By Mae Mae Ross
PLNT Burger is a new plant-based restaurant opening inside of the Whole Foods in Silver Spring (833 Wayne Ave). As the Chef of PLNT Burger, Spike Mendelsohn says, “Sinking your teeth into a decadent burger has the power to nourish and revitalize the human spirit.”
This restaurant did not fall short of its goal of serving great food with the environment in mind. The 100% plant-based menu is full of flavor and includes a span of four burgers all equiped with beyond meat– a soy-free, full flavored beef alternative.
From their oat milk based soft- serve to their version of a blooming onion (called bloomies), the restaurant is one of the first like it on the east- coast, meshing the fast-casual atmosphere with the new wave of eating plant based.
Olympic Swimmer Katie Ledecky and Olympic Gymnast Dominique Dawes will be joined in the inaugural class by former Redskin Shawn Springs, Soccer Great Bruce Murray, Legendary Local Football Coach Bob Milloy and Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher, the late great Walter Johnson.
“These men and women have brought recognition and honor to our community in their respective fields,” says MCSHF Board Chair Trish Heffelfinger. “It is a stellar group and the induction ceremony will be one fabulous evening.”
The first MCSHF induction ceremony will be Friday September 13, 2019 at the Silver Spring Civic Center from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm and it will be FREE and open to the public. Online registration will be required, but you can get your ticket here.
Some facts about our nominees:
Dominique Dawes was born in Silver Spring, MD and lives there still. She is the first African American woman to win an Olympic Gold Medal. She has a total of four Olympic medals from three games, four medals from World Championships and numerous medals from US National Competition. She has served as Co-Chair of the Presidents Council on Sports, Health and Nutrition, the youngest president of the Women’s Sports Federation, has been active in the Girl Scouts, autism awareness among other activities.
Katie Ledecky of Bethesda won her first Olympic gold medal as a 15-year-old at the 2012 London Olympics and hasn’t stopped swimming or winning. She has earned five Olympic gold medals and 15 world championship gold medals. Ledecky also holds world records in six women’s swimming events. Among her numerous awards is one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2016.
Bob Milloy spent 47 years coaching high school football in Montgomery County, winning 405 games. He began as an assistant coach at DeMatha the went on to be the head coach at Whitman, Springbrook, Sherwood and finally Good Counsel from 2001 to 2017. A lifelong Montgomery County resident, Milloy is among the winningest coaches in America. But he is also known as a leader, mentor, teacher and friend.
Bruce Murray started winning national titles early. While playing at Churchill High School he also played club soccer for the Washington United Ponies winning two national titles. In his freshman and senior college years he led Clemson to national championships and was awarded the Herman Trophy in 1987 as the top male collegiate soccer player. SoccerAmerica named him to the College Team of the Century. He played professional soccer,in the Olympics and the World Cup for the US National Team.
Shawn Springs from Springbrook High Schoolwas an All-State cornerback and running back. Then as a defensive back at Ohio State he was the Big 10 Defensive Player of the year and Consensus All American in 1996. His NFL career took him from Seattle to Washingtonand then to the Patriots. He is currently the CEO of Windpact, a hi-tech firm that makes helmets safer for athletics, the military and automotive industry. In addition to his on field achievements, he is known for his mentoring and involvement in the community.
Some called him “Barney” but he was better-known as “The Big Train”. Washington Senators Pitcher Walter Johnson amassed numbers that do not translate to modern baseball; 417 wins, 110 shutouts and 531 complete games. He was named to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936. Post baseball, In 1938 he was elected to the Montgomery County Commission (the council forerunner) and ran for Congress from the 6thDistrict in 1940. His two obvious legacies: Walter Johnson High School and The Big Train summer collegiate baseball team are both named after him.
When his friend sent him a picture of the closed sign outside of Adega, a staple in Downtown Silver Spring for almost 15 years, Jarrod Jabre texted Justin Wallace immediately.
The pair had both worked at Adega in the past and wanted to look for a way to get in there immediately– even initially hoping to keep the Adega name, but it didn’t work out.
Fast forward 2.5 years and we have the opening of Locavino. “I wanted to think of a word for someone who drinks local...and it made sense– Locavino” said Jabre when we spoke in the café earlier today. He told me that he considers Locavino the spiritual successor to Adega, but that the experience will be different.
The café will serve wine, beer, and food, but will also be a wine retailer. "We don't want to put a table in the middle of a wine shop...we're going to let the space and the flow dictate the direction we go in."
Jared and Justin worked with Santos Amaya to create the menu for Locavino. Santos was the kitchen manager at Adega and the trio came up with a simple menu that includes some of the plates people loved from Adega, a few items the public has asked for, and a couple dishes that are the owners' favorites.
Not a wine person? No problem. The café will offer many local beers, both on tap and in cans/bottles, as well as soda if you're not into alcohol at all.
With Jabre living in Silver Spring for nearly 15 years and Wallace being born in Takoma Park and living in the DC Metro area his entire life, Locavino is a neighborhood bar owned and operated by people in the neighborhood.
The grand opening is this weekend. Saturday, 8/17 from 11am-11pm and Sunday, 8/18 from 11am-9pm.
PLNT Burger, a vegan plant-based restaurant, made its debut last night as a pop-up, serving over 220 burgers at the Ohev Sholom National Synagogue in Washington DC.
The upcoming Silver Spring restaurant is owned by Jonah Goldman, the son of Honest Tea co-founder and Beyond Meat executive chair Seth Goldman.
PLNT Burger will offer plant based burgers, ice cream, and other snacks. Though the restaurant will be opening in September, the exact location has not been announced yet.
PLNT Burger’s arrival was first reported by Bethesda Beat.
Pollo Central, formerly going by the name of Solo Pollo, is coming to the Aspen Hill Shopping Center.
They’ll be taking over the old Payless location at 13653 Connecticut Ave, next to Jerry’s and will specialize in Peruvian chicken.
Their grand opening will be on Monday, July 8th.
Just received word that Fat Fingers, a concept from the folks who brought you The Big Greek Cafe, will open in July (no exact date yet).
The menu wil include pizza, wings, cheesesteaks, burgers, hot dogs, half smokes, and a lot more.
Located at 8213 Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring.
The school year has come to an end, but we’re sure the staff at Cloverly Elementary School in Silver Spring will remain busy this summer.
The elementary school staff welcomed 8 new babies in just six months!
Five girls and three boys: Ian, Jules, Max, Madelynn, Olivia, Caroline, Kaja, & Miles.
Photos c/o of Phil Powell Photography
Montgomery County will continue the Pride month celebration with drag performances and free onsite HIV testing and information about the community-based healthcare offered by Us Helping Us.
This celebration will take place on Wednesday, June 19th at Denizens Brewing Co. in Silver Spring (115 East West Highway) from 8pm-10pm.
District Taco is opening its first MoCo location.
Last March the D.C. based Mexican restaurant signed a lease to open up a new location in The Blairs shopping center in Silver Spring.
After some delays we were told in April that the restaurant was “very close” to opening. Today, we were told they’ll open on July 1st!
District Taco is taking over the vacant Oriental East location at 1312 East West Highway.
In a strange twist, the Pennsylvania man that is suspected of robbing multiple banks in MoCo in the last few months has been found dead in Hagerstown.
Shivi Brian Mohanani-Neil, age 28, of Pottstown, Pennsylvania, was found dead in a hotel room in Hagerstown. Police say no foul play is suspected in his death.
Mohanani-Neil robbed the same Rockville SunTrust bank three times (Safeway in Fallsgrove) between January 27th and March 3rd earlier this year before moving on to the SunTrust in Safeway on New Hampshire Ave in Cloverly.
Full story from Montgomery County Police here.