Tuesday, January 29, 2013
The program will help small businesses in Wheaton that anticipate a loss of customer parking when construction begins for an office building on Lot 13. But when will the program be funded?
Montgomery County's Department of Economic Development plans to get a headstart on the new Small Business Assistance Program to help local merchants prepare for massive construction on Lot 13 in the heart of Wheaton. Although the program applies to all businesses in the county that are adversely impacted by county redevelopment projects or redevelopment projects on county property, Wheaton businesses will likely be the primary beneficiaries as plans for redevelopment in the downtown area move forward. The County Council passed legislation establishing the program last spring, and the economic development department has been in the process of crafting regulations to implement it. The regulations have been posted on the Executive Register …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
It's time to place your 2013 cookie order!
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Ben Gross
Thursday, January 10
Since 1917, the Girl Scouts of the United States of America have been selling baked goods to raise funds to support local community service projects, maintain Girl Scout camps, develop programs and provide financial support to girls in need. Last year, in the Washington, DC, area alone, more than 4.5 million boxes of cookies were sold. While scouts still sell cookies door-to-door, the Girl Scouts have gone high-tech in the last few years, offering the "Cookie Club" website—which allows scouts to sell cookies via email—and launching the Girl Scout Cookie Locator app so that one is never more than a few clicks away from one's favorite cookies: So, we want to know, what is your favorite Girl Scout Cookie, and why?
Friday, January 4, 2013
Black plans on using the Takoma Park Farmers Market and to offer meatless options.
Jeff Black, owner of D.C.-based restaurants BlackSalt and Pearl Dive Oyster Palace, thinks Takoma Park is starved for restaurants, according to a Tom Sietsema story in The Washington Post. So Black and his chef, Danny Wells, plan on opening a restaurant at 6937-6939 Lauren Ave., in the space occupied by Video Americain, a longtime Takoma Park landmark, that will be closing. According to the Sietsema story: Still to be named, their modern American restaurant will embrace a dining room, two spots for drinking, a patio, live entertainment a couple times a week and — to absolutely no one’s surprise given Black’s multiple seafood-themed establishments — a raw bar. Wells said in the story he is eager to tap into the Takoma Park Farmers Market …
Foodie news from around Montgomery County and adjacent neighborhoods in Washington, DC.
Get caught up with the food scene in Montgomery County and adjacent Washington, DC, neighborhoods with "1 Meat, 3 Sides." This week, the closure of a popular Bethesda steakhouse takes center plate: One Meat: Unsuccessful rental negotiations caused Divino Lounge—an Argentinian steakhouse in Bethesda—to close its doors for good, Bethesda Patch reported. After 10 years, the popular restaurant has vacated its Wisconsin Avenue location, and a "for rent" sign hangs above the space. Divino's owners had this to say about the closure on the restaurant's website. The restaurant's message ended on a hopeful note: Finally, for those who have enjoyed our food, I say goodbye with this message: WE WILL SEE YOU SOON!! Read more on Bethesda Patch. Three …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Feast your eyes on these photos of the food at Range, celebrity chef Bryan Voltaggio's new restaurant in the Chevy Chase Pavilion.
Range—celebrity chef Bryan Voltaggio's newest restaurant—opened on Dec. 18 in the newly renovated Chevy Chase Pavilion. Range's menu is meat-centric, offering menu items such as potted foie gras, rabbit, scrapple, pork shanks and cheeks, beef marrow bones, veal heart, veal sweetbreads and whole roasted rabbit, "hunter style." Shellfish options include oysters, shrimp, crabs and lobster. Fish dishes include rockfish and black cod with barbecued hazelnuts. Dishes are prepared in the restaurant's open kitchen. The restaurant also makes its own breads, pizzas, pastas and candies. Pizza chef Edan MacQuaid has worked in many well-known pizza kitchens in the Washington, DC, area. Read more about the restaurant and its extensive menu on Chevy …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Eater DC reports that the restaurant's pizza chef is Edan MacQuaid, who has made pizzas at Local 16, Graffiato, Pizzeria Orso, Red Rocks, Ardeo + Bardeo, 2Amys and Pizzeria Paradiso.
Range isn't all about meat. It's got good pizza covered, too. Eater DC reported that the restaurant's pizza chef is Edan MacQuaid, "who most recently made pies at Local 16 [1602 U St. NW, Washington, DC] and has worked in just about every popular pizza joint in town," Eater DC added. "An Eater writer spotted the cook at [Range] ... over the weekend and confirmed the move," Eater DC added. At Range, the pizza dough (like the other breads served at the restaurant) is made in-house, chefs told Patch. MacQuaid was let go from Local 16 on Nov. 17, he told The Washington Post. He wanted to open a pizzeria on 14th St. NW, DC, but didn't have the funds, The Post reported. Before Local 16, MacQuaid made pizza at Graffiato, Pizzeria Orso, Red Rocks…
Monday, December 17, 2012
Foodie news from around Montgomery County and adjacent Washington, DC, neighborhoods.
Get caught up with the food scene in Montgomery County and adjacent Washington, DC, neighborhoods with "1 Meat, 3 Sides." This week, fresh juice takes center plate: One Meat: Amy Waldman, the owner of Bethesda's Purée Artisan Juice Bar that opened about a year ago, has launched a home delivery service—and with it a vegan commercial kitchen based in Kensington, Potomac Patch reported. The home delivery service of the fresh, raw juices (useful for those going on a juice fast) required additional production space. Finding no commercial kitchen space for rent that was suitable for vegan, raw food production, Waldman opened up her own commercial kitchen. Other vegan food businesses already are renting space in it, Potomac Patch added. Read more…
Thursday, December 13, 2012
The Rockville-based center has helped more than 1,200 budding Montgomery County entrepreneurs.
Two years in, the Rockville Women’s Business Center is providing counseling, resources, training and other business development support to entrepreneurs whom officials said demonstrate the changing way women are approaching business ownership. Last week, the center marked its second anniversary with a celebration at VisArts at Rockville Town Square featuring elected officials, business leaders and local success stories from among the more than 1,200 entrepreneurs served by the center so far. The celebration recognized the success of entrepreneurs through their stories and through the center’s service numbers. Click here to see RWBC’s first two years in numbers. The center “has a real and tangible impact on local entrepreneurs, helping …
The center has aided business development and spurred hiring in Montgomery County.
The Rockville Women’s Business Center celebrated its second anniversary on Dec. 6. The center provides counseling, resources, training and other business development support to entrepreneurs, including a recently launched website featuring online business courses. To date it has hosted 97 business workshops and served more than 1,200 entrepreneurs. Here’s a look, by the numbers, at who those entrepreneurs are and how successful they’ve been: Who’s participating in RWBC programs? 88 percent are women. 49 percent are age 36 to 50. 33 percent are older than 50. 54 percent are already in business. 87 percent have home-based businesses. 82 percent are from businesses with less than $100,000 in annual earnings. How has RWBC helped …
Friday, December 7, 2012
Want to try a champion burger? How about a grilled-cheese-and-lobster sandwich? Or maybe sweetbreads and tongue? Find them all in Montgomery County and adjacent neighborhoods in Washington, DC.
Get caught up with the food scene in Montgomery County and adjacent Washington, DC, neighborhoods with "1 Meat, 3 Sides." This week, a famed deli's move to Montgomery County takes center plate: One Meat: A second location for Baltimore’s famed Attman’s Deli will open in May at the Cabin John Shopping Center in Potomac. "According to Marc Attman, the Montgomery County location has been years in the making, after numerous Potomac locals made the hour-long trek to Baltimore for a Pastrami sandwich and to hint that a closer location would be welcomed with open arms," Potomac Patch reported. "People have asked us for years to come to Potomac," Attman told Potomac Patch. "They come into Baltimore for the deli, for catering, and always wish we …