Thursday, May 16, 2013
The restaurant announced in a Facebook post that its 90th year will also be its last.
O'Donnell's Sea Grill—currently celebrating its 90th year in the DC-metropolitan area—announced on its Facebook page this year will also be its last: Dear Friend/Customer of O’Donnell’s Sea Grill: We have proudly been serving the Washington D.C. metropolitan area for 90 years – and are celebrating our anniversary this year with joy and excitement. It is in this same year, that we have made the purposeful decision to officially close our doors and exit on a most high note. The restaurant has not announced an official closing date, according to The Town Courier. Customers took to the comments section to weigh in on the announcement. "This is very sad news! O'Donnells has been part of my family's history for 4 generations," Vicky Waldron …
Friday, April 26, 2013
City recently announced plans to expand the fall festival.
After announcing plans to expand the Kentlands Oktoberfest in 2013, the city of Gaithersburg is seeking public input on the event before the planning process moves ahead full steam. The Arts and Events Division of the City of Gaithersburg Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture will hold an open meeting to discuss plans for the event on May 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the Kentlands Mansion. The city had originally considered the possibility of replacing the fall festival with a summer arts and wine festival in the neighborhood. Related Content:
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Police officers conducted a pedestrian safety sting last week in Kentlands, stopping about 100 vehicles in one hour for violations.
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Tuesday, April 23
Gaithersburg police officers stopped about 100 vehicles in one hour for violations during an educational pedestrian sting in Kentlands last week, The Gazette reported. Conducted at the intersection of Market Street and Center Point Way, officers used a handful of volunteers in bright yellow T-shirts to act as pedestrian decoys, according to the report. Drivers were warned after officers saw them driving without wearing seat belts, not yielding to pedestrians and not stopping at the marked line at a stop sign, Gaithersburg police officer Dan Lane told The Gazette. Gaithersburg officials are also warning bicyclists to remain cautious while riding. A combined 43 vehicle accidents involved a bicyclist during 2011 and 2012 in Montgomery County'…
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
City Manager: Oktoberfest will remain in Kentlands, Celebrate Gaithersburg will have a new date and theme.
Gaithersburg's Oktoberfest festival will remain in Kentlands and expand, while Celebrate Gaithersburg will have a new date and theme, City Manager Tony Tomasello told the Mayor and City Council during a fiscal 2014 budget presentation Monday. Oktoberfest, held for the past 21 years in Kentlands, will expand toward Market Square and Main Street, The Gazette reported. The festival also will add another stage of music while the beer garden and Bavarian dancers will return, with some additional activities for families, city Arts and Events Division Chief Denise Kayser told The Gazette. The city considered major changes to both Oktoberfest and Celebrate Gaithersburg. In January, Kayser suggested scrapping Kentlands Oktoberfest for a summer …
Monday, April 8, 2013
Kentlands Chocolatier SPAGnVOLA will open a second Gaithersburg location in May.
It's about to get easier for chocoholics to get their fix in Gaithersburg. Kentlands-based chocolatier SPAGnVOLA announced Monday it will open a second location at Lakeforest Mall. The new store's opening is scheduled for early May, according to a news release. “This expansion offers customers greater exposure to our brand, while allowing us to serve the community and expand our business organically,” Eric Reid, the CEO and Founder of SPAGnVOLA, said in a statement. “Our focus is to elevate the SPAGnVOLA brand to become Gaithersburg’s best chocolate. In doing so, we will bring our product and services to customers who don’t traditionally shop on the west side of Route 355, where our current boutique is located.” Lakeforest Mall Marketing …
Friday, April 5, 2013
Catch up on arts news in the city of Gaithersburg.
The arts scene in Gaithersburg is booming: Two local artists are slated to be featured in solo exhibits, a new piece of public art debuted at Gaithersburg's Hidden Creek Residences, and a juried arts exhibition is slated to return to the Kentlands Mansion. “Expressions Of The Mind” Vian Shamounki Borchert Recent Artwork Exhibit At The Yellow Barn Gallery April 27-28 Gaithersburg artist Vian Shamounki Borchert will be featured in a solo exhibit at Glen Echo's Yellow Barn Gallery. More than 40 pieces of Borchert's work will be featured. The exhibition is free and open to the public. More information is available on Gaithersburg Patch. Gordana Gerskovic Photography presents "City Skin" Gaithersburg photographer Gordana Gerskovic exhibit, "…
Friday, March 29, 2013
Easter Chocolate Bunny: What makes the holiday treat so sweet?
It’s a busy time of year for lots of chocolate makers. SPAGnVOLA, Gaithersburg's Kentlands-based chocolatier, provides a peek inside to see what really goes into the making of all those Easter bunnies.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
The supermarket chain will require that products must identify genetically modified organisms by 2018.
The Huffington Post recently reported that Whole Foods Markets will become the first national grocery store to require products to be labeled if they contain genetically modified organisms or GMOs. A poll conducted by the Huffington Post in coordination with YouGov found that 82 percent of Americans think GMO foods should be labeled. What do your neighbors, friends and colleagues think about Whole Foods’ plan to require the GMO label? Patch spoke with some people outside the Whole Foods Market in the Kentlands to find out what they thought about GMO labeling.
Friday, March 15, 2013
Matt Largent, an operating partner at Greene Turtle in Olney, plans to open the restaurant in August, The Gazette reports.
The long-vacant 44 Sports Bar and Grille location in the Kentlands has a new, long-term tenant. Matt Largent, an operating partner at Greene Turtle in Olney, signed a 10-year lease Thursday on the 654 Center Point Way space, The Gazette reported. Largent plans to completely renovate the space and open Largent’s Bar and Grille in August, according to the report. Residents told Largent the location was "cursed," but Largent said, “When you walk in that place, you’re going to know that it’s different,” according to the report. The restaurant will not be a sports bar, Largent told The Gazette. It will feature a family-oriented first floor with the main bar relocated to the second floor. Read the full story on The Gazette.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
City officials discussed potential changes to the festivals during a work session Monday evening.
Could Gaithersburg's Oktoberfest and Olde Towne festivals be coming to an end? At Monday evening's mayor and City Council work session, city Arts & Events Division Chief Denise Kayser proposed the city replace its extensive support of the Kentlands Oktoberfest with a summer arts, music and wine festival. Kayser also recommended a proposal to shift the traditional Celebrate Gaithersburg in Olde Towne festival to a "fall-themed" festival, encompassing the best parts of previous Olde Towne and Oktoberfest events. Much of Kayser's proposal mirrored changes she outlined in a January presentation to the mayor and City Council. But Kayser's proposal doesn't completely do away with the city's annual Oktoberfest. "The idea is not necessarily to …