Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Matuba to reopen as Deli Matuba in Bethesda

Bethesda Japanese restaurant and sushi bar Matuba is switching cuisines, and plans to reopen as Deli Matuba.

There were rumors yesterday that the restaurant was closing for good, but apparently, any closure will be for renovations related to the deli transition.

They are currently hiring front and back of the house staff. Matuba says the deli concept will open "soon." Stay tuned.

53 comments:

Anonymous said...

Glad I'm the first poster on this. You have got to be flippin kidding me. Deli Matuba? Their next door neighbor is already a deli or at least trying to be one. This falls right into what I've been posting here and that is our food scene is just a joke. Who in their right mind is going to say, "Hey honey, look, what we've always wanted, a Japanese Deli". The only good thing about this is this one and the one next to it are going to fail. Greenberg can't wait because if you throw in the old Leahey shop, you've got plenty of space for another building. No one is going to come into town that serves interesting, tasty food. This story just convinces me of that. Beyond ridiculous!

Anonymous said...

So will this be a sushi carry-out place? Not sure what a Japanese deli is -- I never saw one while I was in Japan.

Anonymous said...

Maybe it will be like the Hinata on St. Elmo.

"Greenberg can't wait because if you throw in the old Leahey shop, you've got plenty of space for another building."

Greenberg from time to time replaces old small buildings with very slightly larger ones on the same property, but I've never seen him combine properties to create a building with a larger footprint.

Anyway, I'm pretty sure that Conley, not Greenhill, owns the Leahey site.

Anonymous said...

Sometimes it's better to wait 2 hours and 3 minutes for a much more thorough report, one which actually explains the "deli" concept instead of leaving Bethesdans in suspenders.

Chase said...

8:44AM is testing new ad taglines for his Bethesda blog:

"When you want to be second or third to know"
"We'll report it...eventually"
"News aged like fine wine"
"We re-microwave Dyer's reporting. It's tastier."

Anonymous said...

8:44 and 8:51, I think there is room for those that are first and for those that are thorough. Doesn't have to be one or the other. Sometimes it is nice just to know the basics and sometimes it is nice to know some details.

Anonymous said...

9:59 AM Yeah, 8:44am needs to relax. He seems to think he's in competition with Dyer or something. Counting the minutes and seconds...lol. Probably needs help.

Anonymous said...

It goes like this: Dyer gets the scoop, then the other site reports on it later. They must have an easy job -- follow Dyer's site for tips, then write their own post about it an hour later.

The funny part is Dyer is just a one-man shop and I'm guessing he just does this in his spare time. Meanwhile, the other site is a well-funded operation, with proper offices and huge ad revenues from their glossy magazine. My 2 year old can't even pick up their mag, as it's so heavy and full of ads. It's like 10 pages of ads for every 1 page of content.

Despite all that funding, they STILL can't seem to report on most of the latest news before Dyer.

Win one for the little guy!

Anonymous said...

10:35 AM It is sad. Bethesda Magazine steals Dyer's stuff exactly like you say and then hop on Dyer's site and post insults. Really bad/nasty people over there. I used to read the magazine, but can't support them now.

Anonymous said...

10:35 relax.

Wrol said...

This theft stuff is idiotic.

But yes. Bethesda Magazine is a magazine publication and does a good job of their monthly product.

Robert dyer is a man on the street blog and does a good job of his daily product.

They aren't exactly competitors. Why make it a competition?

Sure, Bethesda Beat is the newly acquired Bethesda Now, but they can coexist. Why the constant who scooped who? Just enjoy both blogs.

Anonymous said...

What's idiotic is the Bethesda Mag troll posting insults/weird comments all day here. Apparently they believe they are in competition with Dyer.

Wrol, nice ad above! Should have included info on how to subscribe. Operators standing by!

Wrol said...

You're kidding, right? Why do you think I work for Bethesda magazine if I mention it? I mention Washington post as well - do I work there? I've mentioned the Gazette - was I a former employee. We've all talked about Fortune 500 companies - do we all work there? This logic is not rational. Let it go.

Anonymous said...

11:12 AM I assume you condemn the weird negative troll comments/insults? I haven't seen you weigh in on that.

Anonymous said...

I agreeboth blogs have spots where they are unique, areas where the news is a bit stale, areas where the do a pretty decent job, and areas for improvement. Obviously we all read both given the conversation.

Anonymous said...

Nobody is going to a magazine for up-to-date news.

Weol said...

Yes there are idiots on both sides of the fence.

Wrol said...

And that's okay. We like many sources of need and entertainment. This constant yammering about who is better or first is what's idiotic.

Anonymous said...

10:35 AM is telling the truth right there.

Anonymous said...

Wrol, I've never seen you criticize or take on the troll that spews hate towards Dyer.
Just an observation.
You may want to engage him as a voice of reason.

Anonymous said...

Steven Hull...Bethesda Magazine plagiarist in chief :)

Anonymous said...

"My 2 year old can't even pick up their mag, as it's so heavy and full of ads. It's like 10 pages of ads for every 1 page of content."

Do you realize that it's hard to take you seriously when you include hyperbole such as this, and keep babbling nonsensically about "glossy magazine"?

They have a website, you know, and yes, it is mobile-friendly.

Anonymous said...

Yes, friendly for advertisers, not readers.
Please don't attack those of us who read Dyer. We're not interesting in reading your blog or your magazine. Good night.

Robert Dyer said...

10:55: We absolutely are competitors, as painful as that reality is for you, "Wrol".

Anonymous said...

Is it readership you are competing for? Readership is not a zero sum game here. Most people here read all the local Betheada blogs.

Is it advertising money you are competing for? There are no visible ads, so unless you're getting money on the sky then there's no competition there.

Why do you feel there is a competition and what are you competing for?

"Dyer"

Anonymous said...

Actually I often say the vampire and other stuff is idiotic as well. So...

Can you provide some rationalization on your opinion of Dyer as a voice of reason?

Anonymous said...

Why would you being competitors be a "painful reality" for me? Not everyone has an axe to grind with someone who they feel might be slighting them or in competition somehow.

Anonymous said...

Meanwhile Dyer's shill is whining about "stolen scoops" on the "glossy magazine".

Dyer would delete a comment like that on his own blog.

Anonymous said...

5:22 Dude, no one cares about your magazine or little blog. You keep bringing it up. Your blog has little original content...mainly summarizing Post articles and duplicating Dyer's reports.

We're here for Dyer's reporting, not debates over blogs.

Anonymous said...

"Wrol" would have more credibility if he'd also appear occasionally to condemn the bizarre troll attacks against Dyer.

Anonymous said...

Actually he should delete these comments. They are defamation. Saying the other blogs steal is defamation.

Anonymous said...

Actually as pointed out before I certainly do speak negatively of the vampire comments and trolling (real trolling, not just those with opposite or negative opinions of Dyer). All of the time actually. Idiotic. Both sides.

Anonymous said...

6:11am Well, they are stealing. Get real. Dyer readers know it, you know it.
You can't continue to use Dyer for info without crediting him. Full stop.

Anonymous said...

"Hey, we'll continue to steal from Dyer. If anyone calls us out, we'll threaten them." Great plan guys.

Anonymous said...

What "threats"? The comment is still up over there. They don't censor like they do here.

Anonymous said...

What comment over where?

Anonymous said...

Yeah what comment over where?

Anonymous said...

One minute. You're obsessed. LOL

Anyway, there's no point in linking to the comment since Dyer will promptly delete it.

Anonymous said...

6:50am yes, spare us the links.
Have good day sir.

Anonymous said...

You actually made it to three minutes that time. LOL

Robert Dyer said...

5:02: Nice try. There is indeed a competition. That's why you find spammers regularly trying to post references and URLs to competing sites on the comments here.

Anonymous said...

I would like to see them.

Anonymous said...

Defamation! Dyer. Delete! Doh!

Chase said...

4:58 AM Get real. It's obvious Dyer's competitor's are trolling him daily and posting here. Makes them look pretty bad when you see the kind of stuff they're posting here.

Anonymous said...

How is it obvious the trolls are competing blogs? What evidence to support that theory?

Anonymous said...

Dyer is closing out a week of exclusive reporting, scoops and analysis across the MoCo government, development, retail and restaurant beats.
I doubt he needs advice from the negative troll on how to run his news site.

Anonymous said...

Obvious? Is there any proof behind that claim? Unless you have access to viewer data that other readers don't have, perhaps?

Anonymous said...

Can you explain your rationale? "Nice try" isn't answering any questions or supporting any position.

Anonymous said...

Dyer had an in depth discussion of the Rock Spring development meeting. Same day, Bethesda Mag's most popular article was about dog shit.

That about sums it up.

Anonymous said...

Why the constant need to compare two different products? Self worth issues?

Robert Dyer said...

2:58: Two products, competing in the same market. Get over it.

Anonymous said...

Is readership a zero sum game? Not sure it is.

The way you and your readers complain and diss the other sites sounds so childish.

Robert Dyer said...

9:38: I'm not the one who keeps bringing it up. You do. I'm allowed to respond, as are readers, when you come in here and attack my site.