Bonjour Waffles back in business in Downtown Silver Spring

Bonjour Waffles has reopened its food truck at 8600 Georgia Avenue. (Graphic: Bonjour Waffles) After being out of commission for nearly a month due to truck repairs, Bonjour Waffles has reopened at the Gulf gas station at 8600 Georgia Avenue. Owner Irene Kinyoki-Adjeb posted on their Facebook page yesterday: “Hey there! Bonjour Waffles is back and open to serve you some delicious waffles and crêpes! Visit us our food truck (in) downtown Silver Spring!” Bonjour Waffles originally opened on July 3, after being delayed by a week due to permitting delays. The food truck replaced the Fajita Sub Factory,...

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Council to hold hearing tonight on raising minimum wage

There is a national effort to raise federal, state and local minimum wages. Photo from Wikimedia Commons. The County Council will hold a public hearing tonight on a bill that would raise the local minimum wage to $15 per hour for private-sector employers “over a period of years,” according to a press release. Current law, passed in 2013, sets the minimum wage at $11.50. Councilmember Marc Elrich (D-At Large) is the lead sponsor of Bill 28-17, Human Rights and Civil Liberties – County Minimum Wage – Amount Annual Adjustment. Councilmembers George Leventhal (D-At Large), Hans Riemer (D-At Large), Tom...

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United Therapeutics continues work on new office space

United Therapeutics’ construction seen from existing office building. The location of the atrium can be seen in the lower right. Photo by Mike Diegel. While construction continues on United Therapeutics’ new office building at Colesville Road and Spring Street, it’s not the reason for the recent traffic disruptions on Colesville, as the Source and others mistakenly assumed. That work is part of Pepco’s efforts to upgrade transmission lines between two substations. In the meantime, UT is getting close to topping off the new building, according to Thomas Kaufman, associate director, corporate real estate for the company. The structure, known...

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Medical marijuana dispensary to open on Fenton Street

Work is underway at the former Banner Glass location. Photo by Mike Diegel. Silver Spring could have at least one medical marijuana dispensary open before Thanksgiving. Chicago-based Green Thumb Industries plans to open Rise Silver Spring at 7900 Fenton St., the site of the former Banner Glass Inc., according to Jeff Goldman, one of the company’s founding partners and vice president of communications. “Everyone’s listening to what the growers are saying will be available, and they’re hoping for November product,” Goldman said. “We’re hopeful for early November inspections so we’ll be ready to operate.” Security will be a big...

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Bike lane project on Spring and Cedar close to completion

Bike lanes and bike boxes are in green at the intersection of Cedar Street and Ellsworth Drive. Photo by Mike Diegel. The completion of a project to create separated bike lanes on Spring and Cedar streets is at hand as the Planning Department continues to work on an updated bicycle master plan. “The purpose of the plan is to create a bicycling network that is comfortable for most people, from young kids to older adults,” said David Anspacher, the plan’s project manager, who has been working on it since 2015. The last time the bicycling plan had a comprehensive...

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Documentary explores history of Silver Spring

Gifford’s Ice Cream parlor in Silver Spring, 1956, courtesy of Silver Spring Historical Society. Anyone who hasn’t heard the story of how Silver Spring got its name can learn that and much more about local history Sunday at a free screening of “Silver Spring: Story of an American Suburb.” AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center is hosting a 15th anniversary showing of this 88-minute documentary that “explores the history of Silver Spring, MD, from its earliest days, through the growth during the New Deal, its heyday as a booming retail center in the 1940s and ’50s, and its eventual...

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Upcoming Events, Sept. 20-26

Illustration from FiveStone Church Wednesday, September 20 Virtual Town Hall with County Executive Ike Leggett, 1-2 p.m. Silver Spring Arts & Entertainment Advisory Committee meeting, Silver Spring Civic Building, 4 p.m. Thursday, September 21 Silver Spring Urban District Advisory Committee meeting, 8110 Georgia Ave., 3rd Floor, 3:30 p.m. Washington Revels-Carpe Diem Community Sing, Bennington Drive Park, 599 Bennington Dr., 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, September 22 Car-Free Day Lunch with the Mayor, Campeon Rotisserie Chicken & Bakery, 902 Merrimac Dr., Takmoa Park, noon. Improv Comedy Night, The Highwood Theatre, 914 Silver Spring Ave., $11, 8-9:30 p.m. Saturday, September 23 DC Denizens...

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Fall means beer festival season

Photo courtesy Denizens Brewing Co. It’s fall, which means it’s beer festival season, and there are two local ones coming up. First is the Takoma Park Nuclear-Free Beer Fest IX, which runs from 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23 at the Cady Lee House, 7064 Eastern Avenue, N.W. The festival will feature beers from 15 local breweries and food from about 20 area restaurants, along with live entertainment. Ticket sales from the event typically raises about $20,000 a year to benefit the Takoma Foundation and its grant program for local organizations. The following Saturday, Sept. 30, Denizens Brewing Co. hosts...

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Local entrepreneurs plan brewery, beer garden in Silver Spring

Parallel World Brewing Co. will transform portions of this plaza into a beer garden. Photo by Mike Diegel. Two local entrepreneurs have signed a letter of intent to lease 10,000 square feet of space for a brewery in downtown Silver Spring at 8401 Colesville Rd. Christian Layke and Brett A. Robison plan to open Parallel World Brewing Co., which will include a taproom, production facilities and an outdoor beer garden on the plaza level of the building. Both men have been inspired by their experiences drinking in Europe and have adopted the taglines “Explore your World/Experience Gemütlichkeit” for their brewery....

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Manna Food Center demonstrates new mobile kitchen

The converted bus was parked on Ellsworth Drive during the farmers market. Photo by Mike Diegel. “Manny,” a mobile kitchen from Manna Food Center, made its first appearance in Silver Spring over the weekend. The new program will provide a hands-on cooking classroom and will be used for targeted food distribution in areas with limited access. Manna has identified 20 census areas in the county that are most at-risk for food insecurity, including East County and Long Branch. Starting in October, the bus will be a “pop-up pantry” to deliver fresh produce in these communities on certain days. Other...

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