?Mix Bar and Grille approaches opening

Cristian Silva is anxious to open the new Mix Bar and Grille in downtown Silver Spring.

“People knock on the door every day saying, ‘When are you going to be open?’ ” says Silva, bar manager for the new location of the popular Potomac restaurant.

His answer: May 1. Hopefully.

“It’s close but we can’t really say exactly which day until we finalize our last inspection,” Silva says.

Mix is set to open at the corner of Georgia and Thayer avenues. Original plans were for the eatery to open last September.


Silva said the restaurant’s menu is still being finalized, but customers should expect fare similar to the Potomac location, where owner Eddie Benaim transformed his upscale Bezu restaurant to a more casual spot. The Silver Spring location will add a ceviche bar and feature 15 beers, mostly craft beers, on tap.

“We’re going to try to get a nice brunch going here,” he says. “Silver Spring needs a really good brunch.”


Society owner Jason Miskiri

Society owner gives up holdings after marijuana conviction

The owner of The Society Restaurant & Lounge in Silver Spring has been forced to give up his interests in the club after pleading guilty to drug charges. Government officials plan to keep the club open until it is sold, according to The Washington Post.


Jason Miskiri, 39, pleaded guilty April 17 to conspiring to possess with intent to distribute more than a ton of marijuana.

Miskiri is a former George Mason University basketball star.

NBC4 reports that the Silver Spring resident has been buying and selling marijuana since 2009 and used the proceeds—up to $1 million per load—to open the nightclub in 2011.


In addition to facing criminal charges, Miskiri must pay back taxes from 2009. A sentencing hearing is set for Sept. 14. He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

The Georgia Avenue club remains open. “We are open for business as usual,” a Society Restaurant & Lounge employee told Bethesda Beat.



Black Market Bistro to Hold High Tea in May

Starting May 6, Black Market Bistro in Garrett Park will begin offering high tea. The $25 menu includes assorted teas; finger sandwiches; and pastries, including scones with clotted cream and jam, teacakes, chocolate raspberry petit fours and lemon tarts.

For reservations, call 301-933-3000. Black Market Bistro is at 4600 Waverly Ave.