The local food truck fixture Curley’s Q is now serving its barbecue to patrons of Montgomery County’s oldest bar—Hank Dietle’s.
Curley’s held a grand opening party Sunday at the historic tavern on Rockville Pike that was attended by hundreds of people, according to Curley’s Q owner David “Curley” Cornblatt.
“I’ve been doing this for three-and-a half-years and it was kind of a celebration for Dietles, but also a chance to bring friends, family and new friends out,” Cornblatt said. “I want to promote a happy energy.”
Curley’s will be offering its signature dishes at Dietle’s—including pulled pork, smoked ribs and brisket—but it won’t be serving from the truck. Instead, they’ll be using Dietle’s recently-upgraded kitchen to prepare the food. Some of the meats—which spend hours in a smoker—are also prepared at an offsite commercial kitchen behind the White Flint Mall before being served.
The Dietle’s kitchen is the reason why Curley’s was delayed from beginning food service at the bar. Cornblatt first revealed plans to serve food at the bar in September. The kitchen had to be upgraded over the winter, which required a permitting process that led to delays, Cornblatt said.
Despite the delays, Cornblatt is excited to be up and running at Dietle’s, where he plans to serve food from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. each night except Monday. He says they’ll probably stay open later on the weekends.
Sunday night’s grand opening, in which Cornblatt said they served about 200 pounds of free food, doubled as a fundraiser for one of Cornblatt’s favorite local nonprofits, Bethesda Cares. Cornblatt said they raised a little over $1,000 for the nonprofit that aids the local homeless population.
David "Curley" Cornblatt poses with a patron at the grand opening Sunday at Hank Dietle's. Photo courtesy of Cornblatt.