The former Peruvian Chicken & Grill in Damascus has rebranded as PAPi’S Peruvian Chicken & Grill and is under new ownership.
They will have a grand opening event this Saturday, 9/21 with activities for kids and plenty of food!
Earlier this week we had the opportunity to speak with new owner, Michael Harrison, On episode 62 of The MoCoShow Podcast (https://radiopublic.com/the-mocoshow-6nbJaj/ep/s1!ee311). We discussed the changes that have been made and the ones that are coming to the restaurant.
In addition to Peruvian chicken and dishes like lomo saltado, PAPi’S has added gyros, Greek salads, tacos, and much more to the menu.
Pictured below you’ll see their gyro (available for $6 every Thursday), tacos, mashed potatoes, Peruvian chicken, and lomo saltado, as well as a few of their daily and weekly specials.
NaturaLawn® of America, an organic-based lawn care company, offered high school seniors and college undergraduates across the country the opportunity to enter an essay contest, for a chance to win scholarship money towards their higher education costs. Applications were accepted from March to May 2019. Students were encouraged to submit a personal essay, as well as up to three recommendations to be eligible for consideration. The award, named The Dan Collins Scholarship Award, was established in 2017 in memory of former franchise owner, Dan Collins, who passed away from cancer in 2005.
“Dan Collins was a ‘larger-than-life’ gentleman who always had a funny story to share, an encouraging word for his fellow franchise owners, and a big heart for giving his best to help others,” said Phil Catron, the company Founder and President. “Dan's efforts in promoting NaturaLawn of America and his franchise in the Richmond, VA area can be summed up by a simple five-word question he was so fond of asking; ‘Can I get you started?’”
The scholarship was originally set up to provide a one-time $4,000 stipend to the essay contest winner to be used towards their college education. However, due to the outstanding response and caliber of students who applied this year, NaturaLawn of America decided to award three students with scholarship monies. The winners were awarded $4,000 for first, $1,000 for second, and $500 for third place.
To evaluate each application, NaturaLawn contacted a retired high school principal familiar with how scholarship awards are determined. With all identifying information redacted, the company asked the retired principal to identify the top three applicants.
The first-place award recipient was Cole Cerulli, of Maryland. He graduated from Damascus High school in the spring of 2019. He will be attending James Madison University to study finance in the fall of 2019. Mr. Cerulli is a well-rounded student, who enrolled in Honor and Advanced Placement classes and was inducted into the National Honors Society during his junior year. Mr. Cerulli is also highly regarded by his teachers, mentors, and classmates as selfless and always willing to lend a helping hand.
“We want to congratulate Mr. Cerulli”, said Mr. Catron, “he is an outstanding young man. His essay and recommendations were truly remarkable. He is someone who embodies the Dan Collins award.”
Mr. Cerulli and his parents, Michael and Michelle Cerulli, were invited to the NaturaLawn Corporate Office in Downtown Frederick, to tour the facilities and meet Mr. Catron and the office staff.
NaturaLawn of America hopes these scholarships will help students prepare for their futures with less financial burden. The company also plans to expand the contest in the future, to offer more students scholarship opportunities.
Headquartered in Frederick, Maryland, NaturaLawn of America is a national lawn care franchise system with 36 owners holding 91 licenses, and servicing over 100,000 customers in 24 states and the District of Columbia. For more information, please visit us on the web at www.NaturaLawn.com.
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”
There is an online only auction that begins at 11am on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 for a complete and urgent liquidation: https://www.capitolonlineauctions.com/cgi-bin/mmdetails.cgi?capitol43
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!