Halal Guys is coming to Gaithersburg Square.
Initially founded as a hotdog cart in 1990, The Halal Guys made the switch to chicken, gyro meat, and pita two years later. The first brick and mortar restaurant opened in New York in 2015 and the company hasn’t looked back since, opening over 70 brick and mortar locations.
Halal Guys will be located at 522 N Frederick Ave, next to T-Mobile.
Wawa is finally coming to Montgomery County!
We spoke with representatives from Wawa today who let us know they plan on opening their first Montgomery County location in Gaithersburg.
Wawa will be taking over the old Becraft Antiques location on 355 across from Gaithersburg High School (405 S Frederick Ave).
I was told the location will include a 24 hours convenience store and a gas station.
Wawa plans to open this store by the end of 2020 with more Montgomery County locations to come!
Lu Buffet & Grill has officially opened in Gaitherstowne Plaza, near the IHOP in Gaithersburg (218 N Frederick Ave).
They offer a reasonably priced all-you-can-eat buffet and even offer a carry-out version of their buffet (prices available here).
According to their website, their buffet consists of “a wide array of authentic Chinese and Japanese dishes.”
Our friends at Dogfish Head Alehouse in Gaithersburg will host their first weekly farmer’s market this Saturday, 5/11.
Stop by between 10am-2pm for local produce, beer, spirits, CBD, baked goods, beauty supplies and a lot more, including live music by Park Valley Band starting at 11:30am.
In other news, it was announced last night that Dogfish Head will be merging with Boston Beer Company (the maker of Sam Adams) in a deal worth around $300 million.
I spoke with Dogfish Head Alehouse GM, Patrick Herron, who told me the merger would not be affecting the Gaithersburg restaurant. "We are really excited, but it’s business as usual for us...no significant changes."
In January we announced that Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt will be coming to the Kentlands. Today, Kimco Realty announced that Tutti Frutti would be joined by South Korean fried chicken chain, Bonchon.
They’ll be taking over part of the location that used to be home to Last Mango, Zodiac Grill, Tony and James, 44 Sports Bar and Grill, and most recently Largent’s Restaurant and Bar location (654 Center Point Way).
Bonchon has over 300 locations worldwide, almost 100 in the United States, and two other MoCo locations (Germantown and Rockville).
News of Bonchon coming to the Kentlands was first reported earlier today by The Town Courier.
A little over a year ago popular Kentlands sushi restaurant, Yoyogi, announced they would be moving across the street about a hundred yards away in their current location at 317 Main Street.
According to a notice on the door of the old location, 328 Main Street, a permit was issued to Yaho Sushi in January of 2019.
We don’t have any information on when the restaurant may be ready to go, but our best guess would be after the summer assuming changes will be made to the existing layout (though that may not be necessary due to the similar nature of the restaurants).
The addition of Yaho would make for three sushi-focused restaurants within a quarter mile of each other, adding to Yoyogi and Kenaki.
Back in August we reported that Cinnaholic, a bakery known for its 100% vegan custom cinnamon rolls, is coming to Crown in Gaithersburg.
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).
We’re told the bakery will be located at 230 Crown Park Ave., the former home of Yogiberry, next to Chopt. After a few delays, they expect to open late summer 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).
Omnifun, an indoor self play fun center, is coming to Gaithersburg (832 Russell Ave. across from Costco).
Their “fun center” will include a private block building area, a huge ball pit area, a self play jungle gym that wraps around the park and five slides! They’ll also have a toddler area and a place for parents to relax.
While everyone is invited to have fun, the target audience is kids between the ages of 3 and 12. A member of the management team has told me it will be similar to Chuck E. Cheese and Monkey Joe’s.
Omnifun plans to open on June 1st, 2019.
A few weeks back the first BurgerIM in MoCo opened in Wheaton Mall. Today, we found out that a second MoCo BurgerIM will be opening in Downtown Crown at 200 Ellington Ave., taking over the old Smashburger location.
I spoke with manager Leon Mensah (a Quince Orchard graduate) who told me that if everything goes as planned with permits, it can open as early as late May.
The first Burgerim (an Israeli Burger chain) opened in 2011 and the burger chain has already expanded to over 160 stores worldwide in just over 5 years.
They sell mini-burgers (not sliders) using 2.8 ounce patties that are larger than a slider sized patty. Their selling point is variety, and there’s plenty of it. They offer 11 different types of patties, including beef, dry aged beef, Wagyu beef, merguez, Turkey, lamb, chicken, salmon, veggie, Spanish beef, and falafel.
Their disc shaped fries are more like slices of potatoes, but they also provide the option to get sweet potato fries (in the traditional shape), onion rings, or home fries (cubes potatoes tossed in chili sauce and topped with sesame seeds).
Combo options include the uno (one burger), duo (two burgers), trio (three burgers), and Party Box (16 burgers!). In addition to burgers, Burgerim will offer a variety of sandwiches and salads.
Back in October we wrote about Asian dessert spot Mango Mango potentially coming to Downtown Crown. Today we confirmed that it’ll be opening right next to BurgerIM (the old Smashburger location) at 202 Ellington Ave.
They offer a variety of unique desserts, not all mango-based, which can be seen on their website. There are currently 11 other Mango Mango locations across the United States, with the closest being in nearby Falls Church, VA.
We don’t have an opening date for Mango Mango, but based on previous information we are guessing they’re aiming for this summer.
More bad news for Lakeforest Mall as popular sneaker and apparel retailer, Foot Locker, closed permanently today.
The mall has suffered some major losses lately with Starbucks and McDonald’s closing, and JC Penney announcing they’ll be closing in the near future.
No word yet on the future of the mall, but the pad sites (department stores) own the property they are on so it will be difficult for redevelopment in the area if any of them choose to stay.