Category: Openings / Closings

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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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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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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Solaire 8250 Georgia Will Open on May 13

Solaire 8250 Georgia will open for tenants May 13, according to Charles Nulsen III, president of the project’s developer, Washington Property Co. “We started pre-leasing the first of February and the project’s been very well received, and we have close to 100 pre-leases in the building as of [April 24] in a 340-unit project,” Nulsen said. The first levels to open, along with the common areas, will be floors three, four and five, with the rest of the project opening three floors at a time until all 20 floors are completely finished, Nulsen said. In addition, the building will...

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