Seafood market opens at Potomac Woods Plaza
After six months of renovations to the former Little Gym space at Potomac Woods Plaza, O’Donnell’s Market opened its doors this week with a promising selection of fresh fish, seafood and baked goods. The store was just beginning to stock up when we stopped by on Wednesday, but owner Bill Edelblut says he’ll soon be adding a salad bar, grab-and-go items and a full-service bakery. O’Donnell’s isn’t cheap: Much of the seafood is priced around $25 a pound, and crab cakes are $10 apiece. But we were impressed with the super-fresh flounder, one of the more economical choices at $13.50 per pound. Edelblut has a long history in the seafood industry; his family owned the venerable O’Donnell’s Sea Grill restaurant chain, which closed its last remaining location at The Kentlands two years ago.
Korean BBQ at the mall
B/Bop/Q, a new Korean fusion restaurant, opened at Westfield Montgomery Mall last week in the corridor adjacent to the Dining Terrace. The concept is based on Korean bibimbap, but also similar to the Chipotle spinoff ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen. Diners move along a serving line as they start with rice or noodles, add a protein, then customize their dishes with fresh vegetables and sauces. Also on the menu: tacos, wraps, dumplings and Korean-style chicken wings. B/Bop/Q is the brainchild of Ken Choi, a food industry veteran who operates cafes for NASA, the American Red Cross, the Library of Congress and other local institutions. He hopes this will be the start of a national Korean fusion chain, with four more locations already planned for the West Coast. B/Bop/Q is the second Asian restaurant to open at Westfield Montgomery Mall in the past month, following the November debut of neighboring Shanghai Bao Kitchen. Next up, after the holidays, is Tara Thai.
Great ideas, deals and discounts in our holiday gift issue
Have you had a chance to read our fabulous holiday gift issue? Inside you’ll find great ideas and deals for local stores like On Cloud 9, Leila Jewels and Ibhana Boutique; special pricing on gift cards for River Falls Tavern and Wildwood Kitchen; discounts for teen decor from Dormify and jewelry from Valerie Nahmani Designs; original artwork, personalized kids’ books and much more. The deals are good through Dec. 24. Click here to check them out.
Tasting party this Saturday at The Bottle Shop
It’s going to be a busy weekend at Potomac Woods Plaza: In addition to the opening of O’Donnell’s Market (see story above), The Bottle Shop has a year-end tasting event this Saturday (Dec. 12) from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. with door prizes plus wine and beer reps pouring premium selections for the holidays. There will be wine from The Country Vintner, Opici and Constantine among others, along with beer from DuClaw, Flying Dog and Jailbreak Brewing. There’s no obligation to make a purchase — but if you do, everything will be 15% off. You can find The Bottle Shop at 250 Fortune Terrace, Suite 102, near Seven Locks Barber. For more information, call (301) 738-WINE (9463) or click here.
Core launches pop-up gallery at the mall
Core, the progressive streetwear store that opened last winter at Westfield Montgomery Mall, will launch a holiday pop-up gallery this weekend with works by artist Shaun Outen. The Virginia native and part-time model is known for his painted denim and leather, some of which has been carried at the Manhattan boutique of famed “Sex and the City” designer Patricia Field. Outen is creating an art installation for Core, and he’ll be on hand this Saturday (Dec. 12) for an opening party from 2:00-8:00 p.m. You can find Core on the mall’s second floor, in the Macy’s Home Store wing next to UA Salon. For details, call the store at 301-365-1265.