There are countless establishments that used to be in MoCo that are no longer here today, but in this article we are looking at just 10 of them and letting you know the closest locations where you could get your fix!
Warning: some aren’t too close 🙁
Shakey’s Pizza has multiple locations in MoCo (the one my parents used to take me to was the Rockville Pike location). The closest current location is in Alabama!
Champion Billiards 🎱 was a go-to spot for many in the 90s and early 2000s. Located conveniently just off of Rockville Pike, it provided many with entertainment for hours at a time. You don’t have to go far to find another one...there’s a location on Buckeystown Pike in Frederick.
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I became familiar with Cluck U when I was a student at the University of Maryland in College Park (shoutout to Cluck-U Pac), but there was a location in Germantown around the same time. There is still a location in College Park.
Growing up, I’d occasionally catch a movie at the United Artists movie theater in Bethesda. When I would, I’d make sure to go to Pizzeria Uno. There are currently locations in Frederick, Northern Virginia, and D.C.
It was my favorite restaurant in Lakeforest Mall and you can still buy the Chi-Chi’s branded salsa in grocery stores today. If you’re ever in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, or North Africa...you can still get your Chi-Chi’s. Belgium leads the way with 3 locations.
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Some of my fondest memories are at Tippy’s Taco House on 355 in Gaithersburg. My grandmother even worked there for a few years! There are a few locations left in Northern Virginia.
I have vague memories of the Sizzler in Rockville (Twinbrook). The closest location is in Kissimmee, Florida.
BD’s Mongolian Grill is up there when it comes to restaurants of MoCo’s last that I think would still work if they were brought back. The closest BD’s is in Pittsburgh.
Bob’s Big Boy was a MoCo favorite for years (multiple locations throughout the county)! The closest current location is just outside of Cleveland, Ohio.
Last, but certainly not least, is Putt-Putt. For decades it was a place you could go to with a date, your friends, or the whole family. Currently, there are four locations in Virginia– the closest in Richmond and Charlottesville.