Slush and Krust Productions is a MoCo- based entertainment business dedicated to providing a one-of-a-kind experience to our party-goers as well as establishing a supportive, inclusive and fun filled scene for neurodiversty -- the recognition and respect of brain-based differences as well as any other human variation. These differences can include those related to Dyspraxia, Dyslexia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Dyscalculia, Autistic Spectrum, Tourette Syndrome, and others.
Do you like pizza?
Do you like to limbo?
Do you like music?
Do you like Super Smash Bros?
If you said yes to all these things, then come to Slush & Krust and get to mingling!
There is still plenty of time to join us…check out our website (www.slush-krust-productions.com) and register. This will be the very last chance to cure those back-to-school blues! Since we party with all kinds of minds in a judgement-free zone, we encourage all neurodiverse tweens & teens to join us for our middle school (grades 6-8) and high school (grades 9-12) parties on September 14th at Rendezvous Dance Studio in Rockville.
Music, pizza, drinks, video gaming, door prizes and a fun time will be awaiting all that attend. Also, in our pursuit of being the ultimate dispensers of awesomeness, we have added a new feature to our middle school party…improv games! JOIN US!
FITRow, which features three independent fitness studios under one roof (the first of its kind in the DMV), is coming to Congressional Plaza in Rockville.
I still remember living on East Jefferson Avenue when I was 4 and walking to Magruder’s in Congressional with my grandmother. She’d let me
carry a bag full of paper towels home just so I could feel like I was helping.
Federal Realty announced today it has signed leases with CorePower Yoga and Orangetheory Fitness in FITRow, a new-to-market concept featuring three independent boutique fitness studios located under one roof at Congressional Plaza in Rockville, Md. The first two studios will open in 2020 adjacent to Barnes and Noble’s new 13,000 square-foot store.
With 2,125 square feet still available, Federal Realty is actively in discussions with other fitness concepts for the remaining studio space. The FITRow concept originated at Federal Realty’s Assembly Row, which brought together multiple boutique fitness and lifestyle concepts under one roof at the Boston-area mixed-use center in 2017.
A first for the DMV, the innovative FITRow is ideal for today’s fitness enthusiasts, who increasingly look for convenience and variety in their fitness routines. “The FITRow concept makes it easy and convenient for anyone to keep their work out routine fresh while having a choice and variety in their work outs.” said Kari Glinksi, Director of Asset Management at Federal Realty. “FITRow is a lifestyle, a community where people have access to several boutique studios that can evolve with their fitness wants and needs.”
The first two fitness studios scheduled to open in 2020 are CorePower Yoga and Orangetheory Fitness. CorePower’s mission is to show the world the life-changing things that happen when you root an intensely physical workout in the mindfulness of yoga. Carefully curated, consistent class formats move students to flow and sweat together inside the largest community of yoga studios in the country. CorePower offers reciprocity across 200+ locations and streaming CorePower Yoga On Demand classes.
Orangtheory Fitness is one of the world’s fastest-growing franchise companies and leader in the boutique fitness space. The purpose is to give people a longer, more vibrant life with each and every workout. Their workouts incorporate endurance, strength, and power to generate the ‘Orange Effect’ – which keeps calories burning for up to 36 hours after a 60-minute workout. “We are excited to bring Orangetheory Fitness to FITRow and the Rockville community. Our goal is to help members live healthier, more vibrant lives,” said Steve Wolfrey, Orangetheory Fitness Rockville Franchise owner. “Our members see results from the science-backed, technology tracked and coach led high-energy workout, regardless of their fitness level. We are looking forward to bringing those results to Rockville residents, and welcoming them as part of the Orangetheory family!”
“Congressional is constantly evolving to meet community needs,” added Glinski. “We find the latest amenities and bring them here where everyone can benefit.”
Congressional Plaza offers a unique collection of boutique shops, national retailers, luxury services and a variety of restaurants. FITRow will be part of this vibrant shopping and dining destination, easily accessible on the Redline at the Twinbrook Metro station and become a destination for those who live and work near Congressional Plaza, its shoppers and the community.
Gumbo Ya Ya, a Cajun and Puerto Rican fusion restaurant with a location in Germantown, is coming to Rockville Town Square.
This location will not be full-service like their Germantown restaurant, but was described to me as “premium fast casual.” The Rockville location will offer a full bar, tables to dine-in, and a Sunday brunch menu that will be unique to the Rockville Town Square location.
Gumbo Ya Ya will be located in the old Lab Cafe location, across from Finnegan’s Wake, at 101 Gibbs Street. Full menus pictured below and ALL government employees- local, state, federal, receive a 10% discount with ID.
As with all Rockville Town Square locations (including the library), parking is free for 2 hours with validation.
Friendship BBQ is scheduled to open its doors on September 1, becoming the newest restaurant to join Rockville Town Square’s collection of authentic, independently owned restaurants in the heart of downtown Rockville.
Friendship BBQ, at 33 E Maryland Ave., is a fast-casual Asian BBQ restaurant with skewered meats and seafoods using wood imported from the Xinjiang region of China giving it a unique flavor. Owner James Du brought the concept from New York to Rockville paying tribute to the Big Apple via a pop graffiti mural on the wall.
“This type of BBQ is one surrounded and shared by friends. That’s how I envision this restaurant. We have designed it to incorporate art and environment into your dining experience,” Du said.
The restaurant seats seventy-four people and will be open for both lunch and dinner. Most entrees are portioned to share.
Friendship BBQ is offering a ten percent discount and free appetizer special September 1-7 to celebrate the grand opening.
This is the first restaurant of four new tenants who have recently signed leases at Rockville Town Square offering an expanded Asian flair to The Square. Buildout continues on three other concepts, Gyuzo Japanese BBQ, Kyoto Matcha and Cents Taro Family which will occupy the former Mellow Mushroom location.
Photos courtesy of the NY location’s Facebook page.
We are told that Howard County-based Bon Fresco Sandwich Bakery is scheduled to open next week in Rockville!
The restaurant will be located at 540 Gaither Rd. in the Redland Corporate Center.
Bon Fresco makes their own bread in-house. The ciabatta takes 30 hours, start to finish. “There’s no rushing it. Break open its crust, and you’ll see why it was all worth it” says their website.
Bon Fresco offers sandwiches, salads, soups, sides, and patisserie. One MoCo resident that’s a customer of their Columbia location told me “I make it a point to go because their London Broil is so good.”
Their hours of operation will be Monday through Friday 7am-6pm and Saturday 8am-3pm.
Seattle-based MOD Pizza is opening its newest location in Federal Realty’s Montrose Crossing on Tuesday, August 27 at 10:30 am. At MOD, customers can create their ownindividual, artisan-style pizzas and salads using a combination of 30+ toppings – any toppings for one incredible price! In celebration of the opening, MOD Pizza is offering a free pizza coupon to the first 52 people in line.
Pizzas are hand-cooked in just minutes and salads are individually hand-tossed for each customer. The menu is rounded out with their signature Cheesy Garlic Bread, “No Name Cake”, handspun milkshakes, house-made lemonades and iced teas, and local craft beers and wine.
MOD Pizza is located at 12027 Rockville Pike in Rockville, and their 3,134 space joins Cava, Slapfish, HoneyGrow and Five Guys in the Montrose pad site.
Smashburger was out of MoCo for almost five months following the closure of the Rockville location (1800 Rockville Pike Suite A).
Back in late March we were informed of an eviction notice posted on the door and the lights turned off. We were later told it was owned by a franchisee and that it would reopen as a corporate owned and operated store.
Soon after that, the location was removed from the Smashburger website and we even heard rumors about what could possibly be taking over the location.
Those rumors were out to rest last month when we were told that Smashburger would be re-opening it’s Rockville location. On Monday, 8/12, the restaurant was open for business.
We were told that it is under new management with new employees. Though the location is not currently listed on the Smashburger website and the phone number on the Facebook page is that of the old store, we were given the new phone number for anyone who may want to place an order: (240) 406-5114.
Updated to reflect that it is currently closed. We were told this morning that they would remain open today, but several people have told us they are not taking customers today.
Fuddruckers in Rockville (1592A Rockville Pike) has closed permanently.
It was one of two remaining MoCo Fuddruckers locations (the only one left after today is located at 819 Ellsworth Drive in Silver Spring).
Jerry’s in Fallsgrove planned to close back in August of 2017 before adding 12 months to their lease and staying open an extra year.
Back in February we found out that Jersey Mike’s would be taking over the location. Today we were informed that the sub chain expects to open by the end of this month.
Jersey Mike’s is still hiring for this location and it’s upcoming Burtonsville location. Anyone interested can apply at www.teamwashington.com
Back in early May we broke the news of the arrival of four new restaurants coming to Rockville Town Square. We now have a few updates.
Gyuzo will offer grilled meat with a focus on imported beef and other ingredients. Japanese waygu beef will be a staple and is characterized by the original taste of meat and the sweetness of the marbling fat content, according to their website. It is expected to open this winter.
Kyoto Matcha, a Japanese green tea and dessert spot, is coming to part of the Old Mellow Mushroom location. It will be located next to Buffalo Wild Wings at 33 Maryland Ave. and will offer high quality tea and what look to be “instagrammable” desserts. Originally expected to open this summer, it looks as though that has been pushed back.
Taro Cents Family will be joining Kyoto Matcha at 33 Maryland Ave Suite 315. Taro Cents Family will offer handmade taro balls, an authentic Taiwanese dessert. They plan to open this fall.
Friendship BBQ is a chain based out of New York that offers skewered meats and authentic Asian seafood dishes. It is expected to be the first of the new restaurants to open, aiming to open by the end of the month.
We are also aware of a fifth restaurant that is deep in negotiations to open its second location in Rockville Town square (the restaurant has one other location elsewhere in MoCo). Unlike the other four mentioned, this is not an Asian restaurant and will bring a unique flavor to the town square. We will have that news for you as soon as the lease is executed.
Parking in Rockville Town Square is free for two hours with validation.