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  1. Shameless self promotion alert. In my law practice I represent independent tenants and landlords. I am also a licensed real estate broker in Maryland I spend a lot of my time cleaning up messes which were made because people recycle old leases, do not perform much due diligence and do not thoroughly read the lease (if they read it at all). "If you think it's expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur." Red Adair DaveO makes some very good points. Here are a few more things commercial tenants should be aware of: clearly specify who owns the
  2. Might be way too much information but I am into this sort of thing so - Natty Boh has San Francisco-based investment fund TSG Consumer Partners LLC.
  3. Shameless self promotion, both are available at Capital Beer & Wine in Bethesda, I have tried neither but am looking forward to both. Cheers!
  4. Thank you, I will be testifying next Monday in Rockville in support of a law proposed by Del. Frick, Sen. Feldman and others. The law would allow the retailers, bars and restaurants to purchase directly from the distributors. It would also allow retailers to sell liquor. It would be a referendum on the ballot next November. It would not go into effect until 2018. Meanwhile, Comptroller Franchot has said he will propose a law which does not go to referendum and does not wait until 2018. I have not seen the comptroller's proposed law. If I weren't so personally invested in it, I would say that i
  5. Hi all, not sure if this is the right forum but I will give it a shot. I am very active in the movement to break Montgomery County's monopoly on the sale of beer, wine and spirits. Adam Pugnacco recently launched a petition in support of abolishing the monopoly. If you are like minded, especially if you live, work and/or vote in Montgomery County, could you sign the petition here https://www.change.org/p/karen-montgomery-senate-state-md-us-brian-feldman-senate-state-md-us-susan-lee-senate-state-md-us-cheryl-kagan-senate-state-md-us-richard-madaleno-senate-state-md-us-roger-manno-senate-state-m
  6. Pardon the thread drift but anecdotally I can say that Yelp on its own removed a negative review of us (Capital Beer & Wine - Bethesda) presumably because the review was from someone who doesn't post much or posts too many negative reviews. I only check our Yelp reviews once every few months. Meanwhile, a new employee looked us up on Yelp and told me we had a terrible review. I looked at it and remembered the guy immediately. He was pleasant and knowledgeable. He was from out of town. He asked for a Sauvenières. I told him I liked to think I know a lot about French wine but I was not fami
  7. It's hugely frustrating. I have gotten pretty good at navigating the labyrinth which is the DLC and I manage to get some great wines. Meanwhile, I could go on for hours with anecdote after anecdote of awful situations. If folks could make their voice heard with their county and state representatives that would be great. If changes were made at the DLC then more money would stay in Montgomery County instead of consumers buying wine, beer and spirits in DC, VA and neighboring counties. If I had a shop in northwest DC I would be opposed to any changes at the DLC.
  8. SHORT STORY - Many retailers, restaurants and bars (licensees) want the ability to order and receive beer and wine directly from a distributor/importer, not from Montgomery County. Presently, the licensees must order almost all of their beer and wine from the County Department of Liquor Control (DLC). Can you make a statement to the Montgomery County Council on July 21, 2015 at 7:30pm in the County Council Building 3rd Floor Hearing Room, 100 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, MD 20850? If so, then please call 240.777.7803 before 10am, July 21 and mention that you want to testify in favor of the ad
  9. Ate there for the first time last Saturday with my wife. We have not been to many of the top places in DC as most of our time, money and attention for the past fifteen years has been focused on our kids. Marcel's easily lived up to my expectations and we will definitely go back as time and money allow. We each had the five course tasting menu. Six or seven courses would have been too much food for me. My wife would probably take four courses instead of five. I went there to eat and relax, not take notes so I will not recount every last detail. I had halibut, turbot, duck, tortellini and chocol
  10. Part time position (16 - 24 hours per week) in a small beer and wine store. This is an excellent entry level opportunity to learn about the craft beer and wine industries, we work with some of the USA's best beer and wine importers and distributors. We need someone who is reliable, can work evenings and weekends, sales oriented, can carry and move 50 pounds. You will do everything to keep the store running including but not limited to helping at beer and wine tastings, updating the web page, stocking shelves, sweeping the floor, running the cash register and helping customers. Experience is no
  11. If we all drank no Cannonau or any other red wine but lived on the side of a mountain, did not own a car, walked up and down the mountain for transportation, had free health insurance, ate nothing but olive oil, fresh vegetables and fresh seafood then most of us would probably live well into our nineties.
  12. Capital Beer & Wine in Bethesda needs part time help (20 +/- hours) to do just about everything around the store from running the cash register to sweeping to helping with tastings and social media. The working conditions are good, the pay is not good ($10hr) and you must be available on weekends and holidays - we are open 365 days and until 1AM on Friday and Saturday. This is a nice entry level position for anyone who wants to learn about the industry. We work with some of the country's best wine and beer importers and distributors. We will train the right person who has no experience. A
  13. I went there on Saturday 10/20. I hadn't planned on it but I was in Rockville running errands and thought I would stop in. I wasn't favorably impressed. On the plus side I was looking for a good steak and got a nice skirt steak. I am not sure where it was sourced but it was well priced and very good. The wine selection is especially good for Montgomery County or anywhere, some nice French from importer/distributors Potomac Selections and Elite plus some other really good choices from California and Oregon. Much of the wine is under $20 and imo priced right, but there were some $50 Burgindies
  14. So, does anyone know of any restaurants in MoCo that are taking advantage of the recently passed corkage law? According to Adam Borden, President of Marylanders for Better Beer & Wine Laws the following places in Montgomery County allow corkage: Bezu, Capital Grille , Clyde's Chevy Chase, Clyde's Rockville, Jaleo Lia's, Mon Ami Gabi, Newton's Table, Raku, Seasons 52, Society, Thai Pavilion, Rockville
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