That's right, y'all: it's the same spicy chicken fillet and frozen dairy dessert you've come to enjoy in Wheaton, Briggs Chaney, Aspen Hill and Calverton, now just ten minutes away from all of those places. With those kind of eating options, it's only a little disappointing that despite a change in liquor laws, an ongoing lack of investment in our local economy (other than things that can bring profits back to corporate headquarters in Dublin, Ohio), continue to render East County a fine-dining wasteland.
While the urban planner in me is cautiously excited about the provision of on-street parking, sidewalks, and outdoor dining at the Colesville Wendy's, it's frustrating that this new branch will look much like the other four within spitting distance of my house. Of course, this means that a restaurant that broke ground last month could have the fry-o-lators up and running by May Day, if not sooner.
This was the Colesville Wendy's on April 2:
And here we are again on April 8:
And finally last Thursday, April 15:
Now, don't get me started on the new Chick-Fil-A on Tech Road, which I guess is in the planting stage. (One big rainstorm and it will rise from the ground like a breaded phoenix.)
I love me some Chick-Fil-A (as I do Wendy's) and y'all know that I will be camping outside before opening day for a year's supply of chicken sandwiches. But it would be nice to see a little more variety where I live - food variety, which hopefully everyone can agree with. And of course, one could argue whether this Chick-Fil-A really represents a step down from the chain steakhouse we were supposed to get in that space.
But really, any new food that comes to East County, be it gourmet or gross, coupled with my increasingly sedentary lifestyle (the product of no longer living, walking - but not rioting - in College Park) will only continue to make me fat. So everything basically works out in the end.