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Maggie’s Looking to Recapture Nostalgic Vibe

by BethesdaNow.com — September 7, 2012 at 2:30 pm 1,028 0

Jeff Trilling grew up hanging out with friends, athletes and other locals at his dad’s popular Maggie’s restaurant in Tenleytown.

The Gonzaga College High School grad says he’s just one degree away from everybody he meets in Montgomery County, including the owners of many of his sports bar competitors in Bethesda.

So the nostalgic feel to his transformation of the former Wing Hub to the new Maggie’s (4914 Cordell Ave.) hasn’t been much of a surprise.

The D.C. Maggie’s, bought by Trilling’s father in 1964 from original owner Phil Manganello, became an upper NW institution for high school and college kids of a certain generation.

“It was a staple of life. It really was,” Trilling said. “Anybody who grew up around here, typically anybody over 33 or 34, probably went there. It was a rite of passage.”

Trilling is attempting to create the same vibe on Cordell Avenue. He bought Wing Hub from its majority owners in July and decorated the walls with sports uniforms from about any local public and private high school you can think of. He also expanded the menu.

Most notable is the New York-style pizza with the chicken wing-inspired sauces: garlic parm chicken pizza, lemon pepper chicken pizza and the buffalo chicken pizza to name a few.

He’ll offer an all-you-can-eat special for $35 that includes Miller Lite or Yeungling, wings or cheese and pepperoni pizza.

On Thursday night, he debuted a yet-to-be finished Tiki Bar on the restaurant’s 500-square-foot outdoor patio. It should be finished next week.

He’s hoping to add a new register system and put the finishing touches on a few other upgrades before he starts heavily promoting the restaurant. A grand opening is planned for Sept. 22.

“You need unique food and a unique restaurant. We’re not a big boy. We’re not a big bar or a big restaurant like Caddie’s or Rock Bottom or BlackFinn,” Trilling said. “I don’t have big money behind me. I’m a small, self-employed individual trying to run a good business with great food and great fun, a comfortable environment for families and friends to get together.

“Really that’s what it is,” Trilling said. “That’s why it says ‘Where good friends meet.’”

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