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”
Urban Plates is now open in Montgomery Mall.
The Southern California-based assembly line style fast casual restaurant has taken over the Naples Ristorante location in the mall’s food court.
According to Eater DC, the restaurant offers “assorted salads (Caesar; mixed beet; grilled chicken), sandwiches (portobello mushroom with pesto goat cheese; grass fed steak with chimichurri aioli), and build-your-own entrees composed of core offerings (habanero-mango ribs: baked salmon with honey-mustard sauce; turkey meatloaf with barbecue sauce). Carry-out family meals designed to serve four people (starting at $48) include one main, two large sides, and grilled bread.”
Poke is the Hawaiian word that means “to cut” or “to slice”, usually referring to chunks of raw, marinated fish (but can also include other forms of protein). It’s then tossed over rice and topped with vegetables and different types of sauces.
Poki DC will have their soft opening at Georgetown Square in Bethesda (10400 Old Georgetown Rd., next to Not Your Average Joe’s) this Friday, 2/15, according to their recent Facebook post.
This location will also offer Gongcha Bobatea!
You order using a “base, protein, mix-ins, sauces, toppings” format.
• Combo (mix of two bases)
• Mixed greens
• Rice (brown w/ quinoa and white)
• Zucchini noodles
• Ahi tuna (plain, marinated, and spicy)
• Salmon (plain and marinated)
• Yellowtail (plain and marinated)
• Crab Salad
• Hijiki Seaweed
• Onion (green and red)
• Radish (pickled, raw, watermelon)
• Seaweed salad
Is Cinnabon is coming back to Montgomery Mall?
The bakery, best known for their cinnamon rolls cinnamon products, coffee, and frozen drinks, is rumored to be coming back to Montgomery Mall after local blog, Store Reporter, announced the return earlier today.
My contact at Montgomery Mall told me that it is not yet confirmed, but that they expect confirmation in the coming weeks.
I was told they are looking at the location pictured below, next to Popeye’s, for their return.
Currently, there is just one Cinnabon location left in MoCo (Wheaton Mall), as the Lakeforest location closed in January of 2017.
Wicked Waffle, the sweet waffle treat and savory waffle sandwich spot in Montgomery Mall, has closed permanently.
Yesterday I spoke with Wicked Waffle and was told they’re only closed temporarily, but today I spoke with a representative from Montgomery Mall who confirmed that the waffle spot won’t be re-opening in the mall. An employee from Wicked Waffle DC also confirmed that they will not be opening the Montgomery Mall location.
The restaurant had a 5 year run in the Montgomery Mall food court. Their DC location, 1712 I Street NW, remains open.
Danish chain JOE & THE JUICE will open a new juice bar and coffee concept at Bethesda’s Wildwood Shopping Center this summer.
The 1,900 square-foot store will be located between Sanctuary Interior Design and Irresistibles. This follows on last week’s announcement that Bethesda Bagels, featuring handmade NY-style bagels, will open this summer.
The 1,800 square-foot store will be located near CVS and solidcore and will be open from 6:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday and from 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Sunday
It has been confirmed that Matchbox will be taking over the American Tap Room location in Bethesda (7278 Woodmont Ave.). It’s expected to open this summer.
Thompson Hospitality, the restaurant group that owns Matchbox (as well as American Tap Room), decided to close their Silver Spring Hen Quarter location this past October. That Matchbox location is expected to next month.
Matchbox currently has a location in MoCo on Rockville Pike.
Philz Coffee, known for brewing “One Cup at a Time,” is opening its first location in Maryland on Wednesday, December 19 in Bethesda Row. Philz Coffee crafts a perfect cup of coffee to meet everyone’s individual taste. The 2,535-square-foot store is located at 7247 Bethesda Avenue next to Mon Ami Gabi and will be open daily from 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Founded more than 25 years ago by Phil Jaber, Philz Coffee has more than 55 stores across California and the Washington, DC region. With more than 20 unique, customized blends created by Phil, there are four million ways to enjoy Philz Coffee, each handcraft to the customer’s request.
A full service-coffee bar, Philz grinds the coffee beans and upon request mixes in the cream and sugar, making the drinks true “cups of love.” There aren’t lattes, cappuccinos, espressos, or pre-brews and the recommended first cup is “Philz Way” – medium sweet with cream.
Philz also features tasty treats such as hot breakfast items (Green Chile & Cheese Burrito and Bacon & Cheese Burrito), scones and muffins, cookies and bars, bagels and handmade toast options. They also offer tea, spices, coffee by the pound and gifts.
Philz Coffee is also in Adams Morgan, The Yards and Dupont Circle.
Philz Coffee’s mission is to “better people’s day”. The company buys the highest quality green beans, donates to Food4Farms and World Coffee Research. Philz also offers opportunities for office coffee programs and is available at grocery stores.
Last week I was told by mall security that a 7-Eleven would be opening in the mall.
The concierge was able to confirm and informed me that it’ll be opening in the food court where the Smile Direct Club vending machine is currently located (across from Chick Fil A).
We’re told it’s likely to open in early 2019.
Frozen Stuff on a Stick Officially Opened this Black Friday at Montgomery Mall (located just off the food court near Chick Fil A).
Joel Rogozinski, a graduate of the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville, and his fiancée Holly Bagwell opened their first location in an outdoor mall in Purcellville, VA this past August and wanted to take the opposite approach by opening an indoor location late this fall.
Holly saw a craft pop store as a teen in Alabama and wanted to open something similar ever since. This past April they put together a trailer and started attending events, selling their homemade pops as vendors. Just four months later they opened their first shop.
The couple plans to have at least five locations by the end of next summer and they have their eyes on a few possible MoCo future MoCo locations.
All of the flavors are created by Holly, using fresh and natural ingredients. Their most popular flavors include blackberry lemonade and cookies & cream, but they have unique flavors like pineapple jalapeño, strawberry balsamic, and honey almond banana butter as well.
Below you’ll see a few images of their Montgomery Mall location and their seasonal pumpkin spice pop, which tasted great!
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