Jimmy John’s is coming to Germantown!
The Illinois-based chain, which has nearly 3,000 locations worldwide, will open their third current MoCo location (their other MoCo locations are in Gaithersburg and Silver Spring) in the Germantown Town Center.
They have already begun construction, but there’s no timeframe for when they’ll open.
Special thank you to Chris Mowl for bringing this to our attention.
Monkey Joe’s, a 12,000 square foot indoor inflatable party and play center for kids, has closed permanently.
Monkey Joe’s took over the old Hard Times location in the Germantown Commons Shopping Center in 2016.
They left the following message on their Facebook page:
“We are sorry to inform you that Monkey Joe's Germantown is closed, effective immediately. We apologize for any inconvenience to our loyal fans and those with plans to visit in the near futur http://ow.ly/d/8fQp e.
We have enjoyed being part of the community and helping you and your families play, have fun and celebrate birthdays. Unfortunately, we are unable to continue operating.
For those with pre-scheduled bookings, including parties and events, we will be contacting you individually to offer a full refund and offer our sincerest apologies. We appreciate your business and hope you will continue to support Monkey Joe's. If you have any concerns, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss.”
Pizza Hut has closed one of their Germantown locations permanently (19790 Crystal Rock Dr.).
Signage was removed a couple weeks back, but the restaurant initially stated they were just remodeling. The windows are now boarded up and the restaurant closed permanently earlier this week.
Calls to the location on Crystal Rock Drive are now being forwarded to Fox Chapel location (19733 Frederick Rd.), which will cover most of the closed location’s delivery area.
We were told that most employees were able to maintain employment with the company after moving to the Fox Chapel location.
We’re working with the Sabelhaus Team to let you know about the
Official Sabelhaus Team Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for their new Clarksburg location!
It’ll be on Thursday, February 21 5:30 - 7:30pm (ribbon will be cut at 6:15pm).
We hope to see you there!
WalletHub, a D.C. based personal finance website that has branched into producing research reports and surveys on topics with varying degrees of relevance to personal finance, has come out with their 2019 ‘Most and Least Ethnically Diverse Cities in America’ list.
Each area was examined based on ethnicity, race, language, and birthplace. Though Jersey City, NJ, came in first, four MoCo areas were included in the top 10.
Gaithersburg came in 2nd, Germantown came in 3rd, Silver Spring came in 4th, and Rockville was 9th.
Check out the whole list here.
Looking for something to do Friday night? Join me at the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown this Friday (2/8) at 8pm for some awesome stand-up comedy!
The Ivy League of Comedy
Who’s better off? Having more fun? Who’s got the funniest life? Three stand-up comedians in three different phases of life- single, married, and post-married answer those questions. Starring Myq Kaplan from l, Joe DeVito, with over 100 TV appearances, and Joe Larson, featured on , come and find out!
Details Date: February 8 Time: 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cost: $25 – $45
Buy tickets here!
Dunkin Donuts will be taking over the old Capital One bank location in the Cloppers Mill shopping center on Mateny Rd. in Germantown.
Construction has already begun and it’s expected to open this winter.
Seneca Valley football head coach, Fred Kim, will not be coaching the team going forward. We wish Coach Kim the best of luck going forward!
His statement below:
Seneca Valley Supporters,
I announce with utter sorrow and disappointment that there will be a change in leadership with the Seneca Valley Football Program. The administration felt that a new and different direction was needed to revitalize the current state of the football program.
As most of you are aware of, I have spent the better part of the last 33.5 years of my life being connected to Seneca Valley Football. This has been my life’s work, my love, and an incredible journey in my attempt to reach self-actualization of my coaching career. But unfortunately my odyssey here at Seneca Valley has come to an end.
Seneca Valley will always be a special place for me. I only have wonderful memories of my experience as a former player, an assistant, and as the Head Football Coach. I’ve always and only wanted what was best for this football program and see it thrive. And if a change in leadership is deemed necessary, then with great humility I support the decision.
I can take comfort in knowing that I have committed every ounce of my fiber and soul to the student athletes who have been a part of the program under my guidance and been a small part of their growth into adulthood. Unfortunately, it had come to a point where my efforts were not worthy enough and I will humbly accept responsibility.
My sincerest apologies goes out to the school, alumni, community, and especially the football student athletes. I thank all Screamin' Eagles Supporters for the opportunity to serve as your Head Football Coach. It has been an incredible honor and privilege to lead the most storied program in Maryland Football History. And at the end of my run here at Seneca Valley, I can honestly say, “I DID MY BEST!”
GO SCREAMIN’ EAGLES!!!
Ever since it was announced back in 2016, Top Golf Germantown has probably been the topic I’ve been asked about the most.
It was expected that Top Golf would be ready by fall of this year, but anyone who has driven by the Century Blvd./ I-270 location has probably seen that it’s still just a big field.
A couple months back, I spoke with a Top Golf representative who told me that “it has been pushed back at this time” in response to me asking if the plans have changed. Without giving me any further details it looks like 2019 will be the year Top Golf comes to MoCo (I was assured they’re still coming).
Today, I was informed that Top Golf has broken ground in Germantown!
For more information regarding the Top Golf plans, as well as plans for a “Town Center Core District with a mix of residential, retail, office, and cultural uses in a compact and walkable form”, check out these preliminary plans from the Montgomery County Planning Department: http://montgomeryplanningboard.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Topgolf-Germantown-Preliminary-Plan-Amendment-No.-12007065B-and-Site-Plan-No.-820170010.pdf
Check out Code Ninja’s Holiday Hack-A-Thon (December 9th, 2018)! Celebrate Computer Science Education Week and the holidays with Code Ninjas! Join the Holiday Hack-A-Thon, where kids will hone their game building, coding, and teamwork skills using Scratch®. You could win amazing prizes both locally and nationally!
It looks like Mission BBQ will be taking over the old Ruby Tuesday location in Germantown (19800 Century Blvd.).
According to the sign below, a development application has been filed by Mission BBQ. It would include the addition of outdoor seating.
Glen Bernie-based Mission BBQ currently has one other MoCo location, in Rockville. The first restaurant opened on September 11th, 2011 and they’re currently up to nearly 50 restaurants in over 10 states.
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From the Montgomery County Sentinel in 1876.
"As the story goes, during the Civil War a soldier was decapitated by a saber in a skirmish around what is now Game Preserve Road in Gaithersburg. After the fight, his fellow soldiers hastily buried him in an unmarked grave, even though they couldn’t find his head to bury with his body."
The story has been passed down for many generations and many have told tales about the supposed unmarked grave of the headless man. Some have recalled strange noises and apparitions with glowing eyes. Others have seen the figure of a headless soldier (sometimes on a horse and sometimes without it).
Another legend stated that if you drove into the underpass and turned off the engine, you would be unable to restart the car and would hear hands touching your car– the hands of a woman that supposedly killed her baby in the area many years ago (no stories match this legend, so it was likely borrowed from nearby “Crybaby Bridge” in Westminster).