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Bethesda gas station demolition shocks Corned Beef King

Aug 9, 2013 - 09:37 AM
Bethesda gas station demolition shocks Corned Beef King

Jon Rossler, owner of the Corned Beef King food truck, had hoped to sell his super-sized sandwiches on a regular basis at the BP Auto Service Station on 7725 Old Georgetown Road (see my blog, July 23, 2013). The only problem is, the station is now being demolished.

According to BethesdaNow, the site is being readied for a future luxury condo.

When reached by phone, Rossler said he was unaware of the demolition. “That’s insanity,” he said. “Lucky I didn’t do it,” he said, referring to his plans to sell sandwiches at the station. “I’d be in big trouble since I would have stopped my route.”

It appears that Rossler may have made his announcement prematurely about having a regular gig at the station, which had been functioning as a service center only.

He said that he had gotten permission to sublease the space from the station, but had not secured a permit from Montgomery County to operate a food operation there.

Initially, Rossler had hoped to share the space with the Greatest American Hot Dog truck owned by David Trachtenberg.

But Trachtenberg said he didn’t want to compete with Bold Bite restaurant, which also sells specialty hot dogs, and is a short distance away from the service center.

However, Trachtenberg did secure a spot at the Rockville BP station at the corner of Rockville Pike and Twinbrook Parkway, where he started selling his franks just yesterday.

Trachtenberg says he does have a permit from the county, and hopes to be there everyday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Unless, of course, somebody builds a condo there.



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Before becoming Food Editor of Bethesda Magazine, Carole Sugarman was an award-winning food reporter for The Washington Post for 20 years. She has also written for national food magazines and a food policy newsletter, as well as judged cookbook and cooking contests. She lives in Chevy Chase where she eats PB&J for lunch when she’s not working.

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