Sad news out of Silver Spring, as “Urban Farmer” Charlie Koiner passed away earlier this week, according to Washington Gardener.
Charlie Koiner grew up on a farm in Rockville in the 1920s. In 1979 he purchased land in Downtown Silver Spring, where he owned and operated Koiner Farm for almost 40 years.
The urban farm, located near the Silver Spring Library at 737 Easley Street, contained beets, blueberries, cabbage, cauliflower, cucumber, turnips, and a lot more.
For almost four decades, Charlie would often wake up at 4:30am to go outside and tend to the garden.
Charlie was 98.
It has been confirmed that Matchbox will be taking over the American Tap Room location in Bethesda (7278 Woodmont Ave.). It’s expected to open this summer.
Thompson Hospitality, the restaurant group that owns Matchbox (as well as American Tap Room), decided to close their Silver Spring Hen Quarter location this past October. That Matchbox location is expected to next month.
Matchbox currently has a location in MoCo on Rockville Pike.
Per Montgomery County: https://www2.montgomerycountymd.gov/mcgportalapps/Press_Detail.aspx?Item_ID=22663
The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) this week began expansion of its dockless bikeshare program by making “e-bikes” available in North Bethesda and its surrounding area. The County had previously implemented a pilot dockless bikeshare program in Silver Spring and Takoma Park.
The pilot program had been in operation for about one year when the County decided to explore expansion of it. During the pilot period, adjustments to the program were made based on public input that greatly reduced the number of reported early concerns.
Town hall meetings were held in October and November to seek resident input on the feasibility of expanding the program. The bikes available in the expansion area will be operated by LimeBike. They will be pedal-assist, electric “e-bikes.” The County also has been studying a program to include e-scooters. That concept remains under consideration.
The expanded area will generally range from Seven Locks Road on the west, Montrose Road on the north, Veirs Mill Road on the east and Beach Drive on the south. More information about the expanded program, including a map of the service areas, is available at the Montgomery BikeShare website.
Representatives from two companies made presentations at the recent public meetings before LimeBike was chosen to start operation in the expanded area. The company was required to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Montgomery County that spells out operational and performance requirements.
Dockless electric bikes are not allowed to operate on Montgomery County park trails and are not permitted to end trips or park in Montgomery villages and towns that do not opt into the expanded program. Those interested in using the GPS-enabled vehicles can register through a smartphone app that then allows users to locate, unlock and lock the bikes and scooters, and pay for rides. Riders must obey bicycle laws and are encouraged to wear helmets and reflective items.
The evaluation of the initial phase of the pilot program found that it was quite successful in providing short, point-to-point trips. Riders took a total of about 18,000 trips over a six-month period using bikes from the two companies maintaining operations in the pilot area. Most trips were conducted within the pilot area boundaries, though about 15 percent of trips ended in areas of the County outside the pilot area. Incidents of improper parking of the bikes reduced over time as the companies improved their “in-app” communications and users became more familiar with the rules. During a six-week observation period, bikes were found to generally be in good operating condition, without significant incidences of missing parts. During that period, most bikes observed were parked appropriately, while seven percent were parked in a way that caused an obstruction.
The report on the evaluation of the first year of the pilot dockless Bikeshare program is available at https://tinyurl.com/y8zmd8sq.
Nothing Bundt Cakes is coming to Seminary Plaza in Silver Spring (9462 Georgia Ave)!
The national chain was started by Dena Tripp and Debbie Shwetz in 1997 and offers specialized bundt cakes in over 175 locations across North America.
This will be their second location in MoCo, joining the Gaithersburg location (12133 Darnestown Rd).
An exact opening date has not been given, but the gourmet bakery is expected to "open soon."
We received a message earlier today regarding Lina’s Diner & Bar in Downtown Silver Spring (8402 Georgia Ave.) having their last night of service last night (Saturday, 11/3).
A quick glance at their Facebook page revealed the following message to customers:
”I would like to thank everyone that supported us. Most of all I want to thank my incredible staff that made it all work. We gave it our best and we shall hold our heads high.”
The space used to be home to Piratz Tavern for many years before Lina’s moved in in May of 2017.
Chef Raynold Mendizabal, the owner and chef of popular Silver Spring Restaurant Urban Butcher, is Opening El Sapo on Tuesday, October 30th at 4pm (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.
The menu can be seen in the images below.
Thompson Hospitality has decided to close Hen Quarter In Downtown Silver Spring (616 Ellsworth Drive) and replace it with Matchbox according to The Washington Business Journal.
There were previously rumors of Matchbox also replacing Ted’s Bulletin In Downtown Crown (Gaithersburg), but they never materialized before Matchbox sold off the Ted’s Bulletin brand last year.
Matchbox currently has a location in MoCo on Rockville Pike. The new Silver Spring location is expected to open by Spring 2019.
A car has driven through the Subway on the 14400 block of Layhill Road in Silver Spring.
According to Montgomery County Fire & Rescue PIO, Pete Piringer, there were no injuries.
2018 has been the year of cars driving through buildings in MoCo!
Hip Hop Fish & Chicken is coming to MoCo! It's expected to open in the coming months in the Briggs Chaney shopping center in the location that used to be home to Marina's Pollo A La Brasa.
Hip Hop Fish & Chicken has 19 other locations sprinkled across Maryland and 1 in D.C. They specialize in fish and chicken platters as well as wings, fries, and lots of other sides.
A new car service/dealership in Silver Spring wants to revolutionize car ownership.
Imagine looking out at your garage, driveway, or parking lot and being able to choose from multiple cars like a BMW convertible, Mercedes, Tesla, Corvette, Ford F-150, GMC Acadia, or even a Honda Odyssey?
inride, a new car subscription service in Silver Spring, allows subscribers to drive a fleet of cars for one monthly payment.
Subscribers are able to schedule a flip at the press of a button and keep the car for as long, or as little, as they’d like.
inride touts the ability to have a car for every occasion– sedans for commutes, coupes for date nights, SUVs for road trips, trucks for weekend projects, and convertibles for sunny days.
Once you’ve select the type of car you’d like, they send over a specific vehicle. As you provide feedback about the cars, their algorithm chooses the cars that best fit your needs and preferences.
How much does it cost? Well there’s two tiers. The Premier Membership plan is currently available for $895/month (plus tax) and the Ultra Membership is available for $1395/month (plus tax).
They’re located at Koons Silver Spring (3111 Automobile Blvd).