kibana Spa has also been leased. Also just says "tenant"; I don't suspect that'll be anything interesting as it's a very tucked away space.

Anonymous said...

What's going on with Society on Georgia? Are they putting a roof deck in?
Same question for the Bell Flower building on Georgia.
I thought Ecology Mart had closed but the door was open on Sat. What's that story?

Opinions on Urban Butcher?

Mike said...

I was told some months ago Society was indeed putting in a rooftop deck. We like Urban Butcher a lot. We've been several times. Everything we've tried there has been good.

Anonymous said...

They actually have people outside of the transit center handing out "Vote for Duncan" brochures. Are they serious???

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know what's happening with the Blair towers? I read many articles that all four are being knocked down this summer. Yet, people still live there and I haven't seen any articles since last year.

Anonymous said...

The low rises along Eastern Ave are being demolished, not the towers.

Anonymous said...

The Blair Towers are in fact the four low rises, and it does seem like there are a few people in there still, or they just left all their stuff.

Anonymous said...

If you know the address you can search the county permits site to see if a demo application has been filed yet. Originally, summer 2014 was the target date. I have no idea if that's still on track.

Gull said...

I just got a notice on Friday to come to Veterans Plaza next week for a community input meeting on the phase 1 site plan for The Blairs - which will be the demolition of the four "Blairs Towers" and replacement with two taller buildings. I believe their original schedule had them demolishing the four buildings this summer, and if they're now preparing to submit the site plan, they'll probably work toward a Planning Board hearing date in October or November - maybe construction starting by this time next year?

Anonymous said...

I really hope the family's luck turns; it'd be terrible if the Silver Spring location ultimately closed, too:

http://www.popville.com/2014/05/the-districts-only-burmese-restaurant-mandalay-closing-in-shaw-thursday/

Craig said...

Any news when the Denizens Brewery place opens on E-W Hwy? Looks like contractors are busy with the interior decorating.

Anonymous said...

They keep saying "summer". Probably because they don't want to commit to June and have it end up being August. Lot of moving parts to guestimate; even more so than a normal restaurant opening since they also have all the various brewing batch schedules to figure out and line up.

What I'm curious about is who they're partnering w/for the food side of things. Assuming they're still going with the original plan to effectively outsource the food side of the brewpub and just focus on the brewing side of things. Hopefully it's someone local/unique (e.g. Adega) and not a national chain (like how Improv uses California Tortilla). You'd think they have already selected a restaurant partner and just haven't announced.

Dznuts said...

California Tortilla is not a national chain. It originated in Bethesda.

Anonymous said...

Semantics aside, CalTor has like 50 locations across 6 (soon to be 8) states, so you get the point. I'm hoping the food is a higher quality and not something you can get just anywhere, if they are in fact going to be contracting the restaurant-side out.

Maybe Denizens just means they're partnering w/a current restaurateur (presumably because they have no experience running a restaurant) and the menu will still be unique and prepared in-house. I dunno; Denizens hasn't really mentioned it lately. I mostly just hope their beer is good and all those residents along East-West don't let this one fail.

Gull said...

I do want Denizens to succeed, but if they don't get the food right, it probably will fail. I'm not the biggest beer drinker though I'll have one or two with a good meal. I'll probably not go just to drink beer and not eat however - and if it's good food and a nice atmosphere I'm likely to buy some whiskey based drink instead of beer. I also realize I'm just one person, but I doubt I'm the only person who would certainly spend more and go more if the food is good. Them not mentioning it lately does have me concerned that they're not focused on it (they never were if I remember, wanting to have a beer only place).

Anonymous said...

Denizens is hiring so they're probably not too far away (maybe a month?).

Anonymous said...

Denizen's is also looking for looking visual artists who'd like to show their works on Denizen's walls, if you know anyone like that.

Anonymous said...

"I do want Denizens to succeed, but if they don't get the food right, it probably will fail."

This is a natural assumption since they're taking over what has been a restaurant/bar space. But there is plenty of evidence that full production breweries do not need a notable sit down restaurant to succeed. Remember, the on-site food and drink service is only going to be one component of the business. Like DC Brau, 3 Stars, etc - they'll be offering growler fills, retail sales, tours, tastings. Most breweries these days just have food trucks roll up on weekends to provide food for anyone who wants a snack.

The toughest thing for Denizens is going to be an easy way in and out of that awkward location. Parking is horrible on East-West.

Gull said...

I suppose I made my comments in reaction to previous comments to not let this business fail directed as those of us locals (though I live on the Falkland side of EW Hwy). If they did have a successful food scene I think Silver Spring/Takoma Park alone could support it because it would appeal to beer drinkers and the wider eating out public. However just focusing on beer consumption, retail sales and tours - they need to expand the reach which is where parking or easy to follow directions from transit are so important. Their biggest challenge is most certainly going to be getting people from the larger region to come. There actually is adequate parking between the garage on Kennett st or the one under the NOAA buildings, each involving less than a 2 block walk - those garages just don't seem to be well promoted as being there.

Anonymous said...

Something seems to be moving in the 8241 Georgia Ave Suite 200 location, corner of Thayer and Georgia. Don't know what it is though...

Gull said...

The new Vietnamese Pho place between the UPS store and the Liquor Store has opened. They have a big banner hanging saying they opened back on May 17th and to come experience a taste of Vietnam. I've not had the chance to check it out yet.

Anonymous said...

I've looked at their menu.

Let me just say I hope you or anyone you might want to go with isn't vegetarian.

Anonymous said...

Do we have a name/website for the new place? I can't remember what it's called and google isn't helping. I finally got around to trying Zensai last week and found the sushi to be quite good.

The Sligo cafe/music venue appears to be pretty close to wrapping up construction. The interior is built out (but no decor yet) and the exterior is well on its way w/new windows and door.

Gull said...

it appears to be called Pho Tan Vinh, after a little googling and cross referencing with yelp. There are two different yelp reviews started for this restaurant, one calling it 8705 Colesville (UPS store's address) and one calling it 8705-A Colesville which I think is their official address.

Gull said...

Seems Bump -n- Grind is slowly moving forward and still looking at a launch sometime this summer. They put on Facebook a link to their new website. still in the works but more than it was before.

http://www.bumpngrind.co/

I still can't figure out which suite they're going to occupy at 1200 EW as I've not seen any permit information taped to any of the windows since Nai Nai's was being outfitted.

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Anonymous said...

Late-night attack in DTSS in the news.
http://www.wjla.com/articles/2014/05/frank-britton-beloved-d-c--area-theater-actor-brutally-attacked-and-robbed-103526.html

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Anonymous said...

Been so long since you posted I'm beginning to wonder whether the "Sorry we closed" sign is referring to TDF or this blog, which is long a favorite of mine.

Anonymous said...

Haha, good one. Yeah, there are a lot of DTSS blogs, but none are very active. It's a bummer. Really wish they'd just consolidate into one blog w/different authors, have guests posts, etc. so we all have one place to look and it's actually an active site. Or we can all bribe SS Penguin to move back. I actually get most of my info from the ESSCA listserv at this point, for god's sake.

Anonymous said...

"Yeah, there are a lot of DTSS blogs, but none are very active. It's a bummer."

maybe its because there isn't much news beyond closings and crime reports.

...and the occasional hipster pining for a some organic..blah blah

Anonymous said...

Well, at least the troll is still active, bless his heart.

Anonymous said...

From my 11th floor perch I can see actual, physical, hard hat wearing, jackhammer dust producing work at the SSTC. For the first time in how long now? Year and a half? Ywo years?

Gull said...

Actually I remember about a 6 week period early last fall when work was going on daily in the interior of the center. Every day i'd walk by and guys were setting stuff up and piles of work equipment would be in different places every morning - but it was a short period between lots of nothingness.

Anonymous said...

I'm actually pretty confident the work will be done by the end of the year and it'll open early next year, now that everyone is finally on the same page about what the remediation should consist of. What I'm not confident about is the longevity of the structure. It wouldn't surprise me at all if 5 years from now the thing has to close for repairs or 15 years from now it's declared structurally unsound.

Anonymous said...

15 years sounds about right. Just enough time for the first wave of lawsuits to have been decided and the new wave to begin.

Anonymous said...

RIP SSS

Anonymous said...

15 years - sheesh. The Romans built the Pantheon's ceiling using concrete, and that has lasted for 2000 years. And we have hired contractors that can't build a structure that will last longer than 15 years?

Granted, the Pantheon does not have buses driving on top of it, but it's endured earthquakes and two millennia of weather. Just puts things into perspective.

Anonymous said...

To be fair, I was making a guess at 15 years (in case that wasn't clear) - it's supposed to last for 50. Also, I'm sure the Pantheon has been structurally repaired/rebuilt dozens of times at an exceptionally high cost.

Anonymous said...

Well this is what happens when you use union labor. Or illegal immigrants. They just don't make 'em like they used to. Btw, i mean workers. We just dont make hard working people like we used to.

Anonymous said...

Well I'm sure that the still-standing Roman structures were built by slaves. Is that the alternative you propose?

Craig said...

Any reason why there is a delay with the Peets Coffee Shop in The Blairs shopping plaza? This place was supposed to be ready for customers like a month ago.

Anonymous said...

For anyone who hasn't seen:

http://dc.eater.com/archives/2014/06/09/bbq-bus-to-open-restaurant-at-denizens-brewery.php

BBQ+brewery. I'm pretty sure life doesn't get any better.

Anonymous said...

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Just read the article and I am erect!

Anonymous said...

According to their Facebook page, the Peets in by the Blairs is supposed to open on June 16th. That being said, they've announced like three other opening dates on Facebook so I won't believe it until I actually see the place open. Until then, I choose to believe that it is a front for the Mafia.

Anonymous said...

Per Silver Spring Inc., Bump&Grind is set to start building out its space by the end of the week.

Anonymous said...

This was mentioned earlier, but does anyone know what's going on with the building next to Olazzo at Georgia and Thayer? Looks like they are putting on a new wood facade on the left side...

Anonymous said...

Yep, and they installed framing for some sort of long counter inside. Looks like the space has been leased (no idea by what). The exterior of Bombay Gaylord/Quarry House was also just redone.

Anonymous said...

Looks like Amsterdam Falafelshop is coming to Silver Spring. http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/blog/top-shelf/2014/06/amsterdam-falafelshop-to-open-four-more-d-c-area.html

Any idea where it might be located?

Anonymous said...

"The new stores don't have set locations yet"

Guess we'll see.

Anonymous said...

If you look inside you'll notice there is a long counter top bar looking type setup. But, the counter top is too low to be a bar and seems more likely to be a sales counter like a phone store with an outside possibility it could be a coffee shop.

Anonymous said...

I was initially thinking a deli or something, considering the long counter. Phone store (or another retail outlet) is a good guess - I don't think Verizon has a store anywhere around here since they vacated Colesville a little while back. It seems like a real nice/modern exterior reno, though, which might indicate something more interesting moving in. If Sweetgreen wasn't already down the street I would have guessed it was them considering the wood plank exterior choice. Where's Silver Spring Penguin to track down the property owner to ask?

Anonymous said...

I've never been to Amsterdam Falafelshop, but it gets spectacular reviews so I'd definitely welcome it to the area.

Anonymous said...

Just checked the permits on 8241 Georgia and the work type description is "Alter Restaurant" so it appears it's not a phone store. Granted, maybe the permit is for a different tenant in the building (La Bamba or the relatively new hookah bar), but considering the June 2014 permit date, that'd be a heck of a coincidence. I assume the permit means a restaurant of some kind is moving into the vacant space.

Anonymous said...

Just saw this on the local listserv...

"According to the workers putting wood siding on the building at the corner of Georgia and Thayer, another location of Mix Bar and Grille is coming.

Looks cool. Here's the web site for their Potomac location.

http://www.mixbarandgrille.com/"

Anonymous said...

Nice, the other location looks very chic. Pedro Matamoros (formerly of 8407 and Nicaro) is the chef of the other location. Presumably that's why they're expanding here. Pedro knows his shit so I'm sure it'll be good, if not great.

Perry said...

It's on their Facebook page now...

https://www.facebook.com/mixbarandgrille

Anonymous said...

Nice.
Scion's latest beer event is w/Dogfish Head on June 26th. I'd recommend getting there early - the events are always packed.
http://www.scionrestaurant.com/calendar/28/61-DOGFISH-HEAD-DOGFISH-HEAD-Scion-Silver-Spring/

Anonymous said...

RIP SSS!

Anonymous said...

RIP SSS!

I don't think it's defunct, the person who runs it has just been busy obviously. This is more of a community service than a money making venture you know.

Anonymous said...

It'd be nice if SSS opened his blog up to other writers then instead of letting it die a slow death. There are quite a few post-worthy tidbits of news in this one comment thread alone and at least a couple people who care enough to post about them.

Anonymous said...

Looks like Office Depot might be on the way out. The space is listed as "available" on Peterson's website.

Gull said...

The Person site also shows the Asian Bistro as available and last I checked it's still open too, though maybe it's just finishing out a lease term. They also have Pacers as taken by "tenant", whoever that is.

Anonymous said...

Asian Bistro has been listed as "available" for about 6 months now. I suspect they're on a month-to-month lease, currently.

Anonymous said...

Peet's is now open.

Anonymous said...

And here's a pic of Society's almost-complete rooftop bar addition, if anyone's curious. Lots of things going on around town.

https://twitter.com/EvanMGlass/status/476781126007406593/photo/1

Anonymous said...

I am not surprised about Office Depot. They are losing money and I believe are closing 400 stores nationwide.

Anonymous said...

Yep, OD is closing "at least" 400 stores. I suspect Radio Shack's days are also numbered as their co. is in even worse financial shape.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know about a wine festival this weekend at the old train station? There was a groupon for it, but I can't find it anywhere online.

Anonymous said...

That's odd - I don't see the groupon. I noticed a banner outside the B&O station last week that mentioned a wine festival (didn't look at it closely so I'm not sure if there was more info on the thing), but haven't seen anything else about it. I assume it's a fundraiser thrown by the Silver Spring Historical Society.

Anonymous said...

Here you go.

https://www.tastedc.com/event/mid-summer-wine-festival

Anonymous said...

Off topic but I'm thinking about donating my hair for Locks of Love or Pantene's hair program. Does anyone happen to know if any local salons (DC/MD area) cuts hair for free/discounted rate if you donate hair?

Thanks!

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Anonymous said...

It really sucks that DTSS bloggers now suck.

Anonymous said...

Custom Fuel Pizza is looking to expand to Silver Spring.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/digger/wp/2014/07/02/fuel-pizza-goes-fast-casual-with-new-brand/

Anonymous said...

"It really sucks that DTSS bloggers now suck."

I aggree, another reason Bethesda is so much better...at least there bloggers stay up-to-date. Also, because there is just more to do...because its better

http://robertdyer.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...


"It really sucks that DTSS bloggers now suck."

While I wish this were updated more frequently, if you feel so strongly start your own blog. This dude owes nothing to anyone.

"another reason Bethesda is so much better."

ha that is hilarious. Bethesda is boring a piss. Go back under your bridge troll.

Anonymous said...

Also, because there is just more to do...

Which is why you are trolling a blog that hasn't been updated in three months? Yeah. That makes sense.

Anyway...since non-trolls do seem to pop in here from time to time, Silver Spring Green (local 501(c)(3)) is holding their monthly happy hour get together at Denizens next Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:30. Denizens is graciously opening up the space for a sneak peek prior to opening (I have heard a date for their full launch, but will respect the fact they haven't disclosed yet). Also sponsored by The Blairs. https://www.facebook.com/silsprgreen?fref=nf

Anonymous said...

"Silver Spring Green (local 501(c)(3))"

HIPPY ALERT!!!!!

Anonymous said...

HIPPY ALERT!!!!!

SPELLING ALERT!!!!!

Anonymous said...

FYI, Silver Spring Green is modeled after the very successful and relevant Bethesda Green.

So if SSG is too "hippy" for you, you'd better high tail it out of Bethesda for the greener grass of Clarendon. I trust then, once completely out of state, you won't feel the need to grace us with your presence.

Mike said...

If you actually read this blog, you'll see that its main content is lists of crimes in Silver Spring and nearby areas. I'm told the blogger lives in Bethesda. If true, why would a Bethesda resident create a blog featuring that kind of content if not to trash Silver Spring? Envious of all the good stuff we have going on over here, perhaps?

http://robertdyer.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

I took the bait and read http://robertdyer.blogspot.com/. Here are the exciting headlines:
CALYPSO ST. BARTH OPENING WEEKEND PLANNED AT BETHESDA ROW

BURGLARY ON BETHESDA AVE. + MORE - BETHESDA CRIME UPDATE

LOU LOU BOUTIQUE SAYS, "IT'S THE LITTLE THINGS" IN THIS YEAR'S CHARITY DRIVE AT BETHESDA ROW

HAMBURGER HAMLET IS BEING REPLACED BY NOT YOUR AVERAGE JOE'S IN BETHESDA, HINODE TO CLOSE, AND LIVING IN THE 90s

SIDEWALK WORK MOVES DOWN ST. ELMO AVENUE (PHOTOS)

NEW PICS OF BAINBRIDGE BETHESDA LUXURY APARTMENTS' POSH LOBBY

I wanted to post more but fell asleep reading this exciting blog.

Anonymous said...

Latest co. to announce they're looking to open in SS: Steak 'n Shake.

http://bethesda-chevychase.patch.com/groups/business-news/p/steak-n-shake-to-open-in-maryland-by-fall47309?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Anonymous said...

Denizens is opening on Wednesday!!!! Also, signage is up on Bonifant for a new Ethiopian sports bar.

Anonymous said...

There's like 20 blog posts worth of info just in this one comments thread.

Anonymous said...

Silver Spring is suddenly almost blogless... Silver Spring Independent just quit. I believe Just up the Pike still functions.

Anonymous said...

"Silver Spring is suddenly almost blogless... Silver Spring Independent just quit. I believe Just up the Pike still functions."

Thats because the news is essentially the same...."crime...crime...opening of crappy fickle restaurants that will close in 6 months...inlfux of hipsters...crime...lack of night life, despite everyone thinking piratz tavern is considered night life......crime

Anonymous said...

"Thats because the news is essentially the same...."crime...crime..."

uh, no

Anonymous said...

That is such a weak trolling attempt. I thought better of you, Bethesda loser.

Denizens just opened a couple hours ago - I'll be heading there after work! Also, a new cigar shop recently opened next to Negril; figured I'd throw that out there since this whole thread is about a dozen+ new places opening up.

Anonymous said...

I recommend people follow JUTP on facebook or twitter - when he's not posting his own blog posts he's posting links to a lot of SS news that's spread out across the web.

Anonymous said...

Went to the Denizens opening last night. It was a bit disappointing. The Southside IPA tastes great, but the vibe of the place shades more toward Fire Station 1 than Quarry House -- a little bland/corporate-y for my taste. In fairness, the place is still working out the kinks; hopefully it will develop a little character over time.

Anonymous said...

Like the beer garden ambiance was kinda sterile? That's what it looks like in the pics (haven't been yet). I'm sure part of it is just time/age - rows of new tables on new concrete will naturally look pretty "corporate." I'm confident it'll develop some character over time.

Babe's food sucked, but their outdoor area was really great w/the sand, cornhole, nice lighting, etc. - not sterile at all - so hopefully some cues are taken from that. Granted, more than anything I hope their beer is awesome. The Southside was quite good when I tried it so they're off to a good start in that main department.

Anonymous said...

Like the beer garden ambiance was kinda sterile? That's what it looks like in the pics (haven't been yet). I'm sure part of it is just time/age - rows of new tables on new concrete will naturally look pretty "corporate." I'm confident it'll develop some character over time.

Babe's food sucked, but their outdoor area was really great w/the sand, cornhole, nice lighting, etc. - not sterile at all - so hopefully some cues are taken from that. Granted, more than anything I hope their beer is awesome. The Southside was quite good when I tried it so they're off to a good start in that main department.

Anonymous said...

It wasn't just the sterile decor/ambiance, it was something that permeated the whole operation. From the blah music selection that seemed like it was piped in from Johnny Rockets; to the obsequious, trained-to-follow-a-script staff; to the apparent lack of happy hour events, I was left feeling wholly underwhelmed. Denizens may prove to be a great brewery and beer brand, but it has a bit of work to do to become a watering hole of any special note.

Anonymous said...

:Denizens may prove to be a great brewery and beer brand, but it has a bit of work to do to become a watering hole of any special note."

It's been open one whole day. I haven't even been yet but, um,might want to give it some more time , yeah?

Anonymous said...

Oh yay! Another Ethiopian place! Can't wait! For the exact same food as about 13 other places right nearby!

Awesome!

Anonymous said...

What a douchebag. First, you have no idea what type of food the Ethiopian-owned sports bar will have; plenty of the best restaurants and cafes around town are Ethiopian-owned and don't have anything to do with Ethiopian food. Second, if it does serve Ethiopian food then how is that skin off your back? What a whiny waste of space you are, Bethesda trash.

Anonymous said...

Denizens has certainly been popular so far - hopefully they can keep it up. I'm guessing the bulk of their revenue will come non-restaurant operations either way (selling their beer to third parties).

Craig said...

Can Denizens sell un-opened containers to customers for take-out? It would be great if customers can buy a six-pack bottle from the bar and take it home with them. It would be a real shot for business sales anyway.

But me thinks the Montgomery County liquor laws forbid such an option.

Anonymous said...

"Can Denizens sell un-opened containers to customers for take-out?"

Yes - growlers. Bring in a clean growler with a top and they'll fill it for you. Pricey at $22 though.

Anonymous said...

Denizens can sell whatever they want to whomever they want (including directly to other establishments and directly to consumers), but so far they've only been kegging their beer so growlers is the only take-home option. Once they're bottling I'd assume they'll have those on-hand as well.

G. Money said...

Since Robert Dyer appears to have taken up residence under a bridge around here, I'd like to point out that his shitburger of a blog is best enjoyed while listening to clips of his sloppy prog-metal noodling, available via the iTunes music store. Even better if listened to while watching the videos he posts of himself eating Taco Bell. Seriously, comedy gold.

Anonymous said...

Ha, Robert Dyer always pops into my head whenever I see the Bethesda troll comment, too. I figure it isn't actually him, though, at least I hope not.

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure exactly what is, but I saw a sign in a window on Fenton St. where the martial arts place used to for The Urban Winery that will open soon. A google search points to house on Thayer Ave. The web site for it isn't done.

Anyhow, there you have it.

Anonymous said...

Actually met the owner of Urban Winery last week at Denizens.

Basically the premise is he buys juice, you go in and make your own particular blend from these juices, bottle it with your own label and do what you will with it after that. Like corporate gifts or maybe a restaurant making their own house wine.

Oversimplifying a bit, but that was the gist.

Anonymous said...

Are we talking about on Bonifant (not Fenton)? I noticed work going on in the larger yellow building where I think there used to be a martial arts studio.

Anonymous said...

It's very, very lame that there has not been a post since April. I think you need to make it a rule of thumb to post at a minimum one a month in order for this to be a functional blog. Otherwise, sell it to someone.

Anonymous said...

Wow, the crybaby defender of all things Silver Spring really lost his mind defending perceived attacks against Ethopian food.

Fat lawyer is that you?