Sweetgreen arrives, BurgerFi on the way
Sweetgreen, the fast-casual salad chain with D.C. roots, opened its doors this week at Pike & Rose. (Check out our photos on Facebook and Instagram.) This is the third Montgomery County location for the 12-year-old chain, which was founded by three undergraduate business students from Georgetown University. What’s next for the Pike & Rose food scene? BurgerFi should be open in a couple of weeks, followed by Sunday Morning Bakehouse sometime this summer. Meanwhile, there’s another new business just down the block. Read on for more.
New gift shop at Pike & Rose
A locally owned gift shop — something we don’t see much of these days — just opened its doors at Pike & Rose. Olive & Loom, which replaces the Seasons oil and vinegar shop next to Stella Barra, specializes in artisan-made goods from Turkey and the U.S. The store is already set up for summer with brightly colored towels, cover-ups, beach bags and kimonos, plus soaps, bath products, pillows and kitchenware. Owner Ferzan Jaeger has another shop, Sabun Home in downtown Bethesda, but she’s closing that down to focus on Olive & Loom. For a closer look at the new store, check out our photos on Facebook and Instagram.
What's up with Cinnabon & Wicked Waffle
Here come the calories: Cinnabon is fast-tracking its buildout at Westfield Montgomery mall, where it’s scheduled to open at the beginning of April next to Popeyes. Meanwhile, bad news for Wicked Waffle fans: Plans for a comeback have fallen through. The restaurant closed in January and was supposed to reopen the following month, but its new owner wasn’t able to work out a lease agreement with the mall. If you miss Wicked Waffle, you’ll have to visit the D.C. location.
Fly me to the mall
In an unfortunate bit of timing given events of the past few weeks, a Dubai-based company just agreed to install a Boeing 737 flight simulator at Westfield Montgomery mall. The Dream Aero machine, which looks like a spaceship on the outside and a jet cockpit on the inside, will hover above Cava and Gusto in a still-undeveloped space on the mall’s third level. Timing is TBD, but we’re told construction is going to take awhile.