Saturday, December 20, 2014
A reopening date has not yet been set.
|This sign - just like the ones|
already at Bethesda Row -
will tell you how many spaces
are available in the garage
(garage entrance at right)
For now, at least you know where to park.
Friday, December 19, 2014
Theft. Old Georgetown Road at Woodmont Avenue.
Theft. 4600 block Maple Avenue.
Drug arrest. 5900 block Connecticut Avenue.
Assault. Chesire Drive at Grosvenor Lane.
Theft. Giant Food at Georgetown Square Shopping Center.
Vehicle burglary. 11500 block Schuylkill Road (Randolph Hills).
Theft. 11500 block Rockville Pike (Pike District).
Theft. 7100 block Democracy Boulevard.
Burglary. Westfield Montgomery Mall.
Sprinklers activated properly, and there were no injuries, Piringer said. The large response necessary for a high-rise fire did cause some temporary lane delays for traffic on Wisconsin Avenue.
Chloe's New York Style Deli, coming soon to Westfield Montgomery Mall, has filed for a construction permit with the Montgomery County Department of Permitting Services.
The 500 SF space is located in the mall's revamped Dining Terrace.
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Last night, workers were busy getting the gym ready, including installing the sign above the storefront. Branded apparel was also on display. SoulCycle is located in the Shoppes of Bethesda on Elm Street. The gym opening now restores two tenants within the space formerly occupied by Irish pub Ri-Ra (the second being Noodles and Company).
|Installing the sign|
Falcinelli wrote that an alleged robber posing as a job-seeker recently attempted to steal the purse of an employee at an unspecified Bethesda business. The suspect was arrested within hours, Falcinelli said, and remains behind bars. A second suspect, who robbed a Wildwood Shopping Center ATM customer, was also caught by police.
A rise in daytime burglaries has cooled off, with no similar incidents reported since mid-November, Falcinelli said. He added that 2 suspects were arrested in early December, and that police have leads on three others that they are confident will lead to their arrest.
Finally, with the holiday shopping season at its height, Falcinelli said that he is deploying extra officers to major shopping areas such as downtown Bethesda, Westfield Montgomery Mall, and the high-end retail shopping centers in the Friendship Heights area. He also warned residents about the usual holiday gift thieves who prowl mall parking lots looking for packages in vehicles, or who chase UPS and FedEx trucks to collect boxes after they are dropped on doorsteps. The Holiday Season DUI Task Force will continue to patrol area streets throughout the holidays, he said.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Does it live up to the hype? Watch my review to find out!
Washington Gas is about to start a project to replace existing gas lines, and install a new gas main, on four streets in west Bethesda and Chevy Chase.
Newport Avenue and Earlston Drive will be the first two sites, at an unspecified date in the next few weeks. On Gloster Road, work will begin in late January or early February. Last will be Drummond Avenue in mid-late January.
In each case work is expected to not take longer than a few days.
Here's what's somewhat troubling about what I don't dispute is necessary work. Gas will be off during the service replacement, (but not longer than one day, according to Ken Hartman, director of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Services Center). It is the height of the holiday season, and people will be shopping, hosting Christmas parties at their homes, and traveling. This work could cause major inconveniences, and clog roadways, at least for the first two streets in question. Unless it is an emergency situation, this doesn't seem like the right time to do major utility work.
If you're a fan of White Flint Mall like me, and the P.F. Chang's restaurant there, you'll want to stop in for dinner soon. The restaurant says it will close for good on January 4, 2015.
Gil Fornaris, Market Partner with P.F. Chang's China Bistro, said that the White Flint restaurant is thankful for the many patrons who have supported it over the last 15 years. He said those customers, who made P.F. Chang's one of the most popular dining destinations in the mall, are welcome at the chain's Chevy Chase location at 5406 Wisconsin Avenue after January 4.
In the meantime, service will continue as always at the White Flint Mall location through January 4.
Even after mall owners had made the risky bet to pull the plug on the fully-leased retail center, and redevelop it as an urban town center, P.F. Chang's remained a mainstay along with Lord & Taylor. The latter owns its mall space, and will not be included in the pending demolition. P.F. Chang's was one of several dining draws that made it difficult to find a close parking space on weekends at the mall even just a few years ago. Will that crowd return for the new development?
Although the upscale mall and its impressive architecture will be gone, P.F. Chang's is one tenant that plans to return as part of the new development on the mall site. Alas, most other tenants will not be back, having closed for good or moved to other locations. There is currently no official date for the opening of that future P.F. Chang's at the mall site.
Go down the rabbit hole and explore the Dark Side of White Flint:
Dave and Buster's closes at White Flint Mall
The Veil of Death
A Classic Mall Movie Theater: The Balcony is Closed
Final Scenes from Abandoned Saab Dealership
The Final Hours of Mid-Pike Plaza
The Last Days of Toys R Us
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Another nice touch was the prominent image of Roy Rogers himself on the wall, with his now famous Promise to customers. Some menu items have been tweaked to be more premium, such as the use of brand-name Hormel Cure 81 ham atop the Double R burger, and Edy's ice cream in the milkshakes. The flavors of the Double R, famous Roy's fried chicken, and french fries - I ordered the Holster Fries version, of course - were reassuringly familiar and delicious. What was my verdict on the 2014 Double R Burger? Watch my review to find out, and get all the details.
I expect to make many more stops at Roy Rogers, until we finally get a Roy's back in Bethesda. The River Road Roy Rogers wasn't just a childhood hangout for me, but also a regular stop for Chessie System train crews, who used to park their locomotive across from the side door, and get take out bags of Roy's before reboarding, and heading back to the Eckington yard.
Among famous names who frequented the River Road Roy Rogers? None other than Dick Dyszel, of Captain 20 and Count Gore de Vol fame at WDCA Channel 20 - located right behind Roy Rogers at the time.
|View from across Del Ray Avenue|
|Interesting detail - this rendering|
includes the second Donohoe tower
planned across the pedestrian plaza
from the existing
Gallery Bethesda apartments
|Display of design elements that|
may be incorporated into the
Brightview project architecture
|View from across Woodmont Avenue|
Yet JBG has developed some impressive office buildings in places like Friendship Heights, and their representative last night said the firm believes downtown Bethesda is a desirable place to work. I can't argue with that statement.
|Bethesda Avenue view|
Developing the office project will require demolition of the existing 4733 office structure, perhaps the tallest building ever to be demolished in downtown Bethesda, by my recollection. JBG's representative said the method of demolition has yet to be determined, but that the work will be done "very carefully." The smaller building next door will be renovated, not demolished.
JBG says that even after potential approval by the Montgomery County Planning Board, it does not expect construction to begin on this project for another 2 or 3 years. The future of the plaza between this project and the Landmark Bethesda Row Cinema remains a hot topic of discussion for developers, planners, and residents.
Images courtesy The JBG Companies
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Monday, December 15, 2014
Plus we check in with a Hollywood actor about the latest Sony leaked emails.
Theft. 4500 block Montgomery Avenue.
Liquor arrest. Barnes and Noble at Bethesda Row.
Robbery. 4700 block Bethesda Avenue.
Theft. 7100 block Exfair Road.
Assault/Rape. Suburban Hospital.
Theft. 3700 block Thornapple Street (Chevy Chase Section 5).
Theft. 5500 block Friendship Boulevard.
Theft. 4400 block S. Park Avenue.
Theft. 4400 block Willard Avenue.
Vehicle burglary. 9700 block Singleton Drive.
Theft. 5200 block Tuckerman Lane.
Burglary. 4600 block Sangamore Road.
Theft. Westfield Montgomery Mall.
Theft. Macy's at Westfield Montgomery Mall.
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|This is how it's supposed|
to be done
|A well-lit, covered walkway|
|This...not so much|
The changes began yesterday.
Sunday, December 14, 2014
The first one I am trying is the Archway Cherry Chip Nougat cookie. What is a Cherry Chip Nougat? How does it taste? Watch my review to find out!
Theft. 7600 block Old Georgetown Road.
Theft. 7400 block Wisconsin Avenue.
Theft. 4900 block Battery Lane.
Vehicle burglary. 5000 block Bradley Boulevard.
Vehicle burglary. 5100 block Bradley Boulevard.
Theft. 5400 block Glenwood Road.
Theft. 5500 block Wisconsin Avenue.
Burglary. 8700 block Irvington Avenue.
Theft. GAP (Friendship Heights).
Vehicle burglary. 5200 block Pooks Hill Road.
Theft. 6300 block Greentree Road.
Theft. 9900 block Fleming Avenue.
Vehicle burglary. Beach Drive at Pinehurst Parkway.
Vehicle burglary. 9700 block Old Georgetown Road.
Drug arrest. Rockville Pike at Tuckerman Lane.
Theft. White Flint Mall.