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South Street Steaks

Ahed Salous got tired of sitting on his sofa and did something about it. His fast-casual cheesesteak restaurant on Cordell Avenue, South Street Steaks, had been closed since July 2018, when a truck smashed into the side of the building, causing a wall to tumble. “I was hoping to reopen in five or six months, but it was going to take much longer,” says Salous, who immigrated to the United States from Jordan in 2003. “I was at home losing money, so I bought a food truck.” He’s been serving up the cheesesteaks beloved by many Bethesdans in a lot next to the old Bethesda Community Store since September. He will operate there year-round and won’t reopen the brick-and-mortar store. The only remaining question: Do you want American, provolone or Cheez Whiz on that sandwich?

8804 Old Georgetown Road (by the old Bethesda Community Store), 301-433-3133

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