Over a year has passed since we reported on BurgerIM coming to MoCo. The chain has made some progress and should be open in the coming months.
BurgerIM, an Israeli burger chain that translates to “many burgers” from Hebrew, will be opening soon in Wheaton Mall. The first BurgerIM 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.
Wheaton Mall told me they don’t have an exact date, but that they hope it’ll open in a few months.
If you listened to last week’s episode of The MoCoShow podcast, you would have heard that Angel’s Pizza & Pasta is coming to the Wheaton Mall food court.
With the recent news of KPS closing and Mezzeh relocating to Aspen Hill, the food court took a bit of a hit, but quality pizza & handmade pasta in a fast-casual setting should help anyone feeling down.
Chef Angel Mendoza is a certified Pizzaiolo, and has spent decades honing his craft at 2Amy’s and RedRocks Pizzeria.
The restaurant is expected to open in early March.
Mezeh Mediterranean Grill has closed their Wheaton Mall location and will be relocating to the Aspen Hill shopping center. No opening date or exact location within the shopping center has been provided.
The Maryland based chain opened their first store in Annapolis in 2013. The fast casual eatery offers rice and salad bowls with a variety of Mediterranean meats, spices, sauces and toppings.
Their other MoCo location can be found in Downtown Crown (Gaithersburg).
DC food truck, Island Zests, is opening a brick and mortar location in Wheaton.
The restaurant will be located at 11252 Georgia Avenue and will specialize in using fresh ingredients and bringing flavors of Carribean cuisine to Wheaton.
Their Grand Opening will be on Friday, February 15th.
The Anchor Inn was one of the most popular restaurants in MoCo for 50 years.
Established in 1954 in the heart of Wheaton, The Anchor Inn was one of the first places in Montgomery County to apply for and receive their liquor license in 1964.
"Anchor Inn was part of traditions for many others in the community, said Scaggs, such as the Colesville Lions Club, Wheaton-Kensington Chamber of Commerce, Good Counsel High School and the Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad. The fund-raisers, high school events and community fellowship were a part of the family's service to the area apart from serving quality food."
Owner, Harry "Selby" Scaggs Jr., attributed poor business to MoCo's smoking ban in restaurants and decided to sell the restaurant in 2004 (after 50 years of business).
The restaurant closed permanently in 2004. In May 2006 the restaurant was torn down to make way for a residential and retail mixed-use development. Currently, the sign pictured above is the last remnant of the legendary restaurant.
Photos courtesy of gazette.net and Steve Michaels.
F.Y.E. (For Your Entertainment) will be closing their Westfield Wheaton location on January 31st, 2019.
The retail store which specializes in music, movies, collectibles, apparel, and more, closed over 50 locations nationwide just a few years ago.
I was told their Annapolis store will also be closing, but that their only other MoCo location (in Lakeforest) will remain open.
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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Nestle Toll House Cafe is Expected to open soon at 11 Arch Place in the Colonnade complex in the Kentlands.
The cafe will serve coffee, cookies, “savories,” ice cream, and more. It will join the Westfield Wheaton location to make it the second Nestle Toll House Cafe In MoCo.
Each week, Dogfish Head Alehouse in Gaithersburg offers a ‘Burger of the Week.’ For just a couple more days, go try the gyro burger! A half pound lamb burger with lettuce, tomato, onion and tzatziki sauce on pita bread; served with beach fries.
Josh Hart grew up in Silver Spring. Prior to transferring to Sidwell Friends in D.C., he attended and played basketball at Wheaton High School.
Hart grew up playing basketball for the Montgomery County Bearcats, where his coaches praised him for his heart at an early age. He made the varsity basketball team as a freshman at Wheaton, eventually becoming a starter in the second half of the season.
Even though he transferred to Sidwell Friends and played there the last three years of his high school basketball career, his ties to MoCo remained strong. His mother has been a long-time employee at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville and his father is a retired caterer.
After Sidwell Friends, he attended and played for the Villanova Wildcats for four years. He started for much of his junior and senior seasons and won a national championship in 2016.
When he was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the NBA Draft last year, he vowed that his parents would never work again.
As a rookie, Hart started 23 games Lakers. He played 23.2 minutes per game and averaged 7.9 points and 4.2 rebounds per game.
Hart was recently named the NBA’s Summer League MVP. He averaged 22.4 points per game, which was the most among players with at least three appearances in the 7 game season.
The future is looking bright for the young MoCo native!
Rockville will hold their Independence Day Celebration at Mattie J.T. Stepanek Park, 1800 Piccard Drive, in King Farm.
The celebration starts at 7pm and fireworks at 9:15 pm.
Parking is available in lots on Shady Grove Rd, Gaither Rd, and Piccard Dr., but driving is not recommended.
Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Guests may bring their own food and beverage, although no barbecuing or open flames will be allowed at the event.
More info at www.rockvillemd.gov
MoCo will host Independence Day Celebrations at South Germantown Recreational Park and Albert Einstein High School In Boyds and Kensington today.
Germantown Glory will begin at 7 p.m. at South Germantown Recreational Park, 18041 Central Park Circle in Boyds. Driving is not recommended, but there will be on-site parking available.
Mid-County Sparkles will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Albert Einstein High School, 11135 Newport Mill Road in Kensington. Driving is not recommended, but there will be general parking and shuttle buses available at Westfield Wheaton.
More info at www.montgomerycountymd.gov