Crab cracking with the celebs
So it turns out that actresses Jane Lynch and Kathleen Turner enjoy sampling indigenous cuisine, just like the rest of us: They went to dinner together this past Wednesday night at the Bethesda Crab House, and dug into a heap of extra-large blue crabs.
Manager Yen Lee said he knew in advance they were coming, and that they arrived with a few other guests.
“They had a great time. They pretty much bought all our T-shirts up,” Lee said.
Turner, who was familiar with how to eat a crab, gave lessons to the rest of the table, according to Lee.
“They were very professional, nice people,” he said, adding that the Bethesda Avenue restaurant has welcomed a host of celebrities over the years, including golfer Tom Watson, boxer Sugar Ray Leonard and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.
Food truck puts on the brakes
Rick Baldwin and Shane Patterson, owners of the specialty sandwich truck for the past 18 months, are selling the vehicle and returning to the brick-and-mortar restaurant business.
“The people who supported us loved us, but there are just not enough people out here in the suburbs,” said Baldwin, who added that the two were “nowhere near” hitting the numbers they needed to make money.
Baldwin said that Montgomery County regulations, including the requirement that operators prepare their food in a commercially-licensed kitchen, all contributed to the expenses.
He denied that competition posed by the county’s increasing number of new food trucks had anything to do with Sub-Urban-Bros demise. “They’re all so diverse,” he said of the county’s mobile options.
Baldwin, whose previous restaurant experience included managing Clyde’s Tower Oaks Lodge in Rockville, Rock Bottom Brewery in Bethesda and the District ChopHouse & Brewery in the Penn Quarter, hopes to return to working indoors. According to Baldwin, Patterson already has.
Pressed for success
With names like Purify, Energize, Satisfy, Detox and Hydrate, the cold-pressed vegetable and fruit juices are named after their functionality rather than the flavor or nutrients they contain.
“We’ve been working on them between a year and two years now,” said Nicolas Jammet, one of sweetgreen’s three founders. “It’s something the three of us have incorporated into our lifestyle. It’s something we love but haven’t had in DC.”
Jammet said the juices will be made in the company’s central kitchen in Virginia, and shipped to stores every morning. He didn’t have an exact day for when sweetpress juices will be showing up in Bethesda, other than it will be “soon.”
For more info, go to www.sweetpress.com
This “Bar Rescue” got spiked
Now, the transformation to the Corporate Bar & Grill will air as the first episode of the series’ second season—on July 22 at 9 p.m.
In a video clip of the episode, obnoxious host Jon Taffer greets the staff with: “Fixing bars is easy, fixing people is tough…” He proclaims that with the makeover, “we’re going to turn this into a money machine,” although his button-down idea turned out to be even worse than the swashbuckler scene.
After the show was filmed, the Piratz Tavern staff declared mutiny and returned the bar to its original concept (which is noted at the end of the program).
To watch a clip of the episode, click here.