Category: Openings / Closings

UPDATED: Bump ’n Grind closes Ellsworth Place kiosk

Silver Spring coffee shop Bump ’n Grind has closed their Ellsworth Place kiosk. Photo courtesy Pete Tan. The Bump ’n Grind coffee and pastry kiosk in Ellsworth Place has closed, according to owner David Fogel. The primary reason for the closing was a safety issue, he said. “When your staff, one of the most important foundations of every business, has been assaulted over 20 times without adequate support from mall management, you realize enough is enough,” Fogel. Mall ownership disputed the contention that there was a safety issue. According to Terry Richardson, president of Petri Richardson Ventures, the shop “does...

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“Rededication” ceremony marks official reopening of the Quarry House Tavern

Abbe Levin (with scissors), Quarry House Tavern landlord, prepares to cut the ribbon as tavern owner Jackie Greenbaum (center) and long-time employee Emily Cox look on. Photo by Mike Diegel. About 30 people attended a ribbon-cutting and “rededication” ceremony yesterday to mark the official reopening of a local favorite, the Quarry House Tavern. Closed for three years after a fire and flood, the bar reopened earlier this month to lines of folks eager to grab the beer, burger, whiskey or tater tots for which the tavern is known. Prior to remarks from owner Jackie Greenbaum, Councilmember George Leventhal (D-At Large) presented...

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HerbaFi dispensary plans May opening

Photo courtesy HerbaFi After experiencing construction delays, HerbaFi will undergo final inspections next week and plan to open in May, according to founder Zeina Frayha and her husband, Terry Saad. Signs for the medical marijuana dispensary at 8413 Ramsey Ave., across from the Silver Spring Transit Center, went up this week. The dispensary will be the second to open in downtown Silver Spring. Company staff recently toured Green Leaf Medical, a medical cannabis grower in Frederick County led by Montgomery County native Philip Goldberg. HerbaFi plans to carry the grower’s products. gLeaf, as the company is known, grows more...

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District Taco signs lease for space in The Blairs

A Mexican restaurant plans to take the Oriental East space. Photo courtesy Pete Tan. District Taco has signed a lease to open a location in the The Blairs shopping center, according to an announcement on the restaurant company’s website. The new outlet will occupy the majority of the space vacated when Oriental East closed, according to Charles Wallach, vice president of leasing and tenant construction for The Tower Companies, owner of The Blairs. “We like fun communities with a lot of energy and Silver Spring definitely has that!” said company CEO and co-founder Osiris Hoil in the announcement. “Silver Spring...

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Construction underway at Astro Lab Brewing

The bar area of the taproom under construction. Photo by Mike Diegel.  Construction is underway at the brewery recently rechristened Astro Lab Brewing, with the intention of opening in the late spring or early summer, according to co-owner Emma Whelan. The brewery, located at 8216 Georgia Ave., was originally named Astrolabe Brewing after the astronomical and navigational aide, and the symbol remains part of the company identity. “The astrolabe symbol tells a story of innovation and craftsmanship,” wrote Whelan in an email to followers. “The revamped name Astro Lab Brewing reinforces our modern twist bringing freshness, experimentation and constant evolution. “Plus, our American friends will now pronounce it...

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