Flower Hill gets sports, food place

The batting cages and miniature golf are gone.

But sports haven’t left the Horizon Center, a 21,000-square-foot strip mall on Snouffer School Road.

Buffalo Wings and Beer, a casual 60-seat eatery, has opened in a spot formerly taken by an Italian restaurant.

“We are a sports-oriented gathering place,” said owner Ira Levy, 26, which means Levy serves beer and wine but not hard liquor and gets 10 sports channels via satellite and cable. There’s also a dart team that plays groups from other area restaurants.

Levy, who also runs an antique restoration and upholstery business in Kensington, lives in Montgomery Village and managed bagel and pizza restaurants in the county before opening his own place.

The partially hidden, hilly site behind the Horizon Center had housed a miniature golf course and a baseball card and batting cage, businesses that have both closed.

Today, Sport Systems, a construction company that builds tennis courts and playgrounds, has taken over the miniature golf site and the remaining 140,000 square feet are available for lease, a sign on the property notes.

Both Levy and Donna O’Brien, an agent with Greater Potomac, thee firm that leases the Horizon Center, think the golf and batting cage sites are difficult to use.

They are best suited to office or light industrial use, O’Brien said.

“It’s just not suitable as retail. It’s so hard to access. It’s so set off from the road, a lot of people don’t even know it’s there,” O’Brien said.