RCA Music Fest 2022

SATURDAY, JUNE 11, 2022 AT 5 PM – 8 PM

4916 Boiling Brook Pkwy, Rockville, MD 20852-2306, United States

Come enjoy our RCA’s Music Fest with musical performances from your neighbors as well as food, and beer from True Respite:
Featuring music performances by:
– Keeping Time (blues, jazz, pop)
– Eric Wisotzky (acoustic rock)
– Mark Nensel (acoustic rock) 

Hosted by  Randolph Civic Association and True Respite Brewing Company

The Farmers Market is Back at Pike & Rose

Pike Central Farm Markets is opening this coming Saturday April 30th next to Bark Social in the Pike and Rose Complex.

They will be open every Saturday until Christmas from 9:00 AM to1:30 PM.

They will have gifts, live music, and of course, the freshest local produce, meats and poultry, seafood, dairy, cheeses, bakery, pasta, prepared foods, flowers, plants and herbs. They are pet and family friendly, so please come out and connect with and support your local farmers!

Homesense Coming to Montrose Crossing

From MoCo Show

Homesense is coming to 12013 Rockville Pike in Rockville, the former site of A.C. Moore, according to Store Reporter. Homesense is owned by the same company that owns HomeGoods, Marshalls, and TJ Maxx.’

Cosmopolitan magazine describes Homesense as “HomeGoods on steroids.” The chain sells furniture, rugs, lighting, kitchenware, home décor, and books.

According to it’s website, “We travel the world to bring savvy home curators an ever-changing selection and exceptional savings for every corner of their home,” and “explore a new home décor store with aisles of unexpected finds, and an ever-changing selection of famous brands and global discoveries—all with genuine value. Homesense is part of the HomeGoods family.”

At this time no opening information has been announced

Hello Betty opening today in Pike & Rose

Hello Betty, a restaurant that specializes in seafood, will open Friday in Pike & Rose on the second floor of the Canopy by Hilton. The restaurant will feature a private dining room, a patio and a bar made out of a boat. Hello Betty’s menu features fire-baked clams, fire-charred oysters, fire-roasted blue crabs and whole-fire-roasted trout, among its seafood items. There are also cod tacos, a crab and shrimp roll and a mushroom “carnitas” tostada.

Hank Dietle’s Tavern finds new identity after devastating fire

Photo from Bethesda Magazine

From Bethesda Magazine

Hank Dietle’s Tavern, Montgomery County’s oldest roadhouse with ties to the early 1900’s, was devastated by a fire in 2018.

The fire broke out at Hank Dietle’s Tavern on Valentine’s Day in 2018. It took 15 minutes and 75 firefighters to get the fire under control. The Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service estimated the damage at $500,000.

Josh Arnson, a regular at Dietle’s, had been connected to the business since the late 1970s, when he attended school just 3 miles away. Arnson, 58, left the area in 1984 to attend the University of Pittsburgh, then lived in Texas, New York City and Los Angeles, playing in bands all along the way, before moving to Takoma Park in 2004.

When news of the fire reached Arnson, he was distraught. “I started crying. Our venue, our clubhouse, this little piece of Montgomery County history was gone.” Driving to the bar about 3:30 that afternoon, Arnson turned those feelings into lyrics, formulating and singing “Hank Dietle’s Blues” in the style of 1920s country singer Jimmie Rodgers.

Over three years later, Dietle’s had been rebuilt. Outside stood a tall, brightly lighted sign—instantly recognizable to frequent Rockville Pike travelers—proclaiming “HANK DIETLE’S COLD BEER” in top billing over a bright red Coca-Cola logo. It’s a replica of the sign that stood outside the building before the fire—a metaphor for something that looks the same, but isn’t.

Read the rest of the article at Bethesda Magazine.

Call Your Mother at Pike & Rose adds dinner menu

The self professed “Jew-ish” deli Call Your Mother has added dinner to its Pike & Rose location, proclaiming now you can “fulfill your dreams of having Call You Mother for every meal of the day.” The Pike & Rose location will serve its dinner menu from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

On the evening menu are brisket and pastrami tacos with housemade corn tortillas, or cauliflower and latke tacos, and pizza bagels, revivals from its original Park View menu in D.C., as well as a deli salad, hot sandwiches, and a limited breakfast for dinner menu. Prices are $7 to $13.

Call Your Mother has also rolled out a catering menu with bagel and sandwich platters. It is available for both pick up and delivery.

Two new stores opening soon in the Pike District

First, Burlington Coat Factory will open on Friday, April 22nd in Montrose Crossing where the old Barnes and Noble used to be located.

Second, Warby Parker, a store that sells glasses, sunglasses, and contacts, will be opening its third  brick and mortar location in MoCo this summer. It will be located on Grand Park Avenue, taking over two different locations that will be moving- Olive & Loom and a neighboring storefront. Last month Olive & Loom announced a move to Kensington.

Congratulations, Melina, for being one of Tom Sietsema’s 7 favorite places to eat

From The Washington Post

When he was looking for a chef for his modern Greek restaurant in North Bethesda, Dimitri Moshovitis, a founder of the fast-casual Cava chain, knew exactly who he wanted: Aris Tsekouras, whose koulouri, or sesame sourdough, reminded the restaurateur of the bread of his youth. “So much love into something so simple,” recalls Moshovitis.

Bread turns out to be just one of the chef’s talents at Melina, named for Moshovitis’s 12-year-old daughter. His beef tartare and grilled octopus are special, too. The former is raw beef shot through with minced pickled cabbage, pickled mustard seeds and cured lemon — ingredients associated with Greece’s traditional stuffed cabbage. The latter, brightened with a parsley puree, comes with an elusive floral note: vanilla, which the chef adds as a contrast to the salinity of the octopus. The chef thinks outside the forum with a skewer of grilled portobello mushrooms on smoked graviera cream — a meat-free souvlaki prettied up with grated cured egg yolk and newly rethought with farro and hazelnuts.

The meal that transports me to Sunday in Athens is the lamb neck. Plied with roasted red peppers, the feast is served in the folds of parchment paper with pinches of nutty kefalograviera cheese and trailed by side dishes including fried potato and pickled onions. The idea is to make your own gyros with the help of the accompanying oregano-freckled sourdough pita.

A lot of thought has gone into the restaurant, dressed with faux olive trees, roomy booths with mirrors at eye level and theater-length white curtains in the floor-to-ceiling windows. Kudos to whoever thought to stock the restrooms with changing tables — black ones, to match the walls.

905 Rose Ave., North Bethesda, Md. 301-818-9090. melinagreek.com. Open for indoor dining. Entrees, $20 to $44.

Aldi’s almost here

From Store Reporter

Next Thursday (Feb. 24th) is opening day for our newest Aldi supermarket, next door to HomeGoods at White Flint Plaza. Aldi, which is poised to become the nation’s third-largest grocery chain, has long been known for its low prices and no-frills atmosphere. But in recent years, the German company has stepped up its image with better produce, a vast array of organics, and high-quality private-label brands. Aldi also has an army of super-fans who stalk its treasure-hunt aisles for limited-edition finds: crockpots, rain boots, picnic blankets, exercise bikes, furniture and other random products at crazy-cheap prices.