Two New Restaurants Announced for Upcoming Commas Food Hall

by Patrick Herron

Two more food tenants have been announced for Commas, a new 13,000 square foot food hall coming to the third level of Ellsworth Place (8661 Colesville Rd) in Downtown Silver Spring. Tokoa, which focuses on cheesesteaks and burgers, and J&J Mex-Taqueria, a family owned restaurant which currently has a location at 6231 Georgia Ave NW, DC.

DMV Empanadas and Trini Vybez were announced as the first two tenants back in March. The food hall is expected to open in 2023 and will have 12 food and beverage merchants in total.
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Per Commas:
Silver Spring, MD (September 22, 2022)
— Cana Development (CANAdev), in partnership with GBT Realty Corporation (GBT), is excited to announce two newly signed food tenants for Commas, a food hall opening next year at Ellsworth Place. A global collection for curious eaters, Commas goes beyond the average food hall to bring the neighborhood a unique culinary experience reflective of its diverse international community. The food hall is located on the third level of the urban Silver Spring shopping center.

Tokoa was created after friends and long-time restaurant workers Evelyn Cruz and Delmy Hernandez “decided to combine their knowledge and experience to create their version of their favorite foods.” The menu focuses on cheesesteaks and burgers, both classic and innovative, from the traditional Philly Cheesesteak to a spicy cheesesteak to cheese-stuffed burgers.

J&J Mex-Taqueria is a family-owned and -operated business that has served the DC community since 2015. José and José Tovar are a father-son duo committed to sharing authentic Mexican recipes, flavors and sauces passed down from generation to generation, as well as creating connections with the people they serve.

These two merchants join previously announced DMV Empanadas and Trini Vybez. At capacity, Commas will be home to a collection of 12 food and beverage merchants representing a range of international cuisines from local makers, purveyors, chefs and restaurateurs.

Commas, designed with cosmopolitan architectural and stylistic influences, is named for the written symbol used to separate items in a list, symbolizing the myriad of ways to dine and get together. The food hall expects to create a bustling community of bites from Ethiopia to Korea, Malaysia to El Salvador, and beyond. Hungry diners can savor a new experience each time: linger over lunch, sneak in a pre-theater bite, take a midday coffee break, corral colleagues for happy hour, or enjoy a night out with friends.

The CANAdev leasing team specializes in identifying the community’s needs and bringing in eclectic, authentic and locally-based merchants. With strong connections and deep roots in local retail, CANAdev has driven some of the most popular hospitality developments and destinations in DC and Baltimore, including Foggy Bottom’s Western Market and The Bevy, a food hall opening at Bryant Street NE, and has represented hospitality clients such as Ceremony Coffee, Bun’d Up and Cava Mezze.

Interested operators can inquire about opportunities via


A global collection for curious eaters, Commas goes beyond your average food hall as a never-ending emporium of flavors from around the world. With a community of local restaurateurs and a long list of activities in one spot, Commas is your new favorite Silver Spring destination.


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