By Carole Sugarman | Bethesda Magazine
Here’s a bunch of newsy odds and ends I’ve been collecting:
One3Five Cuisine trailer bites the dust:Steve Markham’s popular One3Five Cuisine truck is gone from its corner at the Montgomery County Farm Women’s Cooperative Market. Markham, as you may recall, opened an adjacent restaurant, Markham’s Bar and Grill, in November, and had originally intended to keep the trailer open as well (see my blog, July 23). But the idea of operating another business in the midst of starting a restaurant understandably proved onerous, so Markham shuttered the truck (see my blog, Oct. 16).
While he looked for buyers, the closed trailer sat on the same spot until the end of the year, until the board of the farm women’s market voted that it be removed.
Markham said the vehicle is temporarily stationed at a friend’s yard, but he hopes to resurrect it in the warm weather, perhaps as a trailer selling Maryland crabs. Stay tuned.
Indian restaurant reportedly replacing Victor’s: Two sources tell me that an Indian restaurant is moving into the space vacated by Victor’s Pizza and Pasta at 4860 Cordell Avenue in Bethesda, which closed last month (see my blog, Dec. 2). Renovations are apparently afoot, but I haven’t yet confirmed the identity of the owner or the details.
Annie’s Bistro Francais relocating: The Bethesda bistro that shuttered in October looks like it’s resurfacing—in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Owners Carole Robert and Mark Manly moved south, and are in the midst of building an Annie’s redux in that town’s town center. Annie’s Bistro Facebook page has photos of the construction (see https://www.facebook.com/annies.bistro?fref=ts)
Burger break-ups: You’ve probably heard by now about the December demise of Bethesda’s longtime Hamburger Hamlet, which had joined forces in 2012 with Du-Par’s, a Los Angeles-based diner with a specialty bakery. The partnership apparently couldn’t save the place (and I can’t say I’m surprised; I had some bizarrely-bad pies there at a December 2012 visit).
Not to worry; the new Bobby’s Burger Palace at Westfield Montgomery Mall is just a few minutes away, and after grabbing a burger there a couple of weeks ago, I was unexpectedly impressed by its size, juiciness and overall quality.
Meanwhile, the Washington Business Journal reported last week that the Bethesda location of Kraze Burger filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The Bethesda branch, which opened in 2011, was the first U.S. location of the Korean-originated chain, which now has five other restaurants in the Washington area.
Other comings and goings:
The popular Vegetable Garden restaurant that spent nearly two decades on Rockville Pike before closing in July reopened December 18 in Silver Spring at Leisure World Plaza. The restaurant claims to be the only source in the Washington metro area for “truly” vegetarian, vegan, organic and macrobiotic cuisine. (www.vegetablegardensilverspring.com)
The promising Macon Bistro Larder is slated to open this spring in the Chevy Chase Arcade on Connecticut Avenue. On the restaurant’s website (www.maconbisro.com), owner Tony Brownwrites that the restaurant will combine classic bistro cuisine as seen through the lens of his Southern roots.
The Golden Flame, a steak-and-seafood standby in Silver Spring for more than 40 years, has closed.
Coastal Flats, a beach-inspired restaurant from the Fairfax-based Great American Restaurant Group, is opening a location in Gaithersburg this August.