Area News Featuring Chevy Chase, Bethesda, Tenleytown & Georgetown
Montgomery County will have a Car Free Day on Saturday, September 22. Please see the postcard below for details. Also, follow developments in County Transportation @ www.montgomerycountymd.gov/
The Friendship Heights Village Shuttle Bus is once again stopping directly in front of the Giantstore in the Chevy Chase shopping center. The bus enters the Center, as before, via Western Avenue, stops in front of Giant, and exits via the new traffic circle on the South Park Avenue side of the shopping center. The circle also serves as an entrance to the Saks Fifth Avenue parking lot. Riders must keep in mind that road work is still underway in the shopping center, and shuttle bus routes may still be subject to change. Meanwhile, the bus station below the Metro building will remain closed until some time in October.The Friendship Heights Shuttle Bus is currently picking up & discharging passengers destined for the subway near the Western Avenue side of the bus depot.
WTOP News Radio & Federal News Radio plan to move their studios from Northwest D.C. to Friendship Heights (FH) at the end of this year. Their new headquarters will be in the mixed-use building at 5425 Wisconsin Avenue. The media companies will occupy the entire fifth floor at the new location, which has branches of Capital One Bank, Potomac Pizza and other major companies on the street level. Giant Food and Clyde’s restaurant are nearby.
Image below: The mixed-use building at 5425 Wisconsin Ave.
The planned WTOP move follows the announcement earlier this Summer that Fox News Channel 5 plans to relocate from FH to a new building under construction in Bethesda.
Also in FH, JBG Smith, the prominent real estate investment trust, plans to move their headquarters from Willard Avenue in FH to another building under construction in Bethesda.
Sun Trust Bank is expected to move from the street level of the JBG Smith Building to the former site of a branch of Chico’s apparel store - at the corner of Wisconsin & Willard Avenues - possibly by the end of this year.The new space is much smaller than the ongoing site of the bank, but it has high visibility to passersby.There is no information about how the current site of the bank will be used.
Across the street from the JBG Smith building, the space formerly occupied by a branch of Panera Bakery is now being marketed as a Retail Space. The space had until recently been marketed as the site of an exciting new restaurant. The change in marketing strategy suggests that a shop - rather than a restaurant - may occupy the former Panera space.
Image below: The new sign on the side of the former Panera site.
There is nothing new to report about retailers who may plan to move to The Collection in Chevy Chase.
Plans to redevelop Parcels 4 & 6 in Friendship Heights are, apparently, still on hold.
The 2018 Washingtonian Taste of Georgetown, presented by INFINITI, will take place on September 23.The event will be held in the heart of Georgetown, on K Street NW, between Wisconsin Avenue and Thomas Jefferson Street and along the scenic Georgetown Waterfront. More than 30 of the neighborhood’s best restaurants will offer more than 60 signature dishes. Guests will be able to enjoy beer and wine as they stroll from booth to booth. Taste tickets can be purchased online - or in person on the day of the event. The event will benefit the Georgetown Ministry Center’smission to support the homeless.
Image below: A view of a previous Taste of Georgetown courtesy of the Georgetown BID/Sam Kittner
Roti Modern Mediterranean continues installation of a branch of their chain of restaurants next door to the space formerly occupied by a PaneraBakeryon Willard Avenue in Friendship Heights. A mid-September opening is projected.
The Roti menu is inspired by the so-called Mediterranean diet, which is rich in vegetables, olive oil, wholesome grains, and lean protein.
American City Diner, which had been on Connecticut Avenue in Chevy Chase, DC for some 30 years, has closed permanently. The space was recently leased by Steve Salis, who owns Kramerbooks, Ted's Bulletin, &Pizza and other venues.Salis is expected to revamp the diner and give it a new identity.The site has a parking lot in the rear & is in a very prominent location on the avenue.
Image below: A view of American City Diner
Fish Taco opened a new branch at 7251 Woodmont Avenue in Bethesda Row this Summer. It's a casual place where you order at the cash register, and a server brings your order to the table. The concept is inspired by cuisine from Baja California, Mexico, and the Southwestern states, and features crispy beer-battered fish tacos and burritos, priced between $10 and $12. Visitors can also order grilled or blackened fish, chicken, and vegetarian selections.The company has closed their former branch on Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda.
Image below:Fish Taco
Little Beast Neighborhood Cafe & Bistro is preparing to open at 5600 Connecticut Ave NW in the Chevy Chase area of DC. The restaurant will serve Italian cuisine, including brick oven pizza, & will feature pastries & coffee. They will be on one of the most highly-visible corners on the avenue & will have a spacious sidewalk cafe. Their Red Velvet Cupcakes and other goodies are prepared by professional pastry chefs. To read more about the company, visit www.littlebeastdc.com/
Image below: The logo for Little Beast
The Puppet Co. at Glen Echo Park is presenting Peter and the Wolf, staged with half life-size marionettes, thru September 30.The show is based on Prokofiev’s popular tale of good versus evil and is performed by Puppet Master Christopher Piper. The show is recommended for ages 4 - Adult.
Adventure Theatre MTC & New York City’s Children’s Theatre will present a musical titled Blueberries for Sal, based on the book by Robert McCloskey & directed by Jess Jung, at Glen Echo Park, September 21-October 21. The musical is about the adventure of a bear and a little girl on Blueberry Hill.It’s recommended for all ages.
The National Philharmonic, conducted by Piotr Gajewski, will present a Movie Night at the Music Center at Strathmore on September 29, featuring Leonard Bernstein’s score for the Oscar-winning film On the Waterfront (1954).The score, which was the only work which he composed specifically for film, has been recognized by the American Film Institute as one of the best film scores of all time. The re-mastered film will screened as the score is performed live.
Select AMC Theatres in Mazza Gallerie continue to offer special screenings, including classic films, anime, family films and much more.Screening of performances by the Metropolitan Opera and Bolshoi Ballet are among the favorites of area residents.
Image below: The lobby of AMC Theatres in Mazza Gallerie
Monica Jeffries Hazangeles was named Strathmore’s new President and CEO in August, 2018 by the Board of Directors. She will succeed Eliot Pfanstiehl, who founded Strathmore in 1981. Pfanstiehl & Jeffries Hazangeles guided the evolution of Strathmore into Maryland’s “most prolific multidisciplinary arts presenter and producer.” She will assume her new role at Strathmore effective September 1, 2018. Image below: Monica Jeffries Hazangeles
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO), conducted by Marin Alsop, will perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, “Eroica,” in The Music Center on September 22.The concert will also feature pianist Garrick Ohlsson with the orchestra in a performance of Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Image below: Pianist Garrick Ohlsson
The Thirteen, the esteemed all-star professional choir known for inspired and powerful live performances, will perform concerts titled i write your nameon October 20 & 21.The concerts, accompanied by organist Jeremy Filsell, will commemorate the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, marking the end of World War One. The concert on October 20 will take place at the Church of the Epiphany in DC.The concert on October 21 will take place at Bradley Hills Church in Bethesda, MD. The program will feature two works inspired by conflict: Maurice Duruflé’s touching Requiemand Francis Poulenc’s technically-demanding Figure Humaine. Image below:The Thirteen
Rangoni – Firenze, a shop featuring shoes for women, has completed their move from The Collection in Chevy Chase to their new location on Wisconsin Avenue near Courtyard Marriott Hotel and is now open.The space had been occupied by a men's apparel shop. Extensive work has been done on the interior.
Charles Schwartz & Son jeweler plans to relocate from the second level of Mazza Gallerie to the street level in October.Their new site was, until this Summer, occupied by Pampillonia jewelers, which has moved to Bethesda Row.To read more about Charles Schwartz & Son, visit http://www.charlesschwartz.com/
Roots, a Toronto-based apparel and accessories retailer, opened a shop on M Street in Georgetown in August.The company sells apparel, footwear, leather goods & accessories for men, women & children.The shop is across the street from T.J. Maxx.
NeedleChasers of Chevy Chase will have their 2018 Quilt Show & Artisan Boutique at Kensington Armory/Town Hall in Kensington, MD, October 5 & 6. The event will include more than 200 Quilts, Opportunity Quilt, Silent Auction with Handcrafted Fiber Art, Raffle Baskets, Calico Elephant, Demonstrations and more.
Image below: the postcard for the show & boutique.
Rockville Little Theatre will present The Diary of Anne Frank, written by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett & adapted by Wendy Kesselman, at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre September 28-30 and October 5-7. Directed by Pauline Griller-Mitchell, this new adaptation "brings us into the secret annex where 13-year-old Anne and seven other Jews evaded Nazi deportation."