(Update at 7:20 p.m.) Montgomery County plow trucks were not responsible for the damage at the restaurant. Ken Hartman, director of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, said he checked in with county DOT today and there is no record of any incident involving county vehicles.
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(Original) A snow plow that accidentally ripped power lines from the roof of Mia’s Pizzas left the Woodmont Triangle restaurant closed for all of last week.
It was an unfortunate incident for Mia’s owner and chef Melissa “Mia” Ballinger, who said the permitting and inspection process with Montgomery County and Pepco didn’t allow her to reopen until Sunday.
“Quite a few people came by and said, ‘Oh, have you closed for good?’ We’re back up and open and I hope people understand that,” Ballinger said. “I don’t want people to think we went out of business.”
The accident caused about $5,000 worth of damage to the building and $8,000 in losses due to food that had to be trashed, Ballinger said. She also said the restaurant does about $25,000-$30,000 worth of business in a typical week.
On the evening of Monday, March 3, a snow plow truck operating after Monday morning’s snow storm had its bed up, according to those nearby. The way Ballinger heard it, the truck operator was trying to dump the last bit of sand in the bed, when the operator accidentally got hooked to the electrical wires connected to a pole in front of Mia’s.
It contributed to a power outage that affected about 700 customers in the Woodmont Triangle and East Bethesda neighborhoods.
Most customers got their power back by 9 p.m. Monday.
Despite having an electrician fix the problem by Tuesday afternoon, the county permit and subsequent Pepco process wasn’t finished until late Saturday night.
Flickr photo by ehpien
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Caddies on Cordell (4922 Cordell Ave.): Caddies is keeping it simple. All day and night from Saturday, March 15 to Monday, March 17, it’s offering $2 green Bud Light and $7 green Bud Light pitchers.
Union Jack’s (4915 St Elmo Ave.): The English-themed bar is offering a little bit more, including its traditional free St. Patrick’s Day breakfast. “St. Practice Day” will be Saturday, March 15 and include half-priced car bombs, $3 Killian’s and Lucky Charm shooters and $4 Jameson from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
“St. Patty’s Day,” on Monday, will include the free Irish breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., half-priced car bombs, $3 Lucky Charm shooters and $4 Jameson all day, $1 Killian’s from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and $3 Killian’s from 4 p.m. to close.
BlackFinn (4901 Fairmont Ave.): “St. Practice Day” Saturday, March 15 with $3 Sam Adams, $4 Jameson and $4 You-Call-It’s from 9 p.m. to midnight. Sunday is “Shamrock Service Industry Night” with $3 Guinness, $4 Jameson and $6 car bombs from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Finally, St. Patrick’s Day Monday will offer $4 Guinness, Smithwicks, and Harp and $5 Bushmills from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and $4 Guinness from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.
A group opposed to Purple Line construction on the Capital Crescent Trail says a Purple Line supporter is behind a $500 county-levied fine against its president, who built a new backyard fence last summer in the county-owned trail right-of-way.
Last week, we told you the story of Ajay Bhatt, president of the Friends of the Capital Crescent Trail and a Chevy Chase resident whose home backs up to the Georgetown Branch extension of the trail.
Bhatt, an ardent critic of the Purple Line as currently proposed, built a new fence around his property, except Montgomery County found the fence to have been built illegally, about 18 feet on to its property. The county’s right-of-way includes the trail and is set to be handed over to the state for construction of the 16-mile light rail system.
Wayne Phyillaier, a Silver Spring resident who supports the Purple Line because it would include a rebuilt trail, documented Bhatt’s fine and upcoming appeal in a blog post.
On Friday, Bhatt provided this response from the Friends of the Capital Crescent Trail group, which indicates Phyillaier prompted a county investigation into the fence:
We are responding to a recent personal attack on our President, Ajay Bhatt. As most of you know, Ajay resides along the trail in a home owned by his family since 1977, and his family has enjoyed the trail immensely. Many homes along the trail include fences, sheds, and similar structures that overlap the county right-of-way — a holdover from when the railroad owned the land. A fence has been at Ajay’s house since the late 70s, and it has been replaced at least three times since then. In an effort to pull attention away from the real issues with the Purple Line, Wayne Phyillaier, an active Purple Line booster and blogger, complained about the fence and the county subsequently responded with a citation. Mr. Phyillaier is not a neighbor and has no legitimate interest in this particular fence. Ajay properly sought and received a permit for the fence and is exercising his legal rights to resolve this issue in the most common sense way. FCCT has raised many significant concerns regarding the proposed Purple Line, many of which are detailed in our response to the Final Environmental Impact Statement. These are the real issues that affect everyone, and we welcome respectful discourse on these topics from all interested parties.
Last week, Phyillaier told us he wouldn’t have written about the fence, had it not been for its new construction by a resident who clearly knew the history of the trail right-of-way.
“It’s the most recent construction that I know of,” Phyillaier said. “I don’t think it’s necessary for the county to start going through and ripping through all these old fences and old tool sheds. There’s really no public good in ripping them out or confronting the property owner. I think it’s important that the county confront Ajay or anyone else who is doing new construction.”
Behind homes in Chevy Chase that back up to the trail, there are many fences and sheds that are technically in the county-owned Georgetown Branch right-of-way.
Many were built before Montgomery County purchased the right-of-way for a potential transit line in 1988, some as far back as the 1950s. That has caused confusion and frustration among some homeowners whose backyards back up to the trail.
The trail used to be a CSX rail line.
It’s unclear what permit Bhatt received for the fence construction. There’s no record of a permit issued in 2013 for his property in the county’s Public Right of Way records. There is no record of a Residential Construction Permit issued for his property in either 2012 or 2013.
Photos via Wayne Phyillaier
Time is almost up for the Eastham’s Auto Servicenter on Wisconsin Avenue.
But even as the gas stations of downtown Bethesda vanish under the weight of sky-high property values and ambitious redevelopment projects, the landmark auto repair shop will live on for at least another year — albeit at a new, temporary location also up for redevelopment.
Eastham’s will move from 7100 Wisconsin Ave., where it has been since 1929, to 4990 Fairmont Ave. by the second week of April, general manager Steven Embrey said.
Work on a 12-story, 145-unit apartment building is set to begin soon at 7100 Wisconsin Ave., a former Exxon station that in late 2012 was retrofitted to allow Eastham’s another 18 months.
Embrey said Eastham’s, still owned by the Eastham family, started an intensive search for another auto repair shop in downtown Bethesda, since Bethesda and Chevy Chase supplies the vast majority of the shop’s client base.
They found the Fairmont Avenue spot, another former gas station at the corner of Old Georgetown Road that is on its way to approval for a 17-story, 70-unit luxury condominium.
“They want to keep the business going,” Embrey said of the Eastham family. “The problem, obviously, is our base is right here and you kind of have to stay in this area. There’s less and less property to have a service station. The property is just too expensive.”
The Wisconsin Avenue Exxon station is long gone. So is another Exxon station at 7340 Wisconsin Ave., which developers hope to soon turn into a 14-story, 225-unit apartment a stone’s throw from the Bethesda Metro station. Construction is underway on a low-rise bank building on the site of a former BP Station at Wisconsin and Highland Avenues.
There are plans for a one-story TD Bank building at 7628 Old Georgetown Rd., the site of a still operational Shell station. There are also approved, but apparently less imminent plans for a six-story office building at 8280 Wisconsin Ave., now the site of a still operational gas station, carwash and repair shop.
“The only way to really make money off these properties is to build them up, unfortunately,” Embrey said.
Eastham’s will have a year-long lease on the Fairmont and Old Georgetown location. It will not also serve as a place to fill up. Gas tanks and pumps were removed from the site in August.
The property owner flirted with the idea of having the site serve as a temporary staging location for food trucks, including the popular Corned Beef King out of Olney. But that never happened.
Mark Moore is aware of the poor recent track record of restaurants at 7525 Old Georgetown Rd.
But one look inside Tyber Bierhaus (which will open Tuesday, March 18) makes it clear Moore and his partners — the guys behind St. Arnold’s Mussel Bar in Cleveland Park — bring a bit more to the table.
There’s a bar with 20 overhead taps, a custom-made drip tray and communal tables delivered in from the Hofbrauhaus in Munich. The group hand-picked reclaimed wood for a section of church pew-style seating booths, which is in one of three different sound zones for music. Tyber’s emblem, a coat of arms featuring both the D.C. and Maryland flags, was carefully designed with the restaurant’s Czech and Bohemian themes in mind.
“This is not just a new coat of paint,” Moore said. “We’re really looking forward to making an impact and being here for 15 or 20 years.”
In other words, this isn’t the Box Bar and Grill.
“Hooters on Xanax,” is how one Yelp commenter described it. It closed in 2012 and was bought for a Dry Fried Wings franchise that lasted less than a month. Enter Moore and partner Paul Uppole, two Montgomery County natives with a track record of successful European-inspired restaurants and bars.
Since Tyber Bierhaus was announced, Moore said he’s heard lots of anticipation and some question as to whether the location — on one-way Old Georgetown Road in the first floor of an office building — could sustain a large bar and restaurant.
“This is not off the beaten path. You can chip a golf ball to the Metro,” Moore said. “Even a bad golfer like me can hit a golf ball to the Hyatt.”
Gulden Draak, Rodenbach, Ommegang Hennepin, Praga Pils and Hofbrau are a few of the beer brands. Potato cheese and onion perogies ($9), a pork schnitzel sandwich ($12), goulash ($15) and of course, the mussels ($18), shape the menu.
There will be cocktails, American beers and televisions full of sports, too. Moore wants to be careful not to exclude anyone in an area of town without many bar options.
“To me, it’s very important for everybody to be comfortable and get what they want,” Moore said. “We’re really looking for it to be a place for everybody to be. I think we’ve proven ourselves through our other ventures and if we do what we do, we’ll be fine.
“It’s the same stuff: How many people go into a place and you’re not greeted? You just want some attention and that’s what we do,” Moore said. “Everyone in Bethesda wants to quit on it at 10 or 11 [p.m.]. What about the traveler that needs something to eat at 11? What about the people that get off at 11? We want to service the whole neighborhood.”
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This is Missy Carr’s major expansion.
The L’Academie de Cuisine graduate was among the first to open a Montgomery County food truck when she opened Go Fish in 2011.
In a few years, her seafood truck built up a following in Bethesda. In 2012, it was named Bethesda’s best food truck by readers of Bethesda Magazine.
But a lack of parking, the threat of parking tickets and opposition from brick-and-mortar restaurants meant Carr rarely actually made it to downtown Bethesda, instead opting for weekly events hosted by office property owners, catering gigs and outdoor markets.
Now, with a relatively cheap spot in the Bethesda Farm Women’s Cooperative Market, Carr is hoping to better establish her business.
“This is a good foothold for me, because it’s so hard to get in Bethesda,” said Carr, who opened the stand in the market on Friday. “Everybody wants to be in Bethesda, but there’s nowhere to go. So when this opportunity came up, I was like, ‘Yeah, this is a good chance to get my brand out there and some more of our stuff.’”
Having a more permanent landing spot is especially important to Carr, who hopes to go back to offering fresh seafood on a regular basis. It’s the kind of business that relies on regular customers, which are harder to come by if your business is always on the move.
“The problem with fresh fish, when you have a product like that, people want to know where you are,” Carr said. “You have regular customers. They come to this place and they know on a Saturday for instance they’re going to get my product. We were always mobile.”
Go Fish was the second food truck in Montgomery County, Carr said. The first, Sub Urban Bros, has since called it quits. The Go Fish food truck will continue. Carr has help to keep it going on days when she’s at the market.
Go Fish and the market are open on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
With start-up costs of a few thousand dollars, the opening at the Market is serving as a next step of sorts. Carr said she’s not quite at the level to move her crab cakes, mahi mahi fish tacos and lobster rolls to a permanent brick-and-mortar, though she has glanced at building vacancies.
“Having a place where people can count on to come and know we’re going to be here three days a week is a big opportunity for me,” Carr said.
Bethesda’s Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery has a special menu and new brew this month as part of a fundraising effort for a Maryland firefighter charity.
The restaurant (7900 Norfolk Ave.) revealed its “fiery” menu and Fire Chief Ale on Thursday with a tasting event in Woodmont Triangle.
Until March 30, a portion of Fire Chief Ale sales will go to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, a Frederick County-based nonprofit that assists family and co-workers of firefighters who die on-duty.
The limited-time menu includes 3-Alarm Brisket Chili, a slow cooked beef brisket-based chili topped with cheddar, pepper jack and sour cream.
There’s also a Tequila Lime Shrimp Salad, Cowboy Burger, Campfire Shrimp, Jalapeno BBQ Brisket Stack and Small Bite Triple Chocolate Brownie, complete with vanilla ice cream, caramel sauce and hot fudge.
Rock Bottom will also offer a Grilled Lime Margarita to go along with the Ale:
Brewed in-house, Fire Chief Ale is a medium-bodied, auburn colored ale that gets its sweet side from the caramel and crystal malts and has a little toasty character for balance. The hand-selected hops from the Pacific Northwest lend a crisp and refreshing finish.
Photos via Rock Bottom
But there it was – Thomas Hardy’s poem “Snow in the Suburbs” — at the bottom of a Monday service update alerting residents to a rearranged trash and recycling pick-up schedule thanks to the day’s snow and ice.
It’s the work of Solid Waste Services IT Specialist Susanne Wiggins, who began inserting quotations into the department’s regular emails a few years ago. At some point, Wiggins said she found a poem that seemed best to include in its entirety.
“I wasn’t sure how a longer text would be received by our subscribers, so I hit send rather gingerly,” Wiggins said. “It turned out well, and here we are.”
Monday’s email contained some important information. Because trash and recycling trucks could not get to snowed-in homes, the pick-up schedule was moved back a day. Monday pick-ups were done on Tuesday, Tuesday pick-ups on Wednesday and so on.
If subscribers read to the end of the message, they were rewarded with this:
A sparrow enters the tree,
A snow-lump thrice his own slight size
Descends on him and showers his head and eyes,
And overturns him,
And near inurns him,
And lights on a nether twig, when its brush
Starts off a volley of other lodging lumps with a rush.
“It’s really just a little bonus to add a seasonal touch and contemplation to what might otherwise be a potentially dry message,” Wiggins said. “I’m sure most people don’t expect to see it there.”
A new subscriber to the department’s alerts will occasionally write a puzzled response. More seasoned fans of Wiggins’ emails will let her know when a poem is missing.
She said people have told her they forward the notifications — which typically detail schedule changes — because of the poems.
Like many others in county government, Wiggins is hoping we’ve seen the last of the winter weather for the season.
She’s used up her stash of snow-themed poems.
A group of 16 well-respected restaurants in D.C. and Northern Virginia will set up a beer garden concept in the massive mixed-use development coming to the old Mid-Pike Plaza in North Bethesda.
The Neighborhood Restaurant Group, which includes favorites such as Rustico in Alexandria and Birch & Barley on 14th Street, announced it will set up the yet-to-be-named restaurant in Pike & Rose.
It’s the latest restaurant or retail announcement from Federal Realty, the Rockville-based developer that’s building the 24-acre mini city on Rockville Pike and Old Georgetown Road. Construction on the first phase of the project should be complete by the end of the year.
“Pike & Rose will be a pedestrian-friendly mixed-use environment with a high energy, consumer-centric atmosphere,” said Neighborhood Restaurant Group principal Michael Babin in a press release. “Our team is currently in the process of creating a concept that we feel will complement the North Bethesda area and neighborhoods and business districts around it. We are excited to bring a world-class beer program, led by Beer Director Greg Engert, and a distinct culinary program to match.”
The restaurant will go in “Upper Muse Alley,” designed to be one of the main pedestrian open spaces in the development. It’s set to open in mid-2015 with the rest of the retail in that area of the project.
The development already has commitments from iPic Theaters, City Sports, bowling alley and bocce court Pinstripes, Sport&Health Club and the Strathmore, which will operate a small music and event venue.
Announced restaurants include Del Frisco’s Grille, Protein Bar, a Stella Barra Pizzeria and another American cuisine concept from the Lettuce Entertain You restaurant group known for its Mon Ami Gabi on Bethesda Row.
Pike & Rose’s first residential property, the PerSei apartments, has started leasing units.
(Updated at 2:50 p.m.) An apparent accident involving a snow plow and power lines on Monday has meant a powerless Mia’s Pizza for the past three days.
A downed light pole remains on the front patio space of the popular pizzeria at 4926 Cordell Ave. A ripped up wire also remains and there is noticeable damage to the awning of next door Mexican restaurant Gringos & Mariachis.
A little before 7 p.m. on Monday, the power went out for about 700 Pepco customers in Woodmont Triangle and East Bethesda. Some on Cordell Avenue heard a loud sound before the outage:
Snow plow totally just hit a power line. Power's out in @BethesdaNow, but thankful for our generator.
— Carrie Ziskind (@CZiskind) March 3, 2014
Power was out to a number of businesses in Woodmont Triangle until about 9 p.m., according to Pepco’s outage map.
Mia’s wasn’t so lucky. Owner Melissa “Mia” Ballinger said she had all necessary repairs done by 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. She’s waiting for an inspection from Montgomery County, which must happen before Pepco can turn the lights back on in her building.
“Hopefully, Montgomery County will do the inspection tomorrow,” Ballinger said.
A sign on the restaurant’s front door said it’s hoping to open no later than Thursday.
U.S. Renal Care is a Texas-based company of more than 200 outpatient dialysis clinics that partner with local nephrologists to run its facilities.
Dr. Steven Burka, the medical director of inpatient dialysis at Sibley Hospital Memorial Hospital in D.C., also serves as the medical director of the new location at 4701 Sangamore Rd. Burka opened the dialysis center in downtown Bethesda, at 3 Bethesda Metro Center, before it merged with U.S. Renal Care.
“When I started 30 years ago, there was sort of a factor that was missing with these dialysis facilities,” Burka said. “They weren’t so warm. The lack of warmth and friendliness negatively impacted on the quality of life of a family member of mine who was on dialysis. I thought it would be a great idea to build a facility that had that built in, where the primary focus would be on having a warm, welcoming, enjoyable place to be. Where if you had to be on dialysis, this would be the place to be.”
The new facility is in Suite P107 on the top floor of the shopping center.
A prominent corner in downtown Bethesda will likely get a new tenant soon.
The 2,150-square-foot space formerly belonging to Kraze Burger at 4733 Elm St. is available after the Korean burger chain filed for bankruptcy in January.
Rich Greenberg, from the Bethesda-based Greenhill Realty Company, told us the landlord has had quite a bit of interest from national and local tenants. A decision could be coming in the next few weeks.
So, as we’ve done before, we ask: What if you could choose what tenant takes over this space? Are you looking for a particular type of restaurant Bethesda is missing or a specific chain you know would work well?
Others have been able to get by or even improve sales, thanks in part to the many orange-vested, hard hat-wearing construction workers now in abundant supply.
“Already, we’re doing better at breakfast in two hours than we were for three hours at dinner,” said Alonso Roche, owner and chef at Bold Bite (4901 Fairmont Ave.).
Roche and company decided to add coffee, homemade donuts and cheese arepas to a menu known for its specialty hot dogs and hamburgers. The new breakfast items, coupled with a 8 a.m. to 4 p.m schedule for February and part of March, have attracted many of the workers on two projects (Bainbridge Bethesda and 7770 Norfolk Ave) that have made for a messy situation on Fairmont Avenue.
With sidewalks closed, parking meters ripped out and construction equipment blocking road lanes, Bold Bite found that pretty much nobody was coming to the location during the darker dinner hours.
“The whole Fairmont Avenue area has been kind of a big construction zone lately. That’s been tough. We figured we should try out the breakfast,” Roche said.
On Tuesday, Roche said he sold out of donuts. The shop usually gets a rush of construction workers at 10 a.m., when they’re on break.
Roche said Bold Bite hopes to roll out the donut concept at a separate store and is piloting it with a food cart starting in May outside its Union Station location. He also hopes to reopen for dinner by the end of March.
On Bethesda Row, sales at the Dunkin’ Donuts slipped in the first year since parking at Lot 31 was taken away to make way for construction on a new underground garage and two residential buildings.
But in the nine months since — the nine months when more and more construction workers arrived on-site — franchise owner Boris Lander said both sales and guest counts have rebounded.
“Construction workers are patronizing the shop regularly,” Lander said. “I believe that has helped to stabilize sales.”
Lander’s Luis Group recently opened another Dunkin’ location in the Bethesda Metro bus bay and is scheduled to open a combination Dunkin’/Baskin-Robbins location on Cordell Avenue on March 29.
With the Bethesda Avenue store’s lease coming up on May 30 and landlord Federal Realty not interested in extending it, Lander said the popular location near Lot 31 could be relocating to a space on Elm Street, though a deal is still in the works.
Back on Fairmont Avenue, Roche said he realizes not every business around him has been as fortunate.
A dispute over structural damage between the construction company behind the Bainbridge Bethesda project and the landlord of the building next door has meant four shuttered businesses, including the well-regarded Red Tomato Cafe on St Elmo Avenue.
As the Bainbridge building nears completion and work on the 7770 Norfolk building ramps up across the street, Roche said he hopes better weather can help bring customers to the area.
“Everybody is feeling it around here. The construction, the weather has been uncooperative I guess you could say,” Roce said. “But we’re plugging away.”
The Aria Beer, Wine & Deli is set for the Gallery of Bethesda, the 17-story apartment project from developer Donohoe that finished construction earlier this year and is now having tenants move in.
On Thursday, the deli will have a hearing for a Class A beer and light wine license in front of the county’s Board of License Commissioners.
Construction inside the space, at 4800 Auburn Ave., is ongoing, as Bethesda blogger Robert Dyer reported on Feb. 20.
(Updated at 10:00 a.m.) Westfield Montgomery Mall opened at noon on Monday, then closed early at 6 p.m., causing a number of store managers and employees to express their dissatisfaction on the mall’s Facebook page.
Many directed their ire at Westfield, arguing the mall — usually open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays — never should have opened at all because of the snowy and icy conditions.
“The Gap/Gap Kids store will NOT be opening today out of concern for the safety of our staff,” wrote Melissa Blodgett. “We look forward to resuming regular business hours tomorrow, Tuesday, March 4th. Thank you.”
“I’m not opening my store, I can’t move from my house..the Mall can do whatever they want….I’m not going because I don’t want to put myself in danger and my employee and then…for what? Spending money in elecricity?? Because nobody is going to shop today!,” wrote Lino D’Affuso.
Westfield Montgomery said its crews were working to make the mall as safe as possible:
“Thank you for your patience as we continue to assess the conditions at the mall and our surrounding area. Our crews are working hard to maintain safe conditions for our mall employees and customers. At this time Westfield Montgomery continues to anticipate opening at 12PM. Please note that Department store and restaurant hours may vary, and we anticipate there may be some additional delayed retailer openings. Please call individual stores for the most up to date information on their operating status. If you work at the mall and there are any weather related traffic issues or you feel travel conditions are unsafe, you should contact your manager or corporate office for direction. Please continue to monitor our Facebook page for future updates, and be safe.”
All the anchor stores opened on Monday. Westfield Montgomery encourages shop managers and owners to make their own decisions on inclement weather closings.
“Shenanigans! Ive made my decision … Finish Line will be closed today. Who wants to risk their life coming to the mall today? The mall shouldn’t even give people an option! It’s about the safety of everyone including all the employees!,” wrote Andrew Millner.
Many said Westfield should have made the call to close the mall first, especially with Metrobus service suspended for the day.
Some shared photos of still snowy parking lots and access roads.
At about 5 p.m., the mall announced it would close early at 6 p.m., setting off a new round of criticism.
“I would just like to point out that my employees, along with many others, went through hell today to get to work because you insisted on being open today…and now you’re closing early anyways? The time that they actually spent working didn’t even cover their gas to get there. Thank you for being inconsiderate,” wrote Amanda Lynch.
“The 6pm closing was put up 3 hours ago. That means at 4:57pm. Evening shift workers struggled to come in only to be told to turn around and go home. Why couldn’t this decision have been made when the noon opening was announced? Anyone who has been in the area for more than one winter knows how bad the road conditions can be. Management office and Guest Services didn’t even open,” wrote Janice Gravatt.
Mall officials could not be immediately reached for comment Tuesday morning. Westfield Montgomery is scheduled to open at its regular 10 a.m. time on Tuesday morning.