“Black Restaurant Group announces that effective November 27, 2013, Addie’s Restaurant located at 11120 Rockville Pike in Rockville, Md., will close to the public. Negotiations on the lease for the 18-year-old restaurant have come to an impasse, but owners, Jeff and Barbara Black plan to reopen Addie’s in a new location within the DC metro area. Details on the new space will be released once confirmed. The restaurant will remain open to the public and operate as Addie’s for the next three weeks. Special menu items featuring the “best hits” from Addie’s over the years will be featured for the next three weeks through the restaurant’s last day of service on November 27.
The current lease does carry through December and Addie’s will be used as an event space for private parties during the holidays. For private events and functions at Addie’s contact Jen Dyson at 202-319-1612 or jdysonevents(at)blackrestaurantgroup.com.
Jeff and Barbara Black opened Addie’s, their first restaurant, in December 1995. Amid much skepticism, the chef couple strategically decided to open a restaurant in a neighborhood that was lacking in dining options. Addie’s quickly grew to become one of the most popular restaurants in Rockville, and is where many of Black Restaurant Group’s leading chefs, general managers and servers started before growing within the company – whether staying at Addie’s or moving to other sister restaurants. Jeff Black and Black Restaurant Group have promised all Addie’s staff a job within the company’s restaurants, either at the forthcoming Republic in Takoma Park, or at existing restaurants, BlackSalt, Black’s Bar & Kitchen, Black Market Bistro and Pearl Dive Oyster Palace.
To honor the legacy of Addie’s, named after Jeff Black’s grandmother, nostalgic dishes from the last 18 years will be resurrected and offered daily.
Black Restaurant Group would like to thank the many patrons, staff and vendors for whom the success of Addie’s would not be possible. Jeff, Barbara and team look forward to reopening Addie’s in a new location, and will share more details once final.”
Some friends of mine moved to Hyattsville, MD. I went to visit and took a wrong turn. I passed this. Unfortunately I had a crying baby with me at the time so I didn’t get to take as many photos as I’d wanted to but I’m definitely gonna go back!
I was pretty excited to take my kid to the National Children’s Museum at National Harbor, but after going once I won’t be in a hurry to return. For starters, entrance for two adults and one kid over 12 months will run you $30. That’s a lot of dough in the city of mostly free museums. Once we got in and poked around we realized the museum is really small without all that much to it. It kind of reminded me of a large, fancy daycare. They’re trying to give the “exhibits” an educational spin, but really they’re run of the mill children’s activities. For instance, one exhibit is about what people wear around the world, but it’s just pictures of kimonos, saris, and the like with cheap cotton kimonos, etc. the kids can try on. The next area over features what people eat which is, again, just pictures and a few puzzles of international food along with a kitchen play area. It felt chintzy and way overpriced, like paying to hang out at that one friend’s house whose parents bought too many toys.
I should say that the kids all seemed to be having a good time and my daughter, who was probably a bit young for it at just under ten months, enjoyed the outing. However, if you’re looking for an incredible children’s museum and don’t mind a drive, I highly recommend the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond instead. Now that is an awesome museum which, for about the same price, is huge and has real educational exhibits as well as a nice IMAX theater. In contrast, the National Children’s Museum (much like everything at National Harbor, as far as I can tell) was just designed to part you from your money.
“Detectives from the 4th District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a woman missing from the Kensington area.
Hannah Emily Upp, age 28, of the 3000 block of Upton Drive in Kensington was last seen this morning at approximately 7:45 a.m. near Kemp Mill Road and Glenallan Avenue.
She is described as a white female, 5’7″ tall, and weighing approximately 160 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes. Ms. Upp was last seen wearing a black shirt and brown pants.
Police and family are concerned for Upp’s welfare and her mental well being. Upp has been reported missing before and, when located, she required medical attention. Some of her belongings were found on a foot path near Wheaton Plaza. It is likely that she does not have any identification with her.
Anyone with information regarding Ms. Upp’s whereabouts is asked to contact 4th District detectives at 240-773-5530, or the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000.”
UPDATE from Montgomery County Police:
“Hannah Emily Upp, age 28, of the 3000 block of Upton Drive in Kensington has been located unharmed. She made contact with her family at approximately 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday night and was found in the area of Georgia Avenue and Shorefield Road in Wheaton. Detectives have met with her and will continue their investigation later today.”
“As part of their ongoing effort to reduce bike theft, Metro Transit Police (MTPD) will host a special outreach event tomorrow (Tuesday) morning at UMD-College Park Station where riders who register their bike with MTPD will receive a free U-Lock.
“Registering your bike is the best way to help police recover it in the event that it is lost or stolen,” said Metro Transit Police Chief Ron Pavlik. “I encourage anyone who parks their bike at a Metro facility to take advantage of this new free service.”
Transit Police encourage bicyclists to use U-Lock devices to better protect their property. U-Locks are sturdier than conventional wire or chain locks, thereby making them much harder for a thief to overcome.
MTPD will distribute the free U-locks to riders who register on the spot at UMD-College Park Metrorail Station between 7:30 and 9:30 a.m. In addition, representatives from Metro’s parking office will be on hand to provide tours and information about the station’s new state-of-the-art “Bike & Ride” facility. The Bike & Ride—a first of its kind for Metro—is a 2,400-square foot, secure, enclosed parking structure on the first level of the College Park station parking garage. The facility features bright LED lighting, security cameras, an emergency callbox and card-controlled access. Metro also installed a bike repair stand outside of the garage equipped with a variety of tools for the convenience of riders who may need to make quick bicycle repairs. [More info about the Bike & Ride]
Thanks to a reader for sending the Takoma Park Police’s press release:
At approximately 1:42 a.m., Takoma Park Police received a call for shots fired in the area of Flower Avenue. Shortly after, they received another call for the report of two white males lying in a driveway in the 7300 block of Flower Avenue. Officers responded out and confirmed both males deceased suffering from gunshot wounds. They were located in one of the deceased person’s driveway located in the 7300 block of Flower Avenue, Takoma Park, Maryland. At this time, investigators do not believe that there were any other individuals involved in the incident. Until the autopsies are completed tomorrow by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore, the exact cause and mechanism of death has yet to be determined.
Preliminarily, investigators believe that the two men were friends and were coworkers at a special education school in the District of Columbia. It is premature to determine what circumstances led to or why this shooting occurred. There was no indication of hostility prior to the shooting. All initial information leads to the belief that this was a Homicide/Suicide. We would ask that respect and privacy be given to the families of both men.
The organizer of the hugely successful Fenton Street Market, in conjunction with the Old Takoma Business Association, will be bringing a new market to historic Takoma Park, MD in Spring 2013. The new Grant Avenue Market will showcase antiques, collectibles and other funky finds and will take place on one block of Grant Avenue in the Takoma Junction neighborhood in Takoma Park. Market goers can expect to find the same winning format as the Fenton Street Market – vendor booths, music and food – adding yet another activity to the busy Sunday line-up in Old Takoma which already offers the popular Takoma Park Farmers Market from 10am-2pm.
Thanks to everyone who sent links for this huge news coming to Takoma Park. A new restaurant from Jeff Black (owner of Logan Circle’s Pearl Dive and Black Jack among many others) is coming to 6937-6939 Laurel Ave not far from the Takoma metro in Takoma Park, MD. The Post’s Tom Sietsema reports:
Still to be named, their modern American restaurant will embrace a dining room, two spots for drinking, a patio, live entertainment a couple times a week and — to absolutely no one’s surprise given Black’s multiple seafood-themed establishments — a raw bar.
What an awesome sculpture/tribute from up in Silver Spring. The dedication says:
The unofficial “Mayor” of Silver Spring was a homeless man who collected hand-outs of money and food. Norman Lane walked the streets of Silver Spring for almost 25 years, doing odd jobs around the neighborhoods and handing out flowers to women on the street picked out of the Bell Flowers dumpster. Norman Lane was a mainstay in the community, and his enjoyment of life has been immortalized in a bronze bust created by artist and friend, Fred Folsom. The plaque beneath Norman Lane’s likeness reads, “Remembering the Caring Kindhearted Forbearance of the People of Silver Spring.” This is a tribute, not only to this local legend, but to the citizens of Silver Spring like Robert Phillips, owner of the Silver Spring Auto Body Shop, who kept a cot and a hot plate in the garage as a permanent home for Lane.