Attention all MoCo beer lovers! Get 10% off Maryland Made craft beers at every MoCo liquor store in the month of February.
You can also check out the dozens of tastings that’ll be held throughout the county in February.
For a list of all tastings, go here: https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/dlc/maryland-made/
A press release from MCPS shows that the graduation rate for Montgomery County Public Schools remains at nearly 90%, higher than the state average of 87.61%.
MCPS touts an increase in graduation rate for African American students (from 87.7% to 88.2%) and an increase of 0.9% for students receiving Free and Reduced Meals (FARMS).
Fourteen high schools saw their graduation rates increase. The largest increases were seen at the following schools:
• Seneca Valley High School (3%)
• Springbrook High School (2.7%)
• Richard Montgomery High School (2.4%)
• Northwest High School (2.2%)
The highest graduation rates belong to the following schools:
• Whitman (97.9%)
• Wootton (97.8%)
• Churchill (97.4%)
• Poolesville (96.2%)
• Walter Johnson (95.8%)
• Quince Orchard (95.6%)
All graduation rates:
In November, we broke the news of Yard House working towards taking over the old Macaroni Grill location in Rio.
An amendment to the site plan was recently approved by the Gaithersburg Planning Commission. On February 21st the Planning Commission will vote on the final site plan.
Yard House has had meetings with staff regarding permits, but have not yet filed for them. Once they have their permits they will be able to start with the building demo and construction.
It looks like Yard House may not be ready in Gaithersburg until late 2018 or even 2019, but I’m happy to see that it is slowly making some progress.
The first Dog Haus opened in Pasadena, CA in 2010. 8 years later, they’ll open their first east coast location in Bethesda (7904 Woodmont Ave).
While an exact date has not been given, the restaurant is expected to open within the next few months.
Check them out on Facebook: www.facebook.com/doghausbethesda
Here is a sneak peak at some of their food, courtesy of their Facebook page.
Eater DC reports that Pi Pizzeria will be closing their lone MoCo location in Bethesda by the end of this week. It lasted less than 2 years.
Eater report: https://dc.eater.com/2018/1/30/16953026/pi-pizzeria-bethesda-closing
Early this morning Robert Dyer reported that Yamas Grill in Bethesda is auctioning off everything in the restaurant (http://robertdyer.blogspot.com/2018/01/yamas-grill-auctioning-off-entire.html?m=1).
I called the restaurant at noon to ask if they’d be closing permanently and they told me that they would not be closing. When I called again with the same question at 5:00pm, the gentleman that answers the phone told me that today would be their last day.
I enjoyed the food at Yamas, but only made it over a couple times in the 7+ years it has been around. I wish the owners the best of luck with their future endeavors.
Bethesda Beat reports that a Greek-style fast food restaurant will be replacing Yamas. I asked management over at Cava about it and they told me it won’t be Cava. I’m still waiting to hear back from Mezeh Grill. A couple people have told me that it could be GRK Fresh Greek that moves in.
Bethesda Beat report: http://www.bethesdamagazine.com/Bethesda-Beat/2018/Yamas-Mediterranean-Grill-Closes-in-Bethesda/
Christian Layke, co-owner of Parallel World Brewing Co. announced on Twitter that he and partner Brett Robison have signed a lease to bring Parallel World to Silver Spring.
According to the brewery’s Instagram account, the address listed is 8401 Colesville Rd., which is one of three buildings that make up Silver Spring Metro Plaza.
We’ve discussed some of the changes coming to the Kentlands in the past
(www.mocoshow.com/blog/paragon-kentlands-10-has-closed-permanently-cinepolis-luxury-cinemas-coming-soon), but the Kimco website has posted a few pictures of what the redevelopment of the Kentlands may look like.
Here are the photos, courtesy of Kimco (http://properties.kimcorealty.com/properties/1762/)
California Tortilla currently has almost 50 restaurants in the DMV and plan to open more than 50 new restaurants in the next year to bring their total over 100, according to WTOP.
They have signed franchise agreements in New markets in Kansas, North Carolina, and South Carolina, and will open more locations in current markets such as Virginia and Florida.
Their first location came in Bethesda in 1995 on Cordell Avenue. Their headquarters are in Rockville/Potomac.
More here: https://wtop.com/business-finance/2018/01/web-update-california-tortilla/slide/1/
Washington Business Journal reports that a top Discovery Communications executive wrote Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos, a letter encouraging him to consider MoCo for the second Amazon headquarters just three months before Discovery announced they’d be leaving Silver Spring.
David Leavy, the chief corporate operations and communications officer for Discovery Communications, told Bezos that he should not consider Discovery’s decision to move as a knock against Maryland. “I’m happy to champion Montgomery County whether it’s to Amazon or anybody else.” Leavy said.
The article also states that the former White Flint location is believed to be among the prospective sites. Leavy does not think that MoCo included the old Discovery space in their bid.
Full WBJ article here: www.bizjournals.com/washington/news/2018/01/26/discovery-communications-exec-wrote-bezos-on-hq2.html?ana=twt