The Dirt: June 2015

This post has been sitting in draft mode for some time, so not everything here is exactly timely. That being said, maybe you live under a rock.

Piratz Tavern (8402 Georgia Ave) – Piratz Tavern has closed and Quarry House, which was closed due to the Bombay Gaylord fire last month, has temporarily taken up residence there. You can still get your burgers, pints and tots there sans the pirates. The space has been redecorated to match the basement location, but there is 3000% percent more daylight. One bonus is the patio out back that is just in time for the warm weather.

The Blairs has broken ground on their latest development. This is the first phase of a multi-stage project to redevelop much of the property at around East-West Highway and Blair Mill Road. Unlike many of the redevelopment in the area, The Blairs plans to build some rarely-seen 3-bedroom apartments in order to accommodate families, a departure from most developers targeting millenials. Check the full master plan here.

Health Center on Dennis (2000 Dennis Ave) is well under way. I have no idea what that is.

Sheger Spring Cafe on Fenton Street is awaiting their Class B beer, wine and liquor license. This looks to be a fast Ehtiopian spot in the same vein as Ethio Express Grill.

Bell Flowers Building (8201 Georgia Ave) has been going through significant renovation to offer a market. No further details are available.

The Record Exchange (8642 Colesville Rd.) has moved location ahead of the redevelopment of the 8200 block of Georgia Avenue. You can now find them on what once had been referred to as “skid row” next to School of Rock and The Fillmore. They have a GoFundMe campaign to help with their record floor, and the new location has a stage for live performances.

Mix Bar & Grill (8241 Georgia Avenue) has quietly opened to provide cocktails, food, and a wall of televisions showing sports. Expect upscale bar food, plus some fancy accoutrements. Don’t use the word “accoutrements” while there. Or ever.

Cava Mezze Grill is going to be replacing Baja Fresh Mexican Grill at 8515 Fenton Street. That means they’re only going to have to replace two letters.

Dave & Busters is considering moving into the upcoming Ellsworth Place. In addition, two new entrances are under way for the mall. One entrance is on Ellsworth through the old Moby Dick, and the other is on Colesville between Fenton and the Roundhouse theater.

I/O Spaces (8120 Fenton St) is the latest coworking space in Silver Spring, joining the likes of Creative Colony and Space 88.

Urban Winery has had a soft open for the last two weeks, but expect a full opening Thursday, June 11. After almost two years, a Kickstarter campaign, and legislative help from several Maryland delegates, Silver Spring’s first winery is providing several different varieties of wine.

Pete Tan
A DC Native, people say I'm rude and abrasive; I say I'm passionate. I've been working in marketing since 2005. My brothers and I paid Geppi's rent through the 80s and 90s. My relief at an indoor wavepool never materializing in Silver Spring is balanced by my disappointment that City Place has dozens of shuttered storefronts. I love what you've done with your hair.

  • Bob

    I don’t get Mix’s game plan. I follow them on twitter, facebook, and subscribe to their mailing list and they didn’t announce anywhere that the location opened. It’s like they’re trying to avoid being noticed. I thought it was because they were in soft opening mode, but at this point they’ve been open about a month. They only have 53 followers on twitter (both locations combined) so I think it’s just a matter of being completely clueless about how to market themselves. Hope they survive okay.

    1. Pete Tan

      A lot of businesses get on social media because it’s “free” and everyone says, “you have to be on social media”. At the end of the day, Mix seems to have a fair crowd almost every night of the week, so I’m not sure they need to put more into marketing than they’re already doing. Have you had a chance to visit, yet, Bob?

  • Mike D.

    If you actually care about what the health center is, here you go:

    1. Pete Tan

      Nice work, Mike. I’ll add that in. Thanks!

  • Bob

    Nope, haven’t been yet. I’m planning on using it as my go-to for football season, assuming they’ll have nfl package. I have my fingers crossed it’s everything FS1 isn’t. The TVs look glorious.

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