Smokehill BBQ announced their decision to close permanently last Tuesday.
In a note on their Facebook page, the owners wrote the following:
”As we are sure some of you may have figured out, we made the very difficult decision to close our doors at Smokehill BBQ.
It has been our pleasure to serve the Damascus community and beyond for the last 3 1/2 years.
Please do not speculate or start rumors as to why we have chosen to close our doors. This was a deeply personal decision to make, and we did not make it lightly or in haste.
We work 7 days a week and spend more time at the restaurant than with our family. The desire for more of a 'work life balance' weighed heavy, and we could no longer ignore it.
We apologize for the abrupt nature of our closing, but we feel it was the right thing to do for our family.
Jeff, Jen and family”
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A car has driven into Jimmie Cone in Damascus. Thankfully nobody was hurt and there was minimal damage. We were told that the popular ice cream spot will remain open.
We received a tip today that the KFC/Taco Bell in Damascus (26141 Ridge Rd.) is “tearing down everything inside” and will be closing.
After making a few phone calls it has been confirmed that the location has already closed and will not be re-opening.
At the beginning of this year we reported that Pizza Hut, Burger King, and Subway have all closed in Damascus (Subway plans to reopen).
I grew up in Gaithersburg, not too far from Damascus, yet one of the only things I knew about Damascus was the existence of Jimmie Cone. Since then, I've learned plenty more about the wonderful, tight-knit community, but one thing's for certain...I still love Jimmie Cone.
Jimmie Cone has been serving soft serve ice cream and frozen yogurt in Damascus since 1962 (that's 57 years!). They close when the weather gets colder in the late Fall, but don't worry...March 17th marks the first day of the 2019 Jimmie Cone season.
Pizza Hut, Burger King, and Subway have all closed in Damascus.
We’re hearing that an auto parts store will be taking over the Burger King location and that the Subway is expected to re-open in the Safeway shopping center in the coming months.
Tom & Ray’s will be re-opening in Damascus this December!
Last November it was announced the the restaurant would be opening in February of 2018, but after jumping through every necessary hoop, the restaurant has announced they’ll be opening next month.
It’ll be located in the shopping center that’s home to Safeway on Main Street.
The Damascus Rite Aid and Pharmacy (9840 Main St.) will be closing permanently on October 21st (Pharmacy will close on October 8th), according to Everything Damascus.
”Nobody goes there.” was the response I was given by three different Damascus residents when I informed them of the news.
Quincy’s Bar & Grille will open a new location in Damascus at 9813 Main Street (next to Tokyo Fire and Advance Auto Parts).
The new location will be known as “Quincy’s Uptown” and is currently expected to open this summer, according to a server at their Gaithersburg location (they also have a North Bethesda location– Quincy’s South).
The Damascus restaurant will have a pretty big back patio (pictured below) and rumor has it they will be serving crabs on the patio in the summer!
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By Peggy Montella
MoCo residents out walking in their neighborhoods this spring may be surprised to find painted rocks with inspirational sayings and beautiful designs hidden near walkways, lakes, and trees. I first came across a painted stone hidden on a fence while walking with my dogs in Montgomery Village. I joined the Montgomery Village ❤ Rocks (MV Rocks) Facebook page to see what this growing trend is all about and found that it is not just happening locally. The Kindness Rocks Project, founded by Megan Murphy of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, has inspired many groups to form. Kindness Rocks Damascus and Olney Rocks have also been busy spreading kindness and happiness in their communities.
Julia Naoui founded MV Rocks in July 2017 with members of her walking group. The group’s plans for the day were cancelled due to bad weather so they stayed inside and painted rocks instead. Since then, the group has grown to 345 members with new members being added daily. Kristen Nelson started Olney Rocks in June 2017 after seeing Kindness Rocks posts on her timeline and realizing that Olney did not yet have a group. Nelson said that performing random acts of kindness is very important to her family and it was easy to start the group with friends and neighbors. Olney Rocks now has over 750 members and has helped spread the movement to other local organizations including elementary schools and Girl Scout troops. According to its Facebook page, Kindness Rocks Damascus has 691members.
The common purpose of these groups is to bring joy to their communities. “Fostering happiness and kindness” is one of Olney Rocks’ goals, according to Nelson. She said it has been a very positive experience and the best part is “the happiness that it brings to our community.” The Montgomery Village Rockspage describes the group as a “way to connect our community, encourage art, and promote random acts of kindness.” Kindness Rocks Damascus believes “pictures and inspirational quotes can bring a smile to someone looking or to that lucky someone who stumbles upon a beautifully painted rock.”
Some rocks are intricate works of art representing the seasons as well as containing upbeat messages. I was assured that anyone of any age and level of artistic talent can participate and it is an activity that parents and kids of all ages can enjoy together. Julia Naoui even hosts monthly potluck painting sessions where beginners can get a start. Naoui said that people come to the event “as strangers and leave as friends.”
And it’s not just the fun of painting the rocks that gives this movement its joy. It’s also the thrill of seeing someone else’s delight when they find your rock. It is the icing on the cake, as MV Rocks co-admin Lori Guthrie describes it. Although they aren’t obligated to do so, many people post photos of the rocks they’ve found and either leave them where they are or hide them for someone else to find. Some people keep their favorites. It is entirely up to the finder. Naoui said she believes “rocks come to you for a reason” and encourages people to keep the first rock they find. She said many people are so pleased to find a rock that they are inspired to paint and place some of their own. All of the groups’ Facebook pages list helpful suggestions on how to get started and guidelines for placing the rocks safely in public places. The goal is to keep the positivity going and make MoCo a better community, one rock at a time.