2016 | Dine

Small Bites: Bethesda Chocolates Plans to Open Soon

Plus: Bar crawl to benefit local bartender on Saturday; Woodside Deli honored

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Bethesda Chocolates exterior

Andrew Metcalf

Bethesda Chocolates planning to open in two to three weeks

Owner Heather Giuli said Thursday her new business has cleared the county’s permitting process and she expects to open the chocolate shop on Woodmont Avenue in two to three weeks. Giuli first announced plans for the shop after purchasing the two-level brick building in 2013. Since then the 5,000-square-foot building has been completely gutted and renovated. The first floor features the chocolate kitchen as well as a lounge and retail area. The second floor is now an office space with an open floor plan that she plans to rent out. Giuli, who learned to make chocolates while working at Trafton’s Chocolates in Virginia Beach, will offer a variety of white, dark and milk chocolates as well as coffee and other drinks at the new shop.

Ed Fest, a Woodmont Triangle bar crawl to benefit local bartender, takes place Saturday

More than half a dozen Woodmont Triangle watering holes will be offering drink specials this Saturday during a bar crawl to benefit Ed Stone, a bartender who has worked for 17 years in Bethesda and was recently diagnosed with lung cancer. The event—dubbed Ed Fest ‘16—begins at Tapp’d and runs from 2 to 7 p.m. Registration is $10 and all proceeds as well as a portion of bar sales during the event will be donated to Stone to help him pay for medical treatment. Participating bars and restaurants include Tommy Joe’s, Hanaro, Quincy’s Bethesda, MoMo Chicken & Jazz, Caddies, Sapphire Café and Harp and Fiddle. The bar crawl finishes at Brickside Food & Drink, where Stone currently works.

Silver Spring’s Woodside Deli honored for 70 years in business

The Georgia Avenue restaurant that has served omelettes and triple-decker sandwiches to customers for seven decades received an honor from the Maryland Comptroller’s office earlier this week for its longtime success, according to WUSA9. Paul Zlotnicki, the 71-year-old owner who has operated the Silver Spring restaurant for the past 28 years, recalled the time the restaurant was sued for discrimination by a male customer in the 1980s for having a “ladies night discount.” In response, the previous owner changed the policy to a “skirt and gown night” and would offer a discount to any man or woman in the dress.