Friday, April 28, 2017

Dog Haus Biergarten coming to Bethesda

Dog Haus Biergarten, a restaurant featuring gourmet hot dogs, hand-crafted sausages, and 100% Angus beef burgers, will open a downtown Bethesda location in the near future. They're taking over the vacant building at 7904 Woodmont Avenue, most recently home to The Parva.

You'll be able to build your own skinless, all-beef hot dog, or choose from one of their signature Haus Dogs, including the bacon-wrapped Downtown Dog, the Free Bird turkey dog, or President Trump's personal favorite, the Scott Baioli, with smoked bacon, garlic aioli, white American cheese, and caramelized onions.

Hand-crafted sausage selections will include kielbasa, currywurst, spicy Italian and chicken fontina. Signature sausages with toppings range from the pastrami and melted mozzarella on spicy Italian "The Fonz," to the even spicier "Another Night in Bangkok," featuring Thai peanut sauce, Haus Slaw, and crushed peanuts atop a spicy Thai currywurst link.

Burger choices include The Freiburger, and The Hangover. Their beef patties are a proprietary grind of chuck and brisket. The retro menu item names extend to the side options, such as The Love Boat, which is your choice of fries or tots, topped with Haus Chili and Haus Slaw.

Dog Haus Biergarten, true to its name, will offer a rotating selection of local craft brews on tap. Other beverage choices will include wine, shakes, floats and soft drinks.

The Parva building has been vacant since the lounge closed in January 2016, one of 10 nightspots to close in downtown Bethesda since Montgomery County Councilmember Hans Riemer's so-called "nighttime economy" initiative ended up wiping out a large chunk of nightlife. Neighbors who complained about the loud music of The Parva in the night will be delighted that the new tenant is going in a restaurant direction, as opposed to being a nightclub.

Dog Haus will compete with the homegrown Bold Bite, which is moving to a new location at Cordell and Norfolk Avenue next week. This will be the first Dog Haus Biergarten east of Colorado, and is part of a major expansion plan for the chain.

89 comments:

Anonymous said...

Terrible name - let me guess, Dyer came up with it?

Argle Bargle said...

This is definitely better than that piece of trash Parva place...looks like the nighttime economy is back on track.

Remember Parva sucked, it was not good for Bethesda!

Anonymous said...

I read that as "Hans Chili and Hans Slaw".

Anonymous said...

5:53 AM isn't a mojito fan. That's too bad.

Robert Dyer said...

5:53: It's a restaurant, not a nightclub. Did you even read the article? No, the nighttime economy is not "back on track," as you can quickly find out by walking around downtown Bethesda tonight after 10 PM.

Nate said...

Well its a Biergarten, and looking at their other locations that are biergartens, they do stay open to 10pm weekdays and 12am weekends. Doesn't have to be a nightclub to contribute to the nightime economy.

Anonymous said...

Dyer, could you please post your criteria o distinguishing a "restaurant that serves alcohol" from a "nightclub"?

Robert Dyer said...

6:51: Well, we still have a net loss in nightlife, with 10 nightclubs/bars having closed, so the Riemer "nighttime economy" record is not one he can tout. It was a disaster. He couldn't even get one brewery open in downtown Bethesda.

Virginia's governor was recently told how many breweries there are in the state of Maryland. His response? "That's embarrassing."

And this is after 7 years of Riemer! That is embarrassing.

Robert Dyer said...

7:00: You usually have a dance floor, and some kind of live entertainment, in a nightclub. Applebee's serves alcohol, and I've never heard anybody call it a nightclub.

Anonymous said...

They're from Colorado, they think differently out there. I like the name.

I agree with Nate. Doesn't have to be a nightclub to contribute to the nighttime economy. Like the CVS reducing night time hours. Or Barnes & Noble doing the same.

Anonymous said...

Seriously, what's with Dyer's obsession with nightclubs? How many people in buttoned-down Bethesda regularly patronize nightclubs anyway? Quality restaurants are certainly a positive addition to the community.

Anonymous said...

Bethesda needs an evening economy initiative. Give people a reason to come into downtown and want to wander around and spend money on impulse purchases. Not nightclubs.

Robert Dyer said...

7:07: Yes, I reported on those. We also lost one of the two 24-hour restaurants in town during that period. The only thing I'm pointing out is that as far as the 10 nightclubs/bars that closed, we still have a net loss.

Robert Dyer said...

7:13: Riemer's the one who brought it up. He failed. Facts.

Anonymous said...

The German theme is sort of dumb and not a fit here but this may be a good spot for a burger, etc. Better than the total A-hole from Community. I'll be doing back flips when they close their doors.

Riff Rafferty said...

Dyer, I live in Bethesda, all the "night spots" that closed sucked:

1. Sasso/Rustique - Had a good night crowd, but the owner was a jerk-off and didn't pay rent (not the fault of the council)
2. Relic - Went there a few times, it had some cool features, but was run poorly and turned sucky fast - I stopped going
3. Parva - Total disaster of a place, it was full of thugs that most Bethesdaians wouldn't choose to associate with
4. Ri-Ra - sees to be a cooperate issue, not unique to Bethesda

I'm not sure what else you count as these 10 net closures, but I did notice that as other new places open, you're still stuck on this 10 net closure thing...shouldn't that number change as new places open?

Roald said...

Seems like every day I get up and Robert Dyer has some breaking restaurant news.
This one is great!

Anonymous said...

Anything is better than Parva and it's gutter-trash patrons.

Anonymous said...

Parva was pretty trashy.

Dog Haus Bethesda said...

Thanks for the love, Robert!
Stay updated at http://bethesda.doghaus.com

Anonymous said...

This looks AMAZING!!!!! Can't wait.

Riff Rafferty said...

Speaking of nightlife, has anyone been to the new place Alatri Bros. where Mia's used to be? They've taken all the great stuff from Mia's (the pizza) and added a larger bar area and some other great food options. Plus the bartender who often works on Fridays and Saturdays is legit!

Anonymous said...

I heard that Sears sold their store in Montgomery Mall to Westfield for $72 Million. Has anyone else heard this rumor?

Anonymous said...

1:08 PM Everyone in Bethesda reads Dyer's site. You're a bitter troll and your opinion is in the minority.

Have good day sir.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous @ 1:59 PM said:

"Everyone in Bethesda reads Dyer's site. You're a bitter troll and your opinion is in the minority."

Who exactly are you and why should anyone take your statement seriously?

Anonymous said...

@ 12:57 - I haven't heard this but it would not surprise me. Sears' business model is no longer department store - it is now a REIT.

Anonymous said...

@2:55pm Well we know Bethesda Magazine reads his site -- they just reported this same news, about 8 hours after Dyer did. I wonder where they got their information...?

Anonymous said...

Seems like every day I get up and Roald is giving attaboys to Dyer.

Anonymous said...

Riff Rafferty - Relic was forced to close because of repeated violations of liquor laws - just like Steamers.

Anonymous said...

2:59 PM -

"Dog Haus is applying to Montgomery County for a liquor license for the 7904 Woodmont Ave. space, according to a sign on the door of the building Friday. The sign indicated the store would be one of the chain’s “biergarten” locations, which a Los Angeles employee said has a wider selection of beer than standard Dog Haus restaurants."

Anonymous said...

@ 2:59 - Well, we know you read Bethesda Magazine, and that's good, as it is Bethesda's news site of record.

Anonymous said...

Apologies for the typo (before Dyer belittles me). Readers get the point though.

Anonymous said...

No one in the Dog Haus target demo reads Bethesda Magazine. 90% of their circ is distributed to doctor's waiting rooms. Hardly the place you want to read about hot dogs.
They may cover it in the January 2018 issue and only if Dog Haus buys a glossy ad.
#Facts

Anonymous said...

#UnsignedDyer @ 2:59 PM:

"Bethesda Magazine...just reported this same news"

#UnsignedDyer @ 4:01 PM:

"No one in the Dog Haus target demo reads Bethesda Magazine. 90% of their circ is distributed to doctor's waiting rooms. Hardly the place you want to read about hot dogs.
They may cover it in the January 2018 issue and only if Dog Haus buys a glossy ad."

My God you're a moron. Can't you develop some talking points that don't hilariously contradict each other?

Anonymous said...

And once again

Read the the two articles about this restaurant in Bethesda Magazine and this blog. What new business owners should do is read the comments in each respective publication. With Dyer people only complain about Dyer's bias and what people call "delusional Dyer" comments while there are constructive comments and folks tagging other people on Bethesda Magazine.

I'd be hesitant to be mentioned here...in Bethesda Magazine...not so much.

Anonymous said...

5:38pm = Haters gonna hate.

Friends of Woodmont Triangle said...

Robert Dyer has the most established and most read news operation serving Bethesda.
Great sources too!
Full stop.

Anonymous said...

"Robert Dyer has the most established and most read news operation serving Bethesda."

What exactly is your basis for this claim?

Anonymous said...

Robert Dyer's site gets between one-tenth to one-twentieth the number of readers that Bethesda Magazine gets. Dyer's shill is fighting a war on reality.

Anonymous said...

Unless Dyer shared his analytics with you, you don't know his traffic.

Dyer is adding value, you're just hating.

Friends of Woodmont Triangle said...

We see you Dog Haus!

Dog Haus is new in town and they already know what's up- paying respects to the unofficial Mayor of Bethesda, Robert Dyer :)

Robert Dyer said...

5:38: You do realize you can be sued for defamation for attempting to damage the business prospects of my website with these defamatory statements? I suspect Bethesda Magazine engages in this sort of defamation off-line, but now you've exposed yourself by openly posting here.

The comments on both sites, in fact, prove that I have more traffic, and a more engaged audience. Bethesda Magazine has few dissenting comments, because they have a small group of readers, and the majority of that small group support the Montgomery County political machine that Bethesda Magazine functions as the house organ for.

Here, in contrast, you'll find negative troll comments. That only happens when your website is recognized as being so influential, that the County Council and their sycophant toadies have to respond to it publicly. You can sense the rage and helplessness of the resident troll in his childish comments, and now defamatory statements.

I'd be wary as a business of appearing in Bethesda Magazine, because they don't represent people of color on their magazine covers, nor among their all-white reporting staff. I'm a one-man website. But they make the decisions for their site, and it's not a good look to be all-white in a majority-minority jurisdiction like MoCo. Their coverage of the Westbard cemetery story, among others, reflects that lack of diversity.

So you definitely don't want to post defamatory statements about me in speaking to local businesses, because there's so much that can be said truthfully about your magazine. Trust me, you don't want to go there. If you don't stop lying about me, I'm going to start telling the truth about you.

Anonymous said...

@ 9:27 - Here are some real analytics, Birdbrain.

https://www.similarweb.com/website/robertdyer.blogspot.com?competitors=bethesdamagazine.com

Robert Dyer said...

11:44: You're welcome, I look forward to the opening! Please ignore any wacky comments by our resident troll, who appears to be from a competing website.

Robert Dyer said...

10:55: Those stats have already been proven fake. The real stats show I have a larger Bethesda audience than they do, because much of their traffic comes from clickbait stories of theirs pushed by Google News that mention Melania Trump, Pizzagate, and other national AdWords. My audience is actually in Bethesda.

The real stats also show that people spend more time on my site than theirs, and they click through further. Again, that's largely because Bethesda Magazine clickbait stories leave the reader with immediate "clicker's remorse," and they quickly back out of their site.

In contrast, my actual Bethesda audience wants to know more about Bethesda, so they keep clicking on the many other Bethesda headlines on the side of my page.

Robert Dyer said...

3:10' Already reported about the beer, and I broke the story hours earlier than their warmed-over rehash. Did they cite me as the source, or just plagiarize without attribution again?

Anonymous said...

It'll be interesting to see what Peter Chang's PR folks say about the observation that Dyer covering your business is actually detrimental. Out of curiosity, I'm emailing them to see if there's any merit to the observation postulated previously that most of the readers on this blog would not frequent a business Dyer covers. Will report back if/when they respond. Attempting the same for Dog Haus.

Robert Dyer said...

4:11: You are facing a defamation lawsuit. Your email and identity will be revealed when you contact them. I would advise you not to do so, as you are clearly affiliated with Bethesda Magazine, and you and the magazine will be sued for defamation if you send that email.

Anonymous said...

Dyer you birdbrain! How will you ever know if they do or don't e-mail someone you creepy stalker! Will Mr. Chang share all his e-mails with you?

Robert Dyer said...

5:25: You're the creepy stalker, who has launched a defamation campaign in which you claim you are going to try to smear my name with some kind of false statements. In these threatening comments, which I have screen captures of, you affiliated yourself with Bethesda Magazine, which you state will be the beneficiary of your defamation effort against me.

You're on thin ice, let me tell you. I will sue you, and whoever you are working for, for defamation.

G. Money said...

How are you going to sue an anonymous commenter?

Robert Dyer said...

6:15: How will he remain anonymous if he emails defamatory statements, as he has threatened to do? You guys are playing with fire here. Clown move, bro.

Anonymous said...

My goodness, aren't you busy this morning.

Go see an attorney. They can school you on defamation.

Anonymous said...

"Again, that's largely because Bethesda Magazine clickbait stories leave the reader with immediate "clicker's remorse," and they quickly back out of their site."

I love how you've created an entire universe of fantasy in an effort to protect your fragile ego.

Anonymous said...

"You do realize you can be sued for defamation for attempting to damage the business prospects of my website?"

A website that has earned zero revenue in its lifetime?

G. Money said...

6:20: I don't see where he threatened to email defamatory statements (that's a weird threat, by the way), but it looks like you deleted some comments so maybe I missed something.

Anyway, I was just curious. It's got nothing to do with me, I'm just here to discuss politics.

Anonymous said...

What's the status of that building, that used to be the homeless shelter, with the crazy New York mural on the side?

Did they ever get a tenant?

Anonymous said...

If that commenter believes that he needs to email Chang's, then we can assume that Chang's does not actually read this blog.

Anonymous said...

"...a majority-minority jurisdiction like MoCo..."

Hilariously wrong.

"As of the 2010 Census...the racial makeup of the county was 57.5% white, 17.2% black or African American, 13.9% Asian, 0.4% American Indian, 0.1% Pacific islander, 7.0% from other races, and 4.0% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 17.0% of the population."

Anonymous said...

It would be cool to see diversity on Bethesda Mag's covers. Most issues look more like real housewives of Potomac, not the county we live in.

Ike has been County Exec for years, yet never featured.

Anonymous said...

It would be cool if Dyer, signed and unsigned, could realize that his competition is not the bi-monthly print edition of Bethesda Magazine, but rather Bethesda Beat. I don't know why he keeps bringing up this red herring.

Anonymous said...

Fun fact: search Bethesda Magazine and Google suggests Robert Dyer :)

Nuff said.

Anonymous said...

"I'd be wary as a business of appearing in Bethesda Magazine, because they don't represent people of color on their magazine covers, nor among their all-white reporting staff. I'm a one-man website. But they make the decisions for their site, and it's not a good look to be all-white in a majority-minority jurisdiction like MoCo. Their coverage of the Westbard cemetery story, among others, reflects that lack of diversity."

What hypocrisy! Your site is an all-white website.

Anonymous said...

10:53AM - no it doesn't You are lying. Neither does DuckDuckGo, Bing or Dogpile.

What a silly thing to lie about.

Anonymous said...

What would Dyer do if he didn't have them to compare his blog to?
That's most of his shtick.

Friends of Woodmont Triangle said...

Funny the Bethesda Mag article says Dog Haus wouldn't talk to them.

Meanwhile Dog Haus is already here interacting with Dyer and his readers (more readers than Bethesda Magazine, BTW). Good way to increase awareness of their new business!

Anonymous said...

12:57 PM Dyer has been covering Bethesda for years and has grown a large daily audience.
Many others have started blogs, tried to replicate Dyer and failed during that time (Patch, anyone?)

Anonymous said...

1:04 PM Real talk for a minute: If you published a magazine that purported to represent Montgomery County, you might regularly feature Hispanics or Asians on the cover, right?

Anonymous said...

Patch is pretty much automated. They don't have a dedicated Bethesda editor or writer.
Their main regular local feature is to publish restaurant inspections.

Anonymous said...

I'm guessing the angry anonymous guy is mad the Dog Haus reached out to Dyer first, but not to their magazine?

Anonymous said...

Any news about Secolari? Lycee Rochambeau? The Montgomery Mall shooter? Regal Cinemas? That office building on Executive Boulevard that sold for 1/9 of its purchase price in 2005?

Roald said...

Silly that folks are debating all of this stuff. I'm just excited about hot dogs and beer.
Everyone in Bethesda reads Dyer.

Anonymous said...

2:13/1:24/1:20/1:15/1:04/1:00/10:53/10:28 - How many more comments do you need to type till you meet your quota?

Anonymous said...

I'm excited about this new restaurant. Hopefully Dyer will have a comparison review vs. Bold Bite.

Robert Dyer said...

12:09: I don't have a staff - Bethesda Magazine does. It's all white, and every Bethesda Magazine cover is white. The Gazette and Patch actually had reporters of every race.

The magazine's lack of diversity in staff and coverage really comes through in their reporting on the black cemetery, and failure to report on Chris Van Hollen's campaign to suppress the black vote in 2014, as just two recent examples.

Just as they've had to catch up to me in replicating my hyperlocal digital news model, they've also proven to be behind the times in our majority-minority county.

Robert Dyer said...

1:24: Glad you pointed that out. Explains a lot about the crazy comments that were apparently posted by the magazine staff later, in which they stupidly stated That Bethesda Magazine would be the beneficiary of a defamation campaign they were going to launch against me.

Talk about crazy! They should be honored that my name appears when people search for "Bethesda Magazine."

Did you notice how quiet the comments were all day as they worked on warmed over reports of news I had reported last week?

Anonymous said...

Hey Dyer, did you ever figure out that "57.5% white" /= "majority-minority"?

Robert Dyer said...

9:05: No, because I'm correct. From the Washington Post in February 2011:

Headline: "Minorities are majority population in Montgomery County"

"Minorities have become a majority over the past decade in affluent Montgomery County as the number of whites has plummeted, according to census figures released Wednesday.

In Montgomery and Prince George's counties, whites were largely replaced by Hispanics, a Washington Post analysis of the detailed census statistics shows. Hispanics outnumber blacks in Montgomery and just edge past whites in Prince George's County.

Barely 49 percent of Montgomery's 972,000 residents are non-Hispanic whites, down from almost 60 percent in 2000 and 72 percent a decade before that. Hispanics rose by two-thirds and make up about 17 percent of the county's population."

Anonymous said...

@8:24 AM -- Do you really have no inkling of the absurdity of claiming that since you have no staff, are a one-man operation, you are some exemplar of diversity?

Do you really think your coverage of the Westbard cemetery dispute is not a completely transparent "Save Westbard" ploy on your part?

The Chris Van Hollen black voter suppression claim has been disproved multiple times; yet you persist in repeating this #FakeNews.

Rather than being a hero to the black community, you repeatedly prove yourself a white guy, cynically attempting to use the black community to further a completely snow-white agenda.


Robert Dyer said...

9:14: Diversity in hiring is relevant when hiring, particularly in a diverse area. So the scrutiny is on those who are actually hiring, not a one-man operation like mine.

My coverage of the cemetery has been the only to not cast doubt on its existence, which is proven by the land records - and the lack of any such record to prove remains were moved elsewhere.

I wouldn't call solid, fact-based reporting with the goal of official County recognition of the historic black community - and preservation of the sacred burial ground - a "completely Snow White agenda."

Robert Dyer said...

9:14: I've heard no information exonerating Van Hollen for trying to suppress the black vote in 2014. In fact, he was rebuked by Hillary Clinton!

Anonymous said...

On Van Hollen, see the Baltimore Sun:

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/politics/bs-md-van-hollen-shattered-20170418-story.html

Robert Dyer said...

11:46: I read the story, which only confirms what I reported - Van Hollen told union leaders to suppress the black vote in 2016. His denial is predictable, but doesn't disprove he engaged in voter suppression. In fact, Hillary Clinton herself bodyslammed him for his voter suppression plan, which cost her votes.

Van Hollen could be dethroned in 2018 if A) the Republican candidate puts Van Hollen's racist black voter suppression plan front and center, and B) the courts strike down Maryland's gerrymandered congressional districts.

G. Money said...

Van Hollen is a senator and therefore will neither be on the ballot in 2018 nor subject to congressional redistributing. Also, senators don't have thrones.

Anonymous said...

" I read the story, which only confirms what I reported - Van Hollen told union leaders to suppress the black vote in 2016." The article does not confirm your claim in any way shape or form.

"His denial is predictable, but doesn't disprove he engaged in voter suppression." The article quotes union leaders in Maryland who dispute the claim of black voter suppression, listing several initiatives taken by Van Hollen to black voters. The article cites the overwhelming support by black political leaders in Maryland of Van Hollen over Edwards in the Primary election. 32 out of 36 Congressional Black Caucus members supported Van Hollen over Edwards.

"In fact, Hillary Clinton herself bodyslammed him for his voter suppression plan, which cost her votes." This statement is not supported by the reporting in Shattered, the basis of your claim. There is no claim that Hillary lost votes; and while a tough women, she most certainly did not bodyslam Van Hollen. Some context here would help: Hillary rated Van Hollen a "7" for support, her worst score, because if his support of Obama in 2008. The allegation made to her by an uncited source, that you are repeating here again without any confirmation, is disputed in the article cited above -- by union leaders and black political leaders in Maryland.

Anonymous said...

"Clinton herself bodyslammed him"

Why the obsession with violent and sexual metaphors, Dyer?

Robert Dyer said...

6:30: You're right - Van Hollen is such a nobody in the Senate that I still think of him as a Congressman. Imagine knowing you're a U.S. Senator only because you're white, and suppressed the black vote. Sad!

7:13: Wrong! Edwards won the black vote, despite whatever underhanded tactics Van Hollen used to get endorsements from corrupt politicians. That's why Edwards had so few power players behind her, because she wasn't part of the cartel.

It's important you say the Hillary quote was disputed only "by union leaders and black political leaders in Maryland" - because Hillary is not disputing it, the actual person who said it. Those other leaders would be punished if they were to tell the truth now about Van Hollen's plan. We know that, because we're witnessing now the institutional racism within the all-Democrat Montgomery County government against a historic black church in Bethesda. We've witnessed it in their failure to support black candidates for the U.S. Senate, and now we're stuck with an all-white-male pair of Maryland senators. Sad!

9:18: If that's what you read into an old theatrical move in WWE wrestling, Sigmund Freud would like to talk to you.

Anonymous said...

Who knows about old WWE moves? These days, people don't equate "bodyslamming" with anything but violence.

Anonymous said...

SJW Dyer.