Thursday, September 19, 2019

Katsu Go removes sign after owners' dispute

Katsu Go opened at 12238 Rockville Pike with big plans in May - and met with immediate success, capped by recognition in Washingtonian magazine as one of the best new budget restaurants in the region. That success led to the sudden breakup of the ownership group that launched the business just months ago, according to one owner, who said he and a partner were brought in to help launch the restaurant. Both men are now out, he said, and looking for a new Rockville location.

The Katsu Go sign has been removed from the front of the restaurant. But there were still customers dining inside, and steam rising from orders being prepared by staff, when I stopped by. Perhaps it has become like one of those cool bars that doesn't have a sign.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Lighted sign installed at Land's End in Rockville

The sign is up at Land's End at Congressional Plaza on Rockville Pike. Last night it was already lit. The 8500 SF clothing store is expected to open in late fall.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Patisserie Manuel to open at Montgomery Mall

Patisserie Manuel is expanding to Bethesda. L’Academie de Cuisine graduate Claudia Olea started the bakery in the Aspen Hill area, and this year moved to 8810 Brookeville Road. Named for her father, Patisserie Manuel will soon open a new location in the Dining Terrace at Westfield Montgomery Mall, by McDonald's.
Patisserie Manuel offers the standard French-style pastries you would expect to find at an upscale bakery. What sets it apart is the special Chilean pastries you will also find on the menu. And why settle for a Tres Leches Cake when you can order the Four Leches Cake at Patisserie Manuel?

Monday, September 16, 2019

Panera Bread reopens at Fallsgrove Village Center in Rockville

Panera Bread has reopened at the Fallsgrove Village Center in Rockville. Contrary to rumors, the restaurant did not close permanently, but temporarily closed for renovations.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Another Extreme Halloween in Rockville

Halloween will be extreme again in Rockville this year. Extreme Halloween is back at 1616 Rockville Pike with costumes, props and decorations. They are located next to Mattress Firm, at the corner of Rockville Pike and Halpine Road, across from Congressional Plaza.

Police to close Maryland Avenue during dueling immigration rallies today

Dueling rallies between opponents and advocates of Montgomery County's new policy restricting ICE agents' access to County facilities, and to prisoners with federal immigration detainers being released by the County, at 11:00 AM in Rockville today have led Montgomery County police to close parts of two streets.

Maryland Avenue will be closed between Fleet Street and E. Jefferson Street between 8:00 AM this morning and 2:00 PM this afternoon; the rallies are taking place in front of the County Council office building at 100 Maryland Avenue between 11:00 AM and noon.

Vinson Street will be entirely closed during those same hours.

The rally against the County's sanctuary policy will be headlined by television commentator and author Michelle Malkin and conservative commentator and talk radio personality Larry O'Connor. A coalition of progressive, immigration, and faith-based organizations has scheduled a counterprotest at the same location. Expect police to try to keep the two groups separate, but if you are not participating in one side or the other, you'll probably just want to steer clear of this area mid-day today.

Montgomery County Interfaith Community Liaison Rev. Mansfield Kaseman released a statement saying he has advised police that he and his team are available to assist in "maintaining peace" at today's rally, and has discussed the event with County Executive Marc Elrich.

Hiro Sushi closed in Rockville

Hiro Sushi has closed at 5268 Nicholson Lane in the White Flint Plaza shopping center. No reason is posted for the closure. However, I can find no listing online showing the space available for lease yet.