Smashburger was out of MoCo for almost five months following the closure of the Rockville location (1800 Rockville Pike Suite A).
Back in late March we were informed of an eviction notice posted on the door and the lights turned off. We were later told it was owned by a franchisee and that it would reopen as a corporate owned and operated store.
Soon after that, the location was removed from the Smashburger website and we even heard rumors about what could possibly be taking over the location.
Those rumors were out to rest last month when we were told that Smashburger would be re-opening it’s Rockville location. On Monday, 8/12, the restaurant was open for business.
We were told that it is under new management with new employees. Though the location is not currently listed on the Smashburger website and the phone number on the Facebook page is that of the old store, we were given the new phone number for anyone who may want to place an order: (240) 406-5114.
When his friend sent him a picture of the closed sign outside of Adega, a staple in Downtown Silver Spring for almost 15 years, Jarrod Jabre texted Justin Wallace immediately.
The pair had both worked at Adega in the past and wanted to look for a way to get in there immediately– even initially hoping to keep the Adega name, but it didn’t work out.
Fast forward 2.5 years and we have the opening of Locavino. “I wanted to think of a word for someone who drinks local...and it made sense– Locavino” said Jabre when we spoke in the café earlier today. He told me that he considers Locavino the spiritual successor to Adega, but that the experience will be different.
The café will serve wine, beer, and food, but will also be a wine retailer. "We don't want to put a table in the middle of a wine shop...we're going to let the space and the flow dictate the direction we go in."
Jared and Justin worked with Santos Amaya to create the menu for Locavino. Santos was the kitchen manager at Adega and the trio came up with a simple menu that includes some of the plates people loved from Adega, a few items the public has asked for, and a couple dishes that are the owners' favorites.
Not a wine person? No problem. The café will offer many local beers, both on tap and in cans/bottles, as well as soda if you're not into alcohol at all.
With Jabre living in Silver Spring for nearly 15 years and Wallace being born in Takoma Park and living in the DC Metro area his entire life, Locavino is a neighborhood bar owned and operated by people in the neighborhood.
The grand opening is this weekend. Saturday, 8/17 from 11am-11pm and Sunday, 8/18 from 11am-9pm.
Last month we broke the news of Lakeforest Mall being sold to South Carolina-based WRS Inc.
Today, the Washington Business Journal reports that WRS Inc. is in talks with the owners of the four department stores at the mall in order to secure the entire site for redevelopment.
If WRS Inc. is able to secure the purchase of the pad sites, which include the department stores and their parking lots, they would be able to move forward with redevelopment of the area.
Gaithersburg city officials are scheduled to discuss the future of Lakeforest this month.
Updated to reflect that it is currently closed. We were told this morning that they would remain open today, but several people have told us they are not taking customers today.
Fuddruckers in Rockville (1592A Rockville Pike) has closed permanently.
It was one of two remaining MoCo Fuddruckers locations (the only one left after today is located at 819 Ellsworth Drive in Silver Spring).
CB Açaí Bowls and Smoothies is coming to Olney!
The new restaurant will feature açai/pitaya/smoothie bowls, smoothies, and limited juices.
Owner John Samartzis is a lifelong Olney resident, where he still lives with his wife and two daughters. He told us his deep ties and long lasting relationships are a big part of why he is investing in the community.
CB Açaí Bowls and Smoothies will be located in the Olney Center and is expected to open in early 2020.
Berries & Bowls is expecting a late August/early September opening date in the Kentlands.
The “Superfood Cafe” will be located at 120 Market St., just opposite of the old Wine Harvest location on the paseo.
They will specialize is açaí bowls, smoothies, fresh juices, and more. They’ll have açaí, pitaya, spirolina, and kale super food bowls, and will offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
PLNT Burger, a vegan plant-based restaurant, made its debut last night as a pop-up, serving over 220 burgers at the Ohev Sholom National Synagogue in Washington DC.
The upcoming Silver Spring restaurant is owned by Jonah Goldman, the son of Honest Tea co-founder and Beyond Meat executive chair Seth Goldman.
PLNT Burger will offer plant based burgers, ice cream, and other snacks. Though the restaurant will be opening in September, the exact location has not been announced yet.
PLNT Burger’s arrival was first reported by Bethesda Beat.
August 32 is coming to Germantown. According to a sign recently placed on the door (sent in to us by Anthony Sae-Chua), they will specialize in “tea, tea drink, bubble tea, and tea-related products.”
The company is committed to “promoting Chinese tea and tea culture.”
The tea spot will be located next to Coldstone, near Sabai Sabai in the Germantown Town Center.
Global Food will be closing its Montgomery Village location. The international grocery store is currently having a closing sale on all grocery items.
We speculate the grocery store has chosen to close the location prior to the construction that’s expected to start soon in the shopping center.
Aldi is expected to open a store in the revamped Montgomery Village Shopping Center with Lidl coming to the professional center across Montgomery Village Avenue in the future.
Global Food has a MoCo location in the Briggs Chaney Marketplace shopping center.
Jerry’s in Fallsgrove planned to close back in August of 2017 before adding 12 months to their lease and staying open an extra year.
Back in February we found out that Jersey Mike’s would be taking over the location. Today we were informed that the sub chain expects to open by the end of this month.
Jersey Mike’s is still hiring for this location and it’s upcoming Burtonsville location. Anyone interested can apply at www.teamwashington.com