Zinnia Brings on Former Republic Chef Danny Wells to Launch ‘Upscale Dining Room’

by MCS Staff

Zinnia opened in fall 2021 at 9201 Colesville Rd, the longtime home of Mrs. K’s Tollhouse in Silver Spring. Since opening, Zinnia has rolled out its beer and wine garden, cafè, tavern, and is today is launching its fine dining restaurant led by former Republic chef Danny Wells, according to Washingtonian.

Per the article, Wells is a Takoma Park native and opened the recently closed Republic (which was located in Takoma Park with restaurateur Jeff Black in 2013. “He also served as head chef at sister restaurants Black Salt and Pearl Dive over his 16 years with Black Restaurant Group. Wells briefly left the kitchen to go into hospitality consulting, but Zinnia co-owner Chris Brown—who also owns Takoma Beverage Co.—lured him back.

Zinnia opened in October 2021, taking over the space that was home to Mrs. K’s Tollhouse for 90 years. Per Zinnia, the goal has been to bring an all-day concept to the Historic Mrs. K’s grounds. In The Gardens, you will find elevated pub and picnic fare, accompanied by an extensive beer, wine, and cocktails list. In The Tavern, you will find an intimate setting surrounded by stone and brick walls, in the well-known barrel room.

Earlier this summer, Washingtonian also named Zinnia the DC area’s ‘Best Garden Tavern’. The grassy gardens at Silver Spring’s Zinnia are outfitted with lounge and picnic tables plus plenty of space for kids to run. A globetrotting menu combines fish ’n’ chips with family-style Aleppo lamb stew, Old World wines, and Maryland beers.

Featured photo courtesy of Washingtonian, per Zinnia.

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