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by BethesdaNow.com — January 18, 2013 at 5:45 pm 0

Smoke BBQ had a big crowd on Thursday night, its first night after months of permitting issues delayed its grand opening.

Then on Friday, the water heater broke, causing a later-than-expected 3 p.m. opening. Co-owner Susan Lennon hopes all the kinks are ironed out and the Cordell Avenue shop (4858 Cordell Ave.) with a range of barbecue styles can thrive.

Pulled pork sandwiches (plain, with vinegar, BBQ or spicey BBQ sauce) are $6.95, BBQ pulled chicken is also $6.95 and  the brisket sandwich is $7.95.

Platters range from $10.95 for pulled pork to $24.95 for a full rack of ribs and the menu includes $5 kids specials and a full bar selection.

A few doors down, Brickside Food & Drink is preparing to open. Across Norfolk Avenue, Tommy Joe’s owner Alan Poho’s two-story, outdoor patio-focused restaurant is under construction, giving Woodmont Avenue an infusion of new eateries for 2013.

by BethesdaNow.com — January 18, 2013 at 4:50 pm 0

(UPDATED) A man shot and killed himself on Friday after a state trooper pulled him over for not wearing a seatbelt on northbound I-270, according to Maryland State Police.

State Police are still trying to identify the man, who they say pulled over on the right shoulder prior to Montrose Road without incident shortly after 4 p.m.

When the state trooper exited his vehicle, he heard a gun shot, police said. The trooper returned to his vehicle and requested back up, according to police. The trooper gave verbal commands to the driver but he did not respond.

Back up arrived and the troopers approached the car and found the driver dead with a gunshot wound to his upper torso and a handgun near the center console of his 1997 Ford Focus.

The subsequent investigation caused traffic backups onto the Beltway and forced traffic onto northbound Rockville Pike, as police vehicles took up the three right lanes just after the Beltway/I-270 spur.

Police said the body will be transported to Baltimore for an autopsy and the victim’s name will not be released until he is positively identified and the family is notified.

Photo via TrafficLand.com.

by BethesdaNow.com — January 18, 2013 at 3:30 pm 1 Comment

 

Hailing it as an important moment for minority-owned businesses in an area where there aren’t many, the owners of the new Dry Fried Wing Bar and Grille opened up shop on Friday afternoon in downtown Bethesda.

The Dry Fried Wing Company, seeking a foothold in the Washington market, chose to take over the much talked about but short-lived Box Bar & Grille at 7525 Old Georgetown Rd. The Hooter’s-themed Box Bar opened in 2011 before Dry Fried Wings and partner George Farrell bought it out.

In attendance was Dr. Ben Chavis, CEO of Dry Fried Wings, civil rights leader and former head of the NAACP. Chavis and former Lt. Gov. and Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele spoke about empowering minorities through business ownership.

The Florida-based company says the wings are “America’s Hottest Co-Branding Concept,” and it hopes to partner with sports bars around the area.

In December, the company debuted its co-branding arrangement at a Florida pizzeria with an appearance from retired NBA star Shaquille O’Neal. A poster with O’Neal chomping on the “San Francisco-style” wings now hangs from the awning of what used to be the Box Bar.

The restaurant is offering free wing samples until 5 p.m. today.

by BethesdaNow.com — January 18, 2013 at 2:30 pm 0

Editor’s Note: This weekly sponsored column is written by Arash Tafakor, owner of Georgetown Square Wine and Beer (10400 Old Georgetown Road).

Spain has arguably one of the most amazing arrays of grape varietals in the world. With over 600 types of wine making grapes to choose from, Spanish wine makers have an arsenal of choices to make that perfect wine, and Spanish wine comes close to perfection.

Going to your local wine store’s Spanish section could be a bit overwhelming. Spanish wine varietals are confusing even for me. I’m going to write a quick guide to help you navigate and understand Spain’s most popular varietals, but before we can go into that, a consumer must first interpret Spanish labeling terms.

Most Spanish wines are labeled based on how long the wine is aged and the region the wine comes from. If a label has the term joven, this indicates the wine has not been aged in oak. The term crianza means red wines are aged at least two years with a minimum of six months in oak barrels, reserva means red wines are aged at least three years with a minimum of one year in oak barrels, and the term gran reserva means the wines are aged at least five years with a minimum of 18 months in oak. Also on the label of Spanish wine is the region the wine comes from. Premium wine regions of Spain include Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Priorat, Catalunya, Rias Baixas, Jumilla, and many other smaller regions.

Tempranillo

The main grape of the Rioja region, this grape gives full or medium-bodied reds, with medium acidity, medium tannins and red fruit flavors,. One of my favorite Rioja’s that uses predominately tempranillo is the 2008 Muga Rioja Reserva. This wine has been given over a year of oak ageing making it a perfectly smooth balanced wine with powerful fruit flavors.

Garnacha (Grenache)

Garnacha grapes are large thin-skinned grapes that ripen perfectly in hot, dry climates such as Spain’s. Garnacha wines are full bodied and high in alcohol content. Garnacha typically have red fruit character with spicy notes and a low amount of tannins. Garnacha is grown in many premium wine-growing regions of Spain and often blended with tempranillo in Rioja. My favorite Garnacha is the 2011 Evodia. This inexpensive wine scored 90 points from Stephen Tanzer’s International wine cellar and sells for only $11.99.

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by BethesdaNow.com — January 18, 2013 at 1:15 pm 0

Montgomery County Police officers have a burglary suspect in custody after receiving a call that the man was casing homes on Friday in the Ashburton neighborhood off Old Georgetown Road.

MCPD spokeswoman Angela Cruz said police received a call at noon for a suspicious situation in the 10000 block of Clue Drive, where someone reported a suspect walking up and down the street looking at houses.

Police arrived at the scene and spent time looking for the suspect before locating him and taking  him into custody.

A large group of MCPD patrol and detective cars were on the scene early Friday afternoon. Police reported a spike in neighborhood burglaries late last year.

by BethesdaNow.com — January 18, 2013 at 12:20 pm 0

Bethesda’s ninth annual “Play In A Day” is coming to Imagination Stage (4908 Auburn Ave.) on Saturday, Feb. 9.

Six local theater companies will get together on Feb. 8 to receive an assigned theme and props for which to write, rehearse and refine 10-minute plays around. The groups work through the night and into Saturday, when at 8 p.m., they perform.

Last year’s award winners included Adventure Theatre in Glen Echo, Keegan Theatre in Arlington, Flying V from Bethesda and the Olney Theatre Center in Olney.

The American Ensemble Theatre, Flying V and Imagination Stage are the Bethesda theater companies participating in this year’s event, which costs $15.

Some material may not be suitable for children.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the event website at the Bethesda Urban Partnership.

Photo via Bethesda Urban Partnership

by BethesdaNow.com — January 18, 2013 at 10:35 am 0

A group of local swing dance enthusiasts is bringing its own inaugural ball to Glen Echo Park’s Spanish Ballroom on Saturday night.

American Swing is hosting the “I Don’t Have a Super-PAC to Buy Me a Ticket to an Inaugural Ball” Ball with band Eight to the Bar from 9 p.m. to midnight at the Park (7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo). The group will put on an hour-long swing dance lesson at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for kids age 11 to 17, and $10 for kids age 10 and younger.

For more information, email Debra@gottaswing.com.

Flickr photo by PedroGringo

by BethesdaNow.com — January 18, 2013 at 9:40 am 0

Metro Awards Escalator Construction Project — Metro yesterday awarded a $151 million contract to KONE Corp. to replace 128 escalators in its system, including four at the Bethesda Metro station, which at 212 feet are the second longest in the Western Hemisphere. That project is slated to start early next year. The contract includes two escalator modernizations at the Medical Center station. [Washington Post]

Record $7.9 Million Chevy Chase Condo Sale — The nearly $8 million sale of the penthouse unit at the Parc Somerset Condos off Wisconsin Avenue is thought to be a record for residential condos in the Washington region. [Washington Business Journal]

White Flint A ‘Future Gold Coast’ According To One Developer — Foulger-Pratt senior Vice President Dick Knapp said the planned East Village portion of White Flint along Nicholson Avenue will be a unique community gathering place. [Friends of White Flint]

Flickr photo by IamJomo

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