Gazebo Cafe, a very popular breakfast/brunch/lunch location in the Kentlands (422 Main Street), will be closing permanently in the coming weeks, Gaithersburg City Councilmember Robert Wu tells us.
The cafe is known for its creative menu, including bulgogi waffles, banana latte, and a lot more will be transitioning to F.D. Book Cafe in the coming weeks.
Owners Tim and Ji have always been two of the kindest people and we wish them the best moving forward.
Charming Charlie, a Houston-based women's fashion and accessories retailer based in Houston, has filed for Chapter 11 for the second time.
USA Today reports that the company plans on closing all 261 of its stores. If reports are true, this would mean the closure of the company's sole MoCo location in Rio (101 Boardwalk Place).
An employee of the new Kentlands MOD Pizza approached me today to let me know they will be opening tomorrow, Tuesday 7/9.
They will also have an opening day special, giving free pizza to the first 52 customers, according to the employee and the sign on the door.
Doors open at 10:30am at 145 Commerce Street (a new street located across from the movie theater).
One of the first Hotpot spots in MoCo has closed permanently.
Riverside Hotpot, located in the Muddy Branch Shopping Center in Gaithersburg, opened in January of 2014. It was the first American location of the Chongqing-based chain that has over 20 locations in China.
After five and a half years, owners decided to close the Gaithersburg location. Riverside still has a location in nearby Fairfax if the newer Hotpot restaurants aren’t doing it for you.
Don’t worry Gaithersburg, George’s Hotpot & BBQ is coming soon to the Diamond Square Shopping Center.
Earlier this morning we shared a post on The MoCoShow Twitter account (@TheMocoShow) about the company starting off as a sub shop on University Blvd in Wheaton back in 1955.
Now we have some unfortunate news as the chain plans to close their Gaithersburg location, located on the corner of 355 and Shady Grove, by the end of this month.
Jerry’s also planned a Montgomery Village location, which was supposed to open earlier this year, but they have recently removed the signage. We’ve attempted to reach Jerry’s for comment, but haven’t been able to do so. Things don’t look good for the potential Montgomery Village location at the moment.
Taqueria El Nopalito is moving in to the location that was formerly home to Orient Garden Chinese Restaurant in the Goshen Crossing Shopping Center (20024 Goshen Rd.) next to BJ's Beer & Wine.
While we don't have an opening date for the restaurant, we know they will serve various types of tacos, including chicken, pork, nopal, and BBQ tacos.
The changes continue in the Kentlands...
It looks as though CVS will be taking over the old Tommy Joe’s/O’Donnell’s location in the Kentlands (311 Kentlands Blvd).
We spoke with Gaithersburg Councilmember Neil Harris, who told us he heard rumblings of the pharmacy chain’s potential arrival a couple months back. With some light construction having begun inside the building, it looks as if some major changes are coming to the building soon.
Additionally, we were told that the lights were out at JPII Colombian Breeze last week. We peeked inside and noticed that the restaurant appears to have moved out. Though we haven’t been able to get in contact with the owners, a “For Rent” sign is now up in the window.
Some of my fondest MoCo memories took place at Chi-Chi’s. Growing up in Gaithersburg, we would frequently go to the Lakeforest location for dinner– it was the restaurant that introduced me to fried ice cream!
Chi-Chi’s also had a Rockville location in Wintergreen Plaza that later became Broadway/Ted’s 355 Diner and is currently Habit Burger and Jersey Mike’s.
They left town nearly two decades ago, but Lakeforest never replaced the restaurant (located across from the old Lakeforest Silver Diner). The vacant location was closed off, but recently the window covers were removed.
MoCo resident Jeff Melia noticed and took a few photos through the window. Inside were the ruins of days past. Below you’ll see a few photos that may drum up a few memories.
I remember the cigarette vending machine in front of the restaurant and how the smoking and non-smoking sections were separated by a few feet. I recall feeling grown up because I ordered a (virgin) piña colada. My first taste of chips and salsa at a restaurant...how could this be free???
Chi-Chi’s left the United States in 2004 when Outback Steakhouse purchased the 76 Chi-Chi’s properties for $42.5 million, but didn’t buy the name, operations, or recipes. They later sold to Kimco, the development company that is responsible for the changes currently occurring in the Kentlands.
Aside from the salsa being made available in grocery stores by Hormel, you can still eat at Chi-Chi’s restaurants in Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, and The United Arab Emirates.
I tried to make it in there for a video today, but was unable to find my way in. Below are a few more shots of what’s left of the Lakeforest Chi-Chi’s.
Things to do in MoCo: 🏌🏻♀️Gaithersburg Miniature Golf At Bohrer Park🏌🏽♂️
18 holes of Mini Golf at Bohrer Park in Gaithersburg.
I went back and sharpened the skills I built at Putt-Putt in the 80s and 90s. The course was beautiful (there’s even a waterfall), and we enjoyed our time playing on the fun and challenging course.
Rates run from $5-$9 per person ($9 gets a non-Gaithersburg resident unlimited play for a day), so it’s an affordable option whether you’re going with friends, bringing the family, or taking a date.
I shot a 53 😎 ⛳️
Sunday – Thursday: 11 AM – 9 PM
Friday & Saturday: 11 AM – 10 PM
True Food Kitchen, a health-focused restaurant chain with 23 locations in 10 U.S. states (most locations in California and Texas), will take over the old Joe’s Crab Shack location in Rio according to a tweet from Gaithersburg Councilmember Ryan Spiegel.
The restaurant focuses on serving healthy, seasonal, sustainable, and organic food with plenty of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options.
This will be the second MoCo location, with the first being at 7100 Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda.
Their menu can be seen here.