Monday, July 21, 2014

DOUGH ROLLER PIZZA REVIEW - IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY! (PHOTOS + VIDEO)

The much-anticipated Dough Roller in King Farm Village Center opened on Saturday. A first step in the Ocean City, MD-favorite's expansion into the DC area, the Rockville location is currently the only Dough Roller outside of the Maryland resort town. This is arguably one of the biggest restaurant openings in the region this year, given the following Dough Roller has among Ocean City vacationers.


Although the restaurant is open, some finishing touches will be added in the coming weeks, according to a Dough Roller spokesperson. One example is a new exterior sign that is directed toward pedestrians passing outside the store. A sign holder appears to be in place to the left of the main sign, for a third sign installation. A lot of work has been done on the gleaming interior since I came past a week ago.




The menu for the Rockville Dough Roller features breakfast (starting at 7:30 AM), burgers, a hot dog, sandwiches, salads, chicken wings and fingers, crab bites, and - of course - their famous pizza and all-day pancakes. I like that their crab cake is made with 100% blue crab.

What from the OC menus doesn't show up here? Dayton's Chicken (which is only available at one of the OC locations, anyway); the Dough Roller Supreme, Meat Explosion and Pepperoni Obsessed pizzas; Italian and Seafood Dinner platters; and funnel cake fries. But many favorites did make the leap across the Bay, including the Crab Burger. And at least a couple of items that seem to be exclusive to Rockville. Having said all that, the menu changes with the time of day (for example, the breakfast items were not on display in these photos), and additional items may be added over time.  Click menu photos to enlarge for detail:

I stopped by the new Rockville location to pick up a cheese pizza, and here is my review.



greenWICH MENU BETHESDA (PHOTOS)

I finally have a full menu for the newest sandwich and salad shop in downtown Bethesda, greenWICH. greenWICH took over the Quiznos on St. Elmo Avenue a couple of weeks ago. Notable on the list is Bánh Mì, an increasingly-popular Vietnamese sandwich. Click photo to enlarge for detail:

HINODE CLOSES IN BETHESDA (PHOTOS)

After 22 years of serving sushi in Bethesda, Hinode closed its doors this weekend for good. The Hampden Lane restaurant is not moving elsewhere, but its other area locations - including Rockville - remain open.



Sunday, July 20, 2014

CHEF CATHAL ARMSTRONG TO SIGN COOKBOOK AT BETHESDA CENTRAL FARM MARKET ON JULY 27

Cathal Armstrong is best known in the DC area for his local restaurant mini-empire, including the highly-rated Restaurant Eve, The Majestic and Society Fair. This year, Armstrong released a cookbook, My Irish Table: Recipes from the Homeland and Restaurant Eve, co-written with food writer David Hagedorn. The Irish-born Armstrong will appear next Sunday, July 27, at the Bethesda Central Farm Market, from 10-12 AM, and sign copies of the book.

Covering everything from the standard Shepherd's Pie, to upscale restaurant dishes like Kerrygold butter-poached lobster with parsnips, My Irish Table holds 130 recipes in all. Armstrong teaches from both the traditions of his native country, and from the techniques he acquired working in some of Washington's finest restaurants.

The Bethesda Central Farm Market is held weekly at Bethesda Elementary School, at 7600 Arlington Road, in downtown Bethesda.

BETHESDA CRIME UPDATE

Here's a roundup of crimes reported across Bethesda on July 17, according to crime data:

Theft. 7100 block Exfair Road.

Theft. 5400 block Wisconsin Avenue.

Theft. 10400 block Old Georgetown Road.

Theft. Westfield Montgomery Mall.

Theft. 7100 block Democracy Boulevard.

NAPLES 45 AND CAVA GRILL APPLY AT WESTFIELD MONTGOMERY MALL APPLY FOR LIQUOR LICENSES (PHOTO)

Two future restaurant additions at Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda are getting a head start towards opening day this year. Naples 45 ristorante e pizzeria and Cava Mezze Grill have both applied for their liquor licenses, as construction continues on the mall's new dining terrace.

Naples 45 has an extensive beer and wine list at its New York City flagship location.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

THE FIX IS IN FOR FAIRMONT AVENUE SIDEWALK (PHOTOS)

BUMP!
Here is the final fix for the mismatched sidewalk mess on Fairmont Avenue. If you recall, the new sidewalk in front of the Bainbridge Bethesda luxury apartment tower turned out to be 5-6" higher than the adjoining original sidewalk along the street. Which immediately created a tripping hazard, and restricted access for the disabled, where the two met, and where the sidewalk met the surface between the public sidewalk and the doors of the storefronts.

A couple of creative ramps, and a sizable bump in the loading dock driveway, were the elements of the solution worked out by Bainbridge's contractor:


ASSAULT AT SUBURBAN HOSPITAL, 3 BURGLARIES + MORE - BETHESDA CRIME UPDATE

Here's a roundup of crimes reported across Bethesda on July 16, according to crime data:

Vehicle burglary. 4400 block Montgomery Avenue.

Assault. Suburban Hospital.

Vehicle burglary. 6000 block Durbin Road.

Vehicle burglary. 6000 block Plainview Road.

Burglary. 7300 block Millwood Road.

Burglary. 5200 block Pooks Hill Road.

Vehicle burglary. 8700 block Melwood Road.

Burglary. 4500 block Sangamore Road.

Drug arrest. 12100 block Parklawn Drive.

Assault. 9200 block Kentsdale Drive.

Vehicle burglary. 8500 block River Road.

HISTORIC EASTHAM'S EXXON DEMOLISHED IN BETHESDA (PHOTOS)

The historic Wisconsin Avenue service station best known as Eastham's Exxon (or Eastham's Esso earlier) was demolished yesterday. A fixture in 20th century downtown Bethesda history, Eastham's survives - for now - as an auto repair facility at the corner of Fairmont Avenue and Old Georgetown Road. The demolition clears the way for a mixed-use residential building on the site. But yesterday was the end of an era, for anyone in town with a driver's license prior to a year ago. Eastham's opened in 1929 at this location, 7100 Wisconsin Avenue. Soon downtown Bethesda will be down to 3, then 2, gas stations. And then... Happy motoring!





Friday, July 18, 2014

MIRAGE NAILS IS LATEST TENANT AT PIKE & ROSE

Mirage Nails is the newest tenant at Federal Realty's Pike & Rose development. The nail salon has just leased a storefront on Old Georgetown Road. It will be in the ground floor of the PerSei apartments.

BETHESDA ROW SIDEWALK SALE STARTS TODAY, AND VINO VOLO HAS DEALS FOR YOU (PHOTOS)

Today starts a weekend of food, shopping and entertainment at the annual Bethesda Row Sidewalk Sale. At least one boutique, COURAGE. b, couldn't wait until today. They hosted a Pre-Sidewalk Sale sale at their Bethesda Lane shop last night.

Meanwhile, among the many places to dine or drink in-between fabulous fashion finds is Vino Volo. Don't forget that they are as much a wine shop as a wine bar. During the Sidewalk Sale this weekend, you can save 50% on select wines, and 20% off merchandise.

You can also get a ride from UberDC - If you are joining Uber for the first time, enjoy 2 free rides up to $20 using the code "VinoVolo" this weekend.

Vino Volo has a new summer menu and wine pairings. New items include a refreshingly-cool watermelon and feta salad (pictured), Wine County chicken paté, and lamb meatballs.




Top photos: Robert Dyer @ Bethesda Row
Photos from Vino Volo courtesy Jason Morenz

KONST KITCHEN INTERIOR DESIGN SHOWROOM OPENING IN BETHESDA (PHOTOS)

An upscale kitchen design showroom is the latest tenant to sign on at Akridge's 7550 Wisconsin Avenue office tower in Bethesda. The completely-renovated building initially struggled to draw tenants, due to Montgomery County's weak office market. But after the company shifted to a strategy of luring smaller businesses, rather than major corporate tenants, it has indeed attracted a number of smaller-scale firms.

The newest is KONST Kitchen Interior Design, which will open a SieMatic Showroom at 7550 this fall. Jonas Carnemark, a Bethesda designer and owner of CARNEMARK systems + design, Inc., is the man behind the future showroom. Originally from Sweden, Carnemark has made a name for himself here, as a remodeler who has appeared on Good Morning America, and Food Network.

Carnemark says he was originally approached by SieMatic, a German kitchen design firm, to open a showroom in the DC area, and KONST is the result - the exclusive dealer for SieMatic in the region.


REDEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR FRESH GRILL/LOT 667 TO BE UNVEILED AT PUBLIC MEETING IN BETHESDA

Representatives of Greenhill Capital will reveal the landowner's redevelopment plan for Lot 667, an L-shaped property along Fairmont and St. Elmo Avenues in downtown Bethesda, at a public meeting on July 31. Readers may recall one potential development concept for the property I posted about a few weeks back, which was created by Steven J. Karr, AIA, Inc. The site includes the former homes of Fresh Grill, Dansez Dansez, Red Tomato Cafe and BCC Automotive.

What is known so far, is that the project will add 5,429 square feet of non-residential space to the site. Although 4901 Fairmont Avenue (formerly leased by BlackFinn; Bold Bite is a current tenant) is part of Lot 667, landowner Lenny Greenberg says that building will not be demolished.

The meeting will be held on Thursday, July 31, at 7:30 PM, at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Services Center, at 4805 Edgemoor Lane.


CALYPSO ST. BARTH INSTALLS PERMANENT SIGN AT BETHESDA ROW BOUTIQUE (PHOTOS)

The lighted sign is up at Calypso St. Barth, which is scheduled to open July 31 on Bethesda Avenue. An upscale resortwear boutique, it replaces Dunkin' Donuts, which will reopen this fall over on Elm Street.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

THE LAUREN SALES OFFICE MOVING, PLUS A DEMOLITION UPDATE (PHOTOS)

Given that the original sales office for The Lauren has been demolished, you might be wondering what happened to all the fancy furniture, flatscreens, and sales materials that were inside. Well, they've ended up at the old Bella Italia space in the Shoppes of Bethesda on Hampden Lane. Which is right across from the future site of The Lauren, with its ultra-luxury condos "from the several millions." Here's a sneak peek, even if there isn't anything all that surprising inside:



Meanwhile, the first phase of demolition continues at the Lauren site. The houses were already obliterated, but they're working on the foundations, staircases, etc. With this and the Montgomery Lane/West Lane project going on at once, wouldn't you hate to live in those luxury buildings right there during all this? Talk about being between the hammer and the anvil... Here are some new photos: