Posts Tagged ‘Mussel Bar’

Quick Feeding: Crystal City a Hub for John McCain Pizza Sightings

Famous People Who Like Pizza: For those of you who might get all giddy about sightings of Sen. John McCain around town, the Arizona Republican is apparently a regular at a newish pizzeria in Crystal City. [ARLNow] New on 17th Street NW: If you're looking for a new pizza option in Dupont Circle, add Pizza […]

Q&A: Robert Wiedmaier on Rebounding Restaurants and No-Reservation Policies

To what degree is Washington's economy on the mend? After I confronted a two-and-a-half hour wait at Bethesda's Mussel Bar last Saturday, I decided to ask Robert Wiedmaier, the chef and restaurateur of Marcel's, Brabo, Brasserie Beck, and Mussel Bar. I was wondering if packed nights are the norm or an anomaly and if he […]

Last Week’s Greatest Hits on Young & Hungry

Readers learned that Sietsema's take down of the Mussel Bar paled in comparison to his trashing of Le Pigalle. Don Rockwell's budding organization may not have any members yet, or even any services to give them, but  his Association of Independent Restaurants has plenty of reader attention. Presumably AIR has stirred up plenty of industry […]

Is Tom Sietsema’s Review of the Mussel Bar His Harshest on Record?

The review hasn't even officially hit doorsteps yet, but the foodie blogosphere is already buzzing about Tom Sietsema's take-down of the Mussel Bar, chef Robert Wiedmaier's kind of/sort of Brasserie Beck knock-off in Bethesda. Here are the pertinent grafs from Sietsema's half-star pan:

The Indignant Diner Who Went Too Far: A Web Campaign to Smear the Mussel Bar

I want to talk about restaurant reviews for a minute — your reviews.  Diners have power, and you've had it for as long as anyone has cared about Zagat ratings. But with the proliferation of sites as far-ranging (and far-reaching) as Yelp and Urbanspoon, not to mention personal blogs, your ability to make noise has […]

Another Delay for Mussel Bar, Thursday Then?

Mussel Bar, the new Belgian gastropub in downtown Bethesda we told you all about a few weeks ago was re-scheduled to open today after the original date came and went. Turns out that expectant bivalve and Belgian ale fans will have to wait yet another day. Apparently the staff has needed more training, and more […]

This Week: Mussels from Brussels at Brasserie Beck, Inaugural Trivia at Biergarten Haus, Harpoon Cruise on the Potomac & Belgian National Day Celebrations Galore

Monday means it's time for The Lagerheads to bring you the week in beer. (Click on an event for details beyond our descriptions below.) Many events this week are for Belgian National Day, when Belgophiles the world over will celebrate July 21, the day Belgium proclaimed independence from The Netherlands in 1831. You can get things started […]

Mussel Bar Opening Delayed: Celebrate Belgian Independence in the Meantime

Mussel Bar, the new Belgian gastropub scheduled to open today in downtown Bethesda today will not be pouring beers or steaming bivalves for the public until next week. The grand opening date is set for Tuesday, July 20, but watch their Facebook page or check back here for updates. If that breaks your heart, cheer […]

This Week: Brickskeller Beer School Begins, Mikkeller at ChurchKey, Brew at the Zoo, Belgian National Day Celebrations and Mad Fox & Mussel Bar Grand Openings

This week is a doozie (or should we call it "boozie"?) with lots of fun beer happenings across the Metro area. Click on an event in the calendar or read on for details.

More Openings Next Week: Mad Fox Brewpub & Mussel Bar

It's like Christmas in July for D.C. beer fans! Earlier this month Meridian Pint opened in Columbia Heights, and next week two more beer-focused establishments will welcome their first guests. Mad Fox Brewpub is planning to open on Monday, July 12, in Falls Church, and Mussel Bar is scheduled to open on Thursday, July 15, in […]