Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt is coming to the Kentlands!
They’ll be taking over part of the old Last Mango, Zodiac Grill, Tony and James, 44 Sports Bar and Grill, and most recently Largent’s Restaurant and Bar location (654 Center Point Way).
The California based chain started in 2008 and has stores across the United States and in over 25 countries worldwide.
They offer over 100 flavors and recipes coupled with a wide variety of toppings.
Tutti Frutti currently has two other locations in MoCo (Pike & Rose and Silver Spring).
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.
Happy New Year! After a week off to close the year, here’s a quick version of some news across MoCo in the final week of 2018!
American Tap Room in Bethesda has closed permanently (their Rockville location closed in late 2016). Robert Dyer speculates that Matchbox could be the next tenant.
Burger King has closed permanently in Damascus. An auto parts store is rumored to take over.
Jimmy John’s has closed permanently in North Bethesda (North Bethesda Market). Two MoCo locations remain (Gaithersburg and Silver Spring).
MORE coffee in Bethesda as Ceremony Coffee Roasters is coming soon to 7475 Wisconsin Ave.
A Germantown man has been charged with the theft of multiple packages from the front porches of Germantown homes.
Bethesda Bagels will open their second MoCo location (fifth overall) at Wildwood Shopping Center next to CVS. It’s expected to open in the summer of 2019.
Seneca Valley football head coach, Fred Kim, will not be coaching the team going forward. We wish Coach Kim the best of luck going forward!
His statement below:
Seneca Valley Supporters,
I announce with utter sorrow and disappointment that there will be a change in leadership with the Seneca Valley Football Program. The administration felt that a new and different direction was needed to revitalize the current state of the football program.
As most of you are aware of, I have spent the better part of the last 33.5 years of my life being connected to Seneca Valley Football. This has been my life’s work, my love, and an incredible journey in my attempt to reach self-actualization of my coaching career. But unfortunately my odyssey here at Seneca Valley has come to an end.
Seneca Valley will always be a special place for me. I only have wonderful memories of my experience as a former player, an assistant, and as the Head Football Coach. I’ve always and only wanted what was best for this football program and see it thrive. And if a change in leadership is deemed necessary, then with great humility I support the decision.
I can take comfort in knowing that I have committed every ounce of my fiber and soul to the student athletes who have been a part of the program under my guidance and been a small part of their growth into adulthood. Unfortunately, it had come to a point where my efforts were not worthy enough and I will humbly accept responsibility.
My sincerest apologies goes out to the school, alumni, community, and especially the football student athletes. I thank all Screamin' Eagles Supporters for the opportunity to serve as your Head Football Coach. It has been an incredible honor and privilege to lead the most storied program in Maryland Football History. And at the end of my run here at Seneca Valley, I can honestly say, “I DID MY BEST!”
GO SCREAMIN’ EAGLES!!!
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.
Philz Coffee, known for brewing “One Cup at a Time,” is opening its first location in Maryland on Wednesday, December 19 in Bethesda Row. Philz Coffee crafts a perfect cup of coffee to meet everyone’s individual taste. The 2,535-square-foot store is located at 7247 Bethesda Avenue next to Mon Ami Gabi and will be open daily from 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Founded more than 25 years ago by Phil Jaber, Philz Coffee has more than 55 stores across California and the Washington, DC region. With more than 20 unique, customized blends created by Phil, there are four million ways to enjoy Philz Coffee, each handcraft to the customer’s request.
A full service-coffee bar, Philz grinds the coffee beans and upon request mixes in the cream and sugar, making the drinks true “cups of love.” There aren’t lattes, cappuccinos, espressos, or pre-brews and the recommended first cup is “Philz Way” – medium sweet with cream.
Philz also features tasty treats such as hot breakfast items (Green Chile & Cheese Burrito and Bacon & Cheese Burrito), scones and muffins, cookies and bars, bagels and handmade toast options. They also offer tea, spices, coffee by the pound and gifts.
Philz Coffee is also in Adams Morgan, The Yards and Dupont Circle.
Philz Coffee’s mission is to “better people’s day”. The company buys the highest quality green beans, donates to Food4Farms and World Coffee Research. Philz also offers opportunities for office coffee programs and is available at grocery stores.
Per Montgomery County: https://www2.montgomerycountymd.gov/mcgportalapps/Press_Detail.aspx?Item_ID=22663
The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) this week began expansion of its dockless bikeshare program by making “e-bikes” available in North Bethesda and its surrounding area. The County had previously implemented a pilot dockless bikeshare program in Silver Spring and Takoma Park.
The pilot program had been in operation for about one year when the County decided to explore expansion of it. During the pilot period, adjustments to the program were made based on public input that greatly reduced the number of reported early concerns.
Town hall meetings were held in October and November to seek resident input on the feasibility of expanding the program. The bikes available in the expansion area will be operated by LimeBike. They will be pedal-assist, electric “e-bikes.” The County also has been studying a program to include e-scooters. That concept remains under consideration.
The expanded area will generally range from Seven Locks Road on the west, Montrose Road on the north, Veirs Mill Road on the east and Beach Drive on the south. More information about the expanded program, including a map of the service areas, is available at the Montgomery BikeShare website.
Representatives from two companies made presentations at the recent public meetings before LimeBike was chosen to start operation in the expanded area. The company was required to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Montgomery County that spells out operational and performance requirements.
Dockless electric bikes are not allowed to operate on Montgomery County park trails and are not permitted to end trips or park in Montgomery villages and towns that do not opt into the expanded program. Those interested in using the GPS-enabled vehicles can register through a smartphone app that then allows users to locate, unlock and lock the bikes and scooters, and pay for rides. Riders must obey bicycle laws and are encouraged to wear helmets and reflective items.
The evaluation of the initial phase of the pilot program found that it was quite successful in providing short, point-to-point trips. Riders took a total of about 18,000 trips over a six-month period using bikes from the two companies maintaining operations in the pilot area. Most trips were conducted within the pilot area boundaries, though about 15 percent of trips ended in areas of the County outside the pilot area. Incidents of improper parking of the bikes reduced over time as the companies improved their “in-app” communications and users became more familiar with the rules. During a six-week observation period, bikes were found to generally be in good operating condition, without significant incidences of missing parts. During that period, most bikes observed were parked appropriately, while seven percent were parked in a way that caused an obstruction.
The report on the evaluation of the first year of the pilot dockless Bikeshare program is available at https://tinyurl.com/y8zmd8sq.
In March we reported that the popular Mexican eatery, Villa Maya, was close to finalizing a deal to open a second location in Clarksburg Village (in the old Pazzo Pomodoro location).
A few months later we heard from Jorge Portalea’s Washington Metropolitan Business Brokers, who confirmed the new location.
In November I was told by employees at Villa Maya’s Rockville location that they expect to open the Clarksburg restaurant in the second week of December, but that date has been pushed back to January.