Code Ninjas is a place where kids learn coding by building (and playing) video games. Soon it’ll be open in Germantown.
The program offers various “belts” that students can earn as they progress through the different levels, similar to karate.
The company was created in 2016. They started franchising just last year and now have over 25 locations open across the country.
The Germantown Code Ninjas will be located behind the McDonald’s at 12974 Middlebrook Rd. and is currently enrolling students.
You’ll be able to drop in during center hours, enjoy a “parents night out” as your kids will learn to code, play games, assemble puzzles, build robotics, etc., and enroll them in half or full day camps when school is out!
Try the Open Face Meatloaf sandwich and many other delicious dishes at Dogfish Head Alehouse in Gaithersburg
Nestle Toll House Cafe is Expected to open soon at 11 Arch Place in the Colonnade complex in the Kentlands.
The cafe will serve coffee, cookies, “savories,” ice cream, and more. It will join the Westfield Wheaton location to make it the second Nestle Toll House Cafe In MoCo.
Each week, Dogfish Head Alehouse in Gaithersburg offers a ‘Burger of the Week.’ For just a couple more days, go try the gyro burger! A half pound lamb burger with lettuce, tomato, onion and tzatziki sauce on pita bread; served with beach fries.
Cinnaholic, a bakery know for its 100% vegan custom cinnamon rolls, is coming to Crown in Gaithersburg (first reported by DC Eater).
Husband and wife team, Florian and Shannon Radke, opened their first bakery in Berkeley, California in 2010. Four years later, the couple appeared on Shark Tank, where they initially accepted a $200,000 investment for 20% of their company (the deal later fell through due to differences in how investor Robert Herjavec and the Radke’s saw the company moving forward).
The bakery will be located at 321 Ellington Drive In Downtown Crown. The location used to be home to the “Downtown Crown RPAI US Management Office.” They expect to open in early 2019.
Below you’ll see just some of the create-your-own cinnamon rolls you can make at Cinnaholic, courtesy of their Instagram account (@Cinnaholic).
Yesterday we shared a few photos of two people sitting in beach chairs on the media of I-270 between Falls Rd and West Montgomery Ave.
J’amie Kirlew, the person who was able to snap the photos, captioned them with “A couple is casually sitting in lawn chairs on 270 between W. Montgomery & Falls drinking wine. We had to turn around and around to capture these pics.”
It didn’t take long after we shared the photos for one of the people in them to be tagged. I was able to ask her a few questions and get to the bottom of this local mystery.
Rebekah and her father Matt were headed down to Virginia Beach from their home in Mount Airy. Not too long after they got on the highway, The car they were in got a flat tire.
They were able to pull over and call a tow truck, but they were told there would be an hour wait. “One tiny swerve and we’d be crushed” said Rebekah, describing the shoulder they were able to make it to.
Since they were headed to Virginia Beach, they had their beach chairs in the car. They decided to pull them out and move to the median, which was the only safe space for the two.
Though it initially looked like wine may have been involved, Rebekah tells me the only sipping came from a water bottle that she had with her in the car. It only appears as though a wine glass is present in one of the photos, but a closer look reveals just bottle of water.
Rebekah told me she was “thankful we didn’t do anything too crazy or obnoxious...my dad and I tend to try and be funny at the cost of some embarrassment.”
The tow truck arrived a bit later and took them to the shop for a new tire. Their four-hour trip ended up being twice as long, but they were still able to make it to the beach.
Federal Realty announced today that the Sunday Morning Bakehouse, a star of the Pike & Rose weekend farmer’s market, will open a permanent storefront in the North Bethesda mixed-use neighborhood.
Courtesy of Federal Realty and Pike & Rose:
Chef and owner Caroline Yi grew up in MoCo, attended Wootton High School and the University of Maryland at College Park.
This season she has been selling her goods at the Pike & Rose Farm Market, where she has a very loyal following. Yi chose Pike & Rose for her brick and mortar bakery and café because she sees it as the perfect location.
“I knew if and when I opened my first business it had to be in my hometown. After visiting Pike & Rose for the first time, I fell in love with it and knew it was the only place I could picture my bakery and café,” said Yi. “We are creating a place where people will gather for a coffee, a croissant or a meal, where they can pick up a freshly baked baguette after work or where they can find respite from their busy day and catch up with an old friend – kind of a home away from home.”
When Sunday Morning Bakehouse opens in the summer of 2019, guests will find Yi’s signature pastries such as: traditional croissants that are handmade with French butter over a three-day process; brioche donuts filled with seasonal homemade jam; and her newest, one of a kind crowd-pleaser, twice baked Elvis croissants filled with roasted peanut filling, fresh bananas, and crispy bacon.
With seating for 30-35, Sunday Morning Bakehouse will also serve eat-in breakfast items such as French style omelettes and herb baked eggs. A variety of sweet and savory toast offerings like homemade jam with sea salt and Catalan-style pan con tomate on crusty sourdough will be offered on the all-day breakfast menu. In addition to morning pastries and breakfast, Yi plans on offering her favorite sandwiches during lunchtime including a 3-cheese grilled cheese and her mom’s tuna salad with sprouts on brioche.
“I look forward to sharing the breakfast and lunch items I have been making at home and enjoying for years,” added Yi. “It’s a different experience when we can plate the meal, rather than a grab and go at the farmer’s market. We are excited to create a beautiful space where our guests can sit down and enjoy their food with a leisurely cup of coffee.”
Her passion for baking started when she was just seven years old making Christmas cookies for her family. While adding cookbook after cookbook to her collection, over the years she became a self-taught home baker. She pursued a more conventional path attending, college instead of culinary school, earning a degree in American Studies and then taking a job in digital marketing. Sitting in front of a computer all day made her realize she had to go after her passion for food and dream of owning her own bakery. She started with a job behind the counter serving pastries and coffee before she got her first opportunity at the baking bench. She has spent the last three years gaining technical skills, test batching and perfecting the recipes needed to create what is now Sunday Morning Bakehouse.
“Being able to share my passion with our guests at the farmers’ market and seeing the same faces return week after week has been an amazing experience,” said Yi. “The joy and excitement I see in this community has given me the confidence to take the next step where we can bring the warmth, the smells, the food, and the coffee to my loyal clients on a daily basis all year long.”
UPDATED TO INCLUDE STATEMENT FROM TACO BAR IN RIO
A post on Next Door, a popular community app, led to the rumors of Taco Bar taking over the old Jerry’s location in Olney (18100 Georgia Ave.).
After speaking with a few employees the last two days, I was able to confirm that Taco Bar is planning to open in Olney this October.
Taco Bar currently has locations on Russell Ave in Gaithersburg, and in Frederick. Taco Bar Washingtonian (in Rio) is not related to the restaurant. They released the following statement today:
To all our Moco people. We wanted to take this chance to clarify the confusion around the other Taco Bar businesses opening in the area. We were once associated many many years ago hence why we have the same name. We operate completely on our own and have nothing to do with other locations. We are family owned and are not looking to franchise. We love being community based and local! So, sorry again for the confusion that will probably keep occurring. If you are looking for tacos in a gas station, there's only one place. Thank you Moco for all your support! GST for Life (gas station tacos)
Taco Bar Washingtonian
In the last week I've spoken to a few people that were concerned about signage for development being removed from the planned Germantown Topgolf location (Century Blvd at I-270).
Today I spoke with Topgolf’s communications manager and was told that Topgolf is “hoping to break ground in the coming months!”
I know that things are behind schedule, but it looks like Topgolf Germantown is still ON!
Punkin Ale is now available at Dogfish Head Alehouse in Gaithersburg!
Las Vegas oddsmakers have weighed in on where Amazon HQ2 will be located.
Oddsshark.com and Bovada have released their odds on which city will win the bid for Amazon HQ2. The winning city/area will get about 50,000 high paying jobs. The article states that “Amazon estimates its investments in Seattle added an additional $38 billion to the city’s economy.”
According to the Vegas odds, Northern Virginia comes in first at +240. Washington D.C. comes in second at +350, and Austin is third at +400.
MoCo comes in seventh out of the twenty areas, at +1200.
238 areas initially applied to bring HQ2 to around, so making it to the final 20 is a big deal. There have been talks about Amazon possibly choosing NoVa, D.C., and MoCo as one area for HQ2, but it’s more likely that one area gets chosen.
Amazon is expected to select the location for HQ2 in the coming months.
The full article and odds for all twenty areas can be found here: https://www.oddsshark.com/other/amazon-hq2-betting-prop-odds
Kensington is MoCo's most unique shopping destination with a collection of independently owned stores.
You can walk outside from shop to shop and explore gifts, jewelry, clothing, art, home décor and a selection of vintage & antique items. Some of the newer shops in town are Tumbleweed, Oak, and La Maison de Laurette.
Check them out at Explore Kensington.
Sardi’s in Olney (3418 Olney Laytonsville Road) has rebranded to Sardi’s Taphouse and is now open.
The restaurant now offers over 60+ beers and house-crafted specialty cocktails. They've even rolled out a new menu this month that includes wings, mozzarella sticks, nachos, empanadas, sandwiches, seafood, their famous chicken, and much more.
Previously known as Sardi's Fusion, it became an original Sardi's for a while before taking on its newest identity just a couple weeks ago.