Flower Child is about to bloom
This week we got a sneak peek at Wildwood’s new Flower Child restaurant, opening July 2 at Democracy Boulevard and Old Georgetown Road. The casual, hippie-chic decor is similar to the seven-month-old Flower Child off Darnestown Road, with rainbow-painted walls, mix-and-match chairs and plenty of indoor/outdoor seating. Flower Child, based in Phoenix, offers a health-conscious, veggie-centric menu that caters to special diets. It’s the first of three new restaurants set to open at Wildwood in the next few months, soon to be followed by Bethesda Bagels and Joe & the Juice. Want a closer look at Flower Child? Check out Store Reporter on Facebook and Instagram.
What's bubbling at the mall
Newest spot for bubble tea at Westfield Montgomery mall: Möge Tee, now open in the former B/Bop/Q space near Chick-fil-A. If you’re game to try something different — like avocado cheese tea or fruit teas topped by sweetened cheese foam — this is the place. Möge, based in New York, is moving in our direction with several new locations in D.C. and Northern Virginia.
The tastes of summer at Gusto Farm to Street
The summer menu has arrived at Gusto Farm to Street — and that means plenty of watermelon, crabs and Old Bay seasoning. Gusto, with locations in Silver Spring, downtown Bethesda and Westfield Montgomery mall, sources its fresh produce from a dozen local farms in the D.C. area. So what’s new for summer? Obey the Claw pizza, featuring jumbo lump crab, red pepper pesto, roasted corn, red onion, micro basil and three kinds of cheese. For lighter appetites, the One in a Melon Salad dishes up arugula, mint, roasted beets, radishes, feta cheese and watermelon — with or without grilled steak. And to drink: Watermelon Hibiscus Lemonade, of course. For a closer look at Gusto’s summer menu, click here.
Smashburger’s final flameout
Three months after Smashburger “temporarily” closed its Rockville Pike restaurant at the Galvan, we just got word that the exit is actually permanent. Back in March, when the restaurant suddenly went dark, franchisee Julian Goodman told us it would soon reopen as a corporate-owned location. But the property has been in limbo since then, with conflicting signs on the windows and no word from corporate — until this week, when a Smashburger spokesman confirmed that a comeback isn’t going to happen. This is the fourth Smashburger to flame out in Montgomery County, following three other short-lived locations in Bethesda, Gaithersburg and Germantown.