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.
The next Girl Power event will be held on July 14th at Bethesda Crossing in Bethesda, MD.
This means two floors of:
• Free Food
• Free Wine
• Free Massages
• Free Beer
• Free Dessert
• Free Fitness activities (Yoga, Zumba, Kicktronix, Self Defense, and more)
and so much more!
Over 100 women-owned/operated vendors will be showing off and selling their products, so come prepared to shop and support our local women operated businesses.
There will be many free giveaways for everyone as well– including a free raffle with over 50 prizes that everyone in attendance can be a part of!
Girl Power started in in April of 2017, with over 1,000 women attending the first event at Clarksburg High School. In November of 2017, the second event was held at the Foulger-Pratt building in Park Potomac, with over 3,000 women in attendance.
There will be free food and drinks provided by:
• Cava Mezze
• Wing Stop
• Mamma Lucia
• Ruth’s Chris
• All Set
• Music Cafe
• Greene Growers
• Nothing Bundt Cake
• Urban Winery
Sponsors that have contributed over $5k each include:
• Montgomery County Police Department
• MoCo Fire Search & Rescue
• Miller and Long
• Ruppert Landscapes
• MicroComputer Solutions
• Greene Growlers Brewing
• King Sports Construction
• K-Sef Entertainment
The Facebook event page can be found here: Girl Power Facebook Event
A video of last year’s event can be found here:
Girl Power 2017
Sears will close their Montgomery Mall location in March 31st, 2019 according to Bethesda Beat.
On January, we were the first to report that Sears filed a notice stating their Montgomery Mall location would be closing on March 18th, 2018. Sears later claimed they accidentally filed the notice and that they signed a new lease the mall.
The plan, according to Westfield, is for the Sears building to be replaced by a mixed-use center that will contain upscale restaurants, housing, high-end shops, walkways, and a promenade reminiscent to Tyson's Corner (where Shake Shack is located just outside of the mall itself).
The photos, courtesy of Westfield, show what development may look like when it is completed in about 4 years.
The Big Greek Cafe is almost ready to open their fourth restaurant in the location vacated by Yamas Mediterranean Grill at the end of January (4806 Rugby Ave. Bethesda, MD 20814).
The images below, sent in by Jimmy Chronopoulos, show us the progress made at the location.
I was told that the restaurant is expected to open within the next month.
A new ramen spot will be taking over the old Boardwalk Burgers & Fries (November 2016-December 2017) in between Panda Express and Sarku Japan in the food court.
Viva Japanese Steakhouse will take over the location across from the movie theater. They’ll feature hibachi as well as a variety of Asian food (including Japanese, Chinese, Thai, and Vietnamese).
Zero Degree, a Thai ice cream spot, will be taking over the recently vacated Menchie’s location in the Sears wing. Zero Degrees freezes and prepares their ice cream to-order right in front of you; it doesn't get fresher than that.
Menchie’s, a California based fro-yo chain, has over 540 locations around the world.
Earlier this month they closed their only MoCo location (Montgomery Mall). Menchie’s opened last February and made it about 15 months before closing.
We just received word that Heckman’s Deli in Bethesda has been sold.
The sign on the door states that the new owner will continue to sell beer and wine and will switch to Ethiopian food going forward.
Located at 4914 Cordell Ave, Heckman’s has been a fairly popular deli in Bethesda for the last four years.