Updated: Small Bites: Silver Strings Now Expected To Open Wednesday

Updated: Small Bites: Silver Strings Now Expected To Open Wednesday

Plus: Bon Fresco coming to Rockville; Guru Groceries and Chaat House moves to Bethesda

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Silver Strings

Silver Strings

Courtesy of Zed Mekonnen

Silver Strings, a new restaurant and bar serving classic American food in downtown Silver Spring, was expected to open this past weekend, but didn’t have a dishwasher, so it was delayed.

Owner Zed Mekonnen said Tuesday morning that the dishwasher installation is scheduled for Wednesday morning and he expects the restaurant to open for dinner service that night.

“We pretty much have everything ready,” he said, noting that there is a private event booked for Saturday.

The restaurant will feature live music in the evenings from mostly jazz, blues and classic rock musicians.

Silver Strings will be at 8630 Colesville Road, next to The Fillmore. It will be open six days a week and closed on Mondays. Thursday through Sunday, there will be music in the evening.

Mekonnen said in an earlier interview that initially, he only plans to have the restaurant open for dinner service.

“We may be able to open it after a few months for lunch. We’ll how it works,” he said.

Mekonnen said he has worked in the restaurant industry for more than 10 years and opened the coffee shop Zed’s Café in 2011. It features live music on Friday and Saturday nights.

Silver Strings’ menu will be larger than the one at Zed’s Café’s. It will include a hangar steak, crab cake sandwich, soups and burgers. Prices will range from $15 to $25, Mekonnen said.

Mekonnen said Silver Strings can seat about 100, with a total capacity closer to 120 due to the patio there. He said he expects some musicians to be local, but not all.

“We may get some people from out of state. A couple folks who were playing at The Fillmore stopped by a couple of days ago who were visiting,” he said.

Bon Fresco to open Rockville location next week

Bon Fresco, a Columbia-based chain that offers sandwiches, soups and salads is opening a location at 534 Gaither Road in Rockville, near the King Farm development.

The restaurant chain was started four years ago, according to its website, and is known for its freshly baked bread.

Owner Gerald Koh said Friday that this would be the first location in Montgomery County. There are currently locations in Columbia, Baltimore, Beltsville and Annapolis Junction.

Koh said the store would have a soft opening on Thursday. The hours, he said, likely would be 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Bon Fresco’s planned opening was first reported by The MoCo Show.

Guru Groceries and Chaat House moves to Bethesda

Guru Groceries and Chaat House, an Indian grocery store that also serves chaat, or Indian street food, has moved from Potomac to Bethesda. The store opened at 7817 Old Georgetown Road earlier this summer.

The grocery store includes a small seating area in the front and a counter where customers can order. All menu items are $7.95 and include a variety of vegetable-based dishes, such as samosas with Indian spices.

Owner Deepak Khemka, who has been in the restaurant business 30 years, said he previously owned an Indian restaurant on Norfolk Avenue in Bethesda and thought this location would do well based on the clientele at the old location.

“A lot of people used to come from Bethesda to Potomac,” he said.

Dan Schere can be reached at Daniel.schere@bethesdamagazine.com

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