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Photo by PoPville flickr user Joe Flood

“Dear PoPville,

I live in DC but I work in Silver Spring. One thing that always blows my mind is that food trucks don’t come to Silver Spring ever (notwithstanding the two permanent trucks in the gas station at Georgia and Colesville – both of which are very good!), although they go to other places in MoCo and way out in Virginia. I worked downtown for years, and I really miss having food trucks as a lunch option. Basically, they provide a great meeting place and offer a lot of creative, different, tasty, and local options that we don’t really have just over the line.
Any ideas as to why we don’t get food trucks? And, what can I/my fellow Silver Spring eaters do to woo the trucks in our direction? There are a lot of businesses and areas to park up there – it’d be worth it!”

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Thanks to a reader for passing on:

“We’re [Denizens Brewing Co. 1115 East-West Highway] looking forward to celebrating our 1st anniversary with you this weekend!

Friday, July 17th: Stein Giveaway
The first people to say a special anniversary themed password get a DBC stein! We’ll be posting the password on our facebook, twitter, and instagram this week. (Giveaway starts at 6 PM)

Saturday, 7/18
Freedom hours all day long (hello $5 beers)
Anniversary beer release
DJ Sway spinning at 3 PM
Live music with Sound Makers Union at 8 PM

Sunday, July 19th: Brewery Open House
Come check out the brewery, learn about the art of making beer, and raise a pint with the DBC founders (1-4 PM)”

From a press release:

“On the heels of a multi-million dollar investment announcement and national expansion news, Cava Grill is thrilled to announce the opening of a new location in the heart of downtown Silver Spring, Maryland, at 8515 Fenton St. Bringing its loved modern Mediterranean flavors and fresh-casual concept to more Montgomery County residents, Cava Grill’s Silver Spring restaurant is slated for an early 2016 opening.

Cava Grill’s Silver Spring outpost will add a fresh dining option to the downtown area, conveniently located near several entertainment venues such as the Fillmore, AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center and Regal Cinemas Majestic 20 & IMAX, as well as other area destinations like the City Place Mall and Veterans Plaza.

The new location will feature an expanded open-kitchen layout; local beer and wine on tap; new menu items including seasonal vegetables roasted in Cava’s new stone-fired ovens, and rotating seasonal soups, juices, and teas made in-house daily; deeper relationships with local partners like Whisked!, Gordy’s Pickle Jar, and RunningByrd Tea; and additional community initiatives representative of Cava’s commitment to innovation, evolution, and attentiveness within fast-casual dining.

Keeping with Cava Grill’s opening traditions, the public will be invited to celebrate the new location with a Community Day, where lunch and dinner (rice bowls, salads, pitas) are free, with an encouraged donation to their local non-profit partner, City Blossoms, which champions healthy eating in the DC community. That date will be announced closer to the opening.

Cava Grill’s new Silver Spring outpost will be located at 8515 Fenton St., Silver Spring, MD”

Update from Quarry House Tavern:

“The rumors are true, we took over the old Piratz space as a temporary home. Join us tonight for friends and family (that’s you) at Quarry House Temporary. Opening doors around 6 ish. (Mostly) half priced burger night. Beer & whiskey list a work in progress. We can’t wait to see you. Come if you can and spread the word (Tonight is CASH only, no cc’s yet).”

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Photo via Piratz Tavern facebook

Tough times continue for Silver Spring. From Piratz Tavern facebook:

Hear Ye, Hear Ye! Piratz Tavern will open it’s doors for the last time on Saturday April 4th. Unfortunately the negative publicity, constant prank calls, vandalism and bogus reviews generated by our unfortunate participation on Bar Rescue have taken their toll. To add insult to injury, late last year Taffer’s crew reached out to me again asking that we participate in a back to the bar episode. They promised that it would be followed by a re-rescue and that they would right all the wrong’s committed during the first episode. Obviously I don’t learn. I believed them. On December 1st we went to the effort to open on a Monday, the one day a week we have been closed for 8 years, with a skeleton staff of former employees who agreed to play the parts. It was basically coerced and staged to be an opening act for a re-rescue. I was told to bring in several changes of clothes to make it appear that filming covered several days. As usual they brought in a bunch of extras to fill the house and we were told what to say and with whom to speak. Throughout the entire shoot the director coached Juciano to curse and say negative things about John Taffer. He referred to me as the “hero”, my daughter as the “victim” and Juciano as the “villan”. Total bullshit frown emoticon Basically we have been fucked by reality TV again and with know one to blame but ourselves, we have decided not to renew our lease. Just can’t take anymore. Director James Agiesta sweet talked me into the deal and then left us behind like carnage, just like the first time. A HUGE thanks to all of you who worked and played so hard to make Piratz Tavern the awesome place it has been for the last 8 years.

-Piratz Tavern

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Quarry House Tavern via Facebook

From Gordon and Jackie owners of Silver Spring’s Quarry House Tavern:

“We are extremely sad about our temporary loss. Insurance will cover the rebuilding, but may not cover all of the Quarry House Family’s income.

The immortal J.P. McDermott happens to be in town, completely randomly, and has offered to play Saturday night at Jackie’s Restaurant.

The concert will start at 10pm and cost $10. All funds going to Quarry House staff. [Concert at Jackie’s 8081 Georgia Ave Silver Spring, Maryland]”

From Quarry House Tavern’s Facebook page after Thursday’s fire:

“We can’t tell you how touched we are by the outpouring of love and concern for the Quarry House and its staff. We know very little right now about the extent of the damage and when we will be able to reopen. For the time being, we are closed. We hope it’s just a short time, but we will keep you up to date as soon as we know anything more. Much love from the Quarry House family.”

“In answer to the many inquiries, no one was hurt, which is all that really matters. The place is still there, folks, and we will definitely reopen. More news as soon as we have some. Thank you again– we love you all.”

Also an Indiegogo fundraiser to support staff here.

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Photo Credit: Paul Sirajuddin

Thanks to a reader for passing on:

“Three years ago, our founder David Fogel, had a vision to create a place that would continue our mission of cultivating a caring, conscientious community focused on forward thinking music, culture and pro-actively pushing things forward.

Tomorrow marks the end of the visioning and building period and the start of a new phase as he and long time friend Joe Liehr open the doors to Bump ‘n Grind – a boutique coffee shop, record store in downtown silver spring [1200 East West Highway].

Bump ‘n Grind will feature single origin, locally roasted coffees. A signature BnG espresso blend, locally crafted beers, sandwiches, salads, burritos and new release vinyl records from all over the world. We will also feature radio shows, hosted by local record labels ; music themed movie nights ; coffee cuppings and other associated events.

Please join us This Weekend for the Grand Opening Celebration Featuring our Vendors and some of our favorite local DJs and the culmination of years of hard work! Details Here.”

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“I am writing to report our lost cat, Zella Mae. She has been missing since Sunday night from our home in Silver Spring at the corner of Bristol Avenue and Argyle Road (just east of the Sligo Creek Golf Course).

She is not micro-chipped, unfortunately.

She is a brown tabby with white on her breast and paws. About 13 lbs. Very friendly. Has white and orange patch on her snout.

She used to live in the Scooby Doo Mansion in Mt. Pleasant and therefore may have wandered in that direction from her new home.

She is very beloved! Any information on her whereabouts or other measures as to how to proceed would be much appreciated.

Many thanks,

Julie and Garrett Bradford

202-629-8894
julie.bramon(at)gmail.com
garrett.bradford(at)gmail.com”

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From a press release:

“Restaurant industry veterans Jennifer Meltzer and Chef Edward Reavis are pleased to announce the upcoming opening of ALL SET RESTAURANT & BAR, a 4,730-square-foot restaurant at 8630 Fenton Street in downtown Silver Spring in early spring 2015.

All Set, a space designed by Streetsense and rooted in community, food and quality, is destined to change the social dining scene and become a staple in Silver Spring, the hometown of co-owner Jennifer Meltzer.

“After living in the city, I developed a greater appreciation for the sense of community, tradition and togetherness which Silver Spring offers”, said Meltzer. “I am extremely excited to bring Silver Spring a new gathering place to relax and enjoy genuine, personalized hospitality coupled with good food and drink”.

All Set Restaurant and Bar will put a contemporary twist on seasonally inspired dishes which reflect Chef-Owner Edward Reavis’ passion for fresh ingredients, nutritious foods and unforgettable flavors.

“The menu will feature American cuisine inspired by the traditions of coastal New England. Moderately priced, the menu consists of diverse offerings. The dishes available will be comforting and current, all while supporting local farmers and suppliers,” said Chef Edward Reavis.

All Set will be open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Guests will also be able to enjoy a relaxing brunch on weekends. The kitchen will serve a 125-seat dining room, 15-seat bar featuring a raw seafood display and a 24-seat outdoor patio. A private dining room is also available to accommodate private events.

All Set Restaurant + Bar will be conveniently located in the Montgomery Center which contains a three level parking garage and is also walking distance from the Silver Spring Metro Station, The Fillmore and two blocks from Discovery Worldwide and United Therapeutics Headquarters.”