Those of you that follow on Instagram likely saw the rumor of Robeks returning to MoCo last week.
We’ve been able to confirm that the fresh juice, smoothie, and açaí bowl franchise is coming to 1403 Research Row Blvd. Suite A7, where they’ll join Chick Fil A, One Life Fitness and the upcoming Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant.
Robek’s was founded in Los Angeles in 1996 and is projected to have over 100 locations this year.
It has been confirmed that Matchbox will be taking over the American Tap Room location in Bethesda (7278 Woodmont Ave.). It’s expected to open this summer.
Thompson Hospitality, the restaurant group that owns Matchbox (as well as American Tap Room), decided to close their Silver Spring Hen Quarter location this past October. That Matchbox location is expected to next month.
Matchbox currently has a location in MoCo on Rockville Pike.
Seattle-based MOD Pizza will open in Federal Realty’s Montrose Crossing this spring, 2019. MOD’s individual, artisan-style pizzas and salads are made on demand using a combination of 30+ toppings, all for one incredible price.
Pizzas are hand-cooked in just minutes and salads are individually hand-tossed for each customer. The menu is rounded out with MOD’s signature Cheesy Garlic Bread, “No Name Cake”, handspun milkshakes, house-made lemonades and iced teas, and local craft beers and wine.
MOD’s 3,134 square-foot store will be located at 12021 Rockville Pike in Rockville, joining Cava, Slapfish, HoneyGrow and Five Guys in the new Montrose pad site.
“Montrose Crossing has become one of the most popular destinations for fast-casual dining on Rockville Pike,” said Dan Corwin, Director of Asset Management at Federal Realty. “We were able to convert what was one restaurant for more than 20 years into a spot for five of the hottest food concepts, and we are excited to add MOD Pizza to the mix.”
With 400+ locations across 28 states and the United Kingdom, MOD was named the most loved pizza brand by Foodable Network in its May 2017 Most Loved Brands Report, has been named America’s fastest growing chain restaurant by Technomic, earned a spot on the Inc. 500 list and has been recognized by Fortune as one of the “20 Best Workplaces in Retail,” a “Best Workplace for Women,” a “Best Workplace for Millennials,” and a “Best Workplace for Diversity.”
A Kentlands location is slated to open later in 2019 as well.
This morning Robert Dyer reported that a Senior Vice-President with B.F. Saul (the developer of Twinbrook Quarter) told Rockville city leaders that Wegmans will break the lease agreement they have if ground isn’t broken by 2020.
Per the article, “Pearson prefaced his warning by saying, "This is not a threat by any means." But he noted that Wegmans is "the most highly-coveted retail tenant in the country," and has no shortage of suitors for their stores. Time is literally of the essence in regards to both the firm deadline, and the impatience of the Rochester-based grocery chain.”
This would be a huge loss for the city of Rockville, which has been dealing with the on-going issues at Rockville Town Square.
Wegmans has appeared on s annual "100 Best Companies to Work For" list since the list first appeared in 1998, coming in 2nd place in 2018. The company was founded in 1916 and has approximately 100 locations on the east coast.
Montgomery County has been without Hooters since November 1st, 2017.
Hooters closed following the death of Montgomery County police officer, Noah Leotta. Officer Leotta was killed by Luis Gustavo Reluzco, a man who admitted he drank heavily at Hooters before leaving and striking Leotta as the officer was conducting a traffic stop on December 3rd, 2015.
Earlier tonight we were informed that Hooters posted job openings for Hooters Girls, To-Go and Kitchen Staff about 4 weeks ago.
A few calls to nearby Hooters locations didn’t provide us with any answers, so we are waiting to speak with their corporate offices tomorrow morning.
Their former Rockville Pike location remains mostly unchanged since Hooters closed a couple years ago.
St. Veg, a fast-casual restaurant serving vegan cuisine will have their grand opening on Tuesday, 11/27 (14929 Shady Grove Rd. Unit M, 20850), taking over the old Melt location in the Fallsgrove shopping center.
Anne, the owner, tells us that she has been vegan for over a decade and wanted to share the food she’s passionate for with the county she calls home.
The Good Counsel graduate is the creator of the entire menu and hopes to wow you with dishes such as the Vegball sub (vegballs are made of brown rice and various mushrooms, depending on what they have in for the day), the shredded medley bahn mi, and the no guilt burger (made of lentils, brown rice, and mushrooms). Everything on the menu is 100% plant-based.
I was lucky enough to sample the flavor bomb sandwich, which comes with a small bowl of pho for dipping, and mom’s caramel tofu bowl.
As someone who loves meat and many other animal products, I was a little hesitant. My hesitation was quickly put to rest with the first bite of the sandwich...it was delicious! The bowl was awesome too, with many different flavors coming together highlighted by the house-made caramel sauce.
Their drinks, which are coming soon, will feature fresh squeezed lemonade and a hibiscus tea that will feature actual steamed flowers and a drop of agave).
St. Veg will be open from 11am-9pm.
On October 1st, we broke the sad news regarding Dawson’s Market closing later in that month.
After a GoFundMe campaign wasn’t successful in raising enough funds to cancel the impending closure, the store closed on October 27th.
Now for some better news...
We’ve been told that Dawson’s Market has been holding job interviews and placing orders for a potential December opening.
I’ve reached out to Dawson’s director of operations, Bart Yablonski, but have been unable to receive confirmation on the potential re-opening of Dawson’s Market in Rockville Town Square (225 N. Washington St. Rockville, MD).
We’re pulling for Dawson’s here at The MoCoShow and hope they’re able to make it happen!
UPDATE: I have been told by two different vendors that an opening date of December 19th has been given to them, but still have not received confirmation from Dawson’s Market.
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MOD Pizza, which specializes in serving individual artisan-style pizzas and salads “superfast” since 2008, will be opening two new locations in MoCo in 2019– Kentlands and Montrose Crossing Shopping Center (the Montrose Crossing location news was first reported this morning by Robert Dyer).
Though only about a decade old, the Seattle based chain has over 330 locations in the United States and United Kingdom.
Their only current MoCo location is located in Silver Spring at 909 Ellsworth Dr.
The Kentlands location will be located off of Center Point Way, across from Cinepolis. It is expected to open at some point in 2019, but we don’t have a more specific timeframe at the moment.
The Montrose Crossing location will be on the same strip that currently contains Cava, Slapfish, HoneyGrow, and Five Guys.
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ROCKVILLE, Md. (November 13, 2018) – Federal Realty Investment Trust (NYSE:FRT) announced today that Boca Restaurant Group’s (BRG) Nada will open November 19th.
The 6,300-square-foot restaurant will offer Mexican inspired cuisine with craveable twists on the classics. This will be Nada’s fifth location and first east coast location.
“Federal Realty searches the country and beyond to find unique first-to-market concepts. Nada is a fresh take on a popular restaurant category and the perfect addition to the Pike & Rose neighborhood,” said Stuart Biel, Vice President, Mixed-Use Leasing.
The North Bethesda restaurant will feature a casual, dynamic bar space and seating for 140 in its dining room that offers expansive views into the energetic kitchen led by Chef Ford Barsi.
Nada’s design juxtaposes industrial elements like concrete columns with organic custom ceramic light fixtures and hand-painted tile from Mexico. A variety of lush tropical plant installations encompass the space, including a planter box clad in reclaimed wood from a 1920s church in Athens, OH that divides the cantina from the main dining room. An outdoor patio will seat 50 guests as they sip Nada's signature margaritas beneath a canopy of string lights in the warmer months.
Nada offers a diverse and shareable mix of traditional Mexican and more modern dishes with seasonal cocktails, local craft brews and their signature handcrafted margarita, the Nadarita. The menu ranges from house made chips and guacamole, to Caramelized Cauliflower tacos, Spicy Crab Benedict, and Crispy Skirted “Saganaki” Quesadilla. Nada will serve lunch and dinner daily, and weekend brunch.
“We describe Nada as a ‘kickass Mexican restaurant that is approachable, energetic, and casual’ and as such we believe Pike & Rose is the perfect location of our first East Coast outpost,” CEO of Boca Restaurant Group David Falk. “Federal Realty has curated a wonderful neighborhood and we look forward to being part of it.”
In addition to the opening of Nada, Pike & Rose will soon welcome:Nada’s hours will be 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday. Brunch will be served Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Solo Pollo, a charbroiled chicken spot, is coming to the Aspen Hill Shopping Center!
They’ll be taking over the old Payless location at 13653 Connecticut Ave.
It’s expected to open in the coming months (Spring 2019), but no exact date has been given.
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