Friday, June 23, 2017

Silver Spring construction update: United Therapeutics Unisphere (Photos)

Construction has reached street level at the future site of United Therapeutics' expanded campus, known as the Unisphere, in downtown Silver Spring. The 120000 SF expansion at the intersection of Colesville Road and Spring Street will include a six-story office building, retail space, and a parking garage. One of the few bright spots in Montgomery County's otherwise-moribund private sector economy, which has failed to attract a single major corporate headquarters in two decades.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Discovery Communications shows pride in Silver Spring (Photos)

Discovery Communications marks Pride Month at its headquarters in downtown Silver Spring with rainbow lighting. Next month, expect to see a shark-themed night display, as part of the company's Shark Week promotion.

Wheaton construction update: Manny & Olga's (Photos)

The countdown to Manny & Olga's at 11222 Georgia Avenue in Wheaton continues. They have some Coming Soon signage up, featuring menu items and combo deals, mostly for pizza (not surprisingly). Gets me thinking about the question of who has the best pizza in Wheaton right now.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Sign installed at Sherwin-Williams in downtown Silver Spring (Photos)

The lighted sign is up at Sherwin-Williams, which is taking over the old Pyramid Atlantic building at 8230 Georgia Avenue in downtown Silver Spring. A Sherwin-Williams truck has also arrived.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

BiBiBop Asian Grill opens today in Silver Spring (Photos)

BiBiBop Asian Grill, the Columbus-based replacement for the failed ShopHouse, will open today in downtown Silver Spring at 935 Ellsworth Drive. The "Korean Chipotle" will open at 11:00 AM this morning. Enjoy a free meal between 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM today at the Silver Spring location.

Here's a sneak peek inside:

Monday, June 19, 2017

Chick-fil-A makeover complete in Silver Spring (Photos)

Well, it took longer than originally planned, but Chick-fil-A's downtown Silver Spring renovation is finally completed. The restaurant reopened on Friday, five days after the reopening date posted when the work began. Updates include new furniture. 

No drive-thru is still a deal-breaker for me, though. I'd probably be at Chick-fil-A every day if they had drive-thrus in Montgomery County. Apparently, the corporate suits at Chick-fil-A aren't aware that drive-thru customers account for 70% of business at other fast food restaurants - that's a lot of money to leave on the table.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Kaldi's Social House closing in Silver Spring

Update: June 17, 9:00 AM: After posting an announcement on an auction website clearly stating that Kaldi's would be "shutting its doors and making a complete urgent liquidation," the owner is now telling other media outlets there is merely a renovation, and that Kaldi's will not be closing. Some of my competitors conveniently failed to disclose that Kaldi's posted the announcement it was closing, in their rush to claim I had posted an "incorrect" report. Total hogwash. If Kaldi's is not closing, it is they who were in error announcing they were closing online.

Kaldi's Social House is closing in Silver Spring, according to an auction announcement by the business. The coffee lounge at 918 Silver Spring Avenue is auctioning off its furniture and kitchen equipment in an "urgent liquidation" on Monday, June 19. Items up for bid include a Perlick Draft Beer Dispenser/Kegerator with 4 keg capacity, and 8 Restoration Hardware chairs.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Wheaton redevelopment getting started at Lot 13 (Photos)

Parking meters have been removed from the closed section of Public Parking Lot 13 in the Wheaton Triangle, and preparations for excavation are underway. A Montgomery County office building will be constructed here, and eventually a town square and connection to the Wheaton Metro station.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Wheaton construction update: AVA Wheaton apartments (Photos)

The AVA Wheaton apartments are actually starting to match the grey-white-orange-brown tones of the renderings we've been looking at for at least four years. Some green Tyvek sections remain, with one of those being the Georgia Avenue-facing facade on Blueridge Avenue that will bear large "A V A" initials. Developer Avalon Bay is now promising delivery for Summer 2017 for this 319-unit building, with no retail or restaurants on the ground floor.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Charleys returning to Wheaton Plaza soon

The "#1 cheese steak in the world" will soon be available again at Wheaton Plaza. Columbus-based Charleys Philly Steaks will make a grand return to the mall's food court.

Sidewalk reopens in front of Core apartments, public art installed (Video + Photos)

Foulger-Pratt has reopened the sidewalk in front of their new Core apartment building to pedestrians again at 8621 Georgia Avenue in downtown Silver Spring. With partner Willco, they are expected to deliver the building this summer. A second new development is the installation of a public art sculpture at the site.