Friday, July 13, 2018

Rockville's newest Starbucks is now open

The new Starbucks at 11860 Grand Park Avenue is now open at Pike & Rose. It moved over from its original location at the southeast corner of the property last Friday.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Buffalo Wild Wings cuts back hours in Rockville as MoCo nighttime economy continues to tank

Effective this week, Buffalo Wild Wings at 33-C Maryland Avenue will close an hour earlier each night, except for Sunday nights, which will remain the same. Monday through Thursday, the popular chicken wing restaurant will close at 12:00 AM instead of 1:00 AM. And on Friday and Saturday nights, BWW will now close at 1:00 AM, instead of 2:00 AM as before.
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Montgomery County's nightlife business continues to tank following the disastrous "nighttime economy initiative" by County Council President Hans Riemer. The Nighttime Economy Task Force debacle led to the closure of 15 nightspots in downtown Bethesda alone, and cutbacks in late-night hours similar to what we are witnessing with Buffalo Wild Wings here. Instead of ending the County's archaic government liquor monopoly that is killing restaurants and bars, Riemer led the Council move to strengthen the monopoly. The same monopoly keeps residents from being able to buy beer and wine at grocery, drug and convenience stores countywide.

There simply aren't enough people out late at night anymore to sustain businesses during those hours. Rockville and downtown Silver Spring have fared slightly better than Bethesda, but we can see things are still moving in the wrong direction countywide.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Veterinary Holistic Care coming to Rockville

Veterinary Holistic Care, a veterinary practice that has operated in Bethesda since 1995, is moving to Rockville. Their existing office is located on a site now planned to be redeveloped into a six-story apartment building by ZOM Living, at 4820 Moorland Lane.

The new home of VHC will be at 4 West Middle Lane, in the Courthouse Center shopping center. In this larger facility, VHC plans to add an underwater pet treadmill, a full surgery suite, and full pet grooming services. No official moving date has been announced as of press time.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Signage installed at Yamachan Ramen/Pearl Lady Tea in Rockville (Photos)

The permanent signage is up at Yamachan Ramen/Pearl Lady Tea at 201 E. Middle Lane in Rockville Town Center. It is located in the ground floor of the Cambria Suites/The Upton building. This will be the first Pearl Lady location outside of Japan.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Asian food hall The Spot opens in Rockville

The Spot looked ready to open any minute last week, and now it has. And it's already picked up a large following this weekend. Crowds of people were walking down N. Washington Street, headed to the new Asian food hall in the ground floor of the Metropolitan at Rockville Town Center apartments.

Tenants operating opening weekend included raw fish bowl favorite Poki DC, the bubble teas of Gong Cha, Cheers Cut fried chicken, Mian Pull noodle, and the sweet finish of Hong Kong waffle ice cream from Alpaca Dessert. Several more vendors are coming soon. The Spot is located at 255 N. Washington Street.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Rockville woman missing

Montgomery County police are asking for the public's help in locating a missing Rockville woman. Tabet Ndortabi Tarh of First Street, age 33, hasn't been seen by her family since early in the morning on June 28 at her home.was last seen by family members in the early morning hours on June 28 at her residence on First Street in Rockville.  Police describe Tarh as an African-American female, 5′ 3″, 130 pounds, with brown eyes and dark brown, shoulder length hair that she is known to sometimes wear in a bun. 

When last seen, Tarh was wearing a white scarf and a long, dark blue dress. However, detectives have not yet been able to obtain a photograph of her to release to the public. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Tabet Ndortabi Tarh is urged to contact police at 301.279.8000.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

New Starbucks at Pike & Rose expected to open Friday

The new Starbucks under construction in The Henri at Pike & Rose is finally ready to open. A reader tells me that the current Starbucks at the Federal Realty property has closed, and that the new one is expected to open tomorrow, Friday, July 6, 2018.

For GPS purposes, the street address of the new Starbucks is 11860 Grand Park Avenue. Will this one be a Starbucks Reserve? We're still awaiting the first Starbucks Reserve in Montgomery County (but I will settle for a Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf). Whatever the case, this is the only Starbucks in MoCo where you can take your icy Starbucks drink to The Beach at Pike & Rose.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Demolition begins for Aldi in Rockville (Photos)

If you thought Aldi was just going to convert the old Circuit City/hh gregg building on Rockville Pike into their new Rockville grocery store, think again. Instead, major demolition is underway at the site. I'm starting to question if they will meet the projected 2018 store opening as promised at this point. The store site is located in the Congressional North shopping center.



Monday, July 2, 2018

Signage installed at Rockville Asian food hall The Spot (Photos)

The signs are up at The Spot, and the interior is rapidly coming together as well. You can see the seating, and individual stalls of the hall's tenants. Of three Asian food halls opening in the next 12 months in Rockville, The Spot looks the closest to completion. The Spot is located in the ground floor of The Metropolitan at Rockville Town Center apartments at 255 N. Washington Street.