Two sets of brothers saw a need for all-day breakfast food and organic hamburgers in Bethesda.
So with the blessing of a local property owner, they started the Green Eggs and Burgers food stand (a play on the title of the best-selling Dr. Seuss book) in an underused parking lot on Rugby Avenue, across the street from the Palisades apartment complex.
Two days into what co-owner “Richie Rich” Lal described as the operation’s soft-opening, the stand has garnered a number of customers from nearby office buildings on the north end of Woodmont Triangle. Lal and his crew, which includes his brother Raj and his cousins Issa Noorestani and Edrees Noorestani, ran out of a few items during the lunch rush on Wednesday.
“We’ve had a great response so far,” Lal said. “We canvassed all the buildings and people were like, ‘Oh, you guys are saviors. Promise me you’re gonna stay here.’”
For the immediate future, the operation won’t be going anywhere. Lal, a Fairfax, Va., resident, said the group couldn’t get Montgomery County permits for a portable food truck, so they settled on the stand which is permitted for the Rugby Avenue location only.
Lal said Issa Noorestani was a partner with a kabob food truck in Washington, D.C., before heading off to college at Penn State. When he got back to the area, the group got together to form their own business and Bethesda was immediately appealing.
“Bethesda is the next growing market,” Lal said. “Obviously, this is a booming area. The clientele is good. We just figured D.C. is full. D.C. is literally saturated with food trucks. We figured let’s do something different.”
The stand serves a variety of burgers using organic beef and produce and breakfast favorites, like french toast. Lal hopes the stand can lead into a food truck or even a brick-and-mortar establishment. The group is on the short list for a food truck license in D.C.
And Lal is well aware of the simmering conflict between Bethesda brick-and-mortars and food trucks, part of the reason why a group of Montgomery County’s most prominent truck owners got together for a first-ever informal meeting last month.
The Jaffe Group, which owns the lot and the nearby office building, connected with Lal to use the lot until it’s sold and redeveloped, potentially into a Class A medical or office building.
Lal is trying to get the word out through the usual social media means, but don’t be surprised to see a walking cow mascot handing out cards in Bethesda in the next few weeks. A smiling cow holding a hamburger is part of Green Eggs and Burgers’ logo, displayed on the bright yellow food stand.
“Yellow makes people hungry,” Lal said. “We had to go with yellow.”
In expediting work on a Master Plan for an environmentally sensitive upcounty area, the Montgomery County Council last week agreed to delay zoning for a controversial high-rise apartment proposal for Pooks Hill.
Work on the Pooks Hill minor master plan amendment, which would allow for three, 20-story apartments on underused parking lots of the Pooks Hill Marriot (5151 Pooks Hill Rd.), was delayed for as much as 18 months when the County Council moved the Clarksburg Master Plan up in the Planning Department’s work schedule as recommended.
The Clarksburg plan will examine how development might affect Ten Mile Creek, a stream that feeds the county’s drinking water supply.
A Planning Department spokeswoman told The Gazette a public meeting on Pooks Hill recently scheduled for Nov. 13 is unlikely to happen.
The proposal has generated concern from neighboring residents who don’t want added traffic they say would come with the apartments. Some, including Planning Board Commissioner Casey Anderson, have said they want to see how residents of the apartments could easily access Metro stations that or a mile or more away.
As part of Montgomery County’s annual Community Service Day, at least seven organizations are holding Bethesda area volunteer events the week of Oct. 22 to Oct. 28.
The projects include cleaning up and “putting away” parts of the baseball park at Shirley Povich Field, a painting project at the headquarters of a healthcare nonprofit and invasive weed removal at McCrillis Gardens.
Many of the projects are still looking for volunteers and county officials in charge of the event are encouraging residents to create their own.
The Shirley Povich Field project includes taking down signs, gardening and helping staff of the Bethesda Community Baseball Club that runs the summer league Big Train baseball team prepare the park for winter.
The rest of the projects, including links and descriptions are after the jump:
Bethesda will be front and center tomorrow at the Montgomery County Planning Board with three large-scale development issues on the agenda.
The Planning Board is scheduled to review master plans from NIH and Naval Support Activity Bethesda (NSAB), which wants to replace medical and university facilities on the Walter Reed campus.
Those items are expected to begin at 2 p.m.
The NSAB expansion would bring more parking and more visitors to the base, though officials say studies in their Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) show the affect on already clogged Wisconsin Avenue and Jones Bridge Road traffic would be minimal.
NIH will not have an EIS ready for tomorrow’s hearing, something that could be a point of contention. The Environmental Impact Statements include studies on how future development could affect traffic, an ongoing and pressing concern for many Bethesda residents.
NIH’s Master Plan includes designs (over the next 20 years) for a new entrance gate on West Cedar Lane and new facilities to house up to an additional 3,000 employees, some currently working in satellite offices away from NIH’s 300-acre, 75-building campus on Wisconsin Avenue.
The Planning Board will submit comments on the plans to the National Capital Planning Commission, which has final say on the federal government expansion projects.
At 3:30 p.m. (and slated to continue in the after-dinner 7 p.m. session) is the public hearing for the Chevy Chase Lake Sector Plan.
At issue is a number of building height and density questions for the commercial area of Connecticut Avenue between Chevy Chase Lake Drive and Manor Road.
The Chevy Chase Land Company would like to turn its strip shopping malls on both sides of Connecticut Avenue into a major retail and residential development focused around the planned Chevy Chase Lake Purple Line Station.
Neighbors, including some longtime civic activists with experience in other development issues, formed a Connecticut Avenue Corridor Committee concerned with increased traffic and infrastructure needs that might come with the sector plan.
Members of that group, other residents, property owners and representatives from other government agencies will get five minutes each before the Planning Board.
The meeting will be available to watch live, on the Planning Board’s website.
The Bethesda and Medical Center Metro stations will be closed this weekend for the second time in a 30-day span.
Buses will replace Red Line trains between Grosvenor and Friendship Heights from 10 p.m. on Friday through system closing on Sunday, WMATA says.
This weekend’s closing is for rail renewal, fastener replacement, grout pad rehabilitation and leak mitigation, according to the news release.
Red Line trains will operate every 10 minutes between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and at regular weekend intervals at other times. Metro is advising riders to add 30 minutes of additional travel time.
Metro conducted the same maintenance work when it shut down the Bethesda and Medical Center stations on the weekend of Sept. 21 to Sept. 23.
Flickr photo by wepalm92
A group of toddlers managed to wander off from a local daycare center undetected, as the above ABC7 report from last night explains.
A parent picking up her 2-year-old from the Montgomery Child Care Association’s Bethesda/Lynbrook center (8001 Lynbrook Dr.) noticed her son and three others wandering outside the center, across a street.
The children were found by a nearby man who tried to alert staff at the center to the missing kids. No one is sure how long they were gone, according to ABC7′s report.
MCCA, a nonprofit with other daycare center locations in Silver Spring, Potomac, Rockville, Olney and Garrett Park, issued a statement to ABC7 and says it has fired the teachers involved:
We regret this incident occurred and have taken immediate and decisive action. We have conducted an investigation into this incident and the teachers involved have been terminated
The toddlers were unharmed.
B-CC High School Capacity May Reach 2,400 — With 1,840 students in a building with a capacity of 1,665 and a growing elementary school population in the cluster, Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School may need more than the planned addition that would add capacity for 550 more students. MCPS planners are looking at making the addition accommodate 750 students. [Bethesda Patch]
Bobby’s Burger Palace Coming to Montgomery Mall — The popular burger chain from celebrity chef Bobby Flay is coming to Montgomery Mall in the next year, as part of its expansion. [Bethesda Magazine]
Gatorade Shower for Georgetown Prep Coach — On the occasion of his 100th career win, Georgetown Prep football players had the time-honored celebration in mind for coach Dan Paro. [WUSA9]
Civil Lounge Cigar Bar to Include Voltaggio Dishes — “Top Chef” alum Bryan Voltaggio will provide small plates for the Civil Lounge cigar bar set to open by the end of the year in Chevy Chase Pavilion. Voltaggio’s 14,000-square-foot restaurant is set to open in Chevy Chase Pavilion soon. [Washingtonian Magazine]
Flickr photo by Jason A. Photography