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by BethesdaNow.com — November 21, 2014 at 5:00 am 0

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by Aaron Kraut — November 20, 2014 at 3:35 pm 1,863 4 Comments

Clyde's Tower Oaks Lodge restaurant, via Facebook

The highest volume restaurant in Montgomery County was fined a total of $9,000 by the county on Thursday two weeks after admitting to a slew of alcohol violations related to a half-price wine special.

The county’s Board of License Commissioners agreed to fine Clyde’s Tower Oaks Lodge $5,000, plus $2,000 for the restaurant’s alcohol sales to minors and $2,000 for failing to make certain records available on the night of Aug. 11.

On that night, a group of Montgomery County Police officers and Department of Liquor Control officials went into the restaurant (2 Preserve Parkway) to investigate reports from the community of overservice and service to underage patrons.

Police said they had received the reports of fights in the parking lot in relation to the restaurant’s Monday night half-price wine special. The restaurant’s manager said two weeks ago that he saw an increasing amount of issues on Monday nights over the summer.

Two officers in street clothes and a DLC inspector witnessed numerous customers who appeared underage with alcohol. One DLC inspector took photos of a patron roaming around the restaurant with a pitcher of beer and of an off-duty employee, who cops said blew a .231 on a portable breathalyzer test.


by Aaron Kraut — November 20, 2014 at 2:35 pm 0

The Bethesda Row City Sports, Flickr photo by ehpien

The next retailer to open at Pike & Rose in White Flint/North Bethesda will be City Sports, the Boston-based sporting goods chain that is set to kick things off Saturday.

The store will be known as City Sports Rockville, which makes for another interesting tidbit in the ongoing debate over what to call the area around the White Flint Metro station.

It will be the retailer’s sixth D.C. area store and second in the Bethesda area. City Sports has a previous relationship with Pike & Rose developer Federal Realty. It has its Bethesda store at Federal’s Bethesda Row (7121 Arlington Rd.).

The Pike & Rose location (11600 Old Georgetown Rd.) will open Saturday at 9 a.m. The first 100 customers will get a free City Sports backpack with gifts valued at more than $75.

Also in attendance will be folks from radio station HOT 99.5, who will be giving away tickets to their Jingle Ball from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

City Sports will raffle off prizes including free shoes for a year, shopping sprees and Baltimore Ravens tickets, plus they’ll be refreshments and an Under Armour-sponsored photobooth.

Flickr photo by ehpien

by Aaron Kraut — November 20, 2014 at 1:50 pm 350 5 Comments

Blair Lee IV, photo via The GazetteSome Montgomery County Democrats aren’t too happy with Governor-elect Larry Hogan’s selection of an outspoken local conservative to be part of his transition team.

The Montgomery County Young Democrats on Wednesday called on Hogan to remove Blair Lee IV — the Silver Spring developer and The Gazette columnist — from his newly-minted position.

Lee IV is the son of Blair Lee III, a former secretary of state, lieutenant governor and acting governor of Maryland. The Lee family played a major role in the founding of Montgomery County. Two of the family’s ancestors signed the Declaration of Independence.

Lee IV is chairman of the board of the Lee Development Group and often shares his political musings on WBAL Radio.

The Young Democrats say he’s also “firmly embedded in right-wing policy and corporate politics,” and has expressed “extreme homophobic views that do not view all Marylanders as equal.”

The group based that assertion on Lee’s opposition of the state’s 2012 same-sex marriage referendum. In an interview with the Washington Blade this week, Lee said he still holds the opinion that gay sex is a sin.

“Governor-elect Hogan is packing his transition team with consultants, legislators, and policy makers who are against the progress that Maryland has made over the past four years,” read a press release from the Young Democrats. “In fact, voters affirmed much of this progress at the polls when the civil right to marriage equality and sensible, compassionate policies toward immigrant children in our state passed in 2012. His appointments set a disturbing tone for the future of our state in the next four years.”

The group also went after Lee and Hogan’s other transition team members for supporting the elimination of the state’s corporate tax and their opposition to repealing the death penalty and raising the minimum wage.

Photo via The Gazette

by Aaron Kraut — November 20, 2014 at 12:35 pm 217 2 Comments

Positano Ristorante on Fairmont AvenueFor those looking to make Thanksgiving plans out of the house next Thursday, a number of local restaurants have you covered:

Brasserie Monte Carlo (7929 Norfolk Ave.) — Offering a three-course menu, with main dish options of sea bass, turkey, duck, beef medallions, a vegetarian option for $35, plus a $15 children’s option. Reservations are required in advance. Open from 12:00 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Clydes of Chevy Chase (5441 Wisconsin Ave.) – A traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings, $25.95 per adult, $15.95 per child.

La Ferme (7101 Brookville Rd.) — Will be serving a traditional three-course Thanksgiving menu from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for $48 per person.

LIA’s (4435 Willard Ave.) — Three-course special menu featuring Maple Orange Glazed Turkey for $39. Open from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Morton’s The Steakhouse (7400 Wisconsin Ave.) — Open from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Positano Ristorante (4948-4940 Fairmont Ave.) — Annual Thanksgiving feast with dark or white turkey meat, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, string beans, bread and choice of pumpkin pie or apple pie for $25. Open 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. with regular menu available all day.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House (7315 Wisconsin Ave.) — Three-course dinner with oven-roasted turkey breast and sweet potato casserole, priced at $39.95 for adults and $12.95 for children.

Seasons 52 (11414 Rockville Pike) — Traditional Thanksgiving dinner and mini pumpkin pie for $26.95 per adult and $12.95 per child. Full dinner menu will also be available from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Know of any local restaurants that will be open on Thanksgiving? Let us know in the comments or at news@bethesdanow.com.

by BethesdaNow.com — November 20, 2014 at 11:45 am 280 0

ArcLight Bethesda at Westfield Montgomery mall has a soft opening this weekend

UPDATE 12:45 p.m.: Thanks to all who emailed in and congratulations to our two Thursday winners. Also, thanks to ArcLight Cinemas Bethesda.

Following Wednesday’s giveaway, ArcLight Cinemas Bethesda is offering BethesdaNow.com readers a chance at two more pairs of free movie passes to see a film this weekend.

The first two people who email news@bethesdanow.com with the subject line “ArcLight Cinemas Bethesda” will win a pair of tickets to see the movie of their choice.

ArcLight (7101 Democracy Blvd.) is promoting its new Westfield Montgomery mall location with the releases of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1″ on Thursday night and “Foxcatcher” on Friday.

Be sure to follow ArcLight on Twitter for word of more special events and announcements.

by Aaron Kraut — November 20, 2014 at 11:15 am 1 Comment

Peripoint Building from Old Georgetown Road, via StreetSense

A Bethesda artist is taking advantage of a vacant ground-floor space with a pop-up gallery just in time for the holiday season.

Elyse Harrison, who runs the art education-focused Studio Neptune upstairs at Bethesda’s Peripoint Building, will open AVIARY by Elyse Harrison from Dec. 4-Dec. 24.

The recent closing of Danish television and electronics company Bang & Olufsen has left the ground-floor retail space open in one of Bethesda’s most architecturally significant and noticeable structures (5001 Wilson Lane).

"The City is a Balancing Act," one of the works that will be for sale at AVIARY by Elyse Harrison, via Elyse HarrisonHarrison is getting set to launch a website along with the pop-up gallery, which will feature a variety of her works all for less than $500. She’s also set up a Facebook page with one post showing work on a 8-foot by 8-foot “big bird” piece.

“We see it as a golden moment. December is a great time to promote art,” Harrison said.

Harrison’s husband, architect Michael Belisle, designed the Peripoint Building — which was transformed into the three-story, triangular structure that’s hard to miss at the busy intersection of Old Georgetown Road, Wilson Lane, Arlington Road and St Elmo Avenue.

When the building opened in 2008, Harrison had Studio Neptune and Gallery Neptune on the building’s second floor. The gallery space has since been taken over by Bethesda Fine Art.

Once it became clear Bang & Olufsen was moving out, Harrison thought about the idea of a pop-up studio tied with the debut of the new AVIARY website.


by Aaron Kraut — November 20, 2014 at 10:00 am 397 0

Inside of MET Bethesda, opening next week at Westfield Montgomery, via MET Bethesda

The first of the full-service restaurants coming to Westfield Montgomery mall’s reworked food court will open next week.

MET Bethesda, the upscale restaurant with a changing seasonal menu, is set to open on the second floor of the mall’s new Dining Terrace and directly across from the entrance to ArcLight Cinemas.

The concept comes out of Boston-based Met Restaurant Group, which has four other restaurants from owner Kathy Sidell. The 120-seat dining room with a 40-seat bar described itself as a “metropolitan kitchen and bar” with American dishes mostly cooked over an open wood-fired grill.

That means Whole Branzino with lemon grass, garlic kale and sambal asum, baby back ribs with grilled pineapple and an entire selection of “Char Bar” items described as “American Yakitori” — marinated, skewered and grilled beef, pork, chicken, seafood and vegetables for sharing.

Below MET Bethesda will go Naples 45 Ristorante e Pizzeria, a New York City-based full-service Neapolitan pizzeria and Italian restaurant.

The renovation and rebranding of the Dining Terrace is part of Westfield’s $90 million infusion into the Bethesda mall. MET Bethesda’s press release is sure to describe the mall as “upscale.”

The restaurant will also have a 24-seat private dining room and a full bar program with a martini menu and special cocktails. General Manager Patrick Desotelle has worked at D.C. hotspots Le Diplomate and Zaytinya.

It will be open from 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. on Sunday. The bar will remain open until 11 p.m. during the week and midnight on the weekend.


by Aaron Kraut — November 20, 2014 at 9:00 am 251 1 Comment

New White Flint Post Office location on Nicholson Lane

The relocated White Flint Post Office that was supposed to open in July is set to finally open Monday, according to the Postal Service.

D.C. area spokesperson Laura Dvorak said the new location (5056-B Nicholson Lane) will open at 9 a.m. on Monday.

It will be the first time the White Flint Post Office has been open since April, when the USPS closed its location in White Flint Mall earlier than it had previously announced.

The Postal Service’s lease at the Mall was up in May and with redevelopment of the mall planned, it started looking for a new nearby location last year.

The Kensington Post Office temporarily took over the White Flint location’s P.O. box service.

by Aaron Kraut — November 20, 2014 at 8:00 am 867 2 Comments

Giant Pharmacist Accused Of Stealing Painkillers From Own Pharmacy – Parvin Ossareh, 51, of Bethesda has been charged with the theft of more than 7,300 tablets of the painkiller Hydrocodone from…


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