End Of March Roundup

Bullet points!

  • More legislative news from Annapolis: in addition to the aforementioned HB 1175 that would allow us Maryland folk to have wine shipped to our homes direct from out-of-state wineries (but not from retailers or other third parties), a similar bill passed the Senate this week (SB 248). The bills are not quite identical but I’m sure there will be no trouble reconciling them and sending off to O’Malley for signature. Like the Dodgers of old, we will just have to wait ’til next year for a more expansive attempt at allowing third-party shipments. I don’t think these bills will hurt Maryland liquor distributors or retailers at all — I already buy my wine in DC or Virginia because the Maryland selection is so poor.
  • Meanwhile, SB 994 would raise Maryland’s alcohol sales tax by three percent, gradually over the next three years. Okay by me; Matt Yglesias (among others) has made good concise arguments why. The bill has been approved by committee and awaits Senate action before heading Assemblyward.  Senator Madaleno, who represents Wheaton et al., is among the co-sponsors.
  • Just Up The Pike has another good long discussion of redevelopment in Wheaton.
  • It’s tough to find a great butcher around here, but that may change soon, reports the Washingtonian Best Bites Blog. Helloooo Red Apron! And might I suggest Wheaton as one of your local salumi spots?
  • Todd Kliman’s Washingtonian chat yesterday featured a long question about “feeling nervous about the health of various neighborhood joints” in the context of, among others, the effect the opening of Limerick Pub may have on the Royal Mile Pub.  Like me, the commenter thinks Limerick has potential but isn’t RM quality yet. I’m confident they can both do well, if the food quality is strong. Kliman answered the question without further Wheaton content. He later recommended El Pollo Rico for Peruvian chicken, and another commenter is taking a multigenerational group to Nava Thai.
  • In the Gazette, Bernice August reviews Rockville’s Joe’s Noodle House, still my preferred local Chinese haunt.   More Gazette, on Silver Spring’s proliferating food trucks (Wheaton has several too), although Silver Spring, Singular beat them to it.

Whew. Enough? More than.

2 responses to “End Of March Roundup

  1. As former big fans of Royal Mile my husband and I have not liked the turn it has taken in the last year since coming under new management. The food has been on a steady decline (note: replaced field greens with iceburg lettuce) and the change in hours is also disappointing. While I will agree that Limerick’s food is just good (not great), I would suggest that RM is no longer the shining star it once was and could be easily outpaced.

  2. Thanks Regina. Did the hours change other than no longer open on Monday (which I understand, from a business perspective)? Our last RM visit was good but I’m sure dishes and days vary. Actually, I didn’t realize they were under new management (or have I just forgotten?), will have to look into that.

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