Mrs. K’s Toll House Available for Lease for the First Time in 90 Years

by MCS Staff
Mrs. K’s Toll House Available for Lease for the First Time in 90 Years


Mrs. K’s Toll House opened in 1930 and has continued to serve generations in Silver Spring for 90 years. Now, for the first time since it opened, is it available for lease according to a large sign placed on the property.


Source of the Spring reports that “the owners want to take the time to find the right operator to take it to the next level.”


The restaurant has remained closed since COVID restrictions were first put into effect back in March. over the summer were told by various sources that the restaurant planned to reopened, but nothing was concrete at the time.


“Mrs. K’s Toll House Restaurant is situated in what was the last operating tollhouse in Montgomery County. Since that time, Mrs. K’s has become one of the most well-known restaurants in Silver Spring. It’s the place for gathering after work, sharing the holidays, enjoying a wonderful meal with a fabulous wine selection and creating the best of memories with your most special events.” –


Harvey and Blanche Kreuzburg purchased the tollhouse in 1929 and opened for business the following year. Throughout the house, you’ll see various antiques…some much older than the restaurant itself.


Since then, the restaurant was operated by members of the Kreuzberg family until ownership changed hands in 1996.


Mrs. K’s is a Silver Spring classic.
(Rumor has it, the inside dining rooms were used as a “speakeasy” during prohibition.)

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Lisa Edgley December 2, 2020 - 7:03 pm

I would love to buy the Hickory Dickory Doc clock! Amazing. Haven’t forgotten it.

Me December 2, 2020 - 11:41 pm

I am so saddened and would have known that the day we left schools would be the last time I would stop there for a class of wine and those delicious mussels. I am so very saddened. It was like my Cheers.

Joy Bast, daughter of Judy Kreuzburg December 3, 2020 - 7:17 am

Blanche K was my Great Grandmother. My Grandparents were married in the back gardens at Mrs K’s. My Grandfather, Richard Kreuzburg was the owner operator growing up. My parents met in the lobby. I grew up in that kitchen sitting on thw stool while fresh buns were made. My Dad was the Kitchen Manager. I was a bus girl and my brother worked in the dish room. Many of the Christmas decorations were my Mothers and my Uncles childhood toys. I miss the memories…I was heartbroken when it had to leave the family. I pray someone it will continue to operate it and take good care of it.

Ela Macander December 3, 2020 - 9:27 am

Judy – thank you for sharing that lovely memory and your relationship to the restaurant. My connection is that my sister was married there in the gardens in June of 2002. Lovely event! Beautiful setting. Look forward to seeing it prosper again!
I can relate to your memories of growing up in the kitchen in food service. My sister and cousin came up in a Polish family bakery not too far from Mrs K’s toll house called Polonez Gourmet. We were mini bakers and took our breaks on the bins that held the ingredients to make delicious treats of our family’s heritage.

Rita Elkins December 5, 2020 - 4:14 pm

Growing up in the 50-60s I thought your family’s Toll House was where my favorite cookie mix was made. Considering how crucial Tollhouse Chocolate Chip cookies were to my childhood, I thought it would become a shrine! And so it did – but alas, like 99.99% of life, not about me. I’m sad for all those whose memories are more substantial than my cookie addiction; hope it’s new owners will respect its heritage and treat it with class.

Richard Lee Kessinger July 13, 2023 - 10:08 pm

Joy, was you mother Judy Kreuzberg by any chance a sister or cousin of Patricia (Patty) Kreuzberg? I am seriously interested in finding Patty. We were friends many years ago.

Joannie Eubanks December 3, 2020 - 9:15 am

That was our family’s retreat and very special place to go. Always a wonderful place……took us to an earlier fantasy time! Always took my mom there on her visits from Arizona and had many special outings there.
I will really miss the atmosphere and dining under the wonderful umbrellas with the Christmas ornaments hanging from them.

Barbara Cohn December 3, 2020 - 5:06 pm

I remember when i was growing up that they had all those wonderful Christmas decorations on the roof. They haven’t done that for years (probably decades), but I always liked riding by with my parents, just to look at the Santa’s workshop & village type of decorations.

Dan C December 3, 2020 - 6:10 pm

I attended Blair when it was still on Wayne Ave and I passed by Mrs. K’s at least twice every day. All those days on the bus we’d sit at the light at Dale and Colesville and I’d always wonder what it was like inside. Later, a close friend had his wedding rehearsal dinner there. Even later, one of my wife’s cousins had their wedding reception there. Great restaurant and a very interesting building. It’s like a maze inside, it seemingly just keeps going, and feels way bigger than it should be from the outside.

Trevelin P December 4, 2020 - 10:52 am

Mrs. K’s will always be special to me. Family and Friends had the pleasure of attending our wedding there in 2012. And every year on our anniversary we would go there to eat. I hope it can continue to run. We love Mrs. K’s

Gina Lazzari Ross December 4, 2020 - 8:13 pm

Hello Joy,
My name is Gina Ross, previously Gina Lazzari. I worked as a waitress from 1961-1965. It was my second home! The money I made literally paid for my college tuition, books, room , board and car. Without this job I would not be who I am today. I am so grateful for that but also for the memories, advice and love that Harriet Kruezburg and Mr. K gave me. I have such stories! I would love to share with you! I am heartbroken it is closing.


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