The Sandy Spring Slave Museum is tucked away off of Rt. 108 in Sandy Spring (18524 Brooke Rd.), so it’s easy to miss, but if you haven’t stopped by yet I highly recommend doing so ASAP.
I stopped by this past weekend and was able to experience a new limited time exhibit “ The History of Black Schools in Montgomery County”. The exhibit highlights the education for black students in Montgomery County, integration of the schools, pioneer educators and the importance of education to the achievement, sustainability and cross-cultural communication of the people from the 17th century to today.
The exhibit runs through October 7th and the museum is open Thursdays from 10:30am-1pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 2pm-4pm. Group tours are available at any time on any day and can be booked by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos will be posted on our Facebook page today and Instagram account tomorrow (@TheMoCoShow).
Come for the All-You-Can-Eat brunch, stay for The MoCoShow, enjoy happy hours, or take advantage of the Mezze Mania dinner special!
This week will be the first time we are going mobile as we head to Cava Mezze in Olney where we’ll be joined by Cava founder and executive chef, Dimitri “Chef D” Moshovitis.
We’ll be recording our 9th episode at the restaurant on Monday, 9/3/18 at approximately 3pm-4pm and we’d love for you to stop by and join us.
The Cava Mezze restaurants are what started it all. Not to be confused with the fast casual version that has taken the country by storm, Cava Mezze is a full service restaurant that offers a modern take on Greek cuisine.
Cava Mezze Olney will be offering a special Labor Day Monday $35 all-you-can-eat brunch, from 10am-4pm (final seating 1 hour before the end of brunch, and AYCE must be ordered by entire party).
Happy Hour will run from 4pm-7pm with a plenty of food and drink specials.
Mezze Mania consists of a 3-course meal for $25, where you get to choose from 1 item made available from the dips/salads, vegetables/cheese, and meat/seafood parts of the Mezze Mania menu.
We’ll also be giving away a few orders of loukoumades (Greek donuts)!
So come hang out at Cava Mezze Olney tomorrow, Monday 9/3!
We hope to see you there.
UPDATED TO INCLUDE STATEMENT FROM TACO BAR IN RIO
A post on Next Door, a popular community app, led to the rumors of Taco Bar taking over the old Jerry’s location in Olney (18100 Georgia Ave.).
After speaking with a few employees the last two days, I was able to confirm that Taco Bar is planning to open in Olney this October.
Taco Bar currently has locations on Russell Ave in Gaithersburg, and in Frederick. Taco Bar Washingtonian (in Rio) is not related to the restaurant. They released the following statement today:
To all our Moco people. We wanted to take this chance to clarify the confusion around the other Taco Bar businesses opening in the area. We were once associated many many years ago hence why we have the same name. We operate completely on our own and have nothing to do with other locations. We are family owned and are not looking to franchise. We love being community based and local! So, sorry again for the confusion that will probably keep occurring. If you are looking for tacos in a gas station, there's only one place. Thank you Moco for all your support! GST for Life (gas station tacos)
Taco Bar Washingtonian
Sardi’s in Olney (3418 Olney Laytonsville Road) has rebranded to Sardi’s Taphouse and is now open.
The restaurant now offers over 60+ beers and house-crafted specialty cocktails. They've even rolled out a new menu this month that includes wings, mozzarella sticks, nachos, empanadas, sandwiches, seafood, their famous chicken, and much more.
Previously known as Sardi's Fusion, it became an original Sardi's for a while before taking on its newest identity just a couple weeks ago.
We received a tip from a reader earlier today that Jerry’s Subs and Pizza In Olney (18100 Georgia Avenue) has closed as of today.
A call to the location showed that the number has been disconnected. I called a nearby location and they were able to confirm the closure.
The Maryland SHA (State Highway Administration) has proposed the construction of a 349 foot emergency communication tower. The tower would sit on land at the northwest corner of the intersection of Georgia Avenue and the ICC in Olney and would be used for radio communication.
This tower would be approximately the same height as the Luxor hotel in Las Vegas and almost 2/3 the size of the Washington Monument in D.C. It would have strobe lights that flash 24 hours a day to warn off aircraft.
I have heard from many residents that oppose the construction of the industrial looking structure. GOCA (Greater Olney Civic Association) has also sent a letter to Senators Roger Manno and Craig Zucker opposing the construction of the tower.m, citing the negative visual impact to everyone living in the Olney area.
Below you’ll see images that shows what the tower would look like once constructed as well as the specs for the tower.
More info available on GOCA website.
19501 Georgia Avenue in Brookeville was the longtime home of The Inn at Brookeville Farms. It is now the home of The Manor at Silo Falls.
According to their Facebook page , The Manor At Silo Falls will be a restaurant, but they will also be hosting and catering indoor and outdoor events.
The restaurant will have the same owner, management team, and focus as Bolder, a restaurant located in Howard County. I spoke with management at Bolder today and they told me they are expecting a late summer opening (August/September 2018).
By Joshua Cifuentes (@MLS_Fanbase on Instagram @FCBJosh2 On Twitter)
Zelalem was born in Germany to Ethiopian parents. Following his mother’s death, he and his father moved to the United States in 2006 when he was 9 years old.
He joined the elite club team, Olney Rangers, in Montgomery county, and played varsity soccer at Walter Johnson High school. Zelalem joined Aresenal’s youth squad in 2013 and made his senior squad debut in 2014. Most recently, Zelalem accepted a loan to Dutch second-tier club, VVV-Venlo, that lasted until the end of last season.
He has also played for the U.S Youth National teams.
Ebobisse also attended Walter Johnson High School, where he played with the previously mentioned Gedion Zelalem. He played at Duke University for two years before being drafted by the Portland Timbers.
The 21 year old is currently playing for MLS side, Portland Timbers, and has played for the U.S Youth National teams.
Adu, of Sequoyah Elementary School in Derwood and The Heights School in Potomac, is the youngest athlete to ever sign a professional contract in the United States.
In 2004, at age 14, he was selected by DC United in the MLS draft. A few months later he scored his first MLS goal (also at age 14). He was considered the future of U.S. Soccer and dubbed “the next Pele.”
Unfortunately, Adu never lived up to expectations. After leaving DC United in 2006, he has played for 13 teams in 8 different countries.
Freddy, now 29, currently plays for Las Vegas Lights FC in the USL (second division in USA).
Wallce moves to the United States with his family when he was 9, growing up in Rockville and playing for Potomac Soccer Association and The Bullis School. He also played at the University of Maryland, College Park.
He was drafted by D.C. United when he was 20 and played there for two seasons before being traded to the Portland Timbers. He went on to play internationally in Portugal (F.C. Arouca) and Brazil (Sport Recife) before returning to MLS when he signed with New York City FC In 2017.
He recently participated in the World Cup, coming on as a substitute for Costa Rica in their 2-2 tie against Switzerland.
Nirvana Indian Cuisine (3474 Olney Laytonsville Rd.) has been “coming soon” for a while, but Bethesda Beat has reported that the restaurant will open on July 5th.
The owner, Kalistus Gomes, owned Bombay Gaylord in Silver Spring. As many of you remember, a fire damaged the restaurant over three years ago and also caused enough damage for Quarry House Tavern to close. Quarry House has since re-opened.
The restaurant will serve traditional Indian dishes.
In what was one of the worst kept secrets in Olney, Greater Olney News has reported that Giant is now confirming that they will be moving into the old Shopper’s location.
Two weeks ago I was told by an employee of a neighboring establishment that Giant would start renovating the Shoppers space before the month came to an end.
With Capital One announcing that their branch on the corner of Georgia and Spartan will be closing in September, it adds fuel to the speculation of what may move into the current Giant location.
Here are some possibilities we heard a couple weeks back: https://www.mocoshow.com/blog/speculating-on-the-shoppers-space-in-olney