Yamachan, a restaurant that specializes in ramen, has opened in Rockville Town Square.
Yamachan started over a decade ago as a Japanese raw noodle manufacturer that is operated under Japanese management in Northern California. They now have restaurants in California as well as the Tidewater area of Virginia.
Their Rockville restaurant, located at 201 E. Middle Lane in Rockville Town Square, will be attached to Pearl Lady Tea.
Pearl Lady has operated in Japan since 2009 and refers to themselves as "Japan's #1 Bubble Tea."
Lanzhou Hand Pull Noodle is coming to the Rio Washingtonian Center in Gaithersburg!
According to the Rio Washingtonian Facebook page, the authentic Chinese eatery will open later this year across from Dick's Sporting Goods on Grand Corner Ave.
There is a restaurant with the same name located in California, but as of now it is unclear whether the two are related. More info soon!
Taco Daddy will be expanding to MoCo! The Frederick restaurant (137 N Market Street) is known for their great Mexican food, margaritas, and huge selection of tequila.
They’ll be taking over the old O’Leary’s and 555 Lounge location at 555 Quince Orchard Road in Gaithersburg.
The restaurant is currently under construction and is expected to open in the next couple months.
Check out their website here: https://tacodaddycantina.com
We received the following press release from Jinya Ramen Bar:
The first 100 guests will be treated to free slurpy-worthy ramen on Opening day!
North Bethesda, Maryland (July 26, 2018) - We are pleased to announce that JINYA Ramen Bar, a full-service, sit-down restaurant, will be opening in North Bethesda's Pike & Rose, on August 7, 2018. This will be the restaurant’s third location in the D.C. Metropolitan area.
JINYA will kick off its Grand Opening starting at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, door prizes and other fun activities throughout the day. In addition, the first 100 guests will be treated to a free bowl of ramen. A portion of the proceeds from the opening day will be donated to Manna Food Center, an organization dedicated to ending hunger in Montgomery County, Maryland.
“We’re thrilled to introduce JINYA to North Bethesda’s Pike & Rose,” remarked JINYA Ramen Bar’s Hoang Nguyen. “We absolutely love the strong sense of community and everything that Pike & Rose has to offer. We look forward to being part of this growing, vibrant community for many years to come.”
Inspired by experiences with both Western and Eastern cultures, JINYA Ramen Bar specializes in authentic Tonkotsu ramen boasting bold flavors and a wide variety of customizable options for the American palate. In fact, the intricate food preparation process includes simmering the broth for over 10 hours, delivering a robust, flavorful experience in perfect balance with handmade noodles aged for three days.
Guests can expect a wonderful dining experience with JINYA Ramen Bar’s expansive menu offering something for everyone. JINYA Ramen Bar offers five broths as well as different tares and oils that alter the flavor profile of each dish. With various noodle types (thin, thick, extra thick and spinach) and over 25 different toppings, guests are able to customize their experience. In addition to Tonkotsu, ramen offerings such as the Spicy Chicken Ram
The District 2 Tournament began June 30th with 8 teams for the 12U Little League All-stars:
1. Montgomery County Little League – Lower County (MoCo LoCo)
a. Manager – Jason Davis
b. Coach – Darren Bumbaugh
c. Coach – Ray Thomas
2. Montgomery County Little League – Upper County
3. Four County Little League
4. Frederick National Little League
5. East Frederick Little League
6. Brunswick Little League
7. Thurmont Little League
8. Mountain Valley Little League
12U All-star players:
This is the first tournament in the road to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA which is every young baseball players dream.
The tournament structure begins with the District tournament, followed by the State tournament, followed by the Regional Tournament (which is held in Bristol, CT for the Mid-Atlantic region).The last leg is the Little League World Series, held in Williamsport PA each year.
The district tournament was not going to be an easy task as the returning District 2 champions, Thurmont Little League, was expected to be just as strong as last year with Frederick National and Brunswick Little League not far behind.
Game 1 (June 30 vs Brunswick LL)
Montgomery County Little League MoCo LoCo started the District 2 tournament against Brunswick LL.
the game ended up being a pitchers dual. A few silly errors and silent bats kept MoCo LoCo in the hole and they could not get anything started at any point in the game. MoCo LoCo lost, 5-1.
This meant they had to win their way through the loser’s bracket– with the potential of facing Brunswick at some point down the road.
Game 2 (July 1 vs Four County LL)
MoCo LoCo faced Four County LL at the MoCo LoCo home field North Chevy Chase Park. The MoCo LoCo bats started to come alive during a strong pitching outing by Max Ferguson. MoCo LoCo was able to come away with a 7-4 win, starting their long battle back through the loser’s bracket. Ferguson was able to strike out 7 in the game to keep the Four County batters in check. Jadon Bumbaugh closed out the game with 5 K’s in the last two innings.
Game 3 (July 2 vs Mountain Valley LL)
Brandon Sun pitched a shut-out game for MoCo LoCo as they defeated Mountain Valley Little League 8-0. Sun threw a gem, pitching 6 innings with 4 K’s, 2 hits, and zero runs.
Asher Friedman and Jadon Bumbaugh went 2 for 3 this game, with both players driving in runs. Max Dober, Miles Kessler, JoJo Liebreich, Ari Snyder and Brandon Sun all had RBI’s as well.
Game 4 (July 3rd vs East Frederick LL)
MoCo LoCo 12U All Stars defeated EFLL 12U All-Stars 10-0 on Tuesday, as two pitchers combined to throw a shutout. Tristan Davis struck out #8 to finish off the game.
MoCo LoCo got things started in the first inning when Jadon Bumbaugh doubled on a 0-1 count, scoring one run.
MoCo LoCo put up five runs in the third inning. Their big bats in the inning were led by singles by Isaac Kreisler and Sam Deichman, and a double by Ian Alves. Max Dober went 2 for 2 in the game while Asher Friedman and Isaac Kreisler went 3 for 3, securing the hits needed to walk away with the game.
Isaac Kreisler toed the rubber for MoCo LoCo All Stars. He went three and a third innings, allowing zero runs on two hits, striking out eight, and walking zero.
MoCo LoCo All Stars totaled 15 hits in the game. Isaac Kreisler, Asher Friedman, and Max Dober all managed multiple hits for MoCo LoCo 12U All Stars. Asher Friedman and Isaac Kreisler all had three hits to lead MoCo LoCo.
Game 5 (July 5 vs Frederick National LL)
Both teams were strong on the pitcher's mound for this game but MoCo LoCo All Stars defeated Frederick National LL 3-2. MoCo LoCo pitchers allowed just three hits to Frederick National LL.
Frederick National LL got things moving in the first inning with a 2 run single.
MoCo LoCo pulled away for good with two runs in the third inning when Jadon Bumbaugh crushed a long homer on a 1-1 count, scoring two runs.
Miles K got the start for MoCo LoCo All Stars. He lasted three and a third innings, allowing two hits and two runs while striking out five.
Isaac K went 2-for-2 at the plate to lead Montgomery County LL 12U All Stars in hits. MoCo LoCo was sure-handed in this game and didn't commit a single error. Asher Friedman made the most plays with ten.
Game 6 (July 6 vs Brunswick LL)
To no-one’s surprise, MoCo LoCo’s first championship game would be against Brunswick LL, who ended up making it through the bracket undefeated. A tough task, as they’d have to win this game on their home field and then once again the next day to win it all.
Montgomery County LL 12U All Stars Defeats Brunswick LL 12U All-Stars Despite Allowing 3-Run Inning.
MoCo LoCo managed through a push by Brunswick LL 12U All-Stars in the fifth inning where MoCo LoCocoughed up three runs, but MoCo LoCo was able to pull out a 4-3 win in the end.
Jadon Bumbaugh was on the pitcher's mound for Montgomery County LL 12U All Stars. He went four and a third innings, allowing two runs on four hits and striking out eight.
MoCo LoCo collected 12 hits on the day. Max Ferguson, Isaac Kreisler, Miles Kessler , Asher Friedman, and Brandon Sun each managed multiple hits for MoCo LoCo.
The final push came in the last inning with the bases loaded and Brunswick LL’s pitcher threw a wild pitch that went back to the backstop allowing Miles Kessler to make a dash for the plate scoring the game wining walk off run.
Game 7 (July 7 vs Brunswick LL)
This was going to be tough and MoCo LoCo knew Brunswick was going to be ready for them.
Brunswick LL started out Strong in the first half inning, putting up 5 runs on the board.
MoCo LoCo answered by putting up 10 runs in bottom of the first inning.
Montgomery County LL 12U All Stars got out to a six-run lead in the third inning and held on for an 11-9 victory over Brunswick LL 12U All-Stars on Saturday. Brunswick LL 12U All-Stars scored four runs in the failed comeback.
Montgomery County LL 12U All Stars grabbed an early lead. Montgomery County LL 12U All Stars scored on a fielder's choice by Isaac Kreisler, a single by Asher Friedman, a walk by Sam Deichman, a lightning tripledown the 3rd base line by Tristan Davis, followed by a double by Miles K, and then a home run by Jadon B in the first inning. That was Bumbaugh’ s 2nd home run of the tournament and both had critical game winning implications.
Asher led things off on the pitcher's mound for MoCo LoCo going one-third of an inning, allowing five runs on four hits and walking zero. Brandon Sun came in to finish 4 solid innings only allowing 3 runs and striking out 5.
After a rough start by Brunswick’s opening pitcher their reliever threw the final four and two-thirds innings in relief giving up 4 earned runs in total.
Montgomery County LL 12U All Stars socked one home run on the day. Jadon Bumbaugh went deep in the first inning. Moco LoCo also racked up ten hits on the day. Jadon Bumbaugh and Miles Kessler each collected multiple hits for Montgomery County LL 12U All Stars. Jadon Bumbaugh led Montgomery County LL 12U All Stars with three hits in three at bats.
MoCo LoCo held on to victory and brought home the Maryland District 2 Little League title, winning 6 straight after their opening loss!
Hawa Lukulay began scouring yard sales in Bethesda and Potomac when she was still a student at Northwest High School.
In 2013 she started Messie’s Closet, her eBay store, and has gone on to sell over 10,000 items!
Hawa went to school at the University of South Carolina and continued to grow her business throughout college. Earlier this year she applied for eBay’s Shine Awards for Small Business program.
eBay’s Shine Awards for Small Business program, sponsored by Intuit, is a seller recognition program that celebrates the contributions of small businesses on eBay to the economy and recognizes the entrepreneurs who have used eBay to help build successful businesses. The finalists were selected from more than 1,300 submissions that came in from across the country.
A few weeks back Hawa became a finalist and tonight she was named the 2018 Shine Award winner for Young Entrepreneur of the Year.
Hawa is a former student of mine and The MoCoShow is incredibly proud of her. She plans to use the $5,000 in prize money to open a small studio workshop and continue to expand her business. We wish you the best of luck, Hawa!
Listen to The MoCoShow podcast with Steve Solomon and Alex Tsironis!
The Maryland SHA (State Highway Administration) has proposed the construction of a 349 foot emergency communication tower. The tower would sit on land at the northwest corner of the intersection of Georgia Avenue and the ICC in Olney and would be used for radio communication.
This tower would be approximately the same height as the Luxor hotel in Las Vegas and almost 2/3 the size of the Washington Monument in D.C. It would have strobe lights that flash 24 hours a day to warn off aircraft.
I have heard from many residents that oppose the construction of the industrial looking structure. GOCA (Greater Olney Civic Association) has also sent a letter to Senators Roger Manno and Craig Zucker opposing the construction of the tower.m, citing the negative visual impact to everyone living in the Olney area.
Below you’ll see images that shows what the tower would look like once constructed as well as the specs for the tower.
More info available on GOCA website.
As reported earlier today in the Washington Business Journal, Ellsworth Place Mall has sold for $92 million.
Rockwood Capital and Petrie Richardson Ventures, the sellers, were represented by Newmark Knight Frank. Petrie Richardson is also rumored to have purchased Lakeforest Mall a few months back, but representatives have not commented on the rumored acquisition.
The five-story Mall was purchased by GBT Realty Corp. In the purchase, the Tennessee-based company has also bought the rights to build 250,000 sq ft. higher (air rights).
Petrie Richardson Ventures acquired ownership and management of the former City Place Mall in 2012 in a joint venture with Rockwood Capital. They reopened the renovated mall in 2016.
Grow Gaithersburg, the official Gaithersburg office of economic development, tweeted that the Gaithersburg Hilton was sold to Alfred Weissman Real Estate last week.
According to Grow Gaithersburg, the new owners plan to renovate the interior and exterior of the hotel and convert it to a DoubleTree.
The hotel, located at 620 Perry Parkway, was previously owned by Marriott before converting to into a Hilton hotel well over a decade ago.
The amount the hotel sold for has not been released yet.
MoCo is getting its second BurgerFi location at Pike & Rose. The first MoCo location is located in Silver Spring at 8504 Fenton Street.
Press release below:
North Bethesda, MD, July 23, 2017 – Federal Realty Investment Trust (NYSE: FRT), a national leader in the retail real estate industry, announced today that BurgerFi will open at Pike & Rose. One of the nation’s fastest-growing gourmet burger chains, BurgerFi will be located in the neighborhood at 11881 Grand Park Avenue next to Blue Mercury and will open this winter.
Established in 2011 and a 2018 Fast Casual Top 100 movers and shakers, BurgerFi features all-natural hamburgers, Vienna beef dogs, veggie and vegan burgers and shakes and custard. The 100% natural Angus beef patties have no steroids, antibiotics or growth hormones.
Burger Fi offers fresh hand-cut crunchy French fries and double-battered crispy onion rings to be enjoyed with a favorite craft beer, wine, natural sugar cane sodas or frozen custards and shakes. The restaurants also feature an eco-friendly, modern design.
“We are extremely excited to become a new member of the Pike & Rose community, a thriving new destination to live, work, shop and dine. We look forward to bringing our all-natural unique offerings to one of the fastest growing and cosmopolitan neighborhoods in the U.S.,” said BurgerFi Pike & Rose owner, Maria Fabelo.
“We are always looking to curate a distinctive atmosphere at Pike & Rose that includes the newest, high-quality restaurants such as BurgerFi,” said Stuart Biel, Vice President of Leasing, Federal Realty. “We look forward to having the dining establishment in the neighborhood.”