I was given a tip this morning that Glen Burnie based Mission BBQ could be adding two new locations in MoCo after the success of their Rockville location since it opened about a year ago.
I’m told the plan is to open a location in Gaithersburg and one in Germantown. Corporate told me “We hope to be in Gaithersburg and Germantown one day soon,” but did not confirm the rumor. Management at the Rockville location told me “nothing has been confirmed.”
Rumor status: Unconfirmed
I received a tip last night informing me that Rockville based Silver Diner is in talks with the Rio Washingtonian Center about taking over the old Cafe Deluxe location.
I spoke with a representative from the Rio Washingtonian Center this morning and was told that their leasing team is “speaking to a handful of restaurants for that space” and that there is nothing to share at this time.
Prior to Cafe Deluxe, the location was home to Hamburger Hamlet. Whether it’s Silver Diner or not, it seems we may find out who is moving in relatively soon.
Rumor status: Uncomfirmed
Join us this Saturday, March 24th, for our 2018 Maryland Day BEER Festival at Downtown Crown!
A marquee celebration and showcase of Maryland's incredible brewing scene! We're shutting down Crown Park Avenue in the Downtown Crown shopping center to feature 20 MD breweries, 62 total beers, beers canned and/or brewed for the occasion, food from participating Crown restaurants, live music, and more!
We open at 10:00am with all 22 of our taps full of limited release Maryland beers! The festival features 20 MD breweries, pouring 40 total beers, 2:00-5:00pm! Both tap lists are crazy!
Grab your tickets early online, or the day of! Enjoy a stellar list of beers and limited release cans/crowlers, and celebrate our incredible local brewing scene! Don't miss this one!!
If you haven't done so yet, grab tickets to the festival here:
Festival Tap List: ($25 for entrance and 7 tickets. 1 ticket = 5oz pour, 2 tickets = 12oz pour. Tickets good for food as well. $20 for 7 more tickets)
Waredaca Brewing Company Baymore NE DIPA
Waredaca White Flag Belgian Wit w/ Thai Basil
RAR Grapefruit Nectar American IPA
RAR Lumber Sexual American DIPA
Mully’s/DTC Ark & Dove NE IPA
Mully’s Blood Orange Blonde
Cushwa/DTC Down to Clown NE IPA
Cushwa Zip Up vs. Pullover Tropical Stout
Oliver Brewing Company Nitro Sour Cherry Blossom Wheat
Oliver Nitro Burn The Candle Oatmeal Stout
Brawling Bear Bare Knuckle American IPA
Brawling Bear Low Blow American Blonde Ale
Diamondback Beer Green Machine NE IPA
Diamondback House Coat Session Stout
Jailbreak Brewing Company Creamcycle Orange Cream Ale
Jailbreak Muscles from Brussels Belgian Strong Golden Ale
Denizens Brewing Co Southside Rye IPA
Denizens Junk in the Dunk Munich Dunkel Lager
Manor Hill Day’s Done American IPA
Manor Hill ISO: Southern Star Single Hop NE DIPA
UNION Craft Brewing Skipjack Bohemian Pilsner
Union Fraggle Rock Strawberry Rhubarb Sour Ale
Red Shedman Farm Brewery Raspberry Cider
Red Shedman Barnstormer American IPA
Peabody Heights Brewery, LLC Thirstay American Pale Ale
Peabody Heights x Goonda Beersmiths Hazelnut POST
Brookeville Beer Farm Seventh Street Pike Marzen
Brookeville Beer Farm Clover in the Hills Irish Red
Black Flag Brewing Company Weekend at Murkies Hazy IPA
Black Flag Z Morris Blonde Ale
Key Brewing Co. Behind The Country Club NE IPA
Key Brewing Helles Lager
Evolution Craft Brewing Company Sour Crush Kettle Sour
Evolution Rise Up CoffeeStout
Burley Oak Brewing Company Tangerine Cherry J.R.E.A.M.
Burley Oak Mos Dank w/ Nelson & Galaxy American IPA
7 Locks Brewing Potomac Fog NE IPA
7 Locks Snakeden Saison
Flying Dog Brewery/DC 101 Cease & Desist Schwarzbier
Flying Dog Brewhouse Rarities: Mimosa Beer
Inside Tap List: (On tap inside DTC at 10:00am)
Denizens Woodside Wit (Imperial Witbier)
Evo Bourbon BA Rise Up RIS (Bourbon BA RIS)
Waredaca Runaway w/ Oranges (NE DIPA)
Diamondback The Archduke (American Pale Ale)
Flying Dog Wine BA St. Eadman (Win BA Belgian Dark Ale)
Jailbreak Dusk Till Dusk (Blended BA Stout/Barleywine)
Manor Hill/AwesomeCon Robo Fuel (Hopped Fruited Wheat)
Peabody Pseudoscience (Fruited Sour)
Goonda Out of Mana (NE DIPA)
Union Pink Flamingo (Sour w/ Grapefruit & Ginger)
Red Shedman Raspberry Temper Tantrum (Sour)
Mully’s Ark & Dove (NE IPA)
Mully’s FruiTart (Fruited Berliner Weiss)
Cushwa Down to Clown (NE IPA)
Cushwa Natural Progression (Mosaic DIPA)
Cushwa Trust Fund Hippie (NE IPA)
Burley Oak/Mikkeller Jacques Goseteau (Fruited Gose)
Burley Oak Double Boysenberry Black Currant J.R.E.A.M.
Burley Oak Search and Destroy (Triple NE IPA)
RAR Fat Panda (Pineapple/Passion Fruit/Habanero Sour)
RAR That One Kids Mom (New version)
RAR Maryland (American Blonde - Variant)
Crowler fills will be available on most! (Inside list only)
**Both lists are subject to change**
In a scene that could come out of a movie, a collision involving a tractor trailer carrying stones and gravel caused the stones to hit multiple cars going southbound on I-270 between Middlebrook Rd. and Montgomery Village Ave. around 5:30AM.
Approximately two dozen people were injured when cars couldn’t avoid the falling stones. Over 20 vehicles were involved.
EMS declared this an MCI (mass casualty incident). MCFRS PIO, Pete Piringer, tweeted that people were transported to the hospital and that some were trauma patients.
Robert III Lawrence sent us this photo of the construction that has started at the old Macaroni Grill location in Rio.
For those that don’t know, Yard House will be taking over in 2019. Yard House touts “the world’s largest selection of draft beers” as well as a menu with more than 100 dishes made from scratch in their kitchen. www.yardhouse.com
According to the Rio Washingtonian Facebook page, renovations have begun at AMC Theatres. Reclining seats, an expanded menu, and new sight and sound equipment is currently being installed. The theatre will remain open during renovations, but tickets will have to be purchased at the second floor box office.
According to a Business Journal report, Kenaki Sushi Counter is coming to the Kentlands!
This comes on the heels of Yoyogi, a very popular sushi restaurant in the Kentlands, announcing the opening of a second location in the development (word is the original location will become carry-out only after the new location opens).
The restaurant will be owned by longtime Raku chef, Ken Ballogdajan, and his sister, Aki Ballogdajan. According to the article, the siblings grew up on their parents sushi restaurant Kioko, which had locations in Cleveland Park and Frederick.
The 1,800 foot restaurant is expected to open this summer at 706 Center Point Way, next to Starbucks. That location was formerly home to another sushi restaurant, Hakuba.
Full Washington Business Journal article here: www.bizjournals.com/washington/news/2018/03/13/longtime-raku-chef-and-his-sister-opening-their.html
Yoyogi Sushi in the Kentlands will be expanding.
It’s the type of move you don’t really see much, but they’ll be opening a second location about a hundred yards from their current location (across the street in a location behind the stone chairs on the lawn, as seen in the video below).
I’m told the original location won’t be closing and that we should expect the second location to open in the “next few months.”
Yoyogi has been one of the most successful restaurants in the Kentlands in recent years.
Thanks to Ebrahim Rahmani for sending us the video.
We are working with Metropolitan Ballet Theatre to get the word out about MBT's performances right here in MoCo. They’re family-friendly, less than half the price of DC venues, and no traffic headaches!
Metropolitan Ballet Theatre presents a different full-length ballet each spring, and this year’s production of “Alice in Wonderland,” is sure to delight audiences of all ages!
You’ll watch curious young Alice’s adventures with mischievous and comical characters such as the White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, Duchess, the Cheshire Cat, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, the Caterpillar, the dancing roses, swirling cards, and the Queen of Hearts.
Sat. March 17 – 12pm* & 4pm
Sun. March 18 – 12pm & 4pm*
*Special post-performance “cast chat” for children of all ages will be held after select performances.
Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center
51 Manakee Street
Rockville, MD 20850
Get your tickets here: m.bpt.me/event/mocoshowpost/3225214
Niche, a website that uses comprehensive data to create rankings for schools and neighborhoods, has released their 2018 ‘Best Places To Live In Maryland’ list.
The list is based on cost of living, school ratings, crime rates, job opportunities, and other data.
MoCo areas comprised 19 of the top 25 areas on the list.
1. North Bethesda
2. Garrett Park
3. North Potomac
5. South Kensington
12. Chevy Chase
13. Forest Glen
15. Takoma Park
20. Cabin John
21. Chevy Chase Village
22. Four Corners
23. Chevy Chase Town
The full list can be found here: www.niche.com/places-to-live/search/best-places-to-live/s/maryland/
Dr. Christine Handy, principal at Gaithersburg High School, has informed parents that she will be stepping down at the end of this school year.
According to the ConnectEd message (available below), she will continue to serve as the President of the National Association of Secondary School Principals.