Woodmont Avenue at Bethesda Avenue remained closed on Friday and there’s no word on if it will reopen this weekend as expected.
Developer StonebridgeCarras is building a 186-unit apartment project on the former site of Montgomery County’s Lot 31. Across the street, the developer is building a condominium project called The Darcy.
In a public-private partnership with the county, the developer is building a 970-space public parking garage underneath the road to replace Lot 31. Woodmont Avenue between Bethesda Avenue and Miller Avenue was closed in September 2012 to allow for construction the county said would take between 20 and 24 months.
In July, StonebridgeCarras Principal Jane Mahaffie said the stretch of road would reopen by today, on the weekend before the first day of the 2014-2015 MCPS school year and the traditional uptick in area traffic.
Earlier this month, electronic signs indicated the road would be reopened earlier than that, by or on Friday, Aug. 15.
No word from StonebridgeCarras on if the road will reopen today as first planned.
What is clear is that pedestrians won’t be able to use the stretch of road until the construction of the apartment and condo buildings on either side is closer to completion.
Since last week, crews have installed signs that read “No Pedestrian Access” and “Not Publicly Maintained Roadway.”
Mahaffie said the garage will hopefully be opened by or around Dec. 1. The apartment and condo buildings, which will include ground-floor restaurants and retail, should be completed by May 2015.
Editor’s Note: This column is sponsored by Georgetown Square Wine and Beer (10400 Old Georgetown Road).
Simply put, Prosecco is an Italian white sparkling wine. But many customers don’t know exactly what Prosecco is or much about it — other than it’s Italian, it has bubbles and they like it.
Prosecco sales have soared in the U.S. over the past 10 years and in 2013 worldwide sales of Prosecco topped Champagne sales for the first time ever. Prosecco’s light body, citrus flavor profile, off-dry nature and affordable prices make it a much more approachable every day sparkler than Champagne.
So what is Prosecco?
Prosecco is made in the northeastern regions of Italy with a grape named Glera. Dating back thousands of years to the Ancient Romans, the Glera grape was widely used to make still-white wine until the 20th century, when secondary fermentation was discovered.
Unlike Champagne, Prosecco is made with the Charmat method, a method of secondary fermentation (what creates the bubbles). Instead of the labor intensive and time consuming Champagne process of secondary fermentation occurring in the bottle, Prosecco undergoes secondary fermentation in large stainless steel tanks, which greatly reduces costs. The end product is a vibrant, fruity, low in alcohol and affordable sparkling wine that is meant to be consumed young and fresh.
For around $10-$15, you can get a Prosecco that offers delicate fruit and enticing aromas. On the palate you can expect Prosecco to deliver ripe assorted apple, pear, citrus and often some nutty flavors.
Since most Prosecco is on the drier side and inexpensive the variety is also perfect for mixing with orange juice, grapefruit juice and especially peach puree to make a famous Italian Bellini. Next time you are hosting a brunch and need a mixing sparkling wine for Mimosas, the smart choice is Prosecco.
You can also pair Prosecco with a variety of foods. Traditionally used as an aperitif or by itself, Prosecco pairs well with most cheeses and light charcuterie as well as seafood, Asian fare, spicy food and creamy Italian sauces. Prosecco is a very forgiving, food-friendly sparkling wine option.
Here are some Proseccos we have in stock at Georgetown Square Wine and Beer and Downtown Crown Wine and Beer:
Aromas of crisp apple and pear and medium-bodied. Deliciously fresh and fruity, with melon and apple character, and almond notes echo on the clean finish. A fun sparkler for everyday drinking or for large parties.
La Marca Prosecco Brut
90 points from Wine Spectator! A delicate, well-balanced Prosecco showing a good blend of baked apple, sour lemon and grapefruit, with a light creamy mineral texture on the palate. Also Montgomery County’s No. 1 selling sparkling wine.
Delicate and fruity with a hint of honey, Candoni Prosecco is dry in the mouth with a pleasant acidity that leaves behind a delicious and persistent freshness with a dry, well balanced taste.
Mionetto Prosecco Brut
America’s top selling Prosecco. The Mionetto Prosecco Brut has an intense, fruity bouquet with a hint of golden apples. It’s very dry, fresh, light in body and well-balanced.
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Check out our picks for open houses this weekend around Bethesda.
8029 Park Lane
6 BD | 2.5 BA single family detached
Anne Emmett, W.C. & A.N. Miller Realtors
Open: Sunday, August 24 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
6218 Rockhurst Road
3 BD | 2 BA single family detached
Tien Nguyen, Century 21 Trademark Realty
Open: Sunday, August 24 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
9000 Ewing Drive
6 BD | 5.5 BA single family detached
Jeremy Lichtenstein, Re/Max Realty Services
Open: Sunday, August 24 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
9901 Pomona Drive
4 BD | 3 BA single family detached
Kay Baer, Re/Max Excellence Realty
Open: Sunday, August 24 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
US Fitness, a holding company formed in 2011 by the former owners of Gold’s Gym International, bought D.C. area chain Sport&Health — including its 4400 Montgomery Ave. location and facility set to open in December at Pike & Rose — for an undisclosed amount.
Media rep Nicole Davidow said all rates for members will stay the same, there are no changes planned in terms of membership and Sport&Health will keep its branding.
US Fitness also owns the Onelife Fitness brand and Crunch clubs in the Mid-Atlantic.
Sport&Health CEO Mark Fisher will be named the CEO of US Fitness, which is headed by brothers Kirk and John Galiani.
The Pike & Rose location will be Sport&Health’s 23rd club in the D.C. area. The McClean-based company started in 1973.
“Sport & Health provides us with a broad platform in a major metropolitan area, an experienced management team, and infrastructure to accelerate our growth through Greenfield expansion and acquisition,” said Kirk and John Galiani in a press release. “We look forward to working with Mark Fisher, Scott Thomas and the entire Sport & Health team in continuing to build a terrific company.”
Photo via Sport&Health Club
Restaurateur Haley Dies After Motorcycle Crash – Matthew Haley, the Delaware beach restaurateur and Kensington native, died this week after a motorcycle accident in India. Haley started in the restaurant business in Bethesda, where he was one of the founding partners of Tommy Joe’s in 1997. He opened up a long line of restaurants at Bethany Beach, Rehoboth Beach and Fenwick Island and was on a humanitarian mission in India when the accident happened.
Frosh Takes The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge — After Rep. Chris Van Hollen challenged him, District 16 State Sen. and attorney general nominee Brian Frosh took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Thursday at an event in Washington County. Frosh then challenged Rep. John Delaney. The pouring was done by lieutenant governor nominee Ken Ulman. [Facebook]
Popular Chef Leaving Popular Restaurant Group – Chef Michael Harr is leaving Bethesda’s Food, Wine & Co. (7272 Wisconsin Ave.) and its spin-offs City Burger (7015 Wisconsin Ave.) and Fish Taco (7945 MacArthur Blvd.). Harr has worked with Food, Wine & Co. owner Francis Namin on the concepts since 2011. Namin said he’s replacing Harr with Sam Henderson, the director of operations for Aramark, and said Henderson will lead his expansion of Fish Taco and City Burger into places including Rockville and Arlington. [Washington Post]
Applications Open For Fine Arts Festival – The Bethesda Urban Partnership has opened up applications for the 2015 Bethesda Fine Arts Festival, set for Saturday, May 9 and Sunday, May 10 next year in Woodmont Triangle. The annual event features 130 booth spaces. All artists will be selected by the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District advisory committee. [Bethesda Urban Partnership]
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Piedmont Office Realty Trust, one of the property managers at the Rockledge Drive office park in Bethesda, puts on a food truck and farmers market each Thursday during the summer for nearby workers.
The Rock Spring Park Market was set for its last day this year next week, but organizer Stacee Longenecker heard from many who wanted the event to continue into September.
With Bethesda Cares at the market on Thursday, market organizers challenged patrons to donate items or money (with $1 counting as one “item”) in order to extend the market season.
Longenecker reported that patrons donated $404 and 345 items (mainly toiletries, food and clothing) for a total of 749 donations. That means the market will be extended for all four Thursdays in September.
Montgomery County food truck Curley’s BBQ pledged to match the donations of its patrons, in the form of 50 meals each made up of a sandwich, slaw and baked beans.
Bethesda Cares provides counseling, clothing and food to homeless individuals living on the streets of Bethesda and elsewhere in Montgomery County. The nonprofit, based on Woodmont Avenue, also assists homeless people through the affordable housing process. Since 2010, it has referred 41 individuals experiencing homelessness into permanent supportive housing programs.
After MCPS Superintendent Joshua Starr called him out Tuesday, Rep. Chris Van Hollen has joined in on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge with a nod to a local politician who died from the disease.
Before dumping a cooler of ice water on himself, Van Hollen said he was making his donation to the ALS Association in memory of Betty Ann Krahnke, the three-term member of the Montgomery County Council who died in 2002.
Krahnke represented Bethesda and Chevy Chase as a Republican in the Council’s District 1 seat from 1990-2000. She first began to experience symptoms of ALS in 1998, stepped down from her Council seat in 2000 and became almost completely paralyzed as a result of the disease.
Van Hollen said Krahnke was a terrific member of the Council. He also challenged his son, Gov. Martin O’Malley, and Democratic attorney general nominee Brian Frosh.
Starr also challenged U.S. Labor Secretary and former County Councilmember Thomas Perez and County Executive Isiah Leggett.
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Not to be forgotten among the new restaurants coming to Westfield Montgomery mall is Lobster ME, the Las Vegas-based chain that offers lobster on a stick, among other treats.
Lobster ME offers Maine-style lobster rolls, tacos, lobster on waffles, lobster mac and cheese and a number of other lobster-infused fast casual dishes.
It will open in late October next to the Cava Mezze Grill also coming to Westfield Montgomery’s new Dining Terrace — the section added on to the mall’s food court.
The restaurant is embarking on a major national expansion from its two Las Vegas shops and popular Las Vegas food truck. That expansion will start in Bethesda, where Westfield Montgomery has brought in a host of new fast casual and full-service eateries as part of a $90 million renovation and expansion project.
Lobster ME’s attention-grabbing item is the “Lobsicle,” a grilled or battered lobster tail on a stick for $14.
In a press release, Lobster ME CEO Jeffrey Fine said the restaurant hopes to incorporate Maryland crab into the Bethesda menu. The mall location will be built using preserved old growth timber, straight from the Penobscot River in Maine.
It’ll be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. during the week and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the weekend.
Photos via Lobster ME
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