Tuesday, April 23, 2013
The remodeled theater will have a full-service bar, luxury seating and an expanded concession menu.
The newly remodeled Bethesda Row Cinema is set to open May 3 with new amenities such as a full-service bar, luxury reserved seating in each auditorium, three-dimensional projection theaters and an expanded concession menu, according to theater spokeswoman Stephanie Kagan. "Each of the eight auditoriums has been outfitted with new screens, sound systems and special leather chairs designed to provide maximum comfort to patrons. Plus, the theatre has installed a new digital system that will provide a satellite feed for live domestic and international performances," according to a statement from the theater, which has been owned and operated by Landmark Theatres since 2002. "From the minute you approach the theatre and see our stunning new …
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Check out the full menu offerings here.
Get ready for a feeding frenzy as Bethesda Row kicks off its Spring Restaurant Week on Monday. Thirteen popular Bethesda Row restaurants will be participating this year, including Jaleo, Mussel Bar and the recently-opened Vino Volo. Diners can enjoy a three-course lunch for $15 and a three-course dinner for $30. Check out menu offerings including lobster macaroni and cheese and pan-seared jumbo scallops at American Tap Room, steak frites and slow-roasted pork shoulder at Mon Ami Gabi and Thai curry mussels and grilled salmon at Assaggi. Bethesda Row Spring Restaurant Week will wrap up on April 21. A full list of menus and participating restaurants is attached.
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Max Brenner will take over the former Ritz Camera space on Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda Now reports.
Israeli chocolate chain Max Brenner is opening its doors in the former Ritz Camera space on Bethesda Row, Bethesda Now reports. Signs announcing the shop's arrival were posted on the storefront Wednesday, according to the report. The company has locations across the country and in Israel, Singapore, Australia and the Philippines, according to its website. Stores feature a chocolate "bar," where patrons can taste test offerings like truffle cream, pralines, pastries and cookies. Ritz Camera has moved to a new location on Arlington Road. Read the full story on Bethesda Now.
Thursday, February 28, 2013
A roundup of the top food headlines this month in Bethesda.
February was a newsy month in the Bethesda food scene. Patch broke the news this month that Harris Teeter has signed a lease to be the grocery tenant at a new mixed-use development at 8300 Wisconsin Ave. The new grocery store is expected to open in 2015. Also this month, we reported that Dunkin' Donuts is closing its Bethesda Avenue location after Bethesda Row management company Federal Realty did not renew their lease, which expires in May. The coffee shop has two new downtown Bethesda locations in the works. There was more news out of Friendship Heights from celebrity chef Bryan Voltaggio, Bethesda favorite Persimmon re-opened with a new look, Aroma Espresso debuted at the Montgomery Mall, and the new Prohibition-style bar and grill …
Friday, February 22, 2013
The tower would be used in emergencies to clear the Purple Line tunnel of smoke, according to a planning staff memo.
The Maryland Transit Administration is proposing a 92-foot ventilation tower be placed in popular Woodmont Plaza as part of an emergency ventilation system for the planned Purple Line, according to a county planning staff memo. The memo provides a series of updates on how the planned, 16-mile light rail and re-constructed Capital Crescent Trail would mesh with surrounding communities in Bethesda, Chevy Chase and Silver Spring. The memo was prepared for a Montgomery County Planning Board briefing set for Feb. 28. The $2.2 billion project is in early design stages, but not yet fully funded. The proposed location of the tower in the heavily used public plaza is "not ideal," planning staff wrote, though there are "many ways that MTA can …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Freezing temperatures have caused Rita's Crepes to close temporarily.
Rita's Crepes has shuttered temporarily, according to a notice posted on the popular Bethesda Row crepe stand at Bethesda and Woodmont avenues. Consistent freezing temperatures have caused the stand's water lines to malfunction, according to the sign. "We will be back when things change," read the notice. The sign encouraged patrons to visit Rita's Crepes at the Bethesda Central Farm Market, held Sundays at Bethesda Elementary School from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The kiosk, run by Annandale resident Rita Douglass, has been serving up the sweet and savory treats to hungry Bethesda Row shoppers since 2009. Flavors include orange marmalade, maple butter, brown sugar and roasted almonds, and the savory vegetable Florentine crepe, filled with …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Bethesda Row management company said they offered the coffee chain a space on Arlington Road.
Bethesda Row management company Federal Realty said a retail store may replace the Bethesda Avenue Dunkin' Donuts when the coffee shop's lease expires at the end of May. Federal Realty leasing manager Ralph Ours confirmed to Patch that Federal Realty has decided not to renew Dunkin' Donuts' corporate lease at its Bethesda Avenue location. However, Ours said the management company did offer Dunkin' Donuts the former Medifast space on Arlington Road. “It’s not a black and white issue, it’s more of a balance issue for us,” Ours said. “The most compelling reason behind the decision was, 'Do we continue to have more food on the street or shift it back to retail and apparel?' Ten years ago there were a lot more restaurants, and now there’s a lot…
Sunday, February 10, 2013
What new changes are happening to the Bethesda Row shopping scene?
Friday, February 8, 2013
A local franchise group says Federal Realty will not renew a corporate lease when it expires at the end of May.
Bethesda Row management company Federal Realty will likely not renew the lease for the Dunkin’ Donuts location on Bethesda Avenue, according to the Luis Group, a company that operates the location and seven other Dunkin Donuts franchises in the area. Though the group hopes to keep the successful shop in its current location, Luis Group chief operating officer Boris Lander told Patch the Bethesda Avenue coffee shop will likely close when the lease expires at the end of May. Dunkin' Donuts is signed on to a corporate lease for the space with Federal Realty, and the Luis Group subleases from Dunkin Donuts, Lander said. “There’s still a possibility [Federal Realty] might come back and say OK, three year extension or five year extension, but it…
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
What new changes are happening to the Bethesda Row shopping scene?
The ever-evolving line up at Bethesda Row is in for a few more changes this spring, with recently vacated businesses making way for new ones. The game of merry go-round includes two location switches and one new business – buckle in for this whirlwind before you go spring shopping, unless you want to find yourself entirely confused: Don’t forget that fashionable moms can expect a new family store, Make Meaning, to open on Bethesda Avenue this spring. By our count, all these switches leave at least one opening on Bethesda Row for a new business or restaurant. What would you like to see come into Bethesda Row?