2014 | Dine

Small Bites: Urban Winery Renovations Begin in Silver Spring; Mi Cocina Closes in Chevy Chase

Plus: Macon Bistro & Larder hires new bar manager; Mussel Bar and Grille brand expands

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Renovations are underway at the space on Bonfiant Street that will house The Urban Winery.

The Urban Winery on Facebook

Renovations begin at The Urban Winery of Silver Spring

Damon and Georgia Callis are bringing their winemaking experience to Silver Spring at The Urban Winery. The husband-and-wife team are renovating a space at 949 Bonifant St. to turn it into a wine-making space offering wine classes, food and a tasting room. The couple has been making wine since 2002, but plans to expand their offerings with the brick-and-mortar space, according to the winery’s website.  On Wednesday, the owners announced renovations have begun at the space after they successfully navigated the county’s licensing and permitting process. Updates on their progress will be posted to the winery’s Facebook page.


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Macon Bistro & Larder Hires New Bar Manager

A Los Angeles bartender with experience creating cocktails from locally sourced ingredients will be joining the staff at Macon Bistro & Larder in Chevy Chase, D.C. The restaurant announced Wednesday it has hired Evan Cablayan, the former head bartender at Tom Colicchio’s Craft in Beverly Hills, as its new bar manager.

Cablayan, a former D.C. bartender and Howard University student, will mark his return from his native Los Angeles with a new bar menu, which debuts Saturday at the restaurant. Starting in December, the restaurant will also host classes taught by Cablayan on how to make craft cocktails.

Macon Bistro owner Tony Brown sits at the bar inside his Chevy Chase restaurant before it opened in May. Credit: Andrew Metcalf

Mi Cocina Closes in Chevy Chase

The Tex-Mex eatery Mi Cocina that opened in May 2013 at The Collection in Chevy Chase is now closed.

Bethesda Now first reported the restaurant closure, which happened because of flat sales, according to the CEO of the Dallas-based restaurant group that runs the restaurant and other eateries, most of which are in the Southwest United States.

The Washington Post’s food critic, Tom Sietsema, had panned the restaurant a month after it opened,  finishing his review by saying, “Texas, Mi Cocina is all yours.”

Mussel Bar and Grille Continues Brand Expansion

Robert Wiedemaier’s first Mussel Bar and Grille opened in Bethesda in 2010. Since then the Belgian moules & frites concept has spread to locations in Arlington, Va., and Atlantic City, N.J. Now, Wiedemaier plans to open a fourth location in Baltimore. The restaurant will open in Harbor East, according to The Baltimore Sun.


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