The life and death of restaurants is currently on full display here in Silver Spring. With the recent closing of Babe’s Sports Bar and Sabroso Grill comes the opening of Fajita Coast and Stage Burger Lounge, with the relative newcomers wasting no time opening their doors to hungry residents. Include the loss of Marrakesh Silver Spring and the anticipated opening of Society Lounge and you understand the fluid nature of the restaurant business.
Prepare to be served one more eatery: Scion Restaurant
Scion Restaurant has secured a lease at 1200 East West Highway, allowing the restaurateurs to expand beyond their Dupont Cirlce kitchen and into a 3,000 square foot establishment in South Silver Spring. The restaurant is expected to open in the autumn after an extensive build-out and will serve contemporary and seasonal American cuisine. A noodle and dumpling bar is also in the works for the space, highlighting the heritage of the co-owners/sisters Joanne and Julie Liu.
Scion seems to have fans in high places. President Obama sat down to dine at the Dupont establishment with four campaign supporters in January, even taking the time to autograph a menu. Given the Foodie-In-Chief’s propensity to eat in quality dining rooms, expectations are high for Scion’s newest outpost.
This stretch of East West Highway has nearly been a retail desert since the opening of 1200 East West Highway and the Veridian apartment buildings two years ago. While Yelp reviewers rave about Ikko Sushi, neighbors enjoy the act of dropping off dry cleaning and picking up a bottle of wine at Veridian Market, and some claim excitement that a Papa John’s recently opened in the Veridian, the truth is that East West Highway is capable of so much more. The Veridian has plenty of ground level retail space – including a kitchen – and the Mayorga venue around the corner is still empty.
Ikko Sushi is proof that people will visit a restaurant in this location if the quality is good. Hopefully the opening of Scion will encourage other entrepreneurs to open more businesses along East West Highway, knowing that thousands of local residents and employees of NOAA and Discovery can walk or drive to the area.