August 4, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

‘No One’s Going to Come’: Restaurant Owners Disapprove of 10 p.m. Alcohol Restriction

Beginning Wednesday at noon, Montgomery County restaurants and bars will not be allowed to sell alcohol for on-premise consumption after 10 p.m. Under County Executive Marc Elrich’s executive order amending his Phase 2 reopening order, food service establishments can still sell alcohol for carry-out after 10 p.m. The order includes other changes like eliminating the […]

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July 10, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Elrich Says County Will ‘Close Down Any Business’ That Violates COVID-19 Guidelines

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich addressed business compliance with COVID-19 guidelines in a message to residents this week.  He said 96 percent of businesses and restaurants that have been visited by business ambassadors are following regulations, like physical distancing and face coverings. However, several would not comply.  “In these cases, we could not stand by. […]

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July 10, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

The Grille at Flower Hill Did Not Reopen for Second Visit from County   

The Grille at Flower Hill is closed indefinitely after the owner received an abundance of social media backlash for a now-deleted Facebook post that said his employees will not wear face masks.  The Grille’s Facebook page is now nowhere to be found, and the owner told MyMCMedia that he has taken it down. He said […]

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July 8, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Enforcement With ‘The Grille’ Will be Escalated Based Solely on Facebook Post

Montgomery County is “keenly” aware of the now-deleted Facebook post from The Grille at Flower Hill that said employees will not be wearing face masks, Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security Director Earl Stoddard said during a council meeting Tuesday. The Facebook post came after a Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) environmental […]

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July 8, 2020 | Andrea Sarralde

Cierran Negocios por Violaciones de COVID-19 en Montgomery

Inspectores del condado de Montgomery cerraron tres negocios durante el fin de semana del 4 de julio por no seguir las medidas de salud pública de COVID-19, según un comunicado del condado. Cabana Hookah Lounge en Silver Spring se cerró porque no se permite que los bares de hookah se abran durante la Fase 2. […]

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July 7, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

UPDATED: Two Businesses Shut Down for COVID-19 Violations Silver Spring

Updated 7:02 p.m.: Mary Anderson, a spokesperson for the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), told MyMCMedia that the county’s press release is incorrect. Vibes Hookah Lounge was not closed, but was issued a $500 fine for smoking. Vibes owner Ahmed Kamel told MyMCMedia that the lounge is open for retail and […]

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July 6, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

‘If That Bothers You Then Please Dine Elsewhere’: Gaithersburg Restaurant Refuses Mask Protocol

The Grille at Flower Hill in Gaithersburg has been receiving attention – not the good kind – on social media after a now-deleted Facebook post from a manager or owner saying that employees will not wear face masks.  “Let me be very clear… my staff will not wear face masks while working here at the […]

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June 19, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Bethesda Restaurant Gears Up for Phase 2 Reopening

Phase 2 of reopening in Montgomery County begins Friday at 5 p.m. Staff at Tommy Joe’s in Bethesda spoke with MyMCMedia about how they’re preparing to safely resume indoor seating. This is the lone Tommy Joe’s, after the Kentlands location closed. Montgomery County announced that Phase 2 of reopening includes indoor retail services and restaurant […]

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June 10, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Indoor Dining Can Resume on Friday, Hogan Announces

Indoor dining can resume at 50 percent capacity in Maryland beginning this Friday, June 12 at 5 p.m., Gov. Larry Hogan announced at a press conference Wednesday.  Outdoor graduation ceremonies and amusements like rides and miniature golf can also start again. Outdoor pools can increase capacity to 50 percent. All of these additional Phase 2 […]

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June 4, 2020 | Tori Bergel

José Andrés Opts to Paint – not Board up – his DC Restaurants in Support of Protests

Celebrity chef José Andrés chose to paint – instead of boarding up – his Washington D.C. restaurants. The move a show of solidarity in response to national outcries for racial equality and an end to police brutality sparked by the death of George Floyd on May 25 in Minneapolis. Since the protests began, a number […]

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