Java Nation to Open by the End of the Year

From Bethesda Beat

Java Nation, a Kensington fast-casual coffee shop serving fresh coffee, breakfast foods and sandwiches, will likely open its second location by the end of this year in North Bethesda, its owner says.

Simona Cabana, the café’s owner, said Friday that she thinks the future North Bethesda location  will be open by the first week of December, following Thanksgiving weekend. The site will be on Rockville Pike in the former Helen’s on the Pike location.

Cabana said the new space will be three times as large as the Kensington location, which is in a shopping center near the intersection of Connecticut and Knowles avenues. Daytime hours, she said, will feature a similar menu to the Kensington location with counter service. There will be table service with larger entrees in the evening.

Cabana said there will be a patio in the front, with entertainment such as live music. She said the new location will be dog-friendly and there will eventually be a dog menu.

The scoop on Java Nation

From Store Reporter

We’re hearing lots of great buzz about Java Nation, the coffee shop/restaurant that’s taking over the old Addie’s/Helen’s space on Rockville Pike. Owner Simona Cabana tells us she’s renovating the building and adding more outdoor seating (which could be tricky, since it’s unclear what’s going to happen to the burned-out shell of nextdoor neighbor Hank Dietle’s). This will be the second location for Java Nation, which has earned an avid following in Kensington for its top-notch coffee and European-style menu. Cabana says she’ll be baking bread and pastries in-house, roasting coffee beans on the premises, and offering a full bar including signature caffeine-infused cocktails. (Espresso martini, anyone?) The menu will be a mix of American, European and Latin cuisine with an emphasis on Peruvian dishes. Doors could open as early as August.