After being closed for nearly two years, Silver Spring Wings will reopen in July, according to an announcement on the restaurant’s Instagram account.
After searching for a new location since the restaurant’s closure in 2020, owner Evan Walton has found a new home in the Wheaton Urban District. “I am hoping to have a soft opening by mid-July,” Walton said in a message to the Source. We signed a lease in March. With delays with equipment and other things, it has set us back a little.”
Silver Spring Wings originally opened in May of 2020 after the pandemic cratered Walton’s catering business. “When Evan Walton left his job as the executive chef at the MGM to start Recess Catering & Events, he knew he’d be taking a risk,” The MoCo Show reported. “Three years later, he experienced the same catastrophic results many food and hospitality-based businesses experienced due to the COVID pandemic…and the biggest risk of them all was realized.”
The restaurant quickly became popular, with Washington City Paper’s Sabrina Medora singing the wing spot’s praises in her article, These Are the Neighborhood Bars and Restaurants We’ve Relied on During the Pandemic: “Last time we got Silver Spring Wings, my husband and I feasted on leftovers for two days with unwavering enthusiasm. We’ve since recommended these wings to everyone we know. Next time you’re worrying about what to cook, pay Walton a visit in Silver Spring. He also does limited deliveries in the area. Don’t skip the coleslaw.”
Walton’s landlord terminated the restaurant’s lease in October of 2020, seemingly because of their popularity. “Our landlord wouldn’t renew our lease and didn’t want us doing takeout anymore,” Walton said to the Source.
“A special thank you to all of our customers that have supported us from day one,” Walton said on Instagram. “We appreciate you and all the phone calls, voicemails, and emails. We are back to stay.”
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