Which Restaurants and Retail are Still Open in the Pike District?

Here’s a great list of Pike District restaurants that are open for delivery or curbside delivery. Despite the shelter-in-place order, you can get your fix of pretty much any one of your favorite cuisines in the White Flint area. (All while helping these restaurants stay in business.)

And if you want to know if a White Flint/Pike District store is open, visit this list on pikedistrict.org.

&Pizza

Fast Casual • Pizza

11626 Old Georgetown Rd

(202) 558-7549

visit website Delivery Available Curbside Pickup Available

Bibibop Asian Grill

Fast Casual • Asian

11584 Old Georgetown Rd

(301) 337-9465

visit website Delivery Available

The Big Greek Cafe

Fast Casual • Greek • Catering

5268 Nicholson Ln

(301) 881-4976

visit website Curbside Pickup Available

Call Ahead Or Order Online And Our Staff Will Bring The BGC Food To Your Car!!

BurgerFi

Fast Casual • American • Fast/Fast Casual

11881 Grand Park Ave

2406697244

visit website Takeout Available Curbside Pickup Available

Guests can use third-party delivery service partners or place a prepaid order via Burgerfi.com or the BurgerFi app and pick up at the counter to take out. During this time our dining room and patio seating will be closed.

CAVA

Fast Casual • Fast/Fast Casual

12037 Rockville Pike

(240) 235-0627

visit website Takeout Available Curbside Pickup Available Gift Cards Available

Chick-fil-A

Fast/Fast Casual

12001 Rockville Pike

(301) 881-1726

visit website Takeout Available Curbside Pickup Available Gift Cards Available

City Perch Kitchen & Bar

Brunch • Happy Hours • American

11830 Grand Park Ave

(301) 231-2310

visit website Delivery Available Curbside Pickup Available Gift Cards Available

IN COMPLIANCE WITH STATE & LOCAL COVID-19 REGULATIONS, WE HAVE TEMPORARILY LIMITED OUR OPERATIONS AT CITY PERCH FORT LEE TO TAKE-OUT & CURBSIDE DELIVERY FROM 2PM-7PM. VIEW OUR MENU PAGE FOR MORE DETAILS.

Commonwealth Indian Restaurant

Indian

11610 Old Georgetown Rd

(240) 833-3055

visit website Takeout Available

Temporary hours: 5pm – 9pm
Offering a 20% discount on entire purchase!

El Patio Argentine Restaurant

Bakeries • Spanish & Latin American • Breakfast • Vegan/Vegetarian

5240 Randolph Rd

(301)-231-9225

visit website Delivery Available Curbside Pickup Available Gift Cards Available

Emily’s Kitchen

Fast Casual • American

11200 Rockville Pike

(301) 230-5647

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Five Guys

American • Fast/Fast Casual

12029 Rockville Pike

(301) 230-1340

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Flor de Luna

Happy Hours • Spanish & Latin American

11417 Woodglen Dr

(240) 242-3534

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Take Happy Hour home with our delicious appetizers and specialty drinks!
Margaritas $5. Make sure to ask about our Manager Specials on food/drink combos
Offers available for takeout only

Fogo de Chao

Spanish & Latin American

11600 Old Georgetown Rd

301-841-9200

visit website Curbside Pickup Available Gift Cards Available

Avoid grocery store stress and buy your favorite protein here––freshly carved by our expert Gauchos for you to grill at home. Legendary cuts of meat, like Picanha, start at just $12/lb.

Gourmet Beer and Wine

Beer/Wine/Brewery

11510 Rockville Pike

(301) 468-6688 Takeout Available

honeygrow

Fast/Fast Casual

12035 Rockville Pike

(240) 621-7696

visit website Delivery Available Curbside Pickup Available Gift Cards Available

We’re offering FREE delivery, as well as contactless white glove, curbside pick-up and offers from our third-party delivery partners.
We are also still running a BOGO for all healthcare providers with valid ID through 4/1!

Ize’s Deli & Bagelry

Bakeries • Delicatessens & Sandwich Shops

11622 Rockville Pike

301- 231-0771

visit website Curbside Pickup Available Gift Cards Available

Java Nation

Brunch • Coffee/Tea Houses • Spanish & Latin American • Breakfast

11120 Rockville Pike

visit website Takeout Available Delivery Available Curbside Pickup Available Gift Cards Available

Jinya Ramen Bar

Asian

910 Prose St

(301) 816-3029

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order online directly from our website but we are also available on delivery apps

Kiin Imm Thai Restaurant

Asian

785 Rockville Pike

(301) 251-1888

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Kung Fu Tea

Coffee/Tea Houses

11802 Rockville Pike

(240) 699-7099

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Kusshi Sushi

Asian

11826 Trade St

240-770-0355

visit website Delivery Available Curbside Pickup Available Gift Cards Available

We will still remain open for delivery & carryout. Have you seen our Gift Card Sale?

Kuya Ja’s Lechon Belly

Late Night Eats • Happy Hours • Asian

5268-H Nicholson Ln

(240) 669-4383

visit website Gift Cards Available

Unfortunately we are closed for now but selling gift cards.

Mediterranean House of Kabobs

Mediterranean

11616 Rockville Pike

(301) 881-5956

visit website Delivery Available Curbside Pickup Available

Mike & Sons Sub Shop

Delicatessens & Sandwich Shops • Fast/Fast Casual

5404 Randolph Rd

(301) 468-9066

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MOD Pizza

Pizza

12027 Rockville Pike

3012874284

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Nada

Brunch • Mexican & Southwestern

11886 Grand Park Ave

(301) 770-4040

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New Carryout Hours all locations: Monday – Sunday, 11:30 am – 9 pm⁠
⁠Taco Tuesday at home! We have carryout!

Nando’s Peri Peri

Bakeries

922 Rose Ave

(240) 660-5050

visit website Delivery Available Curbside Pickup Available Gift Cards Available

We’re still serving our PERI-PERI, but let’s do it at your house!
Order to-go, online, on our app or delivery.

The Original Pancake House

Brunch • American • Breakfast

12224 Rockville Pike

(301) 468-0886

visit website Delivery Available Curbside Pickup Available

Every morning we are ready to roll. Griddle is ready and the Pancakes are Flippin. All we need is a phone call or an Online Order

Owen’s Ordinary

Brunch • Late Night Eats • Happy Hours • American

11820 Trade St

(301) 245-1226

visit website Curbside Pickup Available Gift Cards Available

From bar food favorites, to Chef @collinscooks’ amazing Salmon special, we’ve still got you covered! Stop in for carry-out or get your meal delivered.
For carry-out: 301-245-1226 or order through DoorDash

Pho Eatery

Asian

11618 Rockville Pike

(240) 669-9777

visit website Delivery Available Curbside Pickup Available

Quincy’s South Bar & Grill

Brunch • Happy Hours • American • Pizza

11401 Woodglen Dr

(240) 669-3270

visit website Delivery Available Curbside Pickup Available Gift Cards Available

WE ARE STILL HERE FOR YOU! We are offering Take-Out and Delivery daily between 11:30am and 10pm. Take-Out: Call (240) 669-3270 to place your order for Take-Out and we will bring it to your car. Ask about delivery.

Seasons 52

Brunch • Happy Hours • American

11414 Rockville Pike

(301) 984-5252

visit website Curbside Pickup Available Gift Cards Available

Staying home? We’ll bring the comfort to you with complimentary delivery. Call your local Seasons 52 for details and to place your order. Curbside pickup also available.

Slapfish

Fast/Fast Casual

12033 Rockville Pike

(240) 880-2037

visit website Takeout Available Curbside Pickup Available Gift Cards Available

Spring Mill Bread Company

Bakeries

5568 Randolph Rd

240-747-0350

visit website Curbside Pickup Available Gift Cards Available

Starbucks – Montrose Crossing

Coffee/Tea Houses

12091 Rockville Pike

301) 231-0680

visit website Curbside Pickup Available Gift Cards Available

Stella Barra Pizzeria

Pizza

11825 Grand Park Ave

(301) 881-1982

visit website Delivery Available

Summer House Santa Monica

Brunch • Happy Hours • American

11825 Grand Park Ave

(301) 881-2381

visit website Delivery Available Curbside Pickup Available Gift Cards Available

UPDATE: Summer House Santa Monica will be available for delivery and curbside pickup during the following hours until further notice:
Monday-Friday 10:30 AM – 8:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Sunday 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Sweetgreen

Fast/Fast Casual

11875 Grand Park Ave

(301) 770-6625

visit website Delivery Available Curbside Pickup Available Gift Cards Available

As we follow health guidelines and shift to a pickup + delivery only ordering experience, we’re providing free delivery* through the sg app + online.

Taipei Tokyo Cafe

Asian

11510-A Rockville Pike

(301) 881-8388

visit website Delivery Available Curbside Pickup Available Gift Cards Available

Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt

Ice Cream, Yogurt & Gelato

11802 Rockville Pike

(301) 231-7546

visit website Takeout Available

Vignola Gourmet

Italian

11612 Boiling Brook Place

301-770-4523

visit website Curbside Pickup Available Gift Cards Available

Lessons from Bethesda and Wisconsin Avenue

Bethesda Magazine published a terrific story about how design and geography affect walkability. The article is titled, “Lessons Learned from Wisconsin Avenue, A tour of downtown Bethesda’s main street is eye-opening.”

There are lessons for the Pike District, too, as we share many pluses (transit, retail, new development) and minuses (traffic, Route 355, design that favors cars) with Bethesda.

Two particularly interesting quotes from the article offer insight and education to those working to create a walkable, vibrant White Flint area:

“Retail customers, it turns out, favor streets with some traffic, but not too much. “Research about successful retail in urban environments says that the perfect number of average daily car trips on a street is somewhere between 6,000 and 16,000,” Arnold says. “You have to have at least 6,000 to attract enough customers for businesses to be viable,” she says. “When you start to get over 16,000, then you become more vehicle-oriented.”  

“To reach the (Chevy Chase Trust building) garden from the sidewalk, you must walk up a few stairs. Changing levels seems like a barrier and it doesn’t feel right to cross it unless we have legitimate business in the building. “This is almost like the front porch for this office building,” Arnold says. “While you might walk past and admire it, you wouldn’t necessarily go up on it unless you were invited.”

I hope you’ll take five minutes to read this interesting and useful story in Bethesda Magazine.

 

 

What happens when you turn parking spaces into bike lanes?

Some retailers fear the loss of street parking, but recent studies show that fear is misplaced.

For example, a study, from UC-Davis scholars Natalie Popovich and Susan Handy, analyzed nearly 1,900 shopping trips to downtown Davis made after the opening of a new Target store. Cyclists not only took slightly more trips than drivers did, but spent more per trip—leading to a monthly total spending of roughly $250 for cyclists to $180 for drivers. The results were especially impressive considering they only reflect spending on the type of goods available at Target, not food or services. Even without accounting for spending on food, drink, and services, study results indicate that the customers who travel by bike to shop downtown spend as much money as their car-driving counterparts or more each month.

In another study, a University of Washington researcher collected retail sales data before and after a bike lane absorbed 12 street-parking spaces on 65th Street in Seattle. The sales index on 65th Street skyrocketed after the lane was put in place, especially compared with the index in the rest of the neighborhood. f7061d427

 

 

 

 

 

 

We would agree that creating safe bike lanes and paths throughout the White Flint area will increase the economic, physical, and mental health of Montgomery County.

What’s In and Out in White Flint

In:

Yesterday, Bethesda Now reported the news that Gaithersburg restaurant Quincy’s Bar and Grille will be opening a location in White Flint.  Featuring casual fare and live music, the newest Quincy’s will be located at 11401 Woodglen Drive, between Executive Boulevard and Nicholson Lane. It’s the mid-rise building with a shopping strip on the ground floor and it’s part of the second phase of JBG’s North Bethesda Market II.  Quincy’s is expected to be open by August 1st – read more about it on Bethesda Now by clicking here.

Out:

The White Flint Staples, on Rockville Pike and Nicholson Lane, has closed.  Back in March, the corporation announced its plan to contract its retail presence, focusing more toward online sales.  No word on what will occupy the space, which is slated to be part of Saul Centers’ redevelopment but not in the very short-term.  We hear that Staples’ lease is still in effect despite their decision to close but I’m hoping the space won’t sit empty for too long.  But, for your Staples fix, you need only travel 1.6 miles north on the Pike for their nearest location.

 

How can White Flint draw local businesses?

Starbucks is great, but how can we make room for local businesses in White Flint?

When Federal Realty Investment Trust announced the first six restaurants that will open at Pike + Rose, the mixed-use development at Rockville Pike and Montrose Road, some people were upset they were all chains. Will there be a place for local businesses in the future White Flint?

Representatives from Federal Realty say their goal is to create an interesting array of shops and restaurants, regardless of what they are. “It’s less important to us whether something is a chain than [having] a mix of retail types, a mix of expense points, and a mix of dining types,” says Evan Goldman, vice president of development. “We want . . . a diverse mix of options to get a diverse mix of people there.”

There’s a lot of risk in opening a new retail project like Pike + Rose. Even on a busy corridor like Rockville Pike, successful retail isn’t a given, and both developers and business owners want to minimize risk. Unlike chains, which have a standard store format that’s easy to recreate, small business owners also have to design and build a space from scratch, which takes money and time.

And if an entrepreneur opens a second location that fails, their business may be sunk. If a chain’s 20th store isn’t successful, existing branches can help subsidize it. That’s why developers often find it easier to work with chains in new projects.

“We know they can perform, they know they can perform,” Goldman says. “And God forbid it doesn’t perform, it’s not going to take down their company or ours.”

Where do chains go today?

When Pike + Rose is finished several years from now, it may look like other town center developments in the region, with a mix of stand-alone stores, national chains, and local chains, which I define as locally-owned businesses whose locations are primarily in the DC area. So Georgetown-based Sweetgreen counts, because all but 4 of its 20 locations are here, but Virginia-based Five Guys, which has over 1,000 locations across North America, doesn’t.

Some projects have more locals than others. They’re 22% of the businesses at the Market Common at Clarendon to 65% at the Mosaic District in Fairfax. At Bethesda Row and Rockville Town Square, both owned by Federal Realty, locals make up between 50 and 60% of all businesses.

The distribution of chains vs. local businesses at 7 DC-area town center projects.

The distribution of chains vs. local businesses at 7 DC-area town center projects.

Locally-owned restaurants and shops, whether one-offs or small chains, can be an asset for communities, supporting the local economy and providing unique attraction for customers. To make it easier for them to open, they need to have lower risks. There are two ways to do that: reduce the cost of doing business, or increase the potential number of customers.

Lower rents reduce the risks for local businesses

One way is to lower the cost of rent, often by seeking out cheaper, older spaces. In White Flint, that means the 1960’s- and 70’s-era strip malls along Rockville Pike, or the light industrial buildings off of Boiling Brook Parkway. Economist and food critic Tyler Cowen notes that these kind of spaces are often fertile ground for innovative or ethnic restaurants:

Low-rent restaurants can experiment at relatively low risk. If a food idea does not work out, the proprietor is not left with an expensive lease. As a result, a strip-mall restaurant is more likely to try daring ideas than is a restaurant in, say, a large shopping mall. The people with the best, most creative, most innovative cooking ideas are not always the people with the most money.

Many of White Flint’s strip malls will be redeveloped in the future. But there are a few ways to make new developments more affordable as well. One is by reducing excessive parking requirements. Like many places, Montgomery County requires a lot of parking to serve shops and restaurants, resulting in big, underused parking lots that take up space, or parking garages that are expensive to build. The county’s changing its zoning code to require much less parking, especially for restaurants. This will allow developers to build only the parking they need, reducing costs and making rents a little lower.

Another way is through smaller storefronts, as commercial space rents by the square foot. Many local businesses, particularly those with a small staff or inventory, don’t need a lot of space.

Take this gelato shop in Takoma Park, which opened earlier this year in 500 square feet, the size of a studio apartment. Much of that room goes to back-of-house functions, like a freezer and preparation area, leaving little room for customers. But that’s okay: in the summer, when lots of people want gelato, the line spills out the door because the weather’s nice. In the winter, there aren’t as many people who want gelato, so they can all fit inside.

Smaller storefronts also mean developers can host more of them, giving people more reasons to visit. At the Piazza at Schmidt’s, a mixed-use development in Philadelphia that’s pretty similar to many of the projects being proposed for White Flint, developer Bart Blatstein purposely divided his storefronts into tiny spaces that artists and entrepreneurs could afford. One gallery, boutique, or cafe would have been interesting enough, but instead, there are 35 establishments that you can’t find anywhere else.

More people means more customers for local companies

Density is another way for businesses to reduce their risk. The future White Flint will have more residents, meaning more customers for local businesses. And as Economist writer Ryan Avent notes, that gives them the chance to specialize and develop niche markets, which is exactly what unique local businesses are good for.

More density also means more foot traffic. “You can’t support the really small, local guys, especially in the fashion world or furniture . . . without foot traffic,” says Goldman. “People that literally live there or work there.” He cites his own neighborhood of Adams Morgan in DC as an example of a place where small businesses thrive. According to the US Census, Adams Morgan has a population density of about 30,000 per square mile, four times the current density of White Flint.

As White Flint grows and matures, it’s likely that local businesses will follow. Not only will there be more people living and working here, but shop and restaurant owners will know what to expect. Goldman predicts that in the “second generation of leasing,” as business turn over and new storefronts open in White Flint, we’ll see more locals.

Goldman uses Bethesda Row, another Federal Realty project, as an example. “We’ve got a proven track record where anyone can say, ‘These sales are amazing,'” Goldman says. “I know if I go there, I’m not going to lose my shirt. I’m going to do well.”

Local businesses make White Flint what it is and will help the area craft a new, unique identity as it grows and evolves. However, it’s important to make sure they have a place in the future White Flint as well. Through zoning, design, and manageable rental rates, we can ensure that local businesses can keep contributing to this community.

New Urbanism should mean new retail design

In the April-May issue of Better! Cities and Towns Robert Steuteville explains why retail design is so important in our community. The primary example Steuteville uses is a Walgreens in Evanston, Illinois (pictured below), which despite its nonpolluting (“net zero”) design has a huge surface parking lot in a walkable neighborhood. While the design of the store is certainly contradictory in terms of its environmental impacts, the author emphasizes that the store layout also clashes with its environment. The traditional layout of national retail chains is often suited for a sprawling suburban environment, and includes lots of floor space and a big surface parking lot in the front. However, because the rate of sprawl has slowed down, retailers now have many underperforming stores with diminished values on their hands. Redevelopment and infill development are replacing sprawl (like what’s happening in White Flint), and in order to stay competitive retailers will have to adapt their layouts to fit this new mold.

evanston walgreens

Source: Better! Cities & Towns

Steuteville argues that the way commercial properties develop will influence much of what our cities and towns will look like in the future. In addition to making our streets more walkable and inclusive of transit, we should make sure the places transit riders and pedestrians need to get to have designs that accommodate them (for example, having a door facing the street instead of a big parking lot). He also pushes cities to do more, particularly modernizing their zoning (incidentally, Montgomery County is currently rewriting its zoning code). Continuing old patterns of retail design will come at a cost to both cities and retailers.

Steuteville points out that, “according to Reshaping Metropolitan America, 50 billion square feet of nonresidential property in the US — much of it strip commercial retail — will be ripe for redevelopment in the years 2010 to 2030. This huge redevelopment potential could be used to transform the built environment in the US.” White Flint is at the forefront of this movement, and we can set an example for other communities to make sure the design of our retail connects with the vision for our new community.