Monday, July 31, 2017

Lab Cafe soft opens in Rockville, grand opening August 6-8 (Photos + menu)

Lab Cafe, a new bubble tea cafe at Rockville Town Square, was open yesterday. The official grand opening is scheduled for this coming weekend, August 6-8, 2017. Every 50th person will get a free drink during the grand opening, you'll be able to get a free "size up" on all drinks, and there will be free samples of food and beverages.
Menu (click to enlarge)
The menu includes bubble tea, milk tea, fresh fruit teas, coffee and espresso, tea "slushes," popcorn chicken, and ice cream egg waffles. Lab Cafe is located at 101-C Gibbs Street, and will be open from 12 noon until 11:00 PM, according to the posted hours.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Pandora Seafood House and Bar requests liquor license

What's going on inside the future Pandora Seafood House and Bar at Rockville Town Square? It's been months since I first heard the sounds of construction inside the former American Tap Room space. The restaurant had been expected to open by now, but there still isn't even a sign installed out front.

Now there's one sign of activity - the restaurant has filed for a Montgomery County liquor license. Their hearing is scheduled for August 17, so they probably won't be opening before then.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Pike & Rose opens Phase II section to public (Photos)

Looking north up
the new extension of
Grand Park Avenue that
opened seconds earlier
Federal Realty opened the long-awaited second phase of its Pike & Rose development to the public yesterday at 4:00 PM. A whole new section of the development's street grid is now accessible to drivers, pedestrians and cyclists, ahead of some major Phase II business openings next week. Sephora will open in the ground floor of The Henri apartments on August 3. Pinstripes, a dining and entertainment center featuring bowling, bocce and a rooftop terrace, will host a (reportedly sold-out) Grand Opening celebration on August 4. It will then officially open the next day.
Rose Park will be bookended
by L.L. Bean (at right) and
a future restaurant addition
to the left of this scene
Plantings along the edge of
Rose Park looking toward
Rockville to the north
A "terraced" grade and water
features are highlights at
Rose Park

This building on the west
edge of Rose Park is
expected to be a future
View of Rose Park from
outside The Henri
But before those openings, one of the property's biggest public amenities will make its debut. On August 1, Rose Park will open. The half-acre park will feature green space, paths and gathering space, and water features. It serves as the "central park" anchor of Phase II, and is bolstered by an unusual green addition - a tall tree. The Legacy Tree is an attempt to subvert the typical "tiny tree" syndrome in new urbanist developments, by adding a mature tree trucked in from New Jersey, and planting it (via a crane) at the edge of the park.
The Legacy Tree
recently planted at the
edge of Rose Park
From a practical standpoint, the most significant benefit of the new street openings will be for drivers approaching Pike & Rose from I-270 by the Montrose Parkway. Up until Wednesday, you had to laboriously (and counterintuitively) turn left at Towne Road (which shares the title of "Longest Red Light in Montgomery County with its brother one block east), then take the on-ramp onto Rockville Pike and head south to Pike & Rose. Now you can simply turn right onto Towne, and turn left onto Rose Avenue between Pinstripes and The Henri.
Short Cut City: Now you can
enter Pike & Rose from the rear,
by taking this new Rose Avenue
from Towne Road...
...then turn right at this
intersection onto Grand Park Avenue
to reach the parking garages
Here's a photo gallery of the fence opening yesterday, and a preview of what you'll see as you venture though Phase II, another major milestone in the development of the Pike District:
At 4:00, construction workers
unlock the gate at Grand Park Avenue
and Trade Street that has been a dead
end for several years
Gate opening

Removing the cones

I am the first "civilian" on the
new block of Grand Park Avenue
The Henri apartments, and
the aroma of fresh asphalt
Future home of Sur la Table
at the end of August
Across from The Henri is the
Canopy by Hilton hotel, and this
is the future event space for
wedding receptions and more
Even better is this roof deck area
that can create an indoor-outdoor space
for events
Lobby entrance of The Henri
Looking back down
Grand Park Avenue toward
Old Georgetown Road from
in front of The Henri; this block
is quite dark in the late afternoon
Facade of The Henri
Canopy by Hilton hotel
(opening January/Februrary 2018)
topped by 930 Rose condos
Sephora, opening August 3
in The Henri
Sephora is already
fully-stocked inside
Future restaurant space at the
northeast corner of The Henri
Looking north toward the next
block, Rose Avenue and Rose Park (R)
Looking east on Rose Avenue
with future L.L. Bean at left,
and Canopy by Hilton at right
Looking back toward Phase I and
Old Georgetown Road from Rose Avenue
Rose Avenue
Pinstripes rooftop deck
The Henri, as seen from Rose Park
Cement mixer arrives in front
of the Canopy by Hilton
Canopy by Hilton topped
by 930 Rose condos
As All-American as you can get
Working on windows at
future L.L. Bean store

Canopy's ground floor tenants will be
Nando's Peri-Peri, Taylor Gourmet,
Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa and
Construction worker poses in front
of future entrance to Canopy by Hilton/
930 Rose condos
L.L. Bean
Gelberg Signs installing the signs at
Main sign at Pinstripes
Outdoor dining space for the bistro
at Pinstripes
The Henri

The north end of the property at
Prose Street remains a closed and
active construction area

Prose Street looking toward
future Porsche of Bethesda dealership
View from the intersection of
Prose Street and Grand Park Avenue
Loading dock or parking garage
at The Henri
The CEO of Pinstripes was on
the premises yesterday
Let's walk back to Phase I... look at H&M, opening at
the end of August
The signs are up at H&M
New mural being added
...right before your eyes

One of the first vehicles to
drive through Phase II
But pedestrians weren't forgotten...

All clear
Phase II is "Here & Now"