Zinnia opens in Silver Spring on the former tollhouse site of Mrs. K.


Zinnia, a multi-restaurant concept on the former property of Mrs. K’s Tollhouse in Silver Spring, opened on Friday.

After closing at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Ms. K’s was launched in December after 90 years. A month later, Chris Brown, co-owner of Takoma Park Beverage, signed a lease on the property.

The beer garden, a large outdoor area on the lawn with tables and parasols, opened up together with the tavern, the bar section in the lower part of the building.

The beer garden offers a variety of small plates, such as cheese and sausage boards, crab dip, pimento deviled eggs, hush puppies, crab cakes, oysters and wings. There are also salads and larger starters to share. Most of the items on the garden map cost $ 5 to $ 15.

The tavern – a bar and restaurant in the cave-like lower part of Ms. K.’s old building – also opened on Friday.

It currently serves the same menu that is offered to beer gardeners, but Brown said Friday that it will eventually serve more traditional bar fare like burgers and sandwiches.

Beer and wine are available both in the garden and in the tavern.

“The tavern is [accepting] Walk-ins, so if someone comes in and we don’t have a seat outside, they can get a seat at the bar or the tables inside, ”said Brown.

Brown added that about 30% of the beer garden tables are reserved for walk-ins, but he recommends people make reservations.

Zinnia’s hours of operation are 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Sundays, and 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday to Thursday, Brown said.

Work on the top of the building is still ongoing, Brown said. By early next year, he hopes to open a café and a more upscale restaurant on the premises in addition to the two concepts that opened on Friday.

“We hope for a quick refresher [by adding] a couple of new colors and a couple of new lights and hopefully a little more, ”he said.

Dan Schere can be reached at [email protected]

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