Omnifun, an indoor self play fun center, is coming to Gaithersburg (832 Russell Ave. across from Costco).
Their “fun center” will include a private block building area, a huge ball pit area, a self play jungle gym that wraps around the park and five slides! They’ll also have a toddler area and a place for parents to relax.
While everyone is invited to have fun, the target audience is kids between the ages of 3 and 12. A member of the management team has told me it will be similar to Chuck E. Cheese and Monkey Joe’s.
Omnifun plans to open on June 1st, 2019.
The Olney Tavern (18200 Georgia Avenue) has closed permanently. They made the announcement in a Facebook post that stated the following:
“After over a decade and a half of memories, an era comes to an end this weekend.
The Olney Tavern has been pleased to have been a part of so many lives and special moments, and we want to thank you all for holding a place in your hearts (and bellies) for us!”
A few weeks back the first BurgerIM in MoCo opened in Wheaton Mall. Today, we found out that a second MoCo BurgerIM will be opening in Downtown Crown at 200 Ellington Ave., taking over the old Smashburger location.
I spoke with manager Leon Mensah (a Quince Orchard graduate) who told me that if everything goes as planned with permits, it can open as early as late May.
The first Burgerim (an Israeli Burger chain) opened in 2011 and the burger chain has already expanded to over 160 stores worldwide in just over 5 years.
They sell mini-burgers (not sliders) using 2.8 ounce patties that are larger than a slider sized patty. Their selling point is variety, and there’s plenty of it. They offer 11 different types of patties, including beef, dry aged beef, Wagyu beef, merguez, Turkey, lamb, chicken, salmon, veggie, Spanish beef, and falafel.
Their disc shaped fries are more like slices of potatoes, but they also provide the option to get sweet potato fries (in the traditional shape), onion rings, or home fries (cubes potatoes tossed in chili sauce and topped with sesame seeds).
Combo options include the uno (one burger), duo (two burgers), trio (three burgers), and Party Box (16 burgers!). In addition to burgers, Burgerim will offer a variety of sandwiches and salads.
Back in October we wrote about Asian dessert spot Mango Mango potentially coming to Downtown Crown. Today we confirmed that it’ll be opening right next to BurgerIM (the old Smashburger location) at 202 Ellington Ave.
They offer a variety of unique desserts, not all mango-based, which can be seen on their website. There are currently 11 other Mango Mango locations across the United States, with the closest being in nearby Falls Church, VA.
We don’t have an opening date for Mango Mango, but based on previous information we are guessing they’re aiming for this summer.
Dwayne Haskins, the new Washington Redskins quarterback, was the sports editor for his high school newspaper, The Bullis Bulldog, when he was a student at The Bullis School.
In this article he wrote for the Potomac, MD high school back in 2015, he predicted the Redskins may need to draft a new quarterback in the next five years.
Four years later, in 2019, the Redskins drafted Dwayne Haskins with the 15th pick in the NFL Draft.
We have been told that the Rock Creek Village Center Pizza Hut (5556 Norbeck Rd. Rockville, MD) has closed its doors permanently.
In late 2018, parent company Yum Brands expressed dissatisfaction with Pizza Hut’s growth. In the last year or so, there have been at least three Pizza Hut closures in MoCo alone.
We’ll see if the trend continues as Pizza Hut continues to make changes to nearly 7,500 locations across the country.
More bad news for Lakeforest Mall as popular sneaker and apparel retailer, Foot Locker, closed permanently today.
The mall has suffered some major losses lately with Starbucks and McDonald’s closing, and JC Penney announcing they’ll be closing in the near future.
No word yet on the future of the mall, but the pad sites (department stores) own the property they are on so it will be difficult for redevelopment in the area if any of them choose to stay.
Planet Aid Thrift Center, a popular thrift store in Baltimore, has moved to Rockville.
After closing its Catonsville location permanently last month, they announced a move to 5520 Randolph Rd in Rockville. It will be located in the Montrose Shopping Center near MOM’s Organic Market.
Their Facebook page states that their opening date is still TBA.
The sign at Robeks in Research Row (Rockville) is up!
The fresh juice, smoothie, and açaí bowl franchise is coming to 1403 Research Row Blvd. Suite A7, where they’ll join Chick Fil A, One Life Fitness and the upcoming Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant.
They expect to open the first week of May.
Robek’s was founded in Los Angeles in 1996 and is projected to have over 100 locations this year.
District Taco is opening their first MoCo location.
Last March the D.C. based Mexican restaurant signed a lease to open up a new location in The Blairs shopping center in Silver Spring.
After some delays we are told that the restaurant is “very close” to opening.
District Taco is taking over the vacant Oriental East location.
Baja Fresh in Germantown (19810 Century Blvd.) will close permanently today.
Over the weekend we were sent a link to an online auction announcing Baja Fresh lost their lease and will be making a complete liquidation.
This morning they announce that today will be their last day.