Archives June 2019

Check out the Route 355 BRT Presentation

Couldn’t make it to one of the open houses? Click these links to learn all about the Route 355 Bus Rapid Transit Route — station options, cost, benefits, numbers of riders, options. This is a large, important transit project for the White Flint/Pike District area, and you should know more about it. Don’t have time to look through these presentations? We’ve put four key images below.





Learn about Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) tonight and tomorrow night

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) is studying options for a new BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) service along MD 355 called FLASH.

MCDOT invites you to a public Open House to learn more about FLASH on MD 355 and to see the results of the extensive evaluation and preliminary engineering of the alternatives, including ridership, benefits, impacts, and estimated costs.

They look forward to answering questions and collecting your valuable input. Your feedback will help inform the selection of a Recommended Alternative.

Wednesday, June 26   6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Activity Center at Bohrer Park
506 S. Frederick Avenue
Gaithersburg, MD

Thursday, June 27   6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
B-CC Regional Services Center
Wisconsin Room
4805 Edgemoor Lane
Bethesda, MD
Learn More

Canopy by Hilton’s Rooftop Terrace at Pike & Rose — the place to be this summer

From Bethesda Beat

The area atop the Canopy by Hilton in North Bethesda features an all-day menu, three communal tables and a variety of outdoor games. Now instead of hockey, patrons can play giant Jenga, Connect 4 and cornhole. Customers can grab craft beers from local breweries, including Rockville’s 7 Locks Brewing and Waredaca Brewing in Damascus.

The Happy Hour menu from 4-7 p.m. offers items such as Korean pork sliders, rockfish street tacos and deep-fried artichoke hearts, all for between $6 and $8.50. Wine, beer and cocktails are available for $5 to $10.

The hotel opened a skating rinkabout four months ago on its rooftop, and will keep up with the changing seasons with the updated terrace area.

Time to chow at Fogo de Chão

From Store Reporter

Last week Store Reporter took a preview tour of Fogo de Chão, the Brazilian steakhouse that will open June 24th at Pike & Rose. The showpiece of the menu is the “Fogo Churrasco Experience,” featuring unlimited meats sliced at your table along with cheese bread, polenta, mashed potatoes, caramelized bananas and an all-you-can-eat spread on the center “market table.” (Price: $53.95 at dinner, $37.95 at lunch, $41.95 for weekend brunch.)

For a closer look at Fogo’s posh interior, check out their photos on Facebook and Instagram. Before clicking, enjoy a few here. (Photos from Store Reporter.)

Citing ‘market forces,’ property owner adding three-bedroom units at East Village

From Bethesda Beat

Developers of a 5-acre North Bethesda property have submitted altered plans to the county Planning Board, reducing the number of total apartments to incorporate about three dozen three-bedroom units.

The Planning Board in 2016 approved plans for 614 residential units and up to 34,000 square feet of retail use to be built in two phases at the intersection of Nicholson Lane and Huff Court. Each phase was planned to yield a mixed-use building with ground-floor retail, separated by a walkway and plaza.

The developers, Potomac-based Foulger-Pratt and partner ProMark Real Estate of Rockville, have proposed decreasing the number of residences to 567 to add 38 three-bedroom apartment units and increasing the percentage of two-bedroom units at the project called East Village.

Read more at Bethesda Beat.

WJ Moratorium Review at the Planning Board Thursday

The Planning Board will review the annual schools test next Thursday, which will determine if a school cluster (including the Walter Johnson cluster) would be placed in moratorium and if a Preliminary Plan of Subdivision could be submitted .

The staff report can be found here and recommends the Walter Johnson cluster be put in moratorium for one year because WJ is at 129.3% of capacity.

Kick off official summer with the NoBe Summer Block Party

Celebrate the First Day of Summer at the NoBe Market Plaza at a family-friendly event open to the public from 4 to 7 p.m, Friday, June 21 !

The NoBe Summer Block Party features live music by Justin Trawick & The Common Good, a beer garden, grill bites by Seasons52, sweet treats by The Orange Cow, a photo booth presented by PopSocial, games and more!

Access to the event is FREE but no block party is complete without food from the grill. Seasons52 is serving grilled sandwiches and ice cold drinks available for purchase. Early bird food tickets can be purchased ahead of time for $8. The food ticket includes your choice of (1) grilled chicken, steak, or a brat sandwich, with a side of Greek salad from Seasons52, and (1)
sweet treat from The Orange Cow. Food will be sold at the event for $10 per sandwich and $5 per sweet treat from The Orange Cow.

To purchase your food ticket and take advantage of the advance pricing, please head to the NOBE Summer Block Party Event link.

Activities on-site will include games around the plaza, and a PopSocial Summer Block Party photo experience transporting guests to the beach sure to liven up your Facebook or Instagram feed! Guests who share a photo to social media and tag @nobemarket on Instagram or
Facebook are entered for a chance to win a $50 gift card to Seasons52!

NoBe Market is located at 11351 Woodglen Dr. North Bethesda, MD 20852.

Get Dad a Gift at the Pike Central Farmers Market

Here are the vendors at tomorrow’s Farm Market at Pike & Rose. You’re sure to find a unique gift for dad … or for yourself.


Bee’s Knees – pollinator-friendly plants

King Mushrooms – locally grown mushrooms, soup and other mushroom products

Liberty Delight Farms – farm raised beef, eggs, pork, poultry, rabbit, pet food, pet treats

Metro Microgreens – 15-20 varieties of microgreens locally & hydroponically grown

Mock’s Greenhouse – pesticide-free, hydroponic produce year round

Springfield Farm – meats, poultry, eggs

Stonyman Gourmet Farmer – farm & artisan produced cheeses

Toigo Orchards – fruits, organic vegetables, fruit butters, cider

Twin Springs Fruit Farm – fruits, berries, vegetables, fruit products, cider

Up Top Acres – DC’s first commercial rooftop farming company offering vegetables and herbs

Young Harvests – locally and naturally grown salad mixes and vegetables


All Things Olive – California olive oils – extra virgin, herb-infused, citrus-infused, wine vinegars, and tapenades

Lindera Farms – artisanally made, all-natural vinegars

MeatCrafters – handcrafted sausages, salamis & other charcuterie

Number 1 Sons – Pickles, pickled vegetables, kimchi, kombucha

Senzu Juicery – Cold pressed juices and nut milks

Zeke’s Coffee –  locally roasted coffee, ground and beans


Sunday Morning Bakehouse – handmade croissants and pastries

The Farm Market Bakery – seasonal sweets brings artisanal hearth baked breads from Crest Hill Breads


Bun’d Up – Korean buns and rice bowls with local ingredients

DMV Empanadas – variety of handcrafted empanadas

Rita’s Crepes – handcrafted crepes

VegHeaven – vegan food and desserts


Painted Pastures – goats milk soap


Robb’s Edge Express – expert sharpening services for knives, scissors, and tools


Lobster Maine-ia – fresh fish, shellfish, lobsters, lobster salads and rolls


Music by Calvin Thomas


Progressions Salon Spa Store

Bethesda North Marriott completes $25M renovation, eyes more conventions

As reported in Washington Business Week

Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center celebrated the completion of more than $25 million in renovations and additions with a launch party last week. Located just one block from the White Flint Metro station, the Rockville hotel has made changes to each of the 455 guest rooms by upgrading the bathrooms and replacing carpeting with solid floors.

In addition to new and improved lodging, the renovations brought a new concierge lounge, restaurant and some technological upgrades to the event and business space.

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