Friday, May 17, 2013
Restaurant news from around the county and adjacent DC neighborhoods.
Get caught up with the food scene in Montgomery County and adjacent Washington, DC, neighborhoods with 1 Meat, 3 Sides. This week, the closure of a popular seafood restaurant that recently celebrated its 90th year takes center plate. One meat: O'Donnell's Sea Grill—which recently celebrated its 90th year in the Washington, DC, area—announced on its Facebook page that this year will be its last, Gaithersburg Patch reported. "...[We] have made the purposeful decision to officially close our doors and exit on a most high note," the restaurant stated. The restaurant originally opened in DC, at 1207 E St. NW, in 1922. In the second half of the 20th century, a Bethesda location was opened, and the DC locations (by then there were two) were …
Thursday, May 16, 2013
The trio of tacos—Korean barbecue, carnitas pork and Havana chicken—will be available for a limited time, starting on Monday, May 20.
California Tortilla's fans have voted, and now there's a new option available on the eatery's menu: "Street Tacos." The new menu item—chosen by CalTort fans in an online NCAA-style "Elito 8" competition last March—will be available for a limited time, starting on May 20, according to a CalTort news statement. "Street Tacos" will be served as a trio of three mini tacos, each mini taco made with a soft corn tortilla shell: The taco trio is $6.49. A combo—the three tacos plus a 22-ounce drink and a choice of chips and queso, salsa or rice and beans—is $8.69.
The White Flint building into which the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is moving received high marks from the U.S. Green Building Council.
One of White Flint's gleaming new buildings recently received LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for the building's environmentally-friendly design and features. It's the 14-story, Three White Flint North building, located in real estate company LCOR's North Bethesda Center, by the White Flint Metrorail station. It will be used as offices for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The building's features include a reflective roofing surface and vegetated roof areas, systems to reduce water usage by 41 percent and efficient mechanical systems including three frictionless chillers, a water purification system, a fully integrated building automation system and four emergency generators. More than 35 percent of …
A "nighttime economy" task force is just a fancy way for county officials to say they want Bethesda to be 'cooler' after dark.
Only in Montgomery County do elected officials study how to get people to have fun. But, in Montgomery County, an official task force has been assembled—of local business people, no less—to spot trends in the county's "nighttime economy." That's just a fancy way of saying "how people get out and go out (and spend money) at night." Now, the answer to the following question may very well be lodged in the former paragraph, but WUSA9 took to the streets last weekend to ask young, trendy people where they'd rather hang out: Bethesda or Adams Morgan in DC? "It's a different kind of nightlife here [in Bethesda], it's more low-key, mellow," said Tiffany Moy, who lives in Silver Spring. "Adams Morgan is like crazy like college kids." That's …
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Monday, May 13, 2013
NFL owner weighs in on the debate over the team's name.
Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder made a bold statement in an interview with USA Today last week about the controversy over the name of his pro football franchise. "We'll never change the name," Snyder told USA Today. "It's that simple. NEVER—you can use caps." Washington-area residents had something to say about that on Twitter. @makingcjc, of Arlington, VA, supported Snyder: "'We’ll never change the name, it’s that simple NEVER - you can use caps' Never thought I'd say this, but Thank-You Dan Synder." @RolandoComedy, of Rockville, wondered why everyone is so worked up about the issue: "Really? Is the name Redskins affecting your life? Is it keeping you awake at night? Is it hurting your inner child? #Redskins" @JadoreCherelle, of …
Ri Ra closes in September because of rent issues, and Max Brenner and Panera Bread are opening soon in Bethesda.
Irish pub Ri Ra will close in September because of rent issues, Bethesda Magazine reported. The rent is too high for the restaurant to continue operating in its Bethesda location, and the upcoming opening of a Ri Ra pub in Georgetown is a coincidence, manager Paul Turner told Patch. Ri Ra currently has 12 locations across the country—from Vermont to Kentucky, according to its website. *** The anticipated opening of Max Brenner in Bethesda is getting closer. The restaurant will have its soft opening on June 13, a restaurant spokesperson told Patch. Unlike the chocolate chain's locations in New York City, Philadelphia, Las Vegas and Boston, Bethesda Row's new Max Brenner won't be a full-service restaurant but a sweets-only shop, Bethesda …
Sunday, May 12, 2013
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Sunday, May 12
By Patch Staff Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown Kicks Off Gubernatorial Bid In a speech highlighting his military and government service, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown announced in his home county of Prince George's Friday night that he is running for governor of Maryland in the November 2014 election. Dan Bongino’s Home Burglarized Wednesday Night While Family Slept A spokeswoman says computers, purses and a wallet were taken from the Severna Park home of Bongino, the former Secret Service agent who ran for U.S. Senate in 2012. Report: Anne Arundel County Top in State for Generating Tourism Money The county saw a more than 7 percent increase in money from tourism between 2010 and 2011, according to a new report. Businesses Look to Marketplace Fairness…
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Food inspection results are supplied by Data Montgomery and the Montgomery County Department of Health.
Three Montgomery County restaurants inspected by Montgomery County's Licensure and Regulatory Services Program had violations that caused the establishments to close for a time in April, according to Data Montgomery. Data Montgomery reports the results of all inspections of food establishments in the county. Businesses may be cited for a number of violations, although only a select few require immediate closure and correction. A lack of hot water is the most common cause of closures, said Ken Welch, program manager for the Office of Licensure and Regulatory Services. Most businesses are able to reopen the same day.
Have you changed your opinion toward your nearby JCPenney?
JCPenney has begun airing a video apologizing to customers for its recent changes in the way it does business—changes that it concedes alienated many of its most loyal customers. The company's ill-advised shift away from discounts and loyal brands could be compared to the New Coke debacle of 1985, a series of security slip-ups by Facebook, and the BP Gulf oil spill, according to Bloomberg news. The article details the changes instituted by former CEO Ron Johnson, who is blamed for losing the retail titan nearly $1 billion ($985 million) in his one-year tenure. Similar to BP’s CEO Tony Hayward’s plain-speak “I’m deeply sorry” video following the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2012, the JCPenney spot says: “It’s no secret, recently JCPenney …