Downtown Silver Spring to Get $10 Million Renovation, New Tenants

The owners of the Downtown Silver Spring development are planning a $10 million renovation of the area that will include public art and a new outdoor plaza featuring green space. The news came in a joint announcement from Peterson Companies and Foulger-Pratt, which 20 years ago built the 440,000-square-foot shopping, dining, and entertainment destination located on Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street. The companies also announced new tenants for the area, including The Eleanor, a combination bar, restaurant and entertainment venue that will occupy 7,700 square feet near the development’s fountain (the same space as Lincoln’s Bar-B-Que). The eatery, which...

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Kaldi’s Owner to Take Over Pacci’s for New Restaurant

The owner of Kaldi’s Social House will take over the space at 8113 Georgia Ave. currently occupied by Pacci’s Pizzeria and turn it into a restaurant with an American-themed menu. “The first thing we’re going to do is expand the size,” said Tsega Hailemariam. Plans include enclosing the current patio space and adding an enclosed rooftop space similar to Kaldi’s. Hailemariam will tap into the local brewing culture to supply beers for about 50-60 taps, he said, targeting a happy hour crowd as well as dinner patrons. “We are working with a consultant to change the whole menu,” he...

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In Case You Missed It: This Week’s Stories

Stories from the past 7 days that you may have missed: Liquor License Revoked for Takoma Park Restaurant Police Release Surveillance Video from Ellsworth Place Theft Lebanese Taverna Will Move to Fenton Street Location Locavino Café Expected to Open Downtown in June Upcoming Events, May 17-24 Denizens’ Expansion Will Enable Sales in County Liquor Stores Want this in your email inbox every Friday? Sign up for our FREE Mailing List. Photo, Locavino co-owner Justin Wallace at work. Photo by jonnamichellephotograhy.com, courtesy...

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Denizens’ Expansion Will Enable Sales in County Liquor Stores

Denizens Brewing Co. will open its new location in Riverdale Park May 25, an expansion that will allow the company to offer retail sales in the county’s liquor stores, according to Julie Verratti, co-founder and chief brand officer. “Three or four years ago, if you had asked me about it, I would have told you there’s no way I would ever sell my beer to the DLC, but I actually think that [Department of Liquor Control Director] Bob Dorfman has done a pretty good job in trying to revamp [the department],” Verratti said. “He’s not 100 percent there yet—I’m...

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Upcoming Events, May 17-24

Friday, May 17 Bike to Work Day, Veterans Plaza Pit Stop, 6:30-9 a.m., also at Takoma Park Gazebo, 6-9 a.m. and Sligo Creek Trail at New Hampshire Avenue, 7-9:30 a.m. Conversation On Community Collaboration: Non-Profit/Government Roundtable, Takoma Park City Hall, 7500 Maple Ave., 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 2019 Christmas Revels Adult Auditions, 531 Dale Dr., 5:15-10:15 p.m. Saturday, May 18 Beacon Market, East-West Highway and Blair Mill Road, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Hands-On Decorative Lettering, Plaza Artist Materials, 8205 Georgia Ave. 1-4 p.m. Screening, “Free Trip to Egypt,” Meditation Museum, 9525 Georgia Ave. Suite 101, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Silence of Himalayas –...

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Locavino Café Expected to Open Downtown in June

Locavino, a wine and beer café and retail outlet in downtown Silver Spring, is expected to open in June, according to co-owner Jarrod Jabre. Jabre and his partner, Justin Wallace, are veterans of the former Adega Wine Cellars and will open in the same space at 8915 Fenton St. The two have been approved for a county alcohol license (pending final inspections), Jabre said. “We’ve got all the permits in place, the demolition is done and our flooring team started this week,” he added. The interior is being rebuilt, he said. “The space has been in operation for more...

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Lebanese Taverna Will Move to Fenton Street Location

Lebanese Taverna Café will relocate from its current spot at 933 Ellsworth Dr. to the former location of Taylor Gourmet at 8535 Fenton St., which closed in September of last year. The move comes at the request of the Downtown Silver Spring center, according to Grace Abi-Najm Shea, one of the five children (and current owners/operators) of founders Tanios and Marie Abi-Naim, whose official title is executive vice president (“but we all do everything”). The property is managed by The Peterson Companies, while leasing is handled by KLNB, a commercial real estate services company. “One of the big costs...

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Police Release Surveillance Video from Ellsworth Place Theft

Investigators from the county police’s 3rd District Patrol Investigation Unit have released surveillance video from a theft that occurred in Ellsworth Place at 8661 Colesville Rd. The incident took place at approximately 9:45 p.m. on March 25 in the Trendy Nails & Spa Salon, police said. The two suspects, a male and a female, watched as an employee counted the day’s cash and checks and placed them in a bag, which was then put under the counter. “A review of business surveillance video showed the male suspect observing the employee placing the business proceeds in the bag,” according to a...

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Liquor License Revoked for Takoma Park Restaurant

The Board of License Commissioners has revoked the liquor license of the Congress Restaurant and Lounge, located at 6834 New Hampshire Ave. in Takoma Park. The action came following an April 11 hearing that was summarized as Resolution 19-124. The resolution was adopted on May 2 and detailed in a letter dated the same day to licensees Nde Aloh of Bowie and his mother, Rosalinde Attey of Takoma Park, informing them of the revocation. The licensees admitted to violating several regulations related to the dispensing of liquor at the restaurant, including serving customers after hours, but denied a charge...

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Upcoming Events, May 10-17

Friday, May 10 “How Faith Communities Can Help Shape Racial Equity Legislation in Montgomery County,” Grace Episcopal Church, 1607 Grace Church Rd., 6:30-8 p.m. OCEAN Celtic Quartet, Carroll Café, Seekers Church, 276 Carroll Ave., N.W., $18-$20, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 11 Audacity of Hoops, Silver Spring Civic Building, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Techniques Of Medical Illustration: Carbon Dust, National Museum of Health and Medicine, 2500 Linden Lane, 10 a.m.-noon Silver Spring Craft Market, Silver Branch Brewing Co., 8401 Colesville Rd., noon-4 p.m. Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale, Silver Spring Library, 900 Wayne Ave., 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Crossroads Spring Fest,...

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