What's shaking at Sisters
This week we got a sneak peek at Sisters, the Thai restaurant that’s set to open in May next to Shake Shack at Cabin John Village. The vibe inside is decidedly artsy/funky, with movie theater-style signage and multiple seating areas, including a cozy living room complete with bookshelves and fireplace. The restaurant will offer a full bar overlooking the outdoor courtyard, as well as a dessert counter serving Thai coffee, shaved ice and baked goods from the Magnolia sweet shop in Vienna. Magnolia is a “sister” to Sisters and a favorite of Instagrammers for its honey toast and elaborately decorated bathrooms. (And the bathrooms at Cabin John will not disappoint: The men’s room is decked out with “windows” overlooking 3D views of New York City.) To see it all for yourself, check out our photos on Facebook and Instagram.
The scoop on Java Nation
We’re hearing lots of great buzz about Java Nation, the coffee shop/restaurant that’s taking over the old Addie’s/Helen’s space on Rockville Pike. Owner Simona Cabana tells us she’s renovating the building and adding more outdoor seating (which could be tricky, since it’s unclear what’s going to happen to the burned-out shell of nextdoor neighbor Hank Dietle’s). This will be the second location for Java Nation, which has earned an avid following in Kensington for its top-notch coffee and European-style menu. Cabana says she’ll be baking bread and pastries in-house, roasting coffee beans on the premises, and offering a full bar including signature caffeine-infused cocktails. (Espresso martini, anyone?) The menu will be a mix of American, European and Latin cuisine with an emphasis on Peruvian dishes. Doors could open as early as August.
New at the mall
Two new stores are heading to at Westfield Montgomery mall with plans to open in late summer. Minneapolis-based Eyebobs, which specializes in fashion-forward reading glasses, will open next to Untuckit with an expanded array of prescription lenses, blue-light glasses and sunglasses. Eyebobs cultivates an edgy image, with frames named things like “Peckerhead,” “Butch,” “Not Tonight,” “Kvetcher” and “Haute Flash.” Windsor, a clothing store aimed at teens and young women, is also on the way with plans to open next to the Vans store.