Category: Business

Lina’s Diner and Bar Shut Down After Saturday Night

Lina’s Diner and Bar locked its doors for good after the close of business Saturday (Nov. 3), according to owner Juancarlo Parkhurst. “As nice as people were and as well received as it was, it just didn’t have enough traffic to make it a financially viable venture,” Parkhurst said about the restaurant at the corner of Georgia Avenue and Bonifant Street. Lina’s, named after Parkhurst’s daughter Carolina, opened in May, 2017 with a menu that featured steak frites, cheeseburgers, omelettes, pork belly poutine, grilled bratwurst, and a Croque Monsieur or Madame, among other items. Parkhurst said that for now, he...

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Pop-Up Bookstore Opens Today in Downtown Silver Spring

A new holiday pop-up bookstore opened today in the Downtown Silver Spring development, occupying a portion of the space where Lincoln’s Bar-B-Que once operated. Loyalty Bookstore will have limited hours leading up to a grand opening Nov. 10 in conjunction with annual CommUNITY Tree Lighting and Street Party. Owner Hannah Oliver Depp, who is also managing partner of Upshur Street Booksin Petworth (whose owner/operator, Paul W. Ruppert, is in a partnership with the new pop-up) explained the source of the store’s name. “The long and short of it is [that] it’s a combination of my own personal belief system, which...

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El Sapo Cuban Restaurant to Open Today

El Sapo Cuban Social Club, a new restaurant from Urban Butcher owner Chef Raynold Mendizábal, will open today (Oct. 30) at 4 p.m., according to a press announcement. El Sapo (“The Toad”) is located at 8455 Fenton St., with the entrance on Wayne Avenue. It will feature traditional Cuban dishes such as ropa vieja, a dish of shredded beef with vegetables, and puerco asado, described as “slow-roasted pork with bitter orange mojo.” The menu also includes ceviches and empanadas, along with dishes such as tasajo de chivo-tamal en cazuela (goat “jerky” braised with honey and sofrito, creamy yellow corn...

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The Benefits of Fall Home Buying

Our Silver Spring housing market is resilient, as the metropolitan area is driven by core industries of government, such as defense, federal contracting, professional services and engineering. The federal government is a stabilizing presence within the region, which makes us more resistant to economic downturns than other regions. We also show higher incomes, education levels, population growth and share of millennials. In our area, walkability, community amenities and access to the Metro are sought after. Fall housing is showing homes priced at $400,000 to the mid-500s continuing to come on the market in late October. In the last week,...

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Third Silver Spring Brewery Aims for December Opening

If all goes well, Silver Spring could have its third brewery, Silver Branch Brewing Co., open and operating by the end of the year. “We’ve targeted a mid-December opening date,” said cofounder Brett Robison. “We’re really hoping that we can open up in time for a little bit of [the] holiday season.” Robison and his partner, Christian Layke, faced several major construction challenges once the existing office space was gutted. A major issue was raising a portion of the floor in their space by about three feet to be even with the rest of the space. That area then...

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