On March 14th, MCPS releases their Analysis of Potential Holding Centers for Northwood High School.
In this proposed solution Northwood High School students would relocate to Woodward High School (where Tilden Middle School is currently located on Old Georgetown Rd.) for the 2023-2024 school year. Northwood High School is 6.9 miles away from Woodward High School.
Northwood students would return to Northwood in September 2025 as final site work activities continue through summer 2026.
Woodward High School would then re-open in September 2025 as a comprehensive high school. It would provide relief to Walter Johnson High School and other High schools from the Downcounty Consortium (DCC), which includes Albert Einstein High School, John F. Kennedy High School, Montgomery Blair High School, Wheaton High School and Northwood High School.
Enrollment at Walter Johnson is expected to jump from 2,728 in 2020-2021 to over 3,000 students by the 2024-2025 school year. Due to the increased enrollment, Walter Johnson could receive between 25 and 40 relocatable classrooms.
Mandalay Restaurant & Cafe, a popular Burmese restaurant in Silver Spring, will be closing its doors soon.
The restaurant has been in the current location (930 Bonifant St.) for 14 years. While they don’t have an exact closing date, I was told they will be closing “soon” and are hoping to find a place to relocate.
Berries & Bowls is coming to the Kentlands!
The “Superfood Cafe” will be located at 120 Market St., just opposite of the Wine Harvest 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.
Berries & Bowls expects to open early this summer. Until then, you can follow them on Instagram.
Cinco de Mayo, a Mexican restaurant and tequila bar, is coming to the Kentlands!
As of now we don’t have word on where in the Kentlands it will be located or when they expect to open, but we should have that information in the coming days.
Cinco De Mayo is a smaller, local chain with locations in Westminster, Columbia, and Middletown in Maryland. They also have a West Virginia location in Martinsburg and new Maryland location coming soon to Urbana.
Last April we discussed a rumor about a Mexican restaurant moving in to the bottom floor of the old Largent’s location. Could this be it?
You can view that article here.
Per their website:
”At Cinco de Mayo, tradition is part of everything that we do. From the decor of our four restaurants to the preparation of every dish, we use the traditions our parents set out for us as children. Whether we are cooking at home for our family and friends or in the restaurants for our customers we have a passion for traditional, home-cooked Mexican cuisine.”
Quince Orchard football announced that former Seneca Valley Head football coach, Fred Kim, will be joining their coaching staff as defensive coordinator.
Fred Kim was previously head coach at Seneca Valley– a position he held from 2004 until this past season. Before that he spent two years as head coach at Quince Orchard (2002 and 2003).
Last October, our friends at Just Up The Pike shared renderings of the upcoming White Oak Town Center (12345 Columbia Pike).
Usually these renderings are filled with generic restaurants, grocery/retail stores, etc., but these contained logos and fonts that looked very familiar.
In October we speculated based on the renderings that a Shake Shack, Morton’s, and Trader Joe’s could be headed to White Oak.
Today, BisNow has reported that Finmarc and Bernstein Management signed Trader Joe’s to anchor the first phase of the White Oak Town Center (just 3 miles away from their other Columbia Pike location).
A few of the renderings, courtesy of klnb, below.
Sweetgreen, a fast-casual restaurant that serves various types of salads, is opening this Monday, 3/18 in Pike & Rose, according to a sign on the door.
The restaurant chain has seen a fairly rapid expansion since opening their first location just 11 years ago.
They currently have almost 100 stores nationwide and the new Pike & Rose location will be the third in Montgomery County (Bethesda and Silver Spring locations).
Make sure to bring your credit card– Sweetgreen doesn’t accept cash.
Jimmy John’s is coming to Germantown!
The Illinois-based chain, which has nearly 3,000 locations worldwide, will open their third current MoCo location (their other MoCo locations are in Gaithersburg and Silver Spring) in the Germantown Town Center.
They have already begun construction, but there’s no timeframe for when they’ll open.
Special thank you to Chris Mowl for bringing this to our attention.
Louisiana Kitchen & Bayou Bar will close permanently today after over a decade in that location (4907 Cordell Ave. in Bethesda).
The restaurant, a descendant of the Louisiana Express Company, opened in 2008 under the ownership of longtime employees Carlos Arana and Jose Blanco.
A sign was posted on the door that read the following:
After more than 10 years Louisiana Kitchen & Bayou Bar’s owners are moving to their next life’s adventure. Our last day of business will be on Wednesday, March 13, 2019. Thank you for all your support, loyal patronage, and friendship.
Carlos Arana & Jose Blanco”
We received word today that The Baked Bear will no longer be opening a location in the Rio Washingtonian Center. It was announced last June that the specialty dessert spot would be opening a second MoCo location where 16 Handles was located in Rio, but today we were able to confirm that this new location is no longer in their plans.
I was told that Baked Bear may soon be opening a NoVa location and that they’re still looking for other potential locations in MoCo.
Authentic Chinese eatery, Lanzhou Hand Pull Noodle, will be opening either this weekend or early next week across from Dick’s Sporting Goods.
Kung Fu Tea will open in the coming months, while Dave & Buster’s and Silver Diner both plan to be open by mid-summer.
Temporary retailer, Fashisa Bridal, will open next week at 26 Grand Corner Ave., and the Carousel opens for the season this Saturday!