Friday, August 26, 2016

Chuy's throws a party in the Pike District (Photos)

Tex-Mex restaurant Chuy's celebrated its upcoming first restaurant in Montgomery County with a Redfish Rally last night. The new restaurant is scheduled to open in October at Federal Plaza, but the party was held at another nearby Federal Realty property, Montrose Crossing. Chuy's pitched a tent atop the parking garage there, and served up food and drink samples.
Chuy's chefs make fresh
guacamole on the spot
To emphasize the chain's commitment to fresh ingredients, chefs were making fresh guacamole and bartenders were squeezing fresh lime juice for margaritas all night long. To emphasize the company's commitment to the community, Chuy's announced that the local charity they will support is Hero Dogs, a Brookeville-based non-profit that trains and places service dogs with veterans who need them free of charge. Several hero dogs were in attendance, joining Chuy the Redfish and former Rockville City Councilman Tom Moore among the notable guests.

Chuy's plans to hire an impressive 175 employees at this restaurant. Those interested can apply in-person Monday through Saturday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Chuy’s hiring office located at 1776 E. Jefferson Street, Unit #117, in Rockville.
Banner touts that
"everything is made
from scratch" at Chuy's
Another promotes their
fresh hatch green chiles
Free t-shirts
...although you could make
a charitable donation if you wanted
I can report that the
fresh-squeezed lime juice
made a noticeable difference
in the margaritas
Fiesta essentials
on display
Stringed lights hung
over the crowd
Chuy himself (herself?) made
an appearance

Montgomery County is
gaining on Austin in the
weird department every day
Sauces are so important
at Chuy's, that they have
their own webpage
Speaking of sauces,
a chef adds one to
an attendee's nachos

Chuy's brought along
some of their trademark
interior design accents -
hubcaps and...
Meet hero dog


Anonymous said...

Supporting Hero Dogs!! Already I like Chuy's.

Anonymous said...

Comparing MoCo to Austin, TX is an idiotic stretch that makes zero sense.

One day you post about how moribund MoCo is and the next you are comparing it to one of the fastest growing, booming cities in the US? Further proof that there is no rhyme or reason to your BS blog. Head on over to BM if you want to read any postings with logic behind them.

Anonymous said...

6:41 AM - It was the Tequila speaking.

Anonymous said...

Is this the "comparing" you're speaking of? It's Dyers only mention of Austin.

"Montgomery County is gaining on Austin in the weird department every day"

Yeah ok whatever

Robert Dyer said...

6:41: Can you read English? I specifically said Montgomery County is gaining on Austin in the "weird" department, not anything about economic development (in which Austin, like most other jurisdictions, is beating moribund Montgomery County badly).

Anonymous said...


To be fair, Dyer's original comment wasn't saying Montgomery County was inferior to Austin economically speaking (although unfortunately he does in his comment above). "Keep Austin weird" is a popular motto for the city, which is practically nothing like the rest of TX.

It would be an interesting discussion comparing and contrasting the two jurisdictions and debating which is better positioned economically. Sure Austin is one of the fastest growing cities in the nation and has a burgeoning tech industry, but demographics, life sciences, and stability favor Montgomery County.

Unfortunately, it's really hard to have a rational discussion when your opening hypothesis is that Montgomery County's economy is "moribund," which is very far from the truth.

Anonymous said...

"Austin, like most other jurisdictions, is beating moribund Montgomery County badly"

Hahahaha. Please show ONE valid source, just one, to back this up.

Anonymous said...

Documentation is for the old legacy print media.

Robert Dyer said...

9:23: Private sector job growth, The Washington Post and Hans Riemer's former chief of staff are in agreement. We had a net loss of thousands of private sector jobs over the last decade, while counties large and small around us added jobs. Humiliating.

Robert Dyer said...

8:54: It's hard to have a rational discussion with your fictitious Candy Land reality where the MoCo private sector economy is booming. Take off your distortion lenses and read the private sector job data. We were even destroyed by Culpepper County, for Pete's sake! Humiliating!

Robert Dyer said...

I don't even have the numbers for Austin, but I would almost guarantee they had net positive private sector job growth over the last decade. Montgomery County had a NET LOSS.

Anonymous said...

You know there's something called the "public sector." It helps offset those private sector job losses you mentioned when a recession comes along. The federal component alone accounts for 1/3 of the region's economic activity.

But don't mind me, I'm just a moron with all these crazy government-sourced facts, numbers, and economic theories. Please continue to live in your fantasies...

By the way a disgruntled ex-county employee and an opinion column are not valid sources.

Anonymous said...

Public sector jobs are still jobs and Dyer is still a #birdbrain. He does realize we live in the hot bed of federal employment.

Bethesdaguy said...

Just curious... Was this promoted on this site or anywhere else prior to the event? I would have gone, had I known.

Robert Dyer said...

3:08: I believe it was invitation-only.

Robert Dyer said...

2:03: Bill Turque is a reporter, not an "opinion columnist". Adam Pagnucco was an employee of Councilmember Hans Riemer, not the County. Job creation data is not opinion, just fact.

We're talking about the private sector, not government jobs. Private sector results are what our elected officials are judged by, because the federal jobs are both federal prerogative, and politically driven in some cases.

A Democratic administration certainly wants to help Van Hollen and the Montgomery County Council deodorize their humiliating record on job creation. Alas, that's like sitting at a player piano and claiming you're a virtuoso.

The good news is, the gig is up, and people are starting to catch on to the moribund economy here.

Robert Dyer said...

2:17: And the County being financially in the red every budget shows that elected officials sleeping on private sector economic development, while coasting on federal jobs alone, has been a complete disaster.

And these are the idiots they call wise?