A year ago today, we broke the news of Dave & Buster’s executing a lease with the Rio Washingtonian Center. Today we were sent an update from the official D& B website listing the tentative grand opening date as June 24th!
Dave & Buster’s will be joining Silver Diner, Kung Fu Tea, Baked Bear, and Lanzhou Hand Pulled Noodles as new spots at Rio this year.
Lebanese Taverna at Congressional Plaza closed on Sunday, February 17 and will move a few doors down reopening as LEBTAV, its new fast-casual concept. LEBTAV will open the end of February.
Decorated in a vibrant, patterned tile mosaic décor, LEBTAV will be located next to Ulta and will have an expanded outdoor eating area next to Modern Market. The other LEBTAV location is in Annapolis at Festival at Riva.
The Silver Spring Lebanese Taverna in Downtown Silver Spring will be relocating in the spring and opening as a LEBTAV. More LEBTAV locations will open in the DC metro area later this year.
George’s Hotpot & BBQ is coming to the Diamond Square Shopping Center in Gaithersburg!
The restaurant will feature Korean style BBQ meats cooked on tabletop grills as well as Asian hot pots.
It will be located next to Silk Road Choyhana. An opening date has not been provided yet.
You may remember seeing the teaser on The MoCoShow Instagram page a few days back– Bambu, a Vietnamese dessert and beverage spot, is coming to Rockville!
Bambu specializes in Chè– the Vietnamese word for homemade beverages, dessert drinks, and puddings. Their Chè is made to order using freshly cut coconut water or daily prepared coconut milk combined with select exotic, healthy, and delicious ingredients.
In addition to their chè, they offer various coffee and tea based drinks. Their menu is available here.
Bambu will be located at 12242 Rockville Pike across from Jared. There is no word yet on the exact opening date, but as you can see in the images below...they’re very close to being ready to open!
Special thanks to Deborah Lee for introducing us to Bambu.
If you listened to last week’s episode of The MoCoShow podcast, you would have heard that Angel’s Pizza & Pasta is coming to the Wheaton Mall food court.
With the recent news of KPS closing and Mezzeh relocating to Aspen Hill, the food court took a bit of a hit, but quality pizza & handmade pasta in a fast-casual setting should help anyone feeling down.
Chef Angel Mendoza is a certified Pizzaiolo, and has spent decades honing his craft at 2Amy’s and RedRocks Pizzeria.
The restaurant is expected to open in early March.
Gaithersburg Craft Smoked Barbecue, available only through Uber Eats, is now open.
To my knowledge, this is the first restaurant of its kind in our area. It is serving Gaithersburg and surrounding areas and is only available through the food delivery service, Uber Eats.
They offer BBQ (brisket, ribs, fried chicken sandwiches, pulled pork, etc.), sides (coleslaw, Mac & cheese, rice & beans, etc.), and desserts (Oreo brownie, Saturday morning cereal treats, and cocoa crispy treats).
The food is prepared by Dogfish Alehouse in their Gaithersburg restaurant.
Bloomberg recently released their 2019 Richest Places list, and two MoCo areas were on it.
Travilah (an area without a designated zip code whose residents generally identify as living in Potomac, Rockville, Darnestown, or North Potomac) came in 24th, up one spot from their 2018 ranking. Their average household income is $284,682.
Potomac came in 50th, down 4 spots from their 2018 ranking. The house average household income there is $248,189.
The median household income for Montgomery County as a whole, according to the latest information available from the United States Census Bureau, is $103,178.
According to a Reuters report, Payless will be closing all 2,100+ of their U.S. stores.
The discount shoe retailer currently has 7 MoCo locations that are all expected to be closed at some point between March and the end of May.
The online store will be closing as well and all stores are expected to have “Out of Business” sales as soon as next week.
According to their website Payless can be found in Montgomery Mall, Ellsworth Place Mall, Lakeforest Mall, Wheaton Mall, Montgomery Village Crossing, Clarksburg Premium Outlets, and White Oak Shopping Center.
Mezeh Mediterranean Grill has closed their Wheaton Mall location and will be relocating to the Aspen Hill shopping center. No opening date or exact location within the shopping center has been provided.
The Maryland based chain opened their first store in Annapolis in 2013. The fast casual eatery offers rice and salad bowls with a variety of Mediterranean meats, spices, sauces and toppings.
Their other MoCo location can be found in Downtown Crown (Gaithersburg).
Per Pike & Rose:
Federal Realty announced today that modern furniture and home décor destination, West Elm, will be opening in North Bethesda’s Pike & Rose in between Pinstripes and The Block.
The 11,572-square-foot store is scheduled to open fall 2019 and will be West Elm’s third location in the Washington, DC metro area.