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  1. Traettino Family squabble over the future of Positano, which opened it doors in 1977 and may be closed forever (Credit--Bethesda Beat). I had not been here in years, but have fond memories of prom dinners, family gatherings, etc.
  2. This restaurant which was open since 1985 (assuming it should have also been on the longest open restaurants list) is now closed per the announcement on their website. Not sure if it was the pandemic that caused it, but I am sure it contributed. The main menu here was always pretty solid. I know they used to get a bunch of Korean tour groups through for meals while visiting DC, the loss of that business probably hurt. Their other locations are two stalls at the nearby Lotte Market: Aery and Ichiban Mikoshi Sushi. Neither have the same quality as the original.
  3. In a sign that the apocalypse is coming, Continental Pizza now has a website with online ordering.
  4. Picked up a pie from here on Monday for the first time. First, kudos, to the most contactless pickup I have seen yet. You walk up, show them your order on your phone through the window, then they place it on a table by the side door--very good system. As far as the pie is concerned, it was great and definitely the closest to NY style pizza I have had in the area. Cheese, sauce, crust, it had it all going on.
  5. Breadfurst to host Ventnor Sports Cafe popup and pizza for Superbowl (Credit--Prince of Petworth).
  6. Bethesda Magazine is reporting that the raw bar at Black's will be replaced with a fish market a la Black Salt. The article also mentions a Black Salt pop up, for a few days while Black Salt is closed for renovations.
  7. When I first read the headlines for this it made it sounds like "Bethesda" was purchased, not the game company. Don--Was that what you were going for with your post?
  8. Gentleman Jim's has been around as Gentleman Jim's since 1970 as Gentleman Jim's and from the 1940's in DC as the Cavalier (according to their website). They are known for their square "Maryland Style Pizza" (like Ledo's). Unlike Ledo's, their pies are actually square and not rectangles. The crust is a bit flaky and the sauce is sweet. Their "secret" is Swiss cheese (supposedly you can get mozzarella or provolone by request). Last night we tried it for the first time and we were skeptical, but it was really good (if not different). All three of us really enjoyed it and only were able to eat half the pie. Pizza can be decisive and New York pizza this is not, but it was still enjoyable by all in the family, with everyone agreeing that we would add this to our rotation.
  9. Weekly drops from Other Half (which is coming to DC soon in a big way). Priced the same as at the brewery.
  10. Somehow, all of a sudden, there are two of the best beer shops in the DMV within a 5 minute drive of each other. Downtown Crown Wine and Beer at the new Crown is now the "OG" of good Montgomery County beer selection, including weekly drops from Other Half. They also get many more unicorn exclusives. The newcomer, which is about a mile or two away is On The Vine. On The Vine is pretty new, maybe less than a year old and is on the ground level of new apartment complex (across the street from "Dunkin'"). Their selection is impressive and I think for the time being prices are a bit better than Crown. Both are jewels in a sea of mostly crappy beer stores.
  11. The DC Branch of my office is pretty much across the street. I don't spend much time there, but when I realized this place was a Szechuan specialist I had to give it a try. Too bad, that was at the height of the pandemic and they were closed. The last time I did a tour at the DC office they were open and I finally got to try something. I had bean sprouts with chicken. I had never seen this on a menu and asked about it. May said it was very good. I asked for it "Jah La", which means extra spicy and she laughed and knew that I knew what I wanted. The dish did not disappoint. It was a pit of fire, with a ton of numbing. I devoured the whole dish in a matter of minutes and then did a ton of work, then wanted to take a nap. I will, from now on, make this a regular stop when I am on my "DC tour". Tim Carman gave them a nice write up in the Post a couple of days ago. Please check them out, is you like Ma La cooking, you will not be disappointed.
  12. The former location in the Kentlands is being replaced by a Popeye's: "Love that Chicken!" (Source--The MoCo Show)
  13. On Lombard Street in Baltimore there were at different times several competitors in the same block, so I guess Marc isn't worried about being to close to Brooklyn.
  14. pras

    Ceiling Fans

    So we went with Hunter, and yes, I know that Hunter owns Casablanca, but Casablanca is supposed to be higher end. For our purposes the Hunter fans have been good. They are virtually silent, which is very nice. I also like that fact that 3 years later this thread still had you on your feet with anticipation!
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