Saturday, April 19, 2014

BATTERY LANE CLOSED BETWEEN MD 355 AND WOODMONT AVE. IN BETHESDA (PHOTO)

Battery Lane is currently closed between Wisconsin Avenue (MD 355) and Woodmont Avenue in downtown Bethesda. The closure was necessary due to crane operations at the 8300 Wisconsin Avenue construction site. It is still possible to enter the Sunoco station via a small detour at the top of Battery at Wisconsin.

2 DRUG ARRESTS IN ROCKLEDGE AREA + MORE - BETHESDA CRIME UPDATE

Here's a roundup of crimes reported across Bethesda on April 16, according to crime data:

Theft. 7500 block Wisconsin Avenue.

Theft. 7200 block Woodmont Avenue.

Assault. Suburban Hospital.

Theft. 4600 block N. Park Avenue (Friendship Heights).

Vehicle burglary. 7500 block Marbury Road (Pineview).

Vehicle burglary. 6500 block Cardigan Road (Woodhaven/Bradley Boulevard area).

Drug arrest. 6600 block Democracy Boulevard (near Fernwood Road).

Drug arrest. Rockledge Drive at Rock Spring Drive.


UNCLE JULIO'S ADDS TABLESIDE GUACAMOLE AT BETHESDA ROW

If you haven't been to Uncle Julio's at Bethesda Row recently, stop by and try their new tableside guacamole - literally made just for you. Fresh Haas avocados, fresh-squeezed lemon juice, garlic oil, tomato, onion and salt go into the stone molcajete, and are mixed right at the table. Tell them to add jalapeño, if you prefer a hotter flavor. They are chopped fresh, as well.

Uncle Julio's
4870 Bethesda Avenue
(301) 656-2981

7770 NORFOLK BETHESDA LUXURY APARTMENT TOWER CONSTRUCTION UPDATE (PHOTOS)

Here is the latest progress at the site of JBG's future 17-story 7770 Norfolk luxury apartment tower, in Bethesda's Woodmont Triangle. It looks like they are still sheeting and shoring the excavated hole at this stage.






Friday, April 18, 2014

GALLERY BETHESDA ACTIVATES ARTWORK WATER FEATURES, ARIA DELI POSTS COMING SOON SIGN (PHOTOS)

A couple of new developments to report from the plaza in front of the new Gallery Bethesda luxury apartment tower at 4800 Auburn Avenue:

First, the water features for the LED sculptures have been activated. Take a stroll by - particularly after dark - to get the full effect. Here are photos of the art installations. You can get some idea of the reflective quality of the water. But the effect at night, when the sculptures light up, will be even better:



Second, the future Aria Beer Wine & Deli (located on the ground floor of the building) has posted Coming Soon signage. This convenience store will also be of interest to residents of Triangle Towers, 8200, The Palisades, and the buildings on Battery Lane:


BETHESDA CRIME UPDATE - TAX DAY EDITION

Do criminals do their taxes on Tax Day? No, they're too busy committing crimes. Here's a roundup of crimes reported across Bethesda on April 15, according to crime data:

Vehicle burglary. 7700 block Wisconsin Avenue (downtown Bethesda).

Vehicle burglary. 5500 block Charlcote Road (Greenwich Forest).

Vehicle burglary. 7500 block Granada Drive (Landon Village).

Vehicle theft. 5400 block Whitley Park Terrace (Pooks Hill).

Vehicle burglary. 5000 block Worthington Drive (Crestview).

Theft. Giant Food, Georgetown Square Shopping Center.

Theft. 6400 block Rock Spring Drive (near Georgetown Square).

Theft. Westfield Montgomery Mall.

HECKMAN'S DELICATESSEN BETHESDA CONSTRUCTION UPDATE (PHOTOS)

Here's a look at the progress inside and out at the future Heckman's Delicatessen, at 4914 Cordell Avenue. Obviously, the frame is awaiting installation of the new awning out front.

Inside, new shelving has been installed along the wall behind the main counter. It looks like the interior paint has been freshened up. And a neon "OPEN" sign rests on one of the tables, also awaiting installation.


Thursday, April 17, 2014

CALYPSO ST. BARTH TO OPEN AT BETHESDA ROW JULY 31

The new Bethesda Row location of Calypso St. Barth will open July 31, as reported by Adele Chapin of Racked DC. Chapin also learned that the Bethesda location will not carry the brand's furniture line, just the apparel. The Bethesda Avenue space is currently occupied by Dunkin' Donuts.

TURNTABLE MAD-FOR-CHICKEN BETHESDA CONSTRUCTION UPDATE (PHOTOS)

Construction continues at the future Korean fried chicken restaurant known as Turntable *Mad-for-Chicken*, to patrons of its New York City flagship location. The new Bethesda outpost of Turntable is taking over the original location of California Tortilla. Say goodbye to the old CalTort paint scheme, though - a new, brown coat of paint has just been added to the building. This could be a base coat, and not the final color.
Here you can see the new
dark brown paint on the
restaurant facade

Work continues on the new
patio area, with this
mystery frame structure
that obviously is the
basis for something
more than it is now,
decor-wise

BETHESDA CRIME UPDATE

Here's a roundup of crimes reported across Bethesda on April 14, according to crime data:

Theft. 7400 block Wisconsin Avenue (downtown Bethesda).

Theft. 7200 block Woodmont Avenue.

Vehicle theft. 8200 block Woodmont Avenue (vicinity of 8200 Wisconsin apartments).

Theft. 6800 block Fairfax Road (Edgemoor).

Vehicle burglary. 4200 block Rosemary Street (off Bradley Lane in Chevy Chase).

Assault. Suburban Hospital.

Drug arrest. Capital Beltway at Connecticut Avenue.

Vehicle theft. 9000 block Connecticut Avenue.

Vehicle burglary. 7600 block Granada Drive (Landon Woods).

Vehicle burglary. 11800 block Rocking Horse Road (Randolph Hills).

Theft. 4700 block Randolph Road (Randolph Hills).

Assault. 5200 block Crossfield Court (Parklawn Cemetery area).


BERRY YOGURT SPACE NOW OFFICIALLY FOR LEASE IN BETHESDA (PHOTOS)

Looking for prime downtown Bethesda real estate for your restaurant or retail concept? The former home of the recently-shuttered Berry Yogurt is now officially for lease, by landlord Douglas Development. I'd like to think we could get one of the tenants Douglas Development has established relationships with, like Shake Shack. I've been let down before (Relic, anyone? - that's still for lease, and was turned over to Papadapoulos Properties. Which has been unable to find a tenant for the vacant former nightclub for nearly a year). But... optimism!

It's a pretty sizable space. Nearly too big, for Berry Yogurt's purposes. And is on what, in future years, will be the Bethesda Avenue of the redeveloped Woodmont Triangle.

BETHESDA BIKE-TO-WORK DAY MAY 16, 2014

Registration is now open for Bike-to-Work Day 2014 in Bethesda. Bethesda Transportation Solutions, the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA), and Montgomery County Transportation Solutions are co-sponsoring the regional DC event, and will be hosting a Pit Stop at Bethesda Row that morning, from 6:30-8:30 AM.

Enjoy a live DJ, food and drinks, raffles and prizes, bike check-ups to make sure your bike is in top shape, and a free commemorative T-shirt of your bike-to-work adventure. Win a killer new bike from Bethesda's own Griffin Cycle. And if you work in downtown Bethesda, nominate yourself (or a friend/co-worker) for the Bicycle Commuter Spirit Award now. You could win -"it's a major award."

The Bethesda Row Pit Stop will be near the corner of Woodmont and Bethesda Avenues, near the Bethesda Row Cinema and Capital Crescent Trail (Reed Street, for GPS purposes).

Get yourself ready for the big day by visiting BTS staff members in Veterans Park on May 1, or May 8, for free snacks, information, and a chance to register in-person. Veterans Park is at the corner of Woodmont and Norfolk Avenues.

On May 9, from 6:30-9:30 AM, enjoy free coffee at the Bethesda Avenue trailhead of the Capital Crescent Trail.

If you want to recruit a partner or convoy from your co-workers at the office, forward them this article by email, Twitter, Facebook, etc. You can use the easy buttons below this article to do so.

Even if you don't participate in the event, visit the Bethesda Transportation Solutions website to find out about transit and bike commuting alternatives that might work for you.


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

BETHESDA CRIME UPDATE

Here's a roundup of crimes reported across Bethesda on April 13, according to crime data:

Disorderly conduct. Woodmont Avenue at St. Elmo Avenue.

Assault. Tommy Joe's, 4714 Montgomery Lane.

Theft. Westfield Montgomery Mall.

Theft. 7500 block Westlake Terrace.

EASTER BRUNCH IN BETHESDA 2014

Searching for Easter brunch in Bethesda? This is the place to find the answers. Here is a complete guide to Easter brunch in Bethesda, with menus, hours and insider tips.


4935 Bar and Kitchen

The newly-revamped 4935 will serve its first Easter Brunch buffet from 11 AM to 3 PM. A family-friendly but diverse menu will include everything from omelets to oysters to Indian butter chicken. Adults can enjoy Bottomless Bloody Marys and Mimosas.

4935 Cordell Avenue
(301) 951-4935


American Tap Room

Let's hope for good weather and outdoor patio dining at Bethesda Row! American Tap Room will be serving brunch from 10 AM to 3 PM on Easter Sunday. Here's the menu:

7278 Woodmont Avenue
(301) 656-1366


Brasserie Monte Carlo

BMC will offer a 3-course pre-fixe menu from 11 AM to 8 PM, for $29.95. Main course options are Sea Bass, Lamb Leg, Duck Confit, Pork Tenderloin, Beef Medallions, or a vegetarian selection.

7929 Norfolk Avenue
(301) 656-9225


Cesco Osteria

Cesco also has outdoor patio seating. They'll serve Easter brunch from 11 AM to 4 PM, and then serve from their regular menu between 5 and 10 PM. $45; $12 for kids under 10.

7401 Woodmont Avenue
(301) 654-8333


Clyde's of Chevy Chase

Here's the brunch menu for Clyde's in Friendship Heights, which they will serve starting at 10 AM.

5441 Wisconsin Avenue
(301) 951-9600


Daily Grill

The Daily Grill Easter brunch menu includes Eggs Benedict, Texas French Toast with Fresh Berry Compote, and Pan-seared Salmon with Sauteed Spinach. Top it off with a Mimosa or their signature Bloody Mary. Daily Grill is located by the Hyatt Bethesda, at the Bethesda Metro station.

1 Bethesda Metro Center
(301) 656-6100


Founding Farmers

Founding Farmers will open an hour early, at 8 AM, on Easter Sunday. Due to popularity, the restaurant says its remaining reservations are for parties of 4 or less. They'll also serve brunch on Easter Monday, from 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Here's their brunch menu.

12505 Park Potomac Avenue
(right off I-270 at Montrose Road exit)
(301) 340-8783


Guardado's

Spend Easter brunch in Spain at Guardado's. Here's their Easter brunch menu, which will be served from 11 AM to 2 PM.

4918 Del Ray Avenue
(301) 986-4920


Hanaro

Hanaro will be serving its regular lunch and dinner menus on Easter Sunday. Kids under 12 eat free all day.

7820 Norfolk Avenue
(301) 654-7851


Jaleo Bethesda

Jaleo will open at 10 AM for Easter brunch. Here's the brunch menu.

7271 Woodmont Avenue
(301) 913-0003


Le Vieux Logis

Huh? Here's a for-those-in-the-know situation. Le Vieux Logis is under new ownership, and doesn't even have a website. But it turns out the venerable Bethesda favorite has been given new life by its new ownership and chef. Which has the notoriously Bethesda-averse Tom Sietsema giving it a rave review. So this could be worth a try, given that high praise. One of the least likely places a young hipster would think of going, could suddenly be one of the better Easter brunch options in town.

7925 Old Georgetown Road
(301) 652-6816


Lebanese Taverna

Lebanese Taverna will be open as usual from 11:30 AM to 10:00 PM on Easter Sunday.

7141 Arlington Road
(301) 951-8681


Lia's

Lia's will serve brunch from 10:30 AM to 3 PM. Check out the menu here. Including one of my Chef Geoff favorites, Big Shrimp and Very Gouda Grits - not that I'm trying to influence your decision or anything. For just $25.95, your brunch also includes a basket of Cheddar Drop biscuits, coffee and your choice of orange juice, mimosa or Bloody Mary. Sides and desserts are extra, and Chef Geoff's famous donuts are one of the options.

4435 Willard Avenue
(Friendship Heights)
(240) 223-5427


Positano Ristorante

This longtime Italian restaurant in Bethesda's Woodmont Triangle is open every day of the year. Order anything you like from the regular menu without paying holiday prices.

4948 Fairmont Avenue
(301) 654-1717


Redwood

Redwood on Bethesda Lane will be hosting a live jazz brunch. Here's the brunch menu.

7121 Bethesda Lane
(301) 656-5515


Yuzu

Yuzu will be open on Easter Sunday, but no word on menu specials at the new Bethesda sushi bar and restaurant.

7345 Wisconsin Avenue
(301) 656-5234

HOUSE FIRE IN BETHESDA

Montgomery County firefighters responded to a house fire in the 5700 block of Cromwell Drive, in the Springfield neighborhood of Bethesda early this morning. Firefighters were called to the scene shortly after 1:00 AM, after smoke filled the 2-story home near Woodacres Elementary School. According to MCFRS Public Information Officer Pete Piringer, firefighters located and extinguished a small fire in the basement laundry room.

All occupants were safely evacuated before fire personnel arrived on scene, Piringer said. Firefighters had some concern that fire was still burning inside the walls, after hot spots were detected in first floor walls near a fireplace.

Fire officials are investigating to determine the cause.

EASTHAM'S SERVICENTER INSTALLS SIGN AT NEW BETHESDA LOCATION (PHOTOS)

Eastham's Servicenter (now apparently renamed Eastham's Auto Service Center, in a victory for spellcheck and Autocorrect programs everywhere) is ready to go at its new home, at the corner of Fairmont Avenue and Old Georgetown Road. The historic downtown Bethesda institution will offer its auto repair services, but won't sell gas. They moved from their longtime Wisconsin Avenue location after the landowner sold the property to developers, who plan a high-rise residential building that is scheduled to break ground later this year. This location is also temporary, with a 17-story residential building planned for this site, as well.



Tuesday, April 15, 2014

SIGNAL FLASHING AT WOODMONT AND ST. ELMO IN DOWNTOWN BETHESDA (PHOTO)

The traffic signal at Woodmont and St. Elmo Avenues has power, but is flashing in both directions. This is one of several intersections to have weather-related difficulties around town today. As an already dangerous intersection for pedestrians, extra caution is a must.

VIDEO FROM BETHESDA BIG TRAIN CELEBRITY SOFTBALL GAME!

Take a front row seat behind home plate, in this exclusive video from Saturday's Bethesda Big Train Celebrity Softball Classic 2014! Watch some of your favorite Washington Redskins players smash home runs, and local sports journalists try to outsmart them with speed and agility. Even if you missed the game, join me vicariously with the best seats in the house.

Celebrities in the video include: Chris Cooley, Lorenzo Alexander, Kai Forbath, Juan Dixon, Ryan Kerrigan, Kedric Golston, Fred Smoot, Chris Wilson, Ali Krieger, Ashlyn Harris, Nick Sundberg, Grant Paulsen, Julie Donaldson, Kristen Berset, Lindsay Murphy, Steve Chenevey, Chick Hernandez, Mike Wise, Chris Styles and Andrew Walker.

See photos from the game in my full report from yesterday.

TOPSHOP OPENING AT NORDSTROM IN BETHESDA APRIL 16 (PHOTOS)

Fashionistas: Don't miss the grand opening of the new Topshop at Nordstrom, in Westfield Montgomery Mall, Wednesday, April 16, at 10:00 AM, on Level 1. Topshop is a British fashion label known as the "ultimate fashion fix," and can't be found just anywhere.

Just how huge of a deal is Topshop? Among the brand's designers is supermodel Kate Moss, who has a brand-new Topshop line. Another famous Kate, Kate Bosworth has her own line. What about the world's most famous fashionista named Kate? Yep, Kate Middleton wears Topshop as well. And somebody named Beyoncé...

Now it's your turn. After being one of the first to shop at Bethesda's new Topshop at Nordstrom tomorrow, make sure to head back Friday and Saturday:

On Friday, April 18, from 3-6 PM, they'll be having a Topshop Launch Party, where you can get styled by a Topshop stylist. You'll also receive a free Topshop lip cream with any purchase, and could win a $250 Topshop shopping spree. The party continues all day this Saturday, April 19.


FREE CHIPS AND QUESO AT CALIFORNIA TORTILLA TODAY IN BETHESDA!

Got those taxes done? Celebrate turning your hard-earned cash over to The Man with free chips and queso today, at California Tortilla in Bethesda!

Taxes not done? Fortify yourself with free chips and queso at California Tortilla for the long night ahead!

Either way, just tell the cashier at Cal Tort this double-secret password:

TAXES SCHMAXES

And that free side of chips and queso is all yours, with any purchase! While supplies last. And depending on your tax situation, this may be all you can afford today.

California Tortilla
4871 Cordell Avenue

Monday, April 14, 2014

CHERRY BLOSSOMS IN BETHESDA (PHOTO GALLERY)

Why go downtown, when Bethesda has its own cherry blossoms? Here are some photos of the trees at their peak this weekend in the Kenwood neighborhood, off of River Road. Late last week, and over the weekend, crowds of people walked the Capital Crescent Trail over to Kenwood from downtown Bethesda. Others enjoyed a pleasant drive under the white canopy along Brookside Drive and Dorset Avenue. Click on the photos to enlarge for greater detail: