This past weekend we broke the news of Wawa coming to MoCo and now we are excited to let you know that Royal Farms is next!
Last night we had Gaithersburg City Councilmember Neil Harris on episode 47 of The MoCoShow and we discussed Royal Farms coming to an agreement to open their first MoCo location in Gaithersburg. Podcast available below (Royal Farms news discusses at approximately 33:20).
Neil told us that when the developer bought the property across from Gaithersburg High School where the Wawa is going, they initially considered 7-Eleven. The Gaithersburg City Council asked if it was possible to bring something new to the area “like a Wawa or Royal Farms.”
Though Wawa won out at the property across from Gaithersburg High School, Royal Farms has come to an agreement to also come to Gaithersburg off of 355 near The Spectrum at Watkins Mill.
Royal Farms opened its first store in Baltimore in 1959 and currently has over 200 locations in the Mid-Atlantic.
Bethesda is getting a new pizza place. Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza is moving in to the the old Community/One Burger @ Community location at 7776 Norfolk Ave.
The chain started in Florida in 2002 and has since expanded with more than 50 restaurants throughout the northeast. It is owned by Anthony Bruno and backed by NFL Hall of Fame quarterback, Dan Marino.
“I have a simple approach to my menu – use the highest quality ingredients and charge a fair price. It’s not just the big things, or the little things – it’s Everything! Dough made fresh, in-house every day. Imported Italian plum tomatoes. Chicken wings that are never frozen. From the best Grande mozzarella to using only albacore tuna, you get the picture.
That’s the way we do things around here.” says owner, Anthony Bruno.
In addition to pizza Anthony’s will feature oven roasted chicken wings, homemade meatballs made from scratch, and other dishes classified as “Italian Soul Food.”
The Anthony’s opening was reported earlier today by Bethesda Magazine.
Fogo de Chão is excited to announce the upcoming opening of their newest location in the vibrant Pike & Rose neighborhood in North Bethesda, Maryland (11600 Old Georgetown Rd., 20852).
Opening June 24, this will be Fogo de Chão’s fourth Mid-Atlantic location, joining the restaurants in Baltimore, Tysons, and downtown DC, making it the 54th store worldwide.
Fogo de Chão specializes in the Southern Brazilian cooking technique of churrasco, roasting high-quality cuts of meats over an open flame, with an espeto corrido service model, which is Portuguese for "continuous service." The restaurant is also known for their fresh and seasonal Market Table, award-winning wine list, extensive Brazilian-inspired cocktail menu and decadent desserts.
The North Bethesda location will have approximately 300 seats and feature an expansive bar and al fresco dining.
The restaurant that started it all, Cava Mezze in Traville Gateway (Rockville), now serves Sunday brunch.
Their brunch will feature dishes like short rib frittata and avocado smash toast to go along with their daily menu and $5 mimosas. Brunch will be a la carte.
Childhood friends Ike Grigoropoulos (Gaithersburg High School), Dimitri Moshovitis (Quince Orchard High School), and Ted Xenochristos (Paint Branch High School) opened the restaurant in 2006.
There are currently five Cava Mezze restaurants in the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia (Rockville, Olney, Capitol Hill, Clarendon, and Baltimore).
UPDATED to reflect the correct address: 931 Ellsworth Ave, which was formerly home to Lincoln BBQ.
The Eleanor, a neighborhood ‘bowling lounge’; a comfortable, casual dining and drinking establishment with the addition of skee ball, mini bowling and other games, is coming to Downtown Silver Spring.
This morning Biz Journals reported that Downtown Silver Spring will undergo a $10 million overhaul that will include the 7,700 square foot bowling lounge.
The Eleanor will be located at 931 Ellsworth Ave, which was formerly home to Lincoln BBQ.
Signage for The Eleanor was up last week next to Lebanese Taverna. There is currently a location at 100 Florida Avenue NE Washington, DC 20002,across the street from the NoMa-Gallaudet Metro Station. They also offer free on-site parking for anyone who wants to check it out prior to the Silver Spring location opening.
According to BizJournals “the venue will serve brunch, lunch and dinner, host two happy hours per weekday and offer six bowling lanes, more than a dozen arcade games and multiple outdoor patios.”
There is no expected opening date available at this time.
Halal Guys is coming to Gaithersburg Square.
Initially founded as a hotdog cart in 1990, The Halal Guys made the switch to chicken, gyro meat, and pita two years later. The first brick and mortar restaurant opened in New York in 2015 and the company hasn’t looked back since, opening over 70 brick and mortar locations.
Halal Guys will be located at 522 N Frederick Ave, next to T-Mobile.
If you’re like me, you like the idea of camping, but might not be as fond of sleeping in a tent and sharing your space with some of MoCo’s favorite insects.
Montgomery Parks and Little Bennett Campground (located in Clarksburg) now have you covered...literally. They have added cabins that can accommodate groups of four to six people.
Each cabin includes running water, an in-cabin bathroom with shower, coffee maker, refrigerator, charcoal grill, heat & air conditioning, and TV for playing DVDs. That’s my kind of camping!
The information below is courtesy of Montgomery Parks:
With the addition of three new cabins at Little Bennett Campground (LBC), your next camping adventure just got a lot more glamorous!
Tucked inside Little Bennett Regional Park, the campground is conveniently located off I-270 between Frederick, MD and Washington, D.C., and offers 91 campsites including tent sites, Yurts, Full Hook-Up RV sites and now cabins. The smaller cabins accommodate groups of four while the large cabin offers sleeping space up to six. Each cabin includes running water, an in-cabin bathroom with shower, coffee maker, refrigerator, charcoal grill, heat & air conditioning, and TV for playing DVDs.
“We wanted to make it easier for people to reconnect with nature. Cabins offer an option to those who want to get outdoors but might want a few comforts of home,” said Jacob Holland, campground manager. “We are excited to welcome those new to the camping experience and welcome back longtime campers who are excited by this option.”
There’s lots to do at Little Bennett Campground. On weekends from April to October, families partake in arts and crafts activities, take guided nature hikes, race pedal carts, make tie-dye t-shirts, do ceramics, enjoy the jumping pillow and more. On Friday and Saturday nights, relax while watching movies under the stars. Campers don’t have to leave the campground during their visit as hiking opportunities abound, with more than 25 miles of trails, with many of the trailheads for hikes in Little Bennett Regional Park starting in the campground. But, if campers want to explore beyond the campground, guests can go to Little Seneca Lake, where they rent kayaks, canoes, or paddle boards.
Group camping (up to 60) is also available. The yurts, cabins, RV sites, and group site book months in advance, so make your reservations early. Reservations can be made up to a year in advance.
Don’t own camping gear or never camped? Try the Camper Ready program. For a modest fee, the staff will set up a tent, and provide you with two camp chairs, a lantern, and a propane grill. All you have to bring are sleeping bags and food.
Ninja Sushi is coming to the Colesville Shopping Center. The sushi restaurant will take over the old Patches Gift Shop location (13452 New Hampshire Ave), a few stores down from Greek Village.
We do not have an opening date for Ninja Sushi.
Wawa is finally coming to Montgomery County!
We spoke with representatives from Wawa today who let us know they plan on opening their first Montgomery County location in Gaithersburg.
Wawa will be taking over the old Becraft Antiques location on 355 across from Gaithersburg High School (405 S Frederick Ave).
I was told the location will include a 24 hours convenience store and a gas station.
Wawa plans to open this store by the end of 2020 with more Montgomery County locations to come!
168 Asian Burrito and Rice Bowl has opened in Olney. It has taken over the location attached to the Exxon gas station (18000 Georgia Ave) that was formerly home to Doner Kebab for a brief six month stint and Corned Beef King for years prior to that.
Asian Burrito and Rice Bowl will serve sushi-like burritos (think giant sushi rolls...the size of burritos) and rice bowls as their entrees. Other items include Korean chicken, Taiwanese chicken nuggets, and tuna/chicken sandwiches.
They are open and ready for business.
Phone number: (301)774-2930