I was given a tip this morning that Glen Burnie based Mission BBQ could be adding two new locations in MoCo after the success of their Rockville location since it opened about a year ago.
I’m told the plan is to open a location in Gaithersburg and one in Germantown. Corporate told me “We hope to be in Gaithersburg and Germantown one day soon,” but did not confirm the rumor. Management at the Rockville location told me “nothing has been confirmed.”
Rumor status: Unconfirmed
Blake Vogt is one of the world’s most respected magicians. Over the past 10 years, he’s created magic for David Blaine, David Copperfield, and the blockbuster Now You See Me movie series.
He will have 4 LIVE shows this coming weekend at the Pike & Rose iPic (March 23rd and March 24th).
Tickets are available here: www.ipicmagic.com/smokeandmirrors/
Or by clicking the image below.
Cabin John Shopping Center (now Cabin John Village) has been a mainstay in the community since 1967. Their Facebook page refers to the shopping center as “the go-to gathering place for the local Potomac community.”
Retail real estate developers, EDENS, purchased the shopping center in 2016 and has gotten the wheels turning on some pretty big changes.
Here are a few of the restaurants coming to Cabin John Village later this year, according to an EDENS press release from a couple months back:
We are working with Metropolitan Ballet Theatre to get the word out about MBT's performances right here in MoCo. They’re family-friendly, less than half the price of DC venues, and no traffic headaches!
Metropolitan Ballet Theatre presents a different full-length ballet each spring, and this year’s production of “Alice in Wonderland,” is sure to delight audiences of all ages!
You’ll watch curious young Alice’s adventures with mischievous and comical characters such as the White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, Duchess, the Cheshire Cat, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, the Caterpillar, the dancing roses, swirling cards, and the Queen of Hearts.
Sat. March 17 – 12pm* & 4pm
Sun. March 18 – 12pm & 4pm*
*Special post-performance “cast chat” for children of all ages will be held after select performances.
Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center
51 Manakee Street
Rockville, MD 20850
Get your tickets here: m.bpt.me/event/mocoshowpost/3225214
Commonwealth Indian will be taking over the old Le Madeleine space in Pike & Rose while Kusshi Sushi and Sake Bar will move in next to Owen’s Ordinary.
Here’s more info from the official press release:
About Commonwealth Indian:
Commonwealth Indian, opening in the former space of La Madeleine on Old Georgetown Road, will feature Indian specialties, including Khansama ke Tari Wala Murgh—a curry chicken and Angrezi--butter chicken It will have a full bar with Indian beers and wines, and specialty Indian cocktails. A champagne brunch will be served on both Saturday and Sunday.“We selected Pike & Rose for Commonwealth because the neighborhood that has a high volume of weekday and weekend foot traffic and is filled with families and professionals,” shared the Ownership team.
About Kusshi Sushi and Sake Bar:
The owners of Bethesda’s Hanaro Sushi are bringing a new restaurant to Pike & Rose. Opening in Fall 2018 next to Owen’s Ordinary, Kusshi Sushi and Sake Barwill offer authentic Japanese cuisine featuring rare delicacies such as sea urchin and the kusshi oyster, the name of the restaurant. Head chef, Jackie Naka Zima, will offer Omakase, or “to entrust the chef,” a popular way to order dishes in Japan. Omakase is when the chef prepares a multi-course meal based on the freshest ingredients available that day – each time a patron visits, Omakase will be different. Kusshi will also offer the largest selection of Sake (Japanese rice wine) in the DC metro area.
Tony Chow, co-founder said, “We chose to bring Kusshi to Pike & Rose when we saw that the neighborhood shares our desire to deliver quality products and services. Pike & Rose features many fine retailers, restaurants and residences, and we wanted to be a part of the neighborhood.”
Niche, a website that uses comprehensive data to create rankings for schools and neighborhoods, has released their 2018 ‘Best Places To Live In Maryland’ list.
The list is based on cost of living, school ratings, crime rates, job opportunities, and other data.
MoCo areas comprised 19 of the top 25 areas on the list.
1. North Bethesda
2. Garrett Park
3. North Potomac
5. South Kensington
12. Chevy Chase
13. Forest Glen
15. Takoma Park
20. Cabin John
21. Chevy Chase Village
22. Four Corners
23. Chevy Chase Town
The full list can be found here: www.niche.com/places-to-live/search/best-places-to-live/s/maryland/
Montgomery County has been home to many firsts, but here are ten you not have known about:
Cava opened their first fast-casual restaurant on Bethesda Avenue in Bethesda in 2011.
Curtis Pride, a Kennedy High School graduate, became the first deaf baseball player in the majors since 1945.
The first Toys R Us ever was on Rockville Pike in Rockville. It opened in 1957.
First Kid, Barron Trump, attends St. Andrews Episcopal School in Potomac.
The first Jerry’s opened in Wheaton in 1964.
Rockville native and Wootton High School graduate, Mack Hollins, caught his first touchdown against the Washington Redskins. He also won his first Super Bowl in his first season with the Eagles.
The Persian kabob chain started out in MoCo in 1989. Their first location was in Behesda.
Katie Ledecky is the first athlete from the D.C. metro area to win AP Female Athlete of the Year. She grew up and still lives in Bethesda when she’s not at school at Stanford.
The first California Tortilla opened on Cordell Avenue in Bethesda in 1995.
Jeff Halpern is the first MoCo (and D.C. area) player to play for the Caps. He attended Churchill High School in Potomac.
The Corned Beef King will get his second gas station location when he opens up shop at the Liberty gas station in Rockville (Rockville Pike and Twinbrook Parkway).
CBK already has one gas station location at the Exxon on Georgia Avenue in Olney. Their food truck was stationed at Hank Dietle’s even a few days after the legendary bar was destroyed by a fire, according to the CBK Facebook page.
38 candidates have officially filed to run for four At-Large County Council seats in Montgomery County.
While there’s a lot of campaigning left to do, I decided to put together a panel of six people that are pretty involved in the happenings within our county so that we can figure out which candidates may be leading this race a few months before the primaries.
Our panel consists of the following people (top left to right in the photo, then bottom left to right):
• Laura Stewart (Education Advocate)
• Kevin O’Rourke (Founder/Editor, GermantownPulse.net)
• Ryan Miner (Founder/Editor, AMinerDetail.com)
• Dan Reed (Founder/Editor, JustUpThePike.com)
• Alex Tsironis (MCPS Teacher, Founder/Editor, www.mocoshow.com)
• Andrew Ross (Owner, Great Kids Events)
Here’s how this works:
We each submitted a “Top Ten” list of candidates that we feel have the best chance at winning. The lists provided were not to be influenced by any candidate(s) we may support personally.
A first place finish on the list earns the candidate 10 points, second place earns the candidate 9 points, third place = 8 points and so on. No points are awarded to candidates left off of any list.
The total points were added up and a “Top Ten” list of candidates was created based on how many points each candidate earned through their ranking on our panelists lists (all candidates can be found here: www.paulbessel.com/montgomery-county-maryland-candidates-list/#county_council_at_large_filed)
10. Cherri Branson (Montgomery County’s Procurement Director)
9. Danielle Meitiv (“Free Range Mom”)
8. Jill Ortman-Fouse (Montgomery County Board of Education Member)
7. Will Jawando (Attorney/Activist)
6. Hoan Dang (Community Organizer/Activist)
5. Marilyn Balcombe (President, Gaithersburg/Germantown Chamber of Commerce)
4. Gabe Albornoz (Montgomery County’s Recreation Director)
3. Bill Conway (Attorney)
2. Evan Glass (Executive Director- Gandhi Brigade)
1. Hans Riemer (Montgomery County Council President)
A few notes:
- Every panelist listed at least one candidate that didn’t make the cumulative list.
- All but two panelists had sole incumbent, Hans Riemer, in the first place slot on their list.
- The absence of a name on the “Top Ten” list does not mean that candidate does not have a chance to win, just as the presence of a name on the list does not guarantee anything.
- One candidate made the majority of the panelists lists, but still did not earn enough points to make the top ten cumulative list.
- One candidate only made two of the panelists lists and still made the top ten cumulative list.
Slapfish is coming to Rockville. The “modern seafood shack” is a fast casual restaurant with locations primarily on the west coast and Southwestern United States. It has been called “the Chipotle of Seafood.”
The Rockville location will be their first on the east coast and will be joining Cava and Honeygrow at Montrose Crossing. These very strong fast casual restaurants will quickly help us forget about Timpano Italian Chophouse, the restaurant that was demolished to make way for the current structure that is home to the fast-casual eateries.
Slapfish is planning on opening over a dozen Mid-Atlantic locations in the coming years. The Montrose Crossing location in Rockville will open in the late spring/early summer.
The Slapfish menu can be found here: www.slapfishrestaurant.com