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Shake Shack joining CAVA at Cabin John

Shake Shack, home of juicy burgers, crinkle-cut fries and the milkshake that made Michelle Obama break her diet, is finally coming to Montgomery County. The company tells Store Reporter that it’s joining the lineup at Cabin John Shopping Center in Potomac, where construction will begin in the next few months at the corner of the front parking lot. Projected opening: mid to late 2018. The Shake Shack deal is the latest coup for Edens, the new owner of Cabin John, which also has lured CAVA as it looks to remake the center’s dowdy image. (More on that in our Sept. 7 edition.) This news also sheds some light on the recent departure of BGR, which closed its doors at Cabin John last month. And there are more changes ahead: This week, Edens execs told the Washington Business Journal that their long-term plans call for an “urban, walkable village” that will serve as “the central gathering place for the neighborhood.”










Sushi burrito update

The war of the sushi burritos on Old Georgetown Road is over before it began. The winner: Buredo, the D.C.-based chain that opened its first Maryland location this summer at the Wildwood Shops. The loser: Maki Shop, another D.C. restaurant that has called off plans to open right across the street at Georgetown Square. Maki Shop, which also closed its D.C. location, appears to be down to just a delivery service and a food truck.



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Sears at the mall: One down, one to go

There’s one closing that we neglected to mention in last week’s roundup of summer comings and goings at Westfield Montgomery Mall. The Sears Auto Center shut its doors at the beginning of August, four months after the property was purchased by mall owner Westfield Corp. Westfield also bought the nearby Sears department store, which continues to operate as usual under a lease-back agreement with the troubled retailer. Sears spokesman Howard Riefs says that’s the way things will stay for the foreseeable future. “The store will continue to remain open,” he says. We say: Don’t bet on it.







Last call for Last Call?

This week Neiman-Marcus said it will close 10 of its 37 Last Call stores, which feature discounted merchandise from previous seasons as well as pieces designed specifically for the off-price market. The Potomac Mills and Arundel Mills stores are both on the closing list, but the Rockville store at Congressional Plaza is not. In other Congressional Plaza news: Smoothie King is now under construction near the center’s new outdoor seating area, with plans to open as early as next month.



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CAVA heads to Shady Grove, Cabin John

Hometown favorite CAVA is expanding its presence in the Rockville/Potomac area, adding three new restaurants between now and the end of next year. Besides the location that’s currently under construction at Montrose Crossing on Rockville Pike, CAVA co-founder Ted Xenohristos tells us the chain is heading to Shady Grove Road and I-270 as well as the Cabin John shopping center in Potomac. Cabin John will soon start construction on several new restaurants in its front corner parking lot, with a projected opening in mid to late 2018. More on that in an upcoming issue.



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Gusto Farm to Street at Westfield Montgomery Mall


Addie’s and Gusto open, BGR and La Madeleine close

What else has happened on the restaurant scene since we took a break in August? The big news in fine dining is the opening of Addie’s at Park Potomac, a reincarnation of the longtime Rockville Pike favorite from Jeff and Barbara Black. The showpiece of the new menu is the Addie’s seafood tower, featuring a rotating assortment of clams, shrimp, mussels, oysters and other specialties like warm garlic flan and Eastern Shore watermelon. Gusto Farm to Street, the Bethesda-based chain known for its salads and thin-crust pizzas, also opened this week in the former Lobster ME space at Westfield Montgomery Mall. But August also marked the end for two longtime local restaurants: The BGR burger chain is out after six years at Cabin John Shopping Center, and La Madeleine has closed in North Bethesda after a short-lived relocation to Pike & Rose.



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Mall moves

Westfield Montgomery Mall continued to take a hit from the struggling national retail scene this summer, saying goodbye to bankrupt True Religion and RadioShack as well as Bebe (now online only) and Wilsons Leather (downsizing). Another longtime tenant, Vitamin World, is expected to file bankruptcy next week. But the mall also has welcomed some new businesses, including eateries Gusto (see story above) and Cookie Dough & Co. (see our Aug. 10 issue) as well as The Fix gadget repair shop, the Euphrasie dress store and the CoCo LaRue hair extension boutique. Also back is seasonal tenant Sheepskin Gifts & Alpaca Too, which will fill the former Bebe space until spring.



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Pike & Rose


New at Pike & Rose

The new tenants are arriving quickly at Pike & Rose, where Sephora and Pinstripes debuted last month (see our Aug. 10th issue), the Sur La Table cooking store just opened, and H&M is set to debut next week. Stay tuned to Store Reporter for more on the center’s fall lineup.




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Bocce court at Pinstripes


Pinstripes opens at Pike & Rose

Who says the summer months are slow around here? A lot happened when we took a few weeks off. Let’s start with Pike & Rose, where Pinstripes opened its doors last weekend with bowling, bocce, cool rooftop views and a surprisingly top-notch menu. We loved the tenderloin sliders ($16), stuffed mushrooms ($11), boneless short rib with mashed potatoes ($25) and roasted cauliflower pasta with sundried tomatoes ($13). A 4,000-square-foot Sephora store is also new at Pike & Rose, soon to be followed by L.L. Bean, H&M, Sur La TableNando’s, Taylor Gourmet and a Porsche dealership. For more Pinstripes photos, visit our Facebook page.



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Beatrix roll at Buredo


Hello Buredo

For sushi lovers, this month’s big news is the opening of Buredo at Wildwood Shopping Center. This is the third location for the D.C.-based chain, which serves up burrito-sized sushi rolls wrapped in seaweed instead of tortillas. Shown here: the Beatrix, featuring a mix of tuna and salmon sashimi, cucumber, pickled cabbage, green onion and tempura crunch topped with unagi sauce. To see what else is on the menu, click here.



La Limena Grill in Rockville


New Peruvian on the Pike

La Limeña Grill, under construction since last year in the former Potomac Grill space, finally opened its doors this week at 1093 Rockville Pike. The new restaurant is about twice the size of its older sister, La Limeña at Ritchie Center, with a more formal decor featuring black scroll lamps and charming murals. And while the original La Limeña offers a mix of Cuban and Peruvian food, owner Emma Perez says her new place will focus exclusively on the latter. The restaurant’s website isn’t up yet, but you can check out the menu for the Ritchie Center location here.



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Bangkok Shrimp Bowl at California Tortilla


Who won our California Tortilla giveaway?

Congratulations to Store Reporter readers Michael Goozh and Marcy Trost, the winners of our California Tortilla giveaway drawing. They each won two fresh entrees with drinks and sides, to be redeemed at the Cabin John location or anywhere else in the D.C. Metro area. Didn’t win this time? You can still catch Cal Tort’s spicy-sweet Bangkok Shrimp bowls, burritos and quesadillas through the end of August — or stick with year-round menu favorites like the California Sunset Bowl and Korean BBQ Tacos. For a look at what’s cooking at California Tortilla, click here.





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JT Interiors in Potomac Village


Potomac Village gift shop to close this fall

This week we say a sad goodbye to one of our favorite local gift shops. JT Interiors in Potomac Village will close its doors in late September after five years in the little house at 9906 River Road. Owner Terri Downs, who launched the business 17 years ago in Kentlands, is having health issues and wants to focus on her recovery. The JT Interiors website will continue to operate, but the store is clearing out most of its inventory at 60 to 70 percent off. New merchandise, including decor that was purchased ahead for the holidays, is arriving daily. Check the JT Facebook page for updates. 



 Cookie Dough & Co. and Teavana


Cookie dough in, Teavana out at the mall

Westfield Montgomery Mall has a new place to tempt your sweet tooth. Cookie Dough & Co., the first shop in our area to showcase the trendy treat, is now open in the former Peet’s Coffee kiosk near Sears. On the menu: safe-to-eat cookie dough in a variety of flavors, scooped like ice cream and served with milk or La Colombe coffee on the side. Meanwhile, the mall will soon lose the short-lived Teavana store that opened in expanded quarters just last winter. Starbucks has announced it will close all 389 of its tea stores by next spring. No word yet on how long ours will last.






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French bakery says bonjour to Rockville

Fresh Baguette, the Bethesda bakery known for its authentic French breads and pastries, opens its second location next week at 804 Hungerford Drive in Rockville. The new space is much bigger than the one in downtown Bethesda, with a large factory in the back preparing wholesale orders for clients like Ritz-Carlton, the Watergate Hotel and Potomac’s new Filicori Zecchini coffee house. (Check out our Facebook page for a look behind the scenes, featuring the biggest mixers you’ve ever seen.) Breads, pastries, coffee and custom-made sandwiches will be available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily starting July 25th. For a closer look at Fresh Baguette, click here.



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Anthropologie showroom


Anthropologie heading to downtown Bethesda

This week Store Reporter readers were buzzing about the news that Anthropologie is heading to downtown Bethesda, replacing the 20-year-old Barnes & Noble store that’s closing in December. This will be a new department store-style format for Anthropologie, with three floors of clothing, shoes, accessories, home and garden goods, a beauty boutique, a bridal salon and indoor/outdoor dining on the ground floor. For a peek at what Anthropologie has to offer, click here.



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Win a meal for two at California Tortilla

This month we’re giving away a pair of California Tortilla certificates — each good for two fresh entrees with drinks and sides — to be used at the Cabin John location or anywhere else in the D.C. Metro area. Through the end of August, you can still catch Cal Tort’s spicy-sweet Bangkok Shrimp bowls, burritos and quesadillas. Or try some of the restaurant’s other popular dishes like the California Sunset Bowl, Korean BBQ Tacos or California Screamin’ Burrito. Want to put your name in our hat? Click here to send us an email (subject line: California Tortilla), or click here to enter via our Facebook page.





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Pinstripes ready to open at Pike & Rose

Five months after the debut of Lucky Strike at Westfield Montgomery Mall, Pike & Rose is ready to roll out a bowling alley of its own. August 5th is opening day for Pinstripes, featuring bowling and bocce plus food, drinks and plenty of space for private parties. Bowling fees will vary with days and times, ranging from $8 to $15 an hour per person (plus shoes), while bocce costs $5 to $10 an hour. This will be the second D.C.-area location for Pinstripes, which opened three years ago in Georgetown. Be sure to follow our Facebook page for an upcoming sneak peek.



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Filicori Zecchini at Park Potomac


Coffee house opens at Park Potomac

Opening in mid-July after more than a year of construction at Park Potomac: Filicori Zecchini, the European-style coffee house on the ground floor of The Perry. Owner Elhussien Ahmed, an Egyptian native with a passion for Italian coffee, has been laboring over details from the imported mosaic wall tiles to the sleek Italian chairs to the stunning copper coffee bar. The menu will include pastries, sandwiches and grab-and-go items from the French bakery Fresh Baguette, plus Italian specialty drinks like bicerìn and marrocchino (espresso and milk froth mixed with hot chocolate or cocoa powder). For opening hours and other info, call 301-444-4417.



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 Smashburger at The Galvan


What’s the story with Smashburger?

Fast-casual chain Smashburger has been closing restaurants all over Montgomery County, including one in downtown Bethesda last winter and two more in Gaithersburg and Germantown over the past few weeks. Julian Goodman, the company’s local franchisee, says all three restaurants were company-owned and their locations were not the right fit. Goodman, who opened his first Smashburger at The Galvan on Rockville Pike last year, says he’s actively looking for more locations in this area.



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True Religion jeans


Tough times for True Religion

True Religion, the Los Angeles-based manufacturer of designer denim, is the latest retailer to file Chapter 11. The brand came to prominence in the early 2000s, when high-end denim bars were all the rage and no one used the term “athleisure.” Now True Religion is looking to reduce its $500 million debt load with hopes of emerging from bankruptcy later this year. At least 27 of the company’s 130-plus stores are expected to close. No word yet on the fate of the Westfield Montgomery Mall location, which opened in 2014.



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Bangkok Shrimp at California Tortilla


Back for the summer: Bangkok Shrimp at CalTort

Bangkok Shrimp, a summertime specialty at California Tortilla, is back on the menu through the end of August. Lightly breaded with a mild red chili sauce, the spicy-sweet delicacy is the star of Bangkok Shrimp Tacos, Bangkok Shrimp Bowls and (our favorite) Bangkok Shrimp Quesadillas. Like all the food at CalTort, it’s made fresh in small batches all day long. “Many people don’t realize how serious we are about serving only the freshest ingredients,” says CalTort exec Keith Goldman. “We actually do not have freezers in any of our restaurants. So every day we’re getting something delivered, be it produce or proteins… and for the next few months, shrimp. That’s why some of our menu items are only offered seasonally, even though they’re guest favorites.” Want to see what’s cooking at the Cabin John CalTort this summer? Click here





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Ann Taylor at Westfield Montgomery Mall


New look for Ann Taylor

The Ann Taylor store at Westfield Montgomery Mall is temporarily closed for renovation. The retailer has announced plans to shutter some of its locations this year, along with those of sister chains including Loft and Lane Bryant. But the Montgomery Mall store is expected to reopen by fall.



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Walgreens & Rite Aid break up

After two years of protracted negotiations with U.S. regulators, Walgreens and Rite Aid have called off their plans for a merger. Instead, Walgreens has agreed to buy 2,350 Rite Aid stores in the Northeast, the Southeast and the Mid-Atlantic. The company hasn’t disclosed which stores are part of this new deal, but a spokesman tells us that all will eventually be absorbed into the Walgreens brand. That likely means one less drug store for Potomac Village, where Walgreens and Rite Aid are neighbors on opposite sides of River Road.



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