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Photo by PoPville flickr user Jordan Barab

From an email:

This past Thursday, an explosion and fire broke out at the Flower Branch Apartments complex in Silver Spring. More than 30 people were injured, including three firefighters, and nearly 100 people were forced from their homes. Among those evacuated were two of our Silver Spring team members.

The Red Cross was immediately on the scene, setting up a shelter a few blocks away for a safe place where families could reconnect with one another. They provided beds, food, counselors, and caseworkers for all of the victims.

Join us at our Silver Spring Cava Grill Today- Tuesday, August 16th, between 6pm – 10pm for dinner. Cava will donate 100% of sales during this time to The Red Cross’ relief efforts, supporting the residents of the Flower Branch Apartments and our two team members.

Cava Grill Silver Spring
8515 Fenton Street
Silver Spring, MD 20910″

sharks of war
Photo by PoPville flickr user Paul Sirajuddin

“When: Tuesday, July 26, 2016, 6-7 p.m.

National Museum of Health and Medicine
2500 Linden Lane
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Before World War II, experts dismissed sharks as a serious threat to service members. Then in 1942, the U.S. Navy received reports about horrific attacks on castaways adrift from sunken ships and downed airplanes. Many of these reports proved to be true. Soon after the war, diving pioneers sought out sharks, expecting the worst because of the shark attack stories. Instead, they found an animal less to be feared than understood. Join Robert Cantrell, filmmaker and shark researcher for a presentation on the history of shark attacks and how the “fear of sharks” impacted the Navy’s policy in World War II as well as present-day knowledge of sharks.

FREE! Open to the public. No RSVP required.”

8081 Georgia Avenue via Jackie’s

Update – full press release from Jackie’s:

“Jackie’s Restaurant, a Silver Spring institution for over 11 years, plans to close on or about March 31, 2016. Opened in 2004 by co-owners Jackie Greenbaum and Patrick Higgins, Jackie’s was the first chef-driven “farm to table” restaurant to open in Silver Spring’s history. Coinciding with the incipient revitalization of Silver Spring, Jackie’s opened the same year as Discovery Communications’ headquarters and the American Film Institute—all signaling a new era for the region. Its arrival marked a turning point for Silver Spring as it garnered attention as a dining destination, in part due to its initial affiliation with James Beard award winning chef Ann Cashion.

“Jackie’s has been and always will be my proudest achievement,” said Jackie Greenbaum. “Not just for its brilliant food and atmosphere—which is pretty badass—but for the community it created in Silver Spring.” The bar and restaurant has become a home away from home for many Silver Spring and Takoma Park residents, and has hosted many memorable events. In 2005, it held the premiere reception for the academy award winning film “Crash,” with director and cast in attendance. In 2007, it was the home of the AFI’s SilverDocs hospitality center, ending with a blowout block party for Mayor Marion Barry’s documentary film, which included a performance by legendary DC go-go band Trouble Funk. Additionally, Jackie’s has received consistently high critical praise over its many years of operation. (more…)

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!”


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).”

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