Friday, May 25, 2018
Philz Coffee coming to town soon.
Thursday, May 24, 2018
Actual construction of Marriott's headquarters, which is merely relocating downtown from the Rock Spring area, will start in July. Moribund Montgomery County hasn't attracted a single major corporate headquarters in two decades.
|"#Resist?" This is the Montgomery County|
Council, so more like, #Capitulate
The Philz Coffee menu lacks the sugary specialty drinks found at Starbucks and other mainstream coffee shops. Instead, each cup is brewed to order from customized blends with as many as 7 beans in each. Staff are supposed to be be highly knowledgeable about coffee, and share that information with customers as a sommelier might at a wine bar, taking into account flavors and aromas.
Speaking of wine bars, Philz Coffee will move into the old Vino Volo space on Woodmont Avenue, between Fish Taco (opening in June) and Mon Ami Gabi. Will they be too close for comfort to juice and coffee bar neighbor Joe and the Juice? Stay tuned!
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Departing for what seems like the 8th time is VIP Outdoor. You can probably bet money that they will be back in another location at the mall in the near future.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Thelo Greek Grill has set a new opening date, this Thursday, May 24, 2018. The restaurant, located at 8009 Norfolk Avenue, takes over the old Bistro LaZeez space.
Owner John Panas, who was born in Greece, promises that the cuisine will offer the true flavors and hospitality of his native country. Most ingredients will be from local sources, and non-GMO. The chef will be Stavros Dimitriou.
The restaurant's interior reflects Greece, as well, with white walls, blue chairs, and a blue ceiling. A Santorini mural will anchor the dining room's decor. Greek music will round out the atmosphere, and Panas says he aims to keep prices affordable.
Monday, May 21, 2018
|Can you see the cyclists crossing with all|
of the poles, signs and headlights blocking your view?
The road project was found to be an illegal use of funds, as a fund dedicated to maintaining trails countywide was utilized instead for a road diet project. Yet, the County Council has not condemned nor investigated the illegal expenditure. Once installed, confusion and traffic jams have resulted over the last 17 months. The bollards that now litter the closed lanes in each direction made the crossing less safe, by blocking drivers' views of pedestrians and cyclists crossing the road.
A kneejerk decision after a fatal accident at the crossing - in which the driver was found to be NOT at fault - was a purely political move in the County Council's War on Cars. The fact remains that vehicles, not trail users, have the right-of-way at this crossing; County officials should start enforcing those laws, instead of adding to the traffic congestion they've already caused countywide.
Both Sears and Macy's have sought to sell some of their real estate portfolios nationwide in recent years. Now that Westfield owns the Macy's space, can they make them tidy up the men's dressing rooms? Yikes.
Sunday, May 20, 2018
202 Next Door will take the area's most-Instagrammable donuts, breakfast sandwiches and Vigilante coffee from next door's 202 Donuts & Coffee, and add a new menu of light lunch and dinner options, snacks designed for sharing, and a craft cocktail bar. The Roches say 202 has outgrown its small space next door, and the expanded 202 Next Door will be able to accommodate the crowds in a more comfortable setting with couches and free WiFi.
More details on 202 Next Door will be coming soon, as the menu and concept are finalized. Given the quality and inventiveness of the food at each venture the Roches have launched, I'm surprised at the last two closures (this and the well-reviewed TapaBar), but look forward to what they've come up with this time.