Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Representatives of the restaurant chain won't reply to interview requests, but city officials say a new management direction and poor patronage might have been factors in the closure.
Austin Grill Express, the Tex-Mex chain restaurant on the ground floor of the student housing tower The Varsity, closed after just four months of serving burritos, tacos and other fare, though the exact reason is unclear. College Park’s Economic Development Coordinator Michael Stiefvater said that management has begun reigning in the Express chains, an offshoot of Austin Grill, which offers a limited menu. Express locations have also recently closed in Rockville and Annapolis. But there could have been more factors at play, Stiefvater said in an email. “Their closing was likely due to a combination between an internal issue and less patronage than anticipated,” Stiefvater said. College Park City Councilman Bob Catlin, whose District 2 …
Friday, March 30, 2012
It was a close race between two new-ish eateries in College Park, but Fishnet pulled away from Bobby's Burger Palace.
Apparently, Fishnet isn’t just a place to catch good fish, but some stellar French fries, too. The Berwyn restaurant won this week’s Readers’ Choice poll for best fries in College Park, but the joint didn’t glide to its victory. For a week, the establishment was in a neck-and-neck flip-flop race with another eatery new to the city: Bobby’s Burger Palace. It was a late Thursday-Friday surge in the poll, and a 5-star rating in the Patch directory, that pushed Fishnet to the win. Having just opened this fall, owner Ferhat Yalcin has already generated a lot of attention for his quaint restaurant on 5010 Berwyn Road. The Gazette reported this week that the Restaurant Association of Maryland nominated Fishnet as one of its top favorite new …
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Here's the second edition of the most read stories on College Park Patch in 2011.
Three of the top 10 most clicked-on stories on College Park Patch in 2011 were about the new bar, The Barking Dog. But the next 10 most clicked-on stories include a good mix of topics. We got your business (Bobby's Burger Palace), your politics (2011 city elections) and a video tour of The Varsity student housing high-rise, when it was still a work in progress. Also making the top 20 most-read posts this year was a live blog as the University of Maryland and Duke basketball game unfolded (riot-free), a video of local reactions to the death of Osama bin Laden and a blog about Hurricane Irene as it moved closer to Maryland. Check out those stories and others in the second edition of the most-read stories on College Park Patch in 2011. You …
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Tuesday night's Mayor and Council work session agenda is nice and long.
Tonight's Mayor and Council will be meeting a half hour earlier than usual — at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers on the second floor of City Hall, 4500 Knox Road. It's a long agena. Below is a summary of most of the discussion items. The full agenda accompanies this post. Spellman House Management representatives from Spellman House, 4711 Berwyn House Road, will be on hand to discuss results from a survey conducted with residents of the senior housing apartment complex. The survey examines tenant satisfaction with their living conditions at Spellman House, including services, safety measurements and management. Bobby’s Burger Palace Hopes for Beer Spiked milkshakes could be introduced at the new Bobby’s Burger Palace (BBP), if the county’…
Thursday, October 13, 2011
City officials show for ceremony and burgers.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Some patrons got to test out menu items a day early.
Bobby's Burger Palace is one of the next in a string of new eateries opening in College Park, and famous co-owner and television personality Bobby Flay sat down with Patch for a restaurant preview. BBP will officially open noon Thursday, following a 10 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony, hosted by Flay and Mayor Andrew Fellows.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Ribbon-cutting ceremony is at 10 a.m.
Bobby's Burger Palace will open its doors to the public at noon Thursday following a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Restaurateur and reality television personality Bobby Flay and Mayor Andrew Fellows will be at the 10 a.m. ceremony to kick off the opening of BBP. The burger joint is an 80-seat restaurant featuring burgers inspired by Flay's travels across the country. Parking is available adjacent to BBP. BBP is on the bottom floor of the Varsity student housing high rise, 8150 Baltimore Ave. It is the next in a wave of new restaurants to open in College Park. Looney's Pub opened for the first time on Sept. 30, Azteca Cantina and Restaurant on Sept. 16 and Barking Dog on Aug. 22.
Monday, August 22, 2011
Bobby's Burger Palace slated to open in College Park later this year.
The Washington Business Journal is reporting that the national chain Bobby's Burger Palace, run by celebrity chef Bobby Flay, is slated to open in College Park later this year. He may also be eyeing Bethesda as a possible location for 2012, according to the Business Journal. Flay, a chef, restaurateur, television personality, cookbook author and host of the Food Network’s Throwdown with Bobby Flay told the Washington Business Journal he’s looking to open several of his burger restaurants in the Washington area. The latest location of the fast-casual burger restaurant opened Tuesday at 2121 K Street Northwest in Washington, D.C. Flay told the Washington Examiner that there were about 400 people waiting in line this week to taste test the …