Chef Raynold Mendizabal, the owner and chef of popular Silver Spring Restaurant Urban Butcher, is Opening El Sapo this August (8455 Fenton St. Silver Spring, MD).
El Sapo will be “unmistakably Cuban, full of instense flavors, laughter, music, colors and aroma.” The food will be inspired by the foods Chef Mendizabal ate at home and on the streets of La Habana while he was growing up as well as his journey as a chef throughout the years.
Happy hour will last from 4pm-7pm and will consist of half-price mojitos and specials on beer, wine, and Cubano sandwiches.
"Havana Nights" will start at 9pm on Sunday-Thursday and at 10pm on Friday and Saturday. These late nights will include chill music, island vibes, half-price mojitos, and a limited food menu.
Yes...there will be brunch! It will be on Sundays from 11am-3pm. You'll be able to find traditional brunch fare as well as Cuban street food, churros, and cortaditas.
The restaurant will also serve lunch at their lunch and cortaditas window. Lunch hours will be from 11:30am-2pm at their pick-up window only.
El Sapo will open daily at 4pm for dinner service.
More information available on the El Sapo website.
Josh Hart grew up in Silver Spring. Prior to transferring to Sidwell Friends in D.C., he attended and played basketball at Wheaton High School.
Hart grew up playing basketball for the Montgomery County Bearcats, where his coaches praised him for his heart at an early age. He made the varsity basketball team as a freshman at Wheaton, eventually becoming a starter in the second half of the season.
Even though he transferred to Sidwell Friends and played there the last three years of his high school basketball career, his ties to MoCo remained strong. His mother has been a long-time employee at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville and his father is a retired caterer.
After Sidwell Friends, he attended and played for the Villanova Wildcats for four years. He started for much of his junior and senior seasons and won a national championship in 2016.
When he was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the NBA Draft last year, he vowed that his parents would never work again.
As a rookie, Hart started 23 games Lakers. He played 23.2 minutes per game and averaged 7.9 points and 4.2 rebounds per game.
Hart was recently named the NBA’s Summer League MVP. He averaged 22.4 points per game, which was the most among players with at least three appearances in the 7 game season.
The future is looking bright for the young MoCo native!
According to their Facebook page, Armand’s pizza in Silver Spring (1909 Seminary Rd) has closed permanently.
The once-thriving local pizza chain is now down to one location– Rockville (190 Halpine Rd).
We’ve included the Armand’s Facebook post below.
It would be nearly impossible to name the thousand’s of former Montgomery County students that have gone on to achieve a certain level of success, so we are breaking it down into individual schools and going with just five of the most famous alumni from each of them.
As with any list of this nature, you will probably not agree with all five people we chose. That’s ok! We welcome your opinion.
To keep it simple, we are not listing people who almost made the list, as there would be way too many to list. Some of these celebrities attended two MoCo schools, so if you don’t see them on one list, you may see them in another.
The five people we are listing as the most famous alumni of Montgomery Blair High School are not ranked in any particular order.
Stallone spent some of his childhood growing up in a home on Seminary Rd. He attended Woodlin Elementary School, Montgomery Hills Junior High, and Blair High School.
Some have disputed that Stallone ever attended Blair High School while others believe he even graduated from the school. I was able to confirm that he was briefly a student at Blair, but did not graduate from the school.
Chung was once the homecoming queen at Blair. She went on to become the first Asian-American (and the second woman) to anchor a major U.S. network newscast as part of CBS Evening News.
She has worked as an anchor or reporter for television networks ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, and NBC. She’s also married to another MoCo celebrity– Landon School alum and talk show host Maury Povich.
Stein has had careers as an actor, writer, and lawyer. He grew up in the Woodside Forest neighborhood of Silver Spring and attended Montgomery Hills Junior High and Blair High School.
He graduated from Blair in the early 60s with journalist Carl Bernstein (who almost made this list himself). Perhaps best known for his role as a monotone teacher in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Stein was had a successful career in film and television.
Francis was born and raised in Takoma Park. Though he attended six different high schools, Blair was his home school. He didn’t graduate, opting to earn his GED following his mother’s passing when he was 18.
Francis was an All-ACC player at the University of Maryland, the second overall pick in the 1999 NBA Draft, the 2000 NBA Rookie of the Year, and a 3-time NBA All-Star.
Can you believe Goldie Hawn turned 72 this November? She was raised in Takoma Park.
The Academy Award and Golden Globe winning actress made her return to the big screen earlier this year, starring in the comedy Snatched with Amy Schumer.
MoCo Golf presents FORE!th Monday’s. Today it will be hosted at Hampshire Greens in Silver Spring from 6pm-8pm and will include:
• FREE food
• Live Music
• Access to driving range 🏌️ 🏌️♀️
• Putting competitions ⛳️
• Cash Bar
Social event that’s great for networking, bringing the family, or just coming to enjoy yourself.
I’m not a golf guy, so I was a bit hesitant to attend when I heard about yesterday’s “par-tee” at Northwest golf course on Layhill Road.
It was awesome...and free! Though the day started out rainy, everything had cleared up and dried out by the 6pm start time (I didn’t get there until
about 7:45). It ran until 11pm.
The “par-tee” had a live DJ, free games (corn hole, giant Connect 4 and giant Jenga), a food truck, ice cream stand, putting and driving range competitions, a cash bar, and an overall great vibe.
Half price buckets for the driving range for anyone that wants to work on their swing.
Night time putting competitions with neon golf balls and a spotlight.
More par-tees this summer into the early fall at Northwest Golf Course on Layhill Rd (15711 Layhill Rd Silver Spring, MD).
• July 7th
• July 21st
• August 4th
• August 18th
• September 1st
• September 15th
• September 29th
Fore!th Monday’s (every fourth Monday of the month) is also happening this Monday, 6/25 at Hampshire Greens Golf Course (616 Firestone Dr Silver Spring, MD) from 6-8pm.
• Live Music
• FREE FOOD
• Cash bar with discounted drinks
• Contests & Prizes
As many of you have probably heard, IHOP announced that they’ll be changing their name to IHOb starting June, 11th 2018.
Yesterday it was reported by BusinessInsider that the “b” will stand for...burgers.
My server at the Olney IHOP confirmed that the “b” in the new name (IHOb) will stand for burgers.
I was told the burgers will come with unlimited fries and that the promotion and name will only last for the summer (the rest of the menu will still be available).
Pictured below are the cupcake pancakes that are available at all IHOP locations.
Just a few weeks after a report came out touting a decrease in complaints about the dockless bikes in Silver Spring, Twitter user @MuseSeeking has sent us screen shots of the maps from three of the four dockless bikeshare companies operating in the area (we were also able to obtain the map from Spin).
Below you’ll see screenshots from LimeBike, Mobike, Ofo, and Spin that show a dramatically decreased amount of bikes in the Silver Spring area.
On April 26th, Bethesda Beat reported that “the county granted these four companies permits to place as many as 600 dockless bikes in an area that includes Downtown Silver Spring, Takoma Park, and surrounding suburban communities.”
Where have all the dockless bikes in Silver Spring gone?
Tacos, Tortas, & Tequila (downstairs) and Buena Vida (upstairs) are now open at 8407 Ramsey Ave. in Silver Spring.
Silver Spring blogger, @MyLineIsRed (Twitter), stopped in and was able to get some pictures of Buena Vida prior to its opening (full versions of the picture seen below). MyLineIsRed was able to eat at TTT and described the food as being really good, but warned that the restaurant was extremely busy.
Tacos, Tortas, & Tequila offers an “authentic Mexican experience with a modern twist.”
Buena Vida offers all-you-can-eat tostadas, empanadas, steak, poblano peppers, Oaxaca cheese, and a lot more for just $35.
Read more on their website www.tttrestaurant.com
I visited Quarry House Tavern in Silver Spring for the first time since it re-opened. The underground bar has been through a fire, a flood, and few years of renovations only to come back...exactly the way it was (that’s a good thing).
You’ll notice some changes (the bathrooms are much better than the old ones), but the vibe is still the same. The signage that was once outside of the bar is now gone and partly because of that, it kind of has the look/feel of a modern-day speakeasy.
If you didn’t know the bar existed, there’s a good chance you’d miss it if you walked by (except for when the bouncer posts up at the top of the stairwell during peak hours). Once you get to the top of the stairwell that leads to the entrance, you’ll see the first signs of life. A sign and a banner.
One look down the stairs and you may have second thoughts about what you’re about to do. Don’t worry, you’ll be fine.
It doesn’t get much better the further down you go. The rusted bars on the window to your left probably don’t help. You can’t really see or hear much either, but at this point it’s probably too late to turn around.
Pull the door open, step inside the dimly lit bar, and find your seat (QHT doesn’t open until 4pm, and that’s probably the only time you’ll see it as empty as it looks below).
Around the corner you’ll find a vintage jukebox. It’s free, but make sure you limit your selections to five songs if things get busy.
On the other side you’ll find tables on each side of the wall, stretching all the way back to a mini-stage that has featured live music and DJ’s in the past.
I chose to take a seat at the bar and enjoyed a beer. They have a wide selection of domestic and imported beers on draft and in bottles.
While you’re there, you have to try their famous “totchos.” These tater tot nachos are just the right size to split with a few friends as a snack or eat on your own as your dinner. A must-have.
By about 5:30pm, QHT starts to fill up...no matter what day of the week it is. If you can get there a bit early, you’ll likely find another patron that’s more than willing to strike up a conversation. I met a personal trainer who was having some food and drinks with her client after a long workout.
I also spoke with the bartender for a little. He told me that Quarry House has the oldest active liquor license in MoCo (until Dietle’s is back up and running).
My Quarry House Tavern experience was just as I remembered it. There’s something about the place that just makes you love being there. The atmosphere is still perfect, the food is as good as you’ll find in a dive-bar (though I’m hesitant to call it that), and the beer selection is top-notch.
If you can look past the stairwell that comes straight from a horror flick, you’ll have yourself a great time at the “new” Quarry House Tavern.