Closed for 3 Years, Hank Dietle’s Approved for Liquor License

From MyMCM

Hank Dietle’s Tavern, which has remained closed since a serious fire in 2018, announced Thursday that its liquor license was approved by Montgomery County Alcohol Beverage Services (ABS).

“We’re getting #001 back!” Tavern owners wrote on Facebook. The establishment on Rockville Pike opened in 1950 and had liquor license number “001.” MyMCM reached out to ABS to confirm that the license was approved and is awaiting response.

On Valentine’s Day 2018, the tavern sustained a major fire, caused by discarded smoking materials left on the front porch, according to County Fire and Rescue Spokesperson Pete Piringer. He said damages cost $500,000 and no one was injured. According to Hank Dietle’s website, customers rallied to save the bar. A Go Fund Me was created and others organized a benefit concert to launch reconstruction.

“Thanks to their tireless efforts and many fans who contributed, the roof was repaired, the porch rebuilt, critical electrical work done, and interior walls rebuilt,” the website says. “Building on their efforts, three devotees of the historic tavern teamed up to complete work on the interior, recreate our beloved ‘Hank Dietle’s Cold Beer’ sign, and get the institution rolling again.”

Owners hope to reopen this spring, the site says.

Celebrate Black History Month at Josiah Henson Special Park

NORTH BETHESDA, MD— Take “A Walk in Father Henson’s Footsteps” as M-NCPPC, Montgomery Parks offers free tours and a spoken word poetry event to celebrate Black History Month at Josiah Henson Special Park, 11420 Old Georgetown Road.

Learn about the extraordinary life of Reverend Josiah Henson, whose autobiography inspired Harriet Beecher Stowe’s famous novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, during FREE guided tours of the Josiah Henson Special Park. Tours will be offered each Saturday, February 4, 11, and 18 between 12:00 noon and 4:00 pm. On Saturday, February 25 tours will be offered between 12:00 noon and 3:00 pm. Visitors will also retrace the footsteps of Reverend Henson from enslavement to escape on the Underground Railroad to freedom in Canada, and walk the grounds where Henson toiled as a slave on the Isaac Riley plantation.

“Reverend Josiah Henson was an extraordinary man,” said Shirl Spicer, Museum Manger for M-NCPPC, Montgomery Parks. “He was a slave, a preacher, an Underground Railroad fugitive and conductor, an entrepreneur; an author…the list goes on and on. This tour will be a fantastic way for children, adults and groups of all ages to learn about Josiah Henson and Montgomery County’s rich African American heritage.”

The Department of Parks will close out its Black History Month celebration at Josiah Henson Special Park on Saturday, February 25, from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm with a special poetry event, “Lyrical Rhythms: The Sounds of Freedom.” Tours will not be conducted during the event.

Poets are invited to create their own “sounds of freedom” in the form of original poetry focused on any of the following themes: slavery, freedom, Underground Railroad, Reverend Josiah Henson, “Uncle Tom,” Civil War, or any other topics related to the African American experience. During the event, poets will read their original works. A reception with light refreshments will immediately follow.

For more on these upcoming events and volunteering, see or call M-NCPPC, Montgomery Parks Museum Manager Shirl Spicer at 301-650-4373.

Hank Dietle’s owners apply for liquor license

From Bethesda Beat

Hank Dietle’s Tavern, the century-old bar along Rockville Pike that was destroyed by a fire nearly three years ago, could soon be back in business.

The North Bethesda bar’s owners have applied for a class D liquor license, which would allow the business to sell beer and wine on or off site, according to documents filed with the Montgomery County Board of License Commissioners.

A hearing on the license application is scheduled for Feb. 4.

Thomas Bowes, one of the owners, told Bethesda Beat Monday afternoon that he hopes the bar will open by late spring if all of the remaining construction work goes according to plan.

“We’re just moving ahead, trying to get things done,” he said. “All the drywall’s in place, so I’ve got some painting and I’ve got to put floors down and put all the electrical fixtures done.”

The exact timing of the opening, Bowes said, will depend in part on how quickly COVID-19 restrictions are lifted for indoor dining.

Dietle’s suffered a large fire on Valentine’s Day 2018, when a discarded cigarette butt in a flowerpot started a fire that spread and engulfed the building in flames. The bar was 102 years old.

In the years since the fire, there has been a movement to revive Dietle’s from the ashes.

Bowes, a former band booker there; his wife, Sarah Bonner; and photographer Alan Kresse signed a 10-year-lease for the property in September 2019. They have been coordinating construction efforts since then.

A Facebook group called “Hank Dietle’s Tavern Rides Again” posts updates about progress on the bar.

A Jan. 21 post in the group states that drywall and insulation work is done. Finishing the floors is next, it stated.

“We really appreciate the donations of tile, doors, lamps and other miscellaneous items to help the project along,” the post stated. “At some point in the not too distant future we can open up for live bands or at least spilling beer with the jukebox cranking.”

Bowes told Bethesda Beat in the fall that he hoped Dietle’s could open by December, but was not sure how quickly customers would return due to COVID-19 restrictions. Indoor dining at bars and restaurants in Montgomery County has been banned since Dec. 15.

Bowes said Monday that when the bar reopens, the owners will need to work out the parking situation with next-door neighbor Java Nation, whose parking lot is adjacent.

Industrious Brings New Flexible Office Space to Pike & Rose

From The MoCo Show

Industrious – the highest-rated workplace provider in the industry – today announced its plans to open a distinctive new flexible office location in North Bethesda. Located at 909 Rose Avenue and spanning a total of 42,768 square feet, the new shared workplace will occupy the fourth and fifth floors of a LEED Gold-certified building in the heart of one of Washington, D.C.’s most vibrant neighborhoods. Industrious Pike & Rose is scheduled to open in August, 2021 and will provide an alternative to commuting into the city or working from home.

Together with eight additional locations across Arlington, Alexandria, McLean and Capitol Hill, the North Bethesda space brings Industrious’ total Washington, D.C. metropolitan area footprint to nearly 200,000 square-feet. Named the fastest-growing company in the industry by Inc. Magazine, Industrious has signed, opened or taken over more than one million square-feet of new workspace nationwide over the last year.

“The greater Washington, D.C. market is in a new age of demand as enterprise businesses establish their headquarters here,” said Justin Stewart, President and Co-Founder of Industrious. “We launched our first D.C. location in 2018 and have been excited to grow our footprint to meet demand for custom workspaces throughout the greater metro area. North Bethesda fits in perfectly with the hub-and-spoke approach we’re seeing in suburban markets nationwide, and we’re excited to deliver yet more office options to local businesses and their employees.”

Industrious Pike & Rose will join the 24-acre, transit-oriented neighborhood including over 40 tenants of thoughtfully merchandised retail space. The selection of restaurants (including Summer House Santa Monica, Fogo de Chao, &pizza, sweetgreen and Julii), retailers (including REI, Sephora, L.L.Bean and Sur La Table, Uniqlo), a state-of-the-art Porsche dealership, and unique entertainment offerings (iPic Theaters, Pinstripes and AMP by Strathmore) have created a one-of-a-kind retail environment. The neighborhood is fully enhanced by the offerings of 99 luxury condominiums and penthouses uniquely positioned above Canopy by Hilton, a 177-key boutique hotel; 765 luxury apartments; and a 17,000-square-foot rooftop farm. 909 Rose also features a dedicated suite of amenities available to Industrious members that include a fitness center with full-service locker rooms, multiple meeting areas, a café with a lounge and pantry, bike storage, and a Wifi-enabled rooftop terrace.

“As demand continues to grow for best-in-class coworking space in the DC-metro suburbs, Industrious is a welcomed addition to the Pike & Rose neighborhood,” said James Milam of Federal. “The reputation of Industrious, and its high-quality office product to the market is an ideal fit for 909 Rose, our trophy office building, and for business professionals who live and work in our community,” continues Milam.

Industrious Pike & Rose is expected to offer 141 private suites, 11 conference rooms and 18 phone rooms. The building features contactless entry throughout the parking garage, lobby and elevators, and the Industrious space includes a leading HVAC system to meet enhanced health and safety standards. Additional information including building amenities and booking options can be found here. Industrious provides places to work that are safe, comfortable, and private — and are designed around people’s individual preferences and schedules. Around the country, past and present Industrious members include: Cisco, Lyft, Spotify, Heineken, Chipotle, Pinterest, and Salesforce.

A Q & A with Jonathan Pilley of Push-Pull Decorative Hardware

 What did you do to thrive during the pandemic?

We’re pretty fortunate, honestly, that Push-Pull Decorative Hardware is in an industry that saw a surprising surge as the pandemic wore on. In April things were very dicey, and our sales were pretty much cut in half from April 2019, but I think there was just a general sense of uncertainty throughout the world as the full weight of COVID began bearing down on everyone. May turned out to be one of our best months ever; we heard from quite a few clients that since they were home all the time they were staring at all the projects they’d been putting off around the house and figured now was as good a time as any to tackle them. We also had clients with funds earmarked for newly canceled vacations that they decided to put into their home projects instead. As a business we took advantage of the PPP loan and the Maryland COVID relief grant simply because we had no idea how things would shake out as it progressed, but it turns out that the construction/design industry continued to boom throughout.  

What were the special challenges of running Push-Pull Decorative Hardware during the pandemic?

Probably the most unique challenge we had to contend with was how to actually meet with people as the focus of our showroom is letting people touch and feel the door and cabinet hardware. We made the decision to close the show room down entirely from April to July. Because there really wasn’t any slow down in design and construction, we were fortunate that the workload didn’t stop as we worked remotely. In late July we moved to an appointment only model and have been operating that way since, moving in and out of the show room as appointments dictate. Getting the word out to all of our clients (new and existing) also proved to be challenging. We updated our website, outgoing voicemail and made numerous posts on social media, yet there are still some people who show up unaware that we’re operating by appointment only. We try as best we can to accommodate those folks who may show up while at the same time trying very hard to be mindful of the number of people we have in the showroom at any given moment and enforcing a policy of masks. There was also the matter of coordinating shipment deliveries, but luckily we have great delivery drivers who work with us as best as possible.

How do you think the pandemic will affect how you operate long-term?

What’s been the most eye-opening aspect of the entire pandemic is that there’s some flexibility in how we operate the showroom. Our showroom is very much a destination—we don’t count on random people walking in off the street to look at the hardware on display. It’s possible that we stick to an appointment-only model for at least the foreseeable future, relying on the trade (designers/architects/builders/etc.) to refer clients to us to set up an appointment to come in. We’ve also further embraced virtual appointments, providing a way for us to show potential clients around the show room without them having to actually come in. This entire pandemic ordeal has shown the world that a good chunk of its operations can be done remotely to some extent.

Is there anyone or any entity that was particularly helpful to you as you figured out how to operate?

We really leaned on our relationships with and the actions of other showrooms in the industry to see how they reacted. That gave us an opportunity to see how things were working and adapt them from there. Around August or September we noticed many showrooms were opening back up to the public with the same restrictions (masks, six feet apart, etc.), but we chose to stay by appointment only because it didn’t seem as if the situation was improving that much where things would get back to normal that soon.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

It’s pretty apparent that things are still a long ways off from returning to what was previously considered normal. We’re managing the best we can with what we’ve got, like everyone else is, and there needs to be a renewed focus on shoring up the front lines, so to speak. With the new administration, hopefully there’s a more concerted effort to prioritize rolling out the vaccinations to groups like first responders, essential workers and teachers. There are obvious financial ramifications to keeping things shut down from an economic standpoint, but if the focus moved to opening schools as opposed to restaurants/bars then we might find ourselves recovering a bit more quickly. My wife and I, like many others, have spent the better part of the last year doubling as teachers with virtual schooling for our girls, and it’s just really unfair to all the kids that they’ve lost an entire year of their academic careers to something wildly beyond their control. Getting kids back in schools safely gets teachers back in school and more parents back to work. If we all wear masks and work together we can speed up the recovery process.

Covid-19 Vaccine Update

Thanks to Delegate Vaughn Stewart for this information, which I cut and paste from his eblast yesterday.

How and when can I get vaccinated?

As of Monday, the state has moved to Phase 1C, which includes adults age 65-74 and some other essential workers. Last week, the state moved to Phase 1B, which includes residents who are 75 years and older, those in congregate facilities, educators, and child care providers.

Montgomery County has not kept up with the state’s phase progression, and will instead move to Phase 1B this week. However, the county’s progress only applies to the doses it administers through the county health department. Vaccines administered through hospitals and other health care providers are following the statewide timeline.

If you’re in Phase 1A, 1B, or 1C, here’s how you can get a vaccine sooner rather than later:

COUNTY CLINICS: The county had resisted moving from Phase 1A (health care workers, nursing homes, first responders) to Phase 1B. It is now pivoting to Phase 1b. If you’re in Phase 1B, you can pre-register with the county here. Check back on the county’s website this week for a pre-registration form for those in Phase 1C.

HOSPITALS: Hospitals are beginning public clinics. Suburban is prioritizing existing patients within the Hopkins system. If you have a Hopkins “My Chart” account, make sure it is active. If you are with Kaiser Permanente, make sure your account has the correct contact information. Holy Cross, Adventist, and Medstar have public clinics. Information is available on their websites and at

The Montgomery County hospitals are also working to set up a larger site staffed jointly by the different hospitals, so stay tuned. Hospital clinics generally follow state rules, not county policies. Even if Montgomery County remains behind, these clinics will serve 1B and 1C as well, prioritizing the 75+ population, as the state ordered.

GIANT: Giant is offering vaccines to the public starting today. Appointments can be made on their website: The pilot project locations are Georgetown Square, Kentlands, Burtonsville, and East-West Highway in Silver Spring. We expect each location will serve between 30-40 patients a day, so about 1,000 residents a week. They will take appointments for 1A, 1B, and 1C.

Why has the vaccine rollout so slow?

As you may know, Maryland has been one of the slowest states in the country for rolling out the vaccine. Assigning blame can be a fraught and unhelpful exercise, but many of you have reached out to ask where the bottlenecks are.

The truth is that everyone deserves a little blame. First, we suffered from a lack of a national plan. Without a national strategy, each state was left to develop its own system for prioritization and delivery. The state has given each jurisdiction flexibility to determine their own plan for vaccine allotment through the local health department. However, the state is also simultaneously distributing to entities outside of the health department that follow state rules (not the county rules). This bifurcated system has created significant confusion.

Second, the county-run vaccination clinics got off to such a slow start largely because the state over-allocated vaccine to the hospitals. At the beginning of last week, 208,000 leftover doses were sitting in hospital freezers. That’s nearly a third of all the doses received by the state. The state delivered the number of doses hospitals requested based on their staffing, but unfortunately hospitals only had a 30-50% uptake rate among their staff. Likewise, many in the 1A category the County Health Department is vaccinating (health care workers outside the hospital or long term care settings) are not making appointments for vaccination. Fortunately, last week, the state required the hospitals to begin distributing their extra 208,000 doses to the public, starting with people 75 and older.

Third, CVS and Walgreens have received almost 100,000 doses from the state for nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Unfortunately, these two companies have worked at a snail’s pace nationwide. Starting this week, Giant Food and Walmart will receive doses from our federal allocation to begin vaccinating the general public. The state is also in talks with Safeway and Rite Aid to do the same.

Bark at the park next month


Looks like the long-awaited Pike & Rose dog park is finally going to open its doors at the end of February. Located just behind Julii and adjacent to the new parking garage, Bark Social will provide off-leash playtime for pooches while their owners eat, drink, work and socialize. (Staffers will even scoop the poop.) With more than 30,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, co-owner Luke Silverman says Bark Social will easily accommodate social distancing. He’s selling monthly and annual memberships  ($40 to $285), but canine guests will be admitted for ten bucks — and dogless visitors are always free. “If you’re a human and you don’t have a dog, we’re just like any other bar, restaurant or coffee shop,” Silverman says. “You’ll just walk in, hop on our WiFi, head to the bar, watch a sports game and be surrounded by our community of dog enthusiasts.”

Untangling Vaccine Confusion

From Seventh State: Untangling Vaccine Confusion by David Lublin

As we roll out the big effort to vaccinate everyone, there has been some confusion. Here’s some information from the Seventh State blog that will hopefully help you sort out what’s going on and why.

State Announcement Jumped the Gun

Governor Larry Hogan announced that people 75 and older in Priority Group 1B would be eligible to receive the vaccine beginning this past Monday. Hogan notified the counties around two hours before the announcement.

The problem, however, is that many counties have not finished vaccinating the people in Priority Group 1A, which includes healthcare providers who could easily become vectors of spreading the virus. As Adam detailed yesterday, Montgomery has received comparatively little vaccine but been vaccinating at a high rate.

Each group is also divided into three tiers. In 1B, Tier 1 includes people 75 and over. Some thought that everyone in Tier 1B would become eligible at once but the county is starting with Tier 1. If you are a Montgomery resident in this tier, you can now preregister for an appointment.

The Governor’s announcement has preceded availability here in Montgomery. This naturally created confusion and unhappiness among some that residents over 75 who thought that they could get the vaccine or even cannot be legally barred from receiving it.

Appointment Software SNAFU

The State has mandated that all county governments use the same appointment software, which was originally designed for the flu vaccine. Flu vaccine is usually plentiful, but we unfortunately have to ration COVID-19 vaccine and have eligibility requirements.

Designed for a situation with plenty of vaccine and the desire to vaccinate as fast as possible, the state-mandated software spits out offers for appointments as soon as they are available and doesn’t take into account eligibility.

This has resulted in people in 1B who thought they were eligible making appointments and then getting turned away because they weren’t. Even though Montgomery is still trying to finish vaccinating 1A, the county began on Thursday to allow anyone who is 75 and over (i.e. Tier 1 of 1B) and showed up for an appointment to get the vaccine.

Councilmember Email Blasts Exacerbated Confusion

Email blasts from some county councilmembers compounded the problem created by the Governor’s announcement by indicating that the county was moving to 1B now and urging people to sign up in all tiers.

Hospitals v. County Vaccination Centers

For whatever reason, 40-50% of people working in hospitals have decided not to get the vaccine. As a result, hospitals have extra. Rather than let it go to waste, they have sensibly been vaccinating people 75 and over, so hospitals have operated differently from county centers.

Ready for More Vaccine

I have heard that vaccination centers have far more people ready to do the vaccinations than people to receive it. While this may seem bizarre, it’s good news because it means that Montgomery may be better prepared for mass vaccinations as more vaccine becomes available.

David Lublin | January 22, 2021 at 7:00 am |