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Virtual Insanity Arcade is coming to Montgomery Mall, on the upper level across from the Apple store.
This is going to be completely different than those pods you’ve seen in many malls. Your experience at one of their 8 stations will be far more authentic than most of the VR available in shopping malls.
You’ll be able to purchase 10, 20, 30, or 60 minute packs to play games that include google paint, mini-golf, boxing, walking on a plank across a skyscraper, a haunted house, and a lot more.
Though they don’t have an exact opening day, they are expecting to open very soon, and are hoping to do so by the end of the month.
La Madeleine in Bethesda has closed temporarily, as reported by Robert Dyer this morning.
There have been rumblings that it will be closing permanently, but an employee from their Gaithersburg location told me “it should be open again in a couple weeks.”
The Bethesda location is just one of two left in Montgomery County, along with the Gaithersburg location in Downtown Crown.
A few weeks back I ran into a former student who suffered from alopecia. I hadn’t seen him in nearly a decade, but one of the first things he did was ask me if I liked his hair.
He told me that he recently went to a place in Bethesda that was able to use a procedure called SMP (scalp micropigmentation) to make it appear as though he had a full head of hair.
It looked great, and I could tell how happy and excited he was. He told me the place was called Scalp Allure and I knew I had to check it out.
I called Scalp Allure and spoke with owner, Daniel Yerenburg. We set up a time for me to stop by and see what this was all about.
Scalp Allure is located in a quiet office building in Bethesda (10411 Motor City Drive, just behind Montgomery Mall). Daniel has been there for 5 years. In that time, he has completed over 5,000 procedures and claims a 100% satisfaction rate.
He moved to the United States with his family when he was just a kid, back in 1989. In the early 90s his family moved to Gaithersburg and Daniel has been there ever since (he’s a 1997 graduate of Gaithersburg High School).
Daniel began his battle with hair loss when he was just 18. He even joined the hair club for men, but didn’t know if having to worry about a hair piece was any better than being bald, so he shaved his head completely.
He ended up finding out about scalp micropigmentation online and went to a local tattoo artist. It was a big mistake. Daniel ended up with a blue head filled with massive dots. He later got this fixed in New York, but he knew he found something he was passionate about and wanted to change lives the same way his was changed.
After being trained in New York he came back to the area and began performing the scalp micropigmentation procedures himself.
Of his 5,000 procedures have been, approximately 85% have been men, but he has worked on hundreds of women as well. In addition to clients with thinning hair, he’s executed procedures on clients with alopecia, scars from injuries, surgical scars, cancer patients, and almost any type of hair loss you can think of.
Daniel prides himself on being able to complete these procedures with minimal pain. He says the feeling is more of a slight discomfort than pain and that he’s never had to stop a procedure due to pain.
The procedures are semi-permanent and require touch-ups every five years or so. Without any touch-ups, he estimates the procedures would last about a decade or longer.
His patients have included over a dozen doctors, CIA agents, dancers, teachers, mma fighters, and a lot more.
More than anything, he loves being able to give people the confidence that hair loss has caused them.www.instagram.com/danielyerenburg
You can check out the official Scalp Allure website, or join one of his many followers on Instagram where he highlights hundreds of his procedures.
Big Greek Cafe Bethesda (4806 Rugby Ave) will be hosting their Grand Opening event tomorrow and will offer a FREE GYRO for all customers from 11am-4pm on Monday, August 20th, 2018 (limit 1 gyro per customer).
I’m Greek and I fully approve of the gyros!
TacoArepa, Bold Bite, 202 Donuts & Coffee, and 202 Next Door In Bethesda Are Now All Closed Permanently
Last week we tweeted about the closing of Bold Bite, a burger, hotdog, and salad restaurant in Bethesda, after we were sent a photo of the empty restaurant.
Today, Bethesda Beat reported that Alonso and Alvaro Roche will close their other Bethesda restaurants– TacoArepa, 202 Donuts & Coffee, and 202 Next Door.
Bold Bite gained popularity when it was located next to Blackfinn on Fairmont Avenue. The restaurant moved to 4903 Cordell Avenue with an expanded menu, and remained there until closing last week.
The Roche brothers cited failed negotiations with property management as the the reason for their restaurants closing.
Washington DC based Poké Papa will be opening in the Montgomery Mall food court in early 2019.
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.
Their menu is available on the Poké Papa website.
Urban Plates is coming to Montgomery Mall! It was reported yesterday by Robert Dyer that the Southern California-based assembly line style fast casual restaurant will be taking over the vacant 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.”
The Tyson’s location, which opens next month, will be their first east coast location.
South Street Steaks is loved by many. Unfortunately, their sole location has closed until further notice after a car drove into one of the restaurant’s walls.
I reached out to South Street Steaks and they told me the following:
”There was an accident ( a car from a public parking side hit the store wall) and caused structural damage to the building. Under the county law it is unsafe for us to reopen until the necessary repairs are done. At this time it is unknown how long.”
South Street Steaks used to have locations in Gaithersburg and College Park, but Bethesda is the sole survivor. We hope things get taken care of and that they make a return soon!
Mamma Lucia in Bethesda will be hosting outdoor viewing parties for every 10am and 2pm World Cup game going forward.
These will be held on Bethesda Lane (across from the Apple store) and will offer:
• Big Screen TVs
• Beer/wine/mixed drinks
Some cool Caps related news could be coming soon too...
Last Month we talked about the ramen spot, Thai ice cream, and Japanese Steakhouse that’s coming to Montgomery Mall (Coming to Montgomery Mall).
Today we have some updates!
Lets start with Viva Japanese Steakhouse. Not only will the restaurant have hibachi-style grills, but they'll also have a sushi bar and Asian-style fusion dishes. They'll be opening later this summer, right outside of ArcLight Cinemas.
Zumiez, an American specialty clothing store that specializes in apparel, footwear, accessories, and hardgoods for young men and women, will also make their debut in Montgomery Mall. The location is already under construction and could be ready in just a few weeks
Invisalign, which uses clear aligners in orthodontics, is also very close to opening.
Spice 6, which offers a modern take on authentic Indian cuisine, is set to be the latest addition to the food court.