Ground, a new coffee shop from the owner of Balagger Ethiopian Restaurant & Bar, opens Saturday. Photo by Mike Mowery.

Ground, a café and coffee boutique, is scheduled to open Saturday at the corner of Sligo Avenue and Selim Road in the space formerly occupied by Jackie’s Sidebar.

Owner Malede Anteneh, who also owns and operates Balagger Ethiopian Restaurant & Bar next door, said the shop will offer coffee, tea and organic juices as well as beer and wine.

The café will be open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week serving pastries, breakfast sandwiches, and lunch items as well as salads.

In addition to the salads on the menu (see below), customers will be able to custom order a salad with their choice of ingredients, which Anteneh intends to locally source.

While pricing has not yet been set, here is the planned menu for Ground’s opening:


Egg and Aged Vermont Cheddar Cheese Sandwich

Egg, Tomato, Cheese and Avocado Sandwich

Smoked Salmon Sandwich with Cucumber, Dill and Crème Fraîche

Egg and Turkey Sage Sausage Sandwich

On your choice of Bagel, Ciabatta or Croissant Bread

Bagel and Cream Cheese

Add Tomato, Cucumber or Avocado or Spinach

Assorted Pastries


House Made Hummus with Celery, Bell Pepper, Cucumber and Jicama

Tarragon chicken salad sandwich with dried cranberries

Mediterranean Tuna Salad Sandwich (Mayo free)

Oven Roasted Turkey breast sandwich with Spinach, Tomato, Red Onion and Emmenthaler

Tomato, Fresh Mozzarella and Basil on Ciabatta Roll

The Perfect Grilled Cheese Sandwich

On your choice of Multigrain or Rye Bread


Bruschetta Caesar Salad with tomatoes, basil, and reduced Balsamic Vinaigrette

Apple Spinach Salad with Red Onion, Apple, Dried Cherries, Goat Cheese and Champagne


Mixed Greens with Roasted Beets and Avocado Tossed with Orange-Shallot Vinaigrette

Add Chicken or Smoked Salmon



Triple Berry Smoothie

Banana Smoothie with strawberries, raspberries, and mango

Green Smoothie (fresh leafy greens, flavorful fruit,)

New coffee shop and café set to open Saturday

Owner Malede Anteneh behind the bar at Ground. Photo by Mike Diegel.

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New coffee shop and café set to open Saturday

Mike Diegel

Co-Founder/Editor at Source of the Spring
Mike Diegel, a founding member of Source of the Spring, is a Silver Spring advocate who has been appointed by the county executive to several committees and task forces. He currently is a member of the Silver Spring Arts & Entertainment District Advisory Committee. His background is in journalism and he earned a bachelor of arts in communications from McDaniel College. He is self-employed as a communications consultant and is an active volunteer with Appalachian Great Pyrenees Rescue. He has lived for more than 20 years in Northwood/Four Corners with his wife Trish and multiple Great Pyrenees dogs. He is better known around Silver Spring as the Guy with the Big White Dogs.
New coffee shop and café set to open Saturday

New coffee shop and café set to open Saturday