2013 In Review: Most Read Stories

Controversial Equinox gym window ad Flickr photo by horta5 Stabbing at Montgomery Mall

These are the stories that sparked the most reader interest in 2013. Check back Tuesday for the top restaurant news of the year as we inch toward 2014.

No. 5 | Cheesecake Factory Moving From White Flint To Montgomery Mall | 4,064 views: The chain restaurant’s move from one of the area’s major malls to its competitor was about more than the relocation of a restaurant. It was another sign of the change coming to White Flint, which has plans to redevelop into a mixed use town center in the future. Most of the mall is vacant in preparation for demolition. Meanwhile, Westfield Montgomery is in the process of extensive renovations — doubling down on the suburban mall concept.

No. 4 | Late Night Mail Delivery Surprises Chevy Chase Residents | 4,237 views: A change in managers at the Postal Service apparently was behind 10 p.m. home mail deliveries that had some residents a little concerned.

No. 3 | Man Charged In Double Stabbing At Montgomery Mall | 4,511 views: An apparent road rage incident in a Westfield Montgomery Mall parking lot turned ugly in November when a Potomac man stabbed two people before fleeing to the top of a nearby parking garage.

No. 2 | Police Shut Down Bethesda Spa Accused Of Prostitution 10,363 views: A nail salon and spa in the heart of Woodmont Triangle was the scene of some seedy behavior, according to police. Detectives used online ads to shut down a number of county spas they said were offering prostitution on the side — something that wasn’t lost on some customers of the spa on St Elmo Avenue.

No. 1 | Group Says Gym Ad Is Sexist, Demands Gym Take It Down | 18,679 views: The story of a racy building ad at the Equinox Gym on Bethesda Row got major attention when a local group started an online petition to have the company take it down. It wasn’t the first time Equinox was criticized for its marketing style. But in family-oriented Bethesda, it created a lot of debate about sexist imagery and political correctness.


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