Two Bars to Open on Route 1

Thirsty TurtleThe Diamondback reported yesterday about two bars opening this fall on Route 1 in downtown College Park. The Mark will be a lounge serving tapas with a sophisticated atmosphere, and the Thirsty Turtle is a large bar with a live music venue upstairs.

When we stopped in the Thirsty Turtle today the bar manager said he was hoping finish work would be completed by next Friday, but noted they had a lot to do before opening day.

> Diamondback: “Double Vision: Two New Bars Hit Route 1

What Does College Park Need?

In one of this website’s first comments University of Maryland Professor Peter Levine suggests one of the things College Park needs is a grocery store, noting that without it “it’s hard to be a car-less student.” Although we like the Maryland Food Collective, we have to agree the options are limited for campus-bound students.

What do you think College Park needs most? Whether it’s more bars, coffee shops, or anything else we want to know – post your thoughts in the comments below.

Local Business Blog Launched

A bad experience with a tax preparation business has inspired a Beltsville man to launch the Beltsville Vicinity Shoppers blog where he plans to post reviews of businesses in Beltsville, Hyattsville, College Park, Greenbelt, and Laurel. The Gazette newspaper reported that site founder Hector Blackwell has said he’ll publish any review contributed by readers. “‘I see it as an avenue to contribute to the community so we can spend our money more wisely,” Blackwell told the Gazette, ‘‘I want to let the businesses know that just because they’re local we don’t have to patronize them. They’re going to have to step up their game and treat [customers] right.” The site features reviews of RJ Bentley Restaurant and the Home Depot in College Park.

> Beltsville Vicinity Shoppers blog

CityPaper Profiles College Perk

This week’s Young and Hungry column in the Washington CityPaper profiles College Perk, describing the owner, former Army Ranger Chris Gordon, the coffeehouse’s eclectic atmosphere, and the food: “The Fruitbat is a bitch to eat, given that its chunky ingredients tend to flee from their crescent-shaped hideaway. But if you manage to cram everything in your mouth at once, the result is a richly layered sandwich that begins to blow College Perk’s cover: The place, you realize, is not just a simple, trippy coffeehouse after all.” College Perk is located at 9087 Baltimore Ave.

> CityPaper: “Young and Hungry: Cuppa G.I. Joe

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