Friday, March 22, 2013

Upcoming Events and What's on Deck in DTSS

Spring Brings New Restaurants

As spring slowly creeps in, more events start popping up. We also have a few new restaurants on deck.

So far we are waiting on Scion, La Madeleine (with a nice outdoor patio to come), Sweet Green, and Pete's New Haven Style Apizza. My most recent communication with the Scion folks a few weeks ago told me they were aiming for April. So we anxiously await…

I also noticed a new restaurant on Georgia not technically in Downtown Silver Spring, but definitely within walking distance located in that shopping center where 16th street ends – La Casa del Mofongo. It’s a Caribbean/Latin American restaurant and there is a Grand Opening sign but no date on the sign or their website so we’ll stand by. I noticed their website says delivery so I will add that to my “Delivery!" blog post once they are up and running.

I'm looking forward to NaiNai, a creation by Scion which is expected to be next door to their Downtown Silver Spring location offering Asian noodles and a dumpling bar. Opening date TBD.

Patios Opening Soon

Also to note - The Daily Dish's patio is opening soon. It's a great spot for Saturday & Sunday brunch and they have the "Make Your Own" Bloody Mary bar.

Golden Flame Pedro

Also recently saw on Twitter that the former chef from 8407 Kitchen Bar (Pedro Matamoros) has joined Golden Flame on Fenton. While I can neither confirm nor deny this allegation, I think we all can agree that this should be interesting. Can’t wait to hear more. 

Here's the Tweet:
Bryan Walton (@Be_Double_Love)3/20/13, 11:19 AM Chef Pedro Matamoros (Nicaro/8407 Kitchen Bar) And His Culinary Team Has Joined The Golden Flame. Stay Tuned For Menu Updates And More News!
What's Up at the Sheraton

Wanted to also mention Mica’s restaurant – opened last year at the Sheraton Silver Spring and they are now hosting daily happy hours with a great lunch/carry out menu. Located at 8777 Georgia Avenue.

Speaking of the Sheraton Silver Spring – in regards to the Starbucks “coming soon” sign they had up – they still don’t have a date. I'm gonna go ahead and write that one off for now...

Upcoming Events:

March 17– April 15 -  AFI, 
Korean Film Festival DC 
Celebrating films from South Korea. You can download the festival brochure here.

Saturday, March 23 – First Baptist Church of Silver Spring (Fellowship Hall)
8415 Fenton Street
Free Easter Egg Hunt

March 27 – Spring Sippers Cocktail Class, Jackie’s
$65 per person. They will demo 5 cocktails. As per their Facebook post, “The cost of the class includes a half portion of each demonstrated cocktail, light snacks, and a voucher for a free drink at Sidebar. Plus, soak up the all the booze with dinner at Jackie's before or after the class and we'll take 25% off your bill in the dining room.”
Call 301-565-9700 to reserve your space.

March 28 – Scotch Tasting Dinner, McGinty's
4 course meal. Call (301) 587-1270 for reservations

March 29 & April 14
With Two Pay-What-You-Can night at the Round House Theatre Silver Spring (March 29 & April 11).  Shows start at 8pm with the exception of the Sunday, April 7 & 14 shows which are at 2pm. Tickets are regularly $15 and are $10 for under 30. You can purchase tickets here.
Happenstance Theatre presents: VANITAS. Featuring Mark Jaster, Sabrina Mandell, Karen Hansen, Gwen Grastorf, Sarah Olmsted Thomas and Alex Vernon. For updates and info, check out the Vanitas progress blog. Get out and support our local venues, actors, and artists!
8641 Colesville Rd

Starting March 30 at La Malinche
La Malinche will begin doing a bottomless brunch on weekends from 11am – 2:30pm.
$30 unlimited brunch and tapas and drinks (must be ordered by entire table). Bottomless drinks include: sangria, draft beers, mimosas, and Bloody Mary. Reservations recommended at 301-562-8633.

April 13 & 14 – The 4th Annual Art Hop Takoma
11am – 3pm both days
From their website: "Art Hop Takoma will once again transform Old Takoma’s main street into a neighborhood arts district. The event will showcase a variety of art including photography, jewelry and wearable art, paintings, sculptures, installations, and a plethora of collage and mixed media works from dozens of artists in shops throughout Old Town, the Takoma Junction and Takoma DC. Enjoy a day or the entire weekend, but don’t miss Art Hop and the chance to see a sampling of local art like you’ve never seen before. On Sunday, hop on the Art Hop Trolley from 11am-3pm to make your way through the shops, restaurants and galleries of Old Takoma!"

Be sure to check out local Takoma Park photographer 
Selena Malott's exhibit. You can check out some of her pics on the Art Hop website. I met Selena in a photography group on Facebook and needless to say, she's amazing. Go see her work and support a local designer & photographer.

April 27 – DTSS Fountain Opening & Community Day
3 - 6pm
The fountain officially opens. Live music from local bands, face painting, giveaways, and more.
On Ellsworth

June 2 – Taste the World, Fenton Village
Check back closer to the date on their website for times and restaurants participating. More details to follow, but save the date!

And that's it for now. If you know of something new popping up or have an event in Downtown Silver Spring, shoot me an email!.


  1. About Matamoros:


  2. I'm not overly confident Matamoros will be successful in attracting "a new, younger crowd" to that location or restaurant. As a younger guy, I passed the exterior of that place once a few years back and that was enough for me to mentally cross it off my list for the rest of time. It just screams 1970s and a few new drinks won't change that.

    I really hope Matamoros switches gears again and creates his own new restaurant in DTSS sooner rather than later.

  3. I'll admit it - I've never been to the Golden Flame. I agree with you - it's just always been "old looking" and I too just keep walking right past it. So I'm sure it's outdated and their senior customer database is dwindling. Who knows - it could be a gem. I've learned to try and not judge by the cover.I think he might have a chance if he overhauls the entire look of the restaurant with renovating - but I didn't see anything like that in the article. Although - I do think he's on to something with: "he wants to bring back old-fashioned cocktails and martinis, similar to the ones served when the restaurant’s popular lounge opened in 1972." I'd give it a shot once it's in full swing for a bit.

  4. Why is Georgia Avenue not downtown Silver Spring?

  5. I've been to the golden flame about 5 times in the past 10 years (most recently a year ago). It is...awful. Very boring food, very plain restaurant. It's the kind of place that probably had a good following until the mid-late 80's and it looks exactly as if it was placed in a time capsule from that period. I'm amazed they are still in business. Under the right leadership and with the infusion of a LOT of money, it really could be a great bar/restaurant which is desperately needed in that part of DTSS