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Small Bites: Silver Diner Receives Investment to Continue Expansion

Plus: Brickside hires new chef; hot pot restaurant coming to Rockville

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Silver CEO Robert Giaimo inside the Bethesda restaurant (file photo)

Andrew Metcalf

Silver Diner partners with New York investor amid expansion

Rockville-based Silver Diner has received an investment from New York private equity firm Goode Partners to further expand its Silver Diner and Silver restaurants. Goode announced the deal in late August and said the investment will help the company grow into other markets. Neither Silver Diner nor Goode would disclose how much money was invested in the deal.

Vicki Bendure, a Silver Diner spokeswoman, said in an email the company is working to open a new Silver in Cathedral Commons in Washington, D.C. this spring and it’s also looking for an additional airport location for Silver Diner. The company opened its first Silver restaurant in Bethesda last September. At the time, Silver Diner CEO Robert Giaimo said the Bethesda location, which the company spent $4 million to build and staff, would serve as a prototype for the upscale diner concept that he hopes to continue to expand to urban locations. The company also operates 14 Silver Diner locations in Maryland, Virginia and New Jersey.

New chef takes over at Brickside in Bethesda

Brickside Food & Drink in Bethesda’s Woodmont Triangle announced last week it has hired Matthew Smith to serve as the restaurant’s chef. An Ellicott City native, Smith began his career in Las Vegas where he worked at the Roadrunner Saloon, a Wolfgang Puck barbecue concept, followed by sous chef duties at CarneVino. He then trained in Italy and later worked as the chef at Salt in Baltimore. With Smith at the helm Brickside is planning a menu that includes BBQ pulled pork sliders, a cobb salad with smoked pulled chicken and Maryland crab and artichoke dip.

Photo: Chef Matt Smith via Brickside

Little Dipper Hot Pot House coming to Rockville Town Square

An offshoot of a popular Annandale Asian restaurant is planning to open this winter on Gibbs Street in Rockville. Little Dipper Hot Pot House specializes in East Asian stews that take their name from the “hot pot” that customers use to cook the meal at their tables. Typical hot pot dishes include thinly sliced meats served with a variety of vegetables that are cooked in savory or spicy broths and served with dipping sauces. The Annandale Little Dipper location has received a 4/5 star rating on Yelp. The Rockville restaurant is filling the former Noodles & Co. location at 101 Gibbs Street Unit A, according to Rockville Town Square’s website.

Chef Alex Garcia to host tasting dinner at A.G. Kitchen in Silver Spring

New York-based chef Alex Garcia, co-owner of A.G. Kitchen at Downtown Silver Spring, will helm the kitchen at the restaurant Saturday as part of a special six-course Latin American and American comfort food tasting menu. The evening event begins at 7 p.m. and will include cooking demonstrations and an optional wine pairing. Tickets for the event are $45 without wine or $75 with the wine pairings. Garcia is planning a menu including lobster ceviche, pan-seared scallops, chorizo risotto, roasted quail, blue potato salad and rum bocaditos. Garcia opened the Latin American restaurant in June 2015 at 931 Ellsworth Drive.

Fish Taco offering ‘kids eat free’ Sundays, Margarita Mondays

The fast-casual Fish Taco restaurants in Bethesda and Cabin John announced two new promotions earlier this month. On Sunday, the eateries are allowing children under age 12 to eat for free, provided they order from the kids menu. And on Mondays, the restaurants are offering frozen margaritas for $5. The drinks are typically $7. The restaurant chainlet opened locations on Old Georgetown Road and Wisconsin Avenue earlier this year.