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 Table, Nando’s, Taylor Gourmet and a Porsche dealership. For more Pinstripes photos, visit our Facebook page.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.