Tuesday, February 12, 2013
The neighboring Friendship Heights storefronts that used to house Tynan Coffee and Tea and clothing boutique Adolfo Dominguez are both vacant, leaving the south side of the Wisconsin Place plaza looking a little lifeless.
Friendship Heights is down another business: Tynan Coffee and Tea, which anchored the southern arm of the plaza at The Shops at Wisconsin Place. Now, that part of the plaza seems a little desolate, with all of Tynan's outdoor chairs and tables cleared away, and the tall windows of the corner storefront dark. Your Chevy Chase Patch editor enjoyed sitting at the tables behind the windows, clacking away on the computer while looking up to check on Chevy Chase (and admiring the parade of well-dressed pups passing by). The coffee, tea and sandwich shop was closed by last Friday. A sign hung in the window thanking Tynan customers for three years of patronage, and reminding them of Tynan's two other DC-area locations: at 1400 Irving St. NW, …
Monday, February 11, 2013
The long-awaited re-incarnation of the Bethesda restaurant is complete, Bethesda Magazine reports.
Wisconsin Avenue mainstay Persimmon has re-opened after a renovation, Bethesda Magazine reports. Chef and owner Damian Salvatore shuttered the restaurant in July to transform the eatery into a "casual, neighborhood bistro" modeled after Wild Tomato, Salvatore's restaurant in Cabin John, according to Bethesda Magazine. The new Persimmon boasts a brighter look and new menu items with lower prices, according to the report, but Salvatore still will serve up his signature pecan-crusted barbecue lamb. Read the full story at Bethesda Magazine's website.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Chevy Chase Pavilion's new cigar lounge is 'surprisingly diverse,' Eater DC reported.
Chevy Chase's new cigar lounge—the Civil Cigar Lounge, inside the recently remodeled Chevy Chase Pavilion—is up and running, and the clientele has turned out to be "surprisingly diverse," Eater DC reported. "On any given night, we're averaging 35 percent, 40 percent women," co-owner Matt Krimm told Eater DC, so it's a far cry from being a stodgy men's club, which might be more stereotypical for a cigar lounge. The 93-seat lounge opened on Jan. 14 and features a full bar serving top-shelf whiskies, scotches and unique cocktails, Chevy Chase Patch reported last month. The lounge has lengthy menus for cigars, wines, spirits and food. Edibles are prepared in the kitchen of neighboring restaurant Range, celebrity chef Bryan Voltaggio's latest …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
The much-anticipated restaurant is open for business and is planning a grand opening celebration Feb. 8.
The much-anticipated Brickside Food & Drink opened its doors to customers today at 4866 Cordell Ave. The restaurant was launched by the owners of Adams Morgan’s Grand Central and Villa Mozart Restaurant in Fairfax. The Prohibition-style bar is "bolstered with a vintage, distillery atmosphere unlike anything in the Montgomery County neighborhood," reads a statement released by the restaurant. “We wanted to make a place where you can get together with the guys, impress a date, hang out with co-workers, bring the family or watch games and still have great food and drink options,” said Grand Central co-owner Brian Vasile, the restaurant's general manager, in a statement. Villa Mozart owner and Brickside chef Andrea Pace will serve up pizzas, …
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Last year, we experienced the impact of the derecho on local businesses. A Feb. 13 forum will focus on disaster recovery planning: "Preparing for a Disaster: What Your Business Needs to Know!"
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
The Wheaton & Kensington Chamber of Commerce presents a Wednesday breakfast mixer at Panera with Peter McGinnity of the Wheaton Redevelopment Program and Peter Bang from the Department of Economic Development.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
It's time to place your 2013 cookie order!
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Ben Gross
Thursday, January 10
Since 1917, the Girl Scouts of the United States of America have been selling baked goods to raise funds to support local community service projects, maintain Girl Scout camps, develop programs and provide financial support to girls in need. Last year, in the Washington, DC, area alone, more than 4.5 million boxes of cookies were sold. While scouts still sell cookies door-to-door, the Girl Scouts have gone high-tech in the last few years, offering the "Cookie Club" website—which allows scouts to sell cookies via email—and launching the Girl Scout Cookie Locator app so that one is never more than a few clicks away from one's favorite cookies: So, we want to know, what is your favorite Girl Scout Cookie, and why?
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
The cigar lounge will be catered by the kitchens of Range, celebrity chef Bryan Voltaggio's new restaurant at the newly renovated Chevy Chase Pavilion.
The wait for Chevy Chase's new cigar lounge is nearly over: Civil Cigar Lounge will open in the newly renovated Chevy Chase Pavilion on Monday, Jan. 14. The 93-seat cigar lounge—"featuring plush banquette seating, leather club chairs and intimate nooks and tables"—will be adjacent to celebrity chef Bryan Voltaggio's new Range restaurant, and Range will provide a "small plates menu" "[utilizing] all of Range's nine kitchens including the rotisserie, wood hearth, pasta station and bakery" for the lounge, according to a Civil Cigar Lounge statement. "When we were presented with the opportunity to open the lounge and partner with a restaurant, we wanted to work with chef Bryan Voltaggio," co-owner Matt Krimm said. "The sheer quality and …
Friday, January 4, 2013
Black plans on using the Takoma Park Farmers Market and to offer meatless options.
Jeff Black, owner of D.C.-based restaurants BlackSalt and Pearl Dive Oyster Palace, thinks Takoma Park is starved for restaurants, according to a Tom Sietsema story in The Washington Post. So Black and his chef, Danny Wells, plan on opening a restaurant at 6937-6939 Lauren Ave., in the space occupied by Video Americain, a longtime Takoma Park landmark, that will be closing. According to the Sietsema story: Still to be named, their modern American restaurant will embrace a dining room, two spots for drinking, a patio, live entertainment a couple times a week and — to absolutely no one’s surprise given Black’s multiple seafood-themed establishments — a raw bar. Wells said in the story he is eager to tap into the Takoma Park Farmers Market …
Foodie news from around Montgomery County and adjacent neighborhoods in Washington, DC.
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 Bethesda steakhouse takes center plate: One Meat: Unsuccessful rental negotiations caused Divino Lounge—an Argentinian steakhouse in Bethesda—to close its doors for good, Bethesda Patch reported. After 10 years, the popular restaurant has vacated its Wisconsin Avenue location, and a "for rent" sign hangs above the space. Divino's owners had this to say about the closure on the restaurant's website. The restaurant's message ended on a hopeful note: Finally, for those who have enjoyed our food, I say goodbye with this message: WE WILL SEE YOU SOON!! Read more on Bethesda Patch. Three …