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Restaurant construction at Cabin John


Cabin John construction moving along 

The new restaurant row at Cabin John Village is really beginning to take shape. Construction crews have been busy at the intersection of Tuckerman Lane and Seven Locks Road, where Sisters Thai, Shake Shack, CAVA and Le Pain Quotidien are all scheduled to open later this year. On the parking lot side where the restaurant entrances will be (shown here), we hear there’s going to be a spacious outdoor seating area with shade trees. For more on all the new eateries heading to Cabin John, click here. For details on the center’s new spin studio/barre fitness gym, click here.



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Nando's at Pike & RosePhoto: Nando’s


Spicy chicken, more coffee for Pike & Rose

Nando’s Peri-Peri opens at Pike & Rose on Monday April 23rd, just down the street from the new Canopy Hotel (Click here for more sneak-peek photos on our Facebook page.) The fast-growing restaurant chain offers a South African/Portuguese menu that showcases spicy sauces and flame-grilled chicken. And in other Pike & Rose news: As we predicted in our Jan. 18 issue, Starbucks has posted signs for a new location next to H&M in the middle of all the new stores and restaurants. For now, it’s unclear whether the older Starbucks on Rockville Pike will close or the two locations will coexist.



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Dreamy desserts on the way

What’s next for Pike & Rose? Just in time for warmer weather, The Baked Bear is set to open May 19th next to L.L.Bean. The California-based chain is known for its overstuffed ice cream sandwiches featuring mix-and-match combos of cookies, brownies and donuts. For a look at the menu, click here. For more on all the new restaurants coming to Pike & Rose, click here.



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Game on at Cabin John

The Game Gym, a new tenant at Cabin John Village, is set to open next month in the offices across from Dunkin’ Donuts. Owner Josh Hafkin, a Potomac native who spent his teens as a competitive athlete, says kids and young teens can learn some of same skills through video gaming as they do in physical sports. “The ability to communicate, to receive criticism, to learn how to win and how to lose — all of it can be learned through ‘esports,'” Hafkin says. The first round of afternoon programs will focus on the games League of Legends and Super Smash Bros. 4. Click here for details.



Did you miss these stories?

  • ArcLight Cinema gets a new neighbor: a Japanese hibachi restaurant. Click here.
  • Cabin John signs a new biking & barre fitness center. Click here.
  • New farm market heading to Westfield Montgomery Mall. Click here.
  • Aldi will open a no-frills grocery store in Rockville. Click here.
  • Canopy by Hilton opens at Pike & Rose. Click here.



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Former MET Bethesda restaurant and ArcLight Cinema at Westfield Montgomery Mall


New neighbor for the ArcLight

Eighteen months after the closing of MET Bethesda at Westfield Montgomery Mall, a new restaurant is taking over the space across from the popular ArcLight Cinema. Viva Steakhouse, serving a Benihana-style Japanese hibachi menu, will soon begin renovating the space with plans to open in a few months. MET Bethesda, which debuted in 2014 along with the movie theater and the expansive Dining Terrace, lasted less than two years before shutting its doors along with several of the other new restaurants. For more on what went wrong, click here.



Scout & Molly's grand opening party at Pike & Rose




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Pandora at Westfield Montgomery Mall


New tenants blossoming at the mall

Spring is in the air, and with it comes a new crop of tenants to fill some of those empty spaces at Westfield Montgomery Mall. Besides the previously announced Intimissimi lingerie store and Spice 6 Indian restaurant, other new additions will include the skater-inspired clothing store Zumiez, an independent furniture store, and a mini-spa offering facials and mani/pedis. Also: The Pandora store will be doubling in size as it takes over a neighboring space to give shoppers more browsing room. What else is heading to the mall? An outdoor farm market that launches next month. See our April 5th edition for more.



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New spin for Cabin John

If you’re planning to be a frequent visitor to the upcoming Sweetly Anchored bakery at Cabin John‘s mini-mall, here’s a chance to burn off some of those calories: Biker Barre, a boutique fitness studio from D.C., will be opening this summer just a few doors away. This will be the first Maryland location for Biker Barre, which will offer indoor cycling classes and ballet-inspired toning routines in the former Ballet Petite space next to My Gym. For more on Biker Barre, click here. For more on the Sweetly Anchored bakery and coffee shop, click here.



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Still more bubble tea for Rockville

Another bubble tea chain is making its move into Montgomery County. Gong Cha, based in New York, has opened its first area location at The Galvan on Rockville Pike and will soon be adding another one in downtown Rockville’s new all-Asian food court. Gong Cha could prove to be a formidable competitor for Kung Fu Tea, which also has been expanding rapidly in this area.  For more on the all-Asian food court, click here. For more on Kung Fu Tea in MoCo, click here.



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Farm market basket


New farm market at the mall

We’re back from spring break with some big news for foodies: Westfield Montgomery Mall is getting a farm market. May 5 is opening day at the corner of Westlake Terrace and Westlake Drive, just outside the mall near Corner Bakery. Who will be there? More than 45 regional vendors offering produce, meat, poultry, eggs, dairy, baked goods, cheese, fish, flowers and prepared foods along with chef demos, kids’ activities, distillery tastings and live music. This venture marks a new partnership between the mall and Central Farm Markets, which produces similar events in downtown Bethesda, Pike & Rose and Virginia’s Mosaic District. Click here for more.



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Courtyard of the Canopy by Hilton at Pike & Rose


New hotel opens at Pike & Rose

A whole lot’s been happening since we were away these past few weeks. Let’s start with Pike & Rose, where the snazzy new Canopy by Hilton is now open for business. The space includes a handsome restaurant/lounge and an outdoor courtyard (shown here), both of which are open to the public — and the food was top-notch at this week’s grand opening party. The hotel adjoins the new Red Door Spa, which has relocated from the Wildwood Shops and should be open by next week. Want to peek inside? Click here for photos on the Store Reporter Facebook page.



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Bluemercury at Pike & Rose


Bluemercury, Nando’s and more to come

In other Pike & Rose news: Just down the block from the new Canopy hotel, Bluemercury is now open and the nearby Nando’s restaurant looks just about ready as well — but it appears that neighboring Taylor Gourmet has a ways to go. The next few months will bring a whole bunch of new restaurants for Pike & Rose, including ramen and sushi bars, Mexican and Indian food, a bakery/ice creamery and the CAVA-affiliated Julii. Stay tuned to Store Reporter for opening dates.



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Altar'd State at Westfield Montgomery Mall


The clothing store you’ve been praying for

For the first time in quite awhile, a new clothing store has opened its doors at Westfield Montgomery Mall. Altar’d State is a faith-based chain offering ultra-feminine clothing, with Christian themes and Bible quotes sprinkled on much of the merchandise. This striking floral storefront marks the first Maryland location for the Tennessee-based chain, which has eight locations in Virginia. Click here to check out the fashions.



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Cabin John bakery to open next month

The new restaurants at Cabin John Village are still months away from completion, but the Sweetly Anchored bakery will be open in just a few weeks. Owner Lindsay Miniaci, known locally for her custom cakes, will be serving freshly made sweets, snacks, coffee and tea at the former Orange Leaf space inside the Cabin John mini-mall. For more on Sweetly Anchored, click here. For the scoop on another new bakery that’s coming to Pike & Roseclick here



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Red Door Spa & Salon at Wildwood


As one Red Door closes, another opens

The Red Door Spa & Salon is about to close those red doors at Wildwood Shopping Center. The salon is relocating to a larger space next to the brand new Canopy Hotel at Pike & Rose, where it’s tentatively set to reopen April 6th. No word yet on who’s taking over the Red Door space at Wildwood, but we hear that it will likely be divided among several smaller tenants. Meanwhile, there’s another new salon on the way: Karma Erwin Gomez, headed by the D.C.-based celebrity makeup artist, is set to open in the next few weeks at Park Potomac. Click here for more.



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Bummer week for the kids

To no one’s surprise, Toys R Us announced this week that it will sell or close all 800 of its U.S. stores including the Babies R Us chain. For our take on what went wrong with Toys R Us — and why our local toy stores may fare better — click here. In related news, the Kidville play center in Rockville also has closed after a long tenure at Fallsgrove. The Bethesda Kidville, under different ownership, is still in business.



 Did you miss these stories?

  • Pike & Rose has two more restaurants on the way. Click here.
  • Kung Fu Tea is kicking butt in Montgomery County. Click here.
  • Westfield Montgomery Mall will see more closings. Click here.
  • Former Vince & Dominic’s building comes down. Click here.
  • Aldi to open a no-frills grocery store on Rockville Pike. Click here.
  • Corned Beef King to open inside a Rockville gas station. Click here.
  • CAVA opens new restaurant on Rockville Pike. Click here.
  • Dave & Buster’s coming to Rio Washingtonian Center. Click here.
  • Chevy Chase Supermarket plans a spinoff in Rockville. Click here.



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Pike & Rose


More new restaurants for Pike & Rose

Pike & Rose is adding two more restaurants to its lineup, filling the empty spots left by the recently departed La Madeleine and Carluccio’s. Moving into the former La Madeleine space on Old Georgetown Road: Commonwealth Indian, serving beer, wine and cocktails along with a selection of Indian dishes. The Carluccio’s space next to Owen’s Ordinary will be home to Kusshi Sushi and Sake Bar, a new venture from the owners of Bethesda’s Hanaro Sushi. What else is scheduled to open at Pike & Rose this year? A ramen bar called Jinya (click here for more); a Mexican restaurant called Nada (click here for more); and Julii, a new concept from the founders of CAVA (click here for more).



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Kung Fu Tea and Tutti Frutti frozen yogurt at Pike & Rose


Kung Fu Tea kicks butt

The Tutti Frutti yogurt shop at Pike & Rose is now a Tutti Frutti/Kung Fu Tea combo. That makes three Montgomery County locations for the fast-expanding bubble tea chain, which also can be found in downtown Rockville and Westfield Montgomery Mall. A competitor, Boba Station, closed its doors at the mall last week. But another New York bubble tea chain is coming to test the waters: Gong Cha will open in Rockville this year as part of an all-Asian food court called The Spot. For more on The Spot, click here. For other bubble tea stores in our area, click here.



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Van with M. Gemi Italian shoes at Westfield Montgomery Mall


Latest exits at the mall

More changes in store at Westfield Montgomery Mall, where some of the last remaining independent retailers will be among those exiting before summer. Shafa Blends, which opened three years ago under the name Rumi Tea and Spice, has relocated to Gaithersburg. Boba Station is also out (see story above) and other longtime tenants like Solstice and Pen Boutique are getting ready to leave. Hoamgar, an Asian chain that was testing the U.S. market, will close its doors this spring. Some of those empty spaces will likely be filled with attention-getting pop-up shops — like this minivan filled with Italian shoes.



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Vince & Dominic's is torn down at Home Depot Square


Vince & Dominic’s no more

See that empty space to the right of the Bubbles hair salon? That’s where the Vince & Dominic’s pizzeria used to be. Home Depot, which owns that shopping center, has torn down some of the empty storefronts to make room for more parking. 



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Did you miss these stories?

  • Aldi will open a no-frills grocery store on Rockville Pike. Click here.
  • Corned Beef King will open inside a Rockville gas station. Click here.
  • CAVA opens new restaurant at Montrose Crossing. Click here.
  • Dave & Buster’s coming to Rio Washingtonian Center. Click here.
  • Mix Bar & Grille closes in Potomac Village. Click here.
  • Hank Dietle’s burns down. Click here.
  • The Halal Guys opens at Wintergreen Plaza: Click here.
  • Chevy Chase Supermarket plans a spinoff in Rockville: Click here.



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