Pollo Central, formerly going by the name of Solo Pollo, is coming to the Aspen Hill Shopping Center.
They’ll be taking over the old Payless location at 13653 Connecticut Ave, next to Jerry’s and will specialize in Peruvian chicken.
Their grand opening will be on Monday, July 8th.
Minimum wage in Montgomery County is set to increase to $13 on July 1, 2019 for large employers, $12.50 for mid-sized and small employers.
Per Enacted Bill 28-17:
A “large employer” is an employer who employs 51 or more employees;
A “mid-sized employer” is:
• an employer who employs between eleven and 50 employees; or
• an employer who employs eleven or more employees and:
- has tax exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; or
- provides “home health services” as defined by 42 C.F.R. § 440.70 or “home or community-based services” as defined by 42 C.F.R. § 440.180, and receives at least 75% of gross revenues through state and federal Medicaid programs.
A “small employer” is an employer who employs 10 or fewer employees.
The changes continue in the Kentlands...
It looks as though CVS will be taking over the old Tommy Joe’s/O’Donnell’s location in the Kentlands (311 Kentlands Blvd).
We spoke with Gaithersburg Councilmember Neil Harris, who told us he heard rumblings of the pharmacy chain’s potential arrival a couple months back. With some light construction having begun inside the building, it looks as if some major changes are coming to the building soon.
Additionally, we were told that the lights were out at JPII Colombian Breeze last week. We peeked inside and noticed that the restaurant appears to have moved out. Though we haven’t been able to get in contact with the owners, a “For Rent” sign is now up in the window.
Montgomery County has notified Planet Fitness that their current method of providing “Bagel Mornings” and “Pizza Nights” to their members does not comply with its interpretation of state law.
Planet Fitness was founded in 1992 and uses a non-intimidating, low-cost model to cater to what their executives believe is a much larger segment of the population.
Though giving away bagels and pizza may seem counterintuitive, Planet Fitness only gives away bagels on the second Tuesday of each month and pizza on the first Monday of each month.
The tradition began as a simple display of gratitude to members at one location has become a fun way for members to meet, gather and build community at all of their locations, according to Planet Fitness.
An e-mail sent to all members contained the following message:
“We have been notified by the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Resources that our method of providing Bagel Mornings and Pizza Nights does not comply with it's interpretation of State law. Due to this we will have to temporarily suspend providing bagels and pizza in your club. As you may know, we have adhered to the same quality standards in our Montgomery County locations that are used throughout Maryland as well as in more than 1,800 Planet Fitness locations throughout North America.
We will continue to work with the County to satisfy it's demands and hope to get you your Bagel Mornings and Pizza Nights back as soon as possible. Should you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at the club.
The Planet Fitness Team”
Tropical Smoothie Cafe will be the newest addition to the recently revamped Travilah Square Shopping Center (10052 Darnestown Road).
The cafe offers more than just smoothies as the menu contains flatbreads, wraps, quesadillas, sandwiches, bowls, breakfast, and a lot more.
Their other MoCo locations are on Elm Street in Bethesda and in the Gaithersburg Square Shopping Center in Gaithersburg.
Some of my fondest MoCo memories took place at Chi-Chi’s. Growing up in Gaithersburg, we would frequently go to the Lakeforest location for dinner– it was the restaurant that introduced me to fried ice cream!
Chi-Chi’s also had a Rockville location in Wintergreen Plaza that later became Broadway/Ted’s 355 Diner and is currently Habit Burger and Jersey Mike’s.
They left town nearly two decades ago, but Lakeforest never replaced the restaurant (located across from the old Lakeforest Silver Diner). The vacant location was closed off, but recently the window covers were removed.
MoCo resident Jeff Melia noticed and took a few photos through the window. Inside were the ruins of days past. Below you’ll see a few photos that may drum up a few memories.
I remember the cigarette vending machine in front of the restaurant and how the smoking and non-smoking sections were separated by a few feet. I recall feeling grown up because I ordered a (virgin) piña colada. My first taste of chips and salsa at a restaurant...how could this be free???
Chi-Chi’s left the United States in 2004 when Outback Steakhouse purchased the 76 Chi-Chi’s properties for $42.5 million, but didn’t buy the name, operations, or recipes. They later sold to Kimco, the development company that is responsible for the changes currently occurring in the Kentlands.
Aside from the salsa being made available in grocery stores by Hormel, you can still eat at Chi-Chi’s restaurants in Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, and The United Arab Emirates.
I tried to make it in there for a video today, but was unable to find my way in. Below are a few more shots of what’s left of the Lakeforest Chi-Chi’s.
Fu Shing Cafe announced, via a sign on the door, that they will close permanently on July 1st.
The restaurant, which has been a popular lunch destination for area high school students, has been in Westlake Crossing next to Montgomery Mall for approximately 20 years.
Thank you to Terry of @DCFoodCouple (Instagram) for sending us the photo of the sign on the door.
Rising 9th grader at Churchill High School, William Kohler, has opened a shaved ice spot at the corner of Travilah and Glen in Potomac.
The trailer is open daily from 12pm-6pm and offers a variety of flavors for you to enjoy!
Follow Mini’s Shaved Ice on Instagram: https://instagram.com/minisshavedice?igshid=fo10g15jymfg
Check out the flavors in one of the images below.
Just received word that Fat Fingers, a concept from the folks who brought you The Big Greek Cafe, will open in July (no exact date yet).
The menu wil include pizza, wings, cheesesteaks, burgers, hot dogs, half smokes, and a lot more.
Located at 8213 Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring.
Montgomery County Police has released a statement in response to President Trump’s tweets regarding immigration enforcement.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is expected to follow up on a warning President Trump made earlier this week when he tweeted “Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States. They will be removed as fast as they come in.”
The immigration enforcement efforts will occur in Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, and San Francisco, and are intended to detain people from up to 2,000 families.
Today the Montgomery County Police Department released a statement on social media stating the following:
” In reference to President Trump’s recent tweets and media reports, the Montgomery County Department of Police will not participate with ICE regarding any immigration enforcement efforts next week or at any other time.
It is against our long-standing policy as this is a national issue and not a local issue. We have not received any requests from the federal government or ICE for their planned enforcement nor do we anticipate being informed as to their plans.
We value all of our residents and thank you for your concern.”
In nearby D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser said the city "remains a proud sanctuary city, and we are committed to protecting the rights of all our immigrant families in the face of these disturbing threats."