Montgomery County Government Closes Black-Owned Businesses; Cites COVID-19 Violations
Two downtown Silver Spring restaurants and bars were closed according to a press release issued by Montgomery County Government.
The Society Restaurant & Lounge, located at 8229 Georgia Avenue and the recently revived Republic Garden at 8402 Georgia Avenue were closed by the County Government after inspections were performed over the past weekend.
Both the Society and Republic Garden were closed by the County Government as well as their licenses suspended on Sunday, July 12 for “not maintaining adequate social distancing” according the County’s report.
The Society along with the Republic Garden cater to an African American and African customer base, they serve a variety of food and drink that range from West African to Soul Food.
The group of restaurants are part of a critical mass forming along Georgia Avenue and bringing nightlife to downtown Silver Spring. Montgomery County Government created a Nighttime Economy Task Force back in 2013 to address the noncompetitive nightlife environment in the County.
Two other businesses, Ay! Jalisco, located at 8401 Snouffer School Road in Gaithersburg and The Block, located at 967 Rose Avenue in the Pike & Rose section of North Bethesda received warnings and a $500 fine but were not closed.