2021 | Dine

Zinnia opens in Silver Spring at former Mrs. K’s Tollhouse site

Beer garden and tavern are open; restaurant and café will open in spring

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Photos by Dan Schere

Zinnia, a multi-restaurant concept on the former Mrs. K’s Tollhouse property in Silver Spring, opened on Friday.

After closing at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Mrs. K’s was put on the market in December after 90 years. A month later, Takoma Park Beverage co-owner Chris Brown signed a lease for the property.

The beer garden, a large outdoor area on the lawn with tables and umbrellas, opened along with the tavern, which is the bar portion in the bottom of the building.

The beer garden offers a variety of small plates, such as cheese and charcuterie boards, crab dip, pimento deviled eggs, hush puppies, crab cakes, oysters and wings. There are also salads and larger appetizers meant to be shared. Most items on the garden menu are $5 to $15.

The tavern — a bar and restaurant in the cavernous bottom portion of the old Mrs. K’s building — also opened on Friday.

Currently, it serves the same menu as the one offered to beer garden customers, but Brown said on Friday that eventually, it will start serving more traditional bar food, such as burgers and sandwiches.

Beer and wine are available at both the garden and the tavern.

“The tavern is [accepting] walk-ins, so if someone comes in and we don’t have a spot outside, they can grab a spot at the bar or the tables inside,” Brown said.

Brown added that about 30% of the beer garden tables have been set aside for walk-ins, but he recommends people make reservations.

Zinnia’s hours are noon to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday and 2 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Brown said.

Work on the upstairs portion of the building is still ongoing, Brown said. By early next year, he hopes to open a café and a more upscale restaurant in the space, in addition to the two concepts that opened on Friday.

“We’re hoping to give it a quick refresh [by adding] some new paint and some new light fixtures and hopefully just kind of bring it up a little bit,” he said.

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