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Takoma Park votes to allow outdoor dining

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Takoma Park Govt logoTAKOMA PARK — The Takoma Park City Council will vote Wednesday to approve an ordinance that will permit restaurants to establish outdoor seating areas on public sidewalks.

The proposed ordinance – which seven of the eight Council members supported during the first of two required votes last week – establishes a process by which restaurants, coffee shops, cafes and community kitchens can apply for permits that will allow them to set up outdoor dining areas on publicly-owned sidewalks within the city.

“I think this would be a great benefit to the community and to businesses to allow this,” said Council member Kacy Kostiuk (Ward 3) while speaking during the Council’s Jan. 24 work session. “I was really excited by some of the ideas and recommendations that were in this related to doing some kind of innovative things like closing streets to offer opportunities for more of a plaza feel.”

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Bethesda Restaurant TapaBar turns into a Pop-up “Food Lab”

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Pho is a relatively simple dish. The soup consists of rice noodles, broth, herbs, and meat. Pho began as a street food in Vietnam during the early 20th century, according to Santa Clara University. 

Local Restaurateur Alonso Roche is serving the dish as a part of Bethesda restaurant TapaBar’s transformation into a place to tinker with new culinary concepts what he is calling a “pop-up food lab."

“We love Pho. We were trying to do something simple that was easy to put in place quickly," Roche said. "My brother and I realized we were eating pho once or twice a week at least, and that there’s no pho around here."

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County finds a way to let beer pour freely

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ROCKVILLE — The Montgomery County Council on Tuesday unanimously passed a zoning text amendment to clarify an ambiguous regulation governing the operation of breweries in the County.

Zoning Text Amendment 17-07 changes County zoning laws to allow licensed brewers to make manufacturing beer their primary business in urban districts as opposed to the way current law required brewing beer to be an accessory business for a restaurant. 

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Dueling restaurants and zoning

Competition among restaurants can be fierce, and it is not unusual to see a restaurant owner use legal arguments to try to keep a competitor out of what the first owner believes is its territory. This is illustrated in one of my favorite names for a case this year came that came down recently from Maryland’s Court of Appeals, called A Guy Named Moe, LLC v. Chipotle Mexican Grill of Colorado, LLC.

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Downtown Crown gets beer lovers' jewel with new restaurant

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pourhousewineGAITHERSBURG – The rapidly developing Downtown Crown area in Gaithersburg gained what some beer lovers may see as the crown’s shiniest jewel this past month with the opening of Old Town Pour House.

The brainchild of Chicago-based Bottleneck management, the Pour House restaurant features amenities that set it apart from most of its local competition.

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County considers a ban on Styrofoam

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styrofoam containerROCKVILLE- On Sept. 9, County Councilmembers Hans Riemer (D-At Large) and George Leventhal (D-At Large) proposed a county-wide ban on the use of Styrofoam containers, plastic foam food service products by food service businesses, the sale of plastic foam loose fill packaging (packing peanuts) and bulk plastic foam food service products (bulk foam cups and plates).

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