Thanks to Cynghia for sharing the sad news:
7141 Wisconsin Ave. via Facebook
Thanks to all who messaged us about these.
Villian & Saint posted yesterday: “To all our customers and bands that have performed at Villain, we have closed our doors. We have enjoyed serving and entertaining Bethesda for four years.”
Bethesda Magazine reported:
“Owner Robert Wiedmaier said Wednesday morning that he closed the venue Monday because it had been losing money and not getting enough business.”
And Hank’s Pasta Bar posted about their Alexandria location:
Photo by PoPville flickr user Patrick Thornton
why are there no independent bookstores in Bethesda? I know the Barnes & Noble closed down and Amazon Books is coming soon but it’s still puzzling. Surely there must be demand for a Politics and Prose or Kramerbooks like store?”
courtesy Hello Kitty Cafe Truck
This week’s question is inspired by the press release below. Hello Kitty super fans take note!! So I always love learning what some folks collect. Like you go into their kitchen and you see a thousand cow magnets or something like that. How in the hell did you get started collecting cow magnets?!? When I was a kid growing up, I used to collect baseball cards and autographs. I was fanatical and spent every penny on them. Besides some of the autographs they’re pretty much worthless today hahaha but it was fun at the time! So what things did you/do you collect? What got you interested in collecting them?
And regarding that press release – THE HELLO KITTY CAFE TRUCK – NEXT STOP: BETHESDA, MARYLAND! Read More
Photo by PoPville flickr user Molly Tolzmann
From an email:
“The last few years have seen a resurgence in passion for the show The West Wing, helped by its availability on Netflix, the West Wing Weekly podcast, the ten-year anniversary of the final episode, and, perhaps, the increasing need for many to escape to fictional politics. So what’s next?
From 28th to 30th September 2018, fans of the show will gather just outside Washington DC, in Bethesda, MD.
The weekend will consist of panels, re-enactments, trivia quizzes, dramatic readings, and all things inspired by The West Wing, Aaron Sorkin, and civic and political engagement more broadly. Funds raised through post-Kickstarter ticket sales and a silent auction will be split between Let America Vote, whose Board of Advisers includes Bradley Whitford (who played Josh Lyman) and Eli Attie (a writer and producer on the show), and Justice For Vets, where Melissa Fitzgerald (Carol Fitzpatrick) is Senior Director and for which many of the West Wing cast participated in a PSA in 2016. Read More
4917 Cordell Ave via google maps
A reader reports:
“Fans of aushak and mantu rejoice! Faryab Afghan restaurant in Bethesda reopened Friday after closing in September 2015 due to the owner’s health issues.”
6831 Wisconsin Ave
Thanks to a reader for sending the photo. Target’s website says:
“2017 store openings
Located at The Shops of Wisconsin.
Approx. 35,500 sq. ft.
Merchandise includes men’s, women’s and kids’ apparel and accessories, toys, sporting goods, fresh, grab-and-go groceries and meal solutions, a health and beauty assortment, curated home assortment with a focus on décor pieces, and portable technology accessories.
Services offered: Pharmacy and Order Pick-up.”
For comparison the Target in Columbia Heights is 180,000 square feet.
lrothschild tweets us at 9:10am:
“Scene at Bethesda, no escalators working”
“Red Line trains are bypassing Bethesda station due to an escalator outage. Shuttle bus service from Medical Center. 9:10a #wmata”
“Red Line: No longer bypassing Bethesda. Station has re-opened, escalator service restored.”
Earlier WMATA tweeted a similar situation at Woodley Park:
“Red Line: Trains are temporarily bypassing Woodley Park due to an escalator outage. Shuttle bus service is available from Cleveland Park.
Red Line trains are no longer bypassing Woodley Park, the station has reopened. 7:18a #wmata”
and not sure if related but:
“Red Line: Expect delays in both directions due to a police investigation at Woodley Park.”
Well it’s Friday and there ain’t a whole lot happening so check out this other awesome house a reader sent in – 6011 Kirby Road in Bethesda. The listing says:
“STUNNING, AWARD-WINNING CONTEMPORARY DESIGNED BY INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED ARCHITECT, DAVID JAMESON (FORMERLY HIS PERSONAL RESIDENCE), FEATURES CALIFORNIA-STYLE INDOOR/OUTDOOR LIVING. INTERIOR COURTYARD AND LARGE WINDOWS PROVIDE LIGHT THROUGHOUT. HIGH CEILINGS, DRAMATIC SPACES, FIRST FLOOR MASTER SUITE, OPEN LIVING AREA. PRIVATE LOT WITH POOL & SPA. MINUTES TO DOWNTOWN BETHESDA.”
You can see more photos here.
This 4 bed/3.5 bath is going for $2,195,000.
From a press release:
Today Metro announced a plan to test potential future station concepts at Bethesda Station.
As part of its strategic plan, Momentum, the model station will enable Metro to test several design concepts in a single station, with improved lighting, better information and improved customer convenience.
As an underground station with a center platform design, Bethesda represents the hardest type of station to illuminate, making it an ideal location for the “model station” pilot.
Some of the concepts being considered include:
High-output light fixtures to direct light to the vault ceiling.
A new, anti-slip zone located at the bottom of the entrance escalators to serve as a transition between the escalators and station tiles.
A new information wall enclosing mezzanine equipment including fare machines, ATMs, maps and digital screens.
A stainless steel and light gray interior to replace “Metro brown.”
A new, thinner kiosk with digital panels for service information and new fare gates with next-generation technology for faster entry and exit.
New, redesigned, taller pylons with wayfinding signage, real-time arrival information and additional lighting located on four wings extending from the top of each pylon.