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Guess at Westfield Montgomery Mall


Guess who’s out at the mall

Guess has closed its doors at Westfield Montgomery Mall, part of a nationwide downsizing for the once-iconic fashion retailer. Specs New York is also out, along with several holiday popup shops including Things Remembered. What’s on the way? Altar’d State, a Tennessee-based women’s clothing chain that blends fashion with a Christian mission; Intimissimi, an Italian lingerie and pajama store for men and women; and Spice 6, a “modern Indian” restaurant serving salads, wraps and pizza made with naan bread. More details and opening dates in the weeks to come.



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Honeygrow’s here

Jan. 18 is opening day for the new Honeygrow restaurant at Montrose Crossing on Rockville Pike. It’s the first of four eateries opening at the former Timpano site — a lineup that soon will include CAVA, Pieology and Five Guys. “D.C. is our biggest growth market for 2018,” says Honeygrow founder Justin Rosenberg, who created the chain after switching to a mostly plant-based diet. The menu focuses on salads and stir-fries made from freshly cooked noodles, veggies and sauces, with a signature “honeybar” dessert featuring yogurt, fresh fruit and toppings. Rosenberg says he’s looking elsewhere in Montgomery County for Honeygrow and its smaller sister chain, Minigrow. To see what’s on the menu, click here.



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Pad Thai


Two Rockville restaurants close

Tara Asia, the longtime Thai restaurant on Montgomery Avenue near the Regal Rockville movie theater, closed its doors without explanation after the holidays. Also closed is Quench, the restaurant and bar that had a five-year run on Traville Gateway Drive.



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New Orleans on the Pike

Newest addition to the multicultural restaurant mix at Rockville’s Ritchie Center: Live Crawfish & Seafood, specializing in Louisiana-style Cajun cuisine from po’boys and gumbo to jambalaya and beignets. A grand opening party is planned for Feb. 24th, but the restaurant already is open for lunch and dinner at 765 Rockville Pike. To check out the menu, click here.



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Desserts from Sisters Thai


Another new restaurant for Cabin John

Sisters Thai, a hipster eatery from Fairfax, is the latest addition to the new restaurant lineup at Cabin John. The buzz on this place is quite good — not only for its food, fruit drinks and desserts, but also for its cozy “living room” atmosphere with mismatched furniture and overstuffed bookshelves. (Click here for a preview). Construction is already under way in the parking lot at Tuckerman Lane and Seven Locks Road, where Sisters will join Shake Shack, CAVA and Le Pain Quotidien for a late 2018 debut. Cabin John, which was sold last year to the Edens development group, also is planning a name change after 50 years. Say goodbye to Cabin John Shopping Center & Mall; it’s now Cabin John Village.



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Gringos & Mariachis at Park Potomac

Photo: Violetta Markelou


Gringos & Mariachis arrives

This week brought the long-awaited debut of Gringos & Mariachis at Park Potomac. The Mexican restaurant had been under construction seemingly forever (but really about two years) across from MoCo’s Founding Farmers and next to the new Addie’s. This is a sister to the three-year-old Gringos & Mariachis in Bethesda, serving casual food and cocktails amidst striking murals inspired by Mexican street art. Owners Roberto and Riccardo Pietrobono are also behind the popular restaurants Alatri Bros. and Olazzo. More photos on our Facebook page; click here to see them.



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Wildwood Shopping Center


Welcome the holidays at Wildwood

Stop by the Wildwood Shops this Saturday (Dec. 9th) for a holiday open house featuring live music, giveaways, strolling entertainment and plenty of gift inspiration. Register to win a $100 gift card to Buredo or Balducci’s, and snag a free copper insulated travel bottle with any $150 purchase. (Redeem your receipts at Belina Boutique, Coco Blanca, Buredo, Irresistibles, Red Orchard, Secrete Fine Jewelry or Yves Delorme.) Shopping hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Wildwood Shopping Center, 10241 Old Georgetown Road. Click here for details.


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Gifts from JT Interiors


Rediscover your favorites at JT Interiors

JT Interiors closed its doors last summer, but the Potomac Village gift shop is alive and well on the Internet. All those charming holiday gifts that the store was known for –  from embroidered table runners and painted guest towels to festive candles and party accessories — are available all season at Snow globes like the one shown here are $30 and up, silk scarves are available in 10 colors for $40, and lighted glass vases with winter scenes are $12 to $30. Click here to visit the JT website, or email your inquiries to


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Pita sandwiches from Gyroland


New Greek restaurant for Rockville

Gyroland, a casual spinoff of the longtime Greek restaurant Mykonos, opened its doors this week in the former Maria’s Bakery space in the Shops at Congressional Village, 1701 Rockville Pike. The menu features gyros, wraps, souvlaki and other Greek specialties, along with salads and the honey donuts known as loukoumades. For a peek at the menu, click here.




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