Small Bites: Redwood Plans To Reopen After Extensive Flood Damage

Small Bites: Redwood Plans To Reopen After Extensive Flood Damage

Plus: Paladar closes in North Bethesda; Tara Asia shutters Rockville restaurant; Silver Diner to revamp menu

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Redwood on Bethesda Lane

Joe Zimmermann

More than two weeks after a burst pipe caused Redwood to close, it’s still unclear when the restaurant will reopen.

Despite “pretty extensive” damage to the walls and floors of the space, owner Jared Rager plans to reopen Redwood, he wrote in an email to Bethesda Beat. He didn’t provide a specific date, but said it would be “as quickly as possible.”

The flooding damage occurred on New Year’s Day, when the crew had the day off. Rager originally planned to at least partially open the restaurant the week of Jan. 7.

“It’s all going pretty slowly—so it is going to take longer to reopen than we [initially] anticipated,” Rager wrote Tuesday. “So far, pretty disappointing start to the new year.”

Redwood serves American fare and occupies a long stretch of Bethesda Lane, a pedestrian-only section of Bethesda Row.

Paladar closes in North Bethesda


The interior of a Paladar restaurant. Via Paladar

Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar closed its North Bethesda restaurant on Sunday. Staff at the Gaithersburg location initially suggested the closing might only be temporary, but a company spokeswoman confirmed the closing was permanent Wednesday.

“This decision was made in part due to several challenges with the overall structure and layout that caused operational obstacles for our patrons and staff,” spokeswoman Jess Lindawan wrote in an email. “We are grateful to all the guests who supported us over the years and look forward to seeing them again soon at one of our nearby locations.”

The North Bethesda restaurant opened four years ago on Woodglen Drive off Rockville Pike. The chain serves Latin American cuisine and has five other locations, including spots in Gaithersburg, Annapolis and Tysons, Virginia.

Lindawan wrote that the decision to close allowed the company to put more focus on Gaithersburg. A number of North Bethesda employees were offered positions at the other locations, she wrote.

Tara Asia closes in Rockville


Via Google Maps

Tara Asia has left downtown Rockville, according to local retail blog The Store Reporter. The restaurant was a spinoff of local chain Tara Thai, which served a variety of Asian dishes. It occupied a prominent space at 199E Montgomery Ave. near the movie theater.

The restaurant closed abruptly after the holidays, according to The Store Reporter.

Silver Diner plans menu revamp


Ype Von Hengst. Via EatatSilver.com

Local chain Silver Diner is making major changes to its menu, shortening it while adding new brunch items.

“We’ve learned from our research on the industry trends and from our customers that shorter menus with higher quality food are more popular,” Ype Von Hengst, the executive chef, said in a statement.

The restaurant has made an effort to keep on top of food trends in recent years, adding a number of vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, lower calorie and farm-to-table items.

New menu items will be tested at the chain’s flagship location in Rockville. Silver Diner will shuffle through six or seven new items in addition to its regular menu each week, including acai yogurt bowls, Mediterranean avocado hummus and miso-glazed cod over stir-fried cauliflower.

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