Rendering of the new-look Ellsworth Place, formerly City Place Mall in downtown Silver Spring Credit: Via H&R Retail

Not Your Average Joe’s appears to be headed to Ellsworth Place

Earlier this month, Not Your Average Joe’s Vice President of Culinary Operations Jeff Tenner said the New-England based casual restaurant chain is planning to open a Silver Spring location next year. Well, now it appears we know where.

Ellsworth Place, formerly City Place Mall, is showing in diagrams on its website that the restaurant has leased a 6,500-square-foot space with a 425-square-foot patio near the intersection of Fenton Street and Colesville Road. The restaurant would join other tenants, possibly including a new Dave & Buster’s, at the revamped mall, which is in the middle of $50 million in renovations that are expected to be completed in November.

Diagram from Ellsworth Place website shows possible Not Your Average Joe’s space

Not Your Average Joe’s just celebrated its grand opening in Bethesda earlier this month with a little charity. The New England-based company that owns the restaurant chain donated $10,000 to the Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, which houses the families of sick children being treated at NIH. Steve Silverstein, the company’s founder, presented the check at the Bethesda opening July 13.


Luke’s Lobster completes expansion

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The Bethesda Row seafood shack opened its newly expanded space Wednesday, which includes a new bar counter where customers can stand to eat, additional tables and more outdoor seating. The restaurant took over the space formerly occupied by a M&T ATM near the corner of Bethesda Lane and Elm Street.

Hunger Heat Map shows need in Gaithersburg area


A heat map created by the Capital Area Food Bank is designed to show where food needs are unmet and in Montgomery County’s case, that includes the Gaithersburg area. The map shows where the food bank distributes food and where it is needed. While Bethesda, Potomac, Chevy Chase and most of downtown Silver Spring are colored blue or light green—which indicate food needs being met—parts of Gaithersburg are red or orange, which the food bank says means more food is needed in that area. The food bank’s executive director, Nancy Roman, told WAMU last week the map is used to direct the food bank’s resources as well as to create a visual way to “connect people to what’s happening.”