Tuesday, May 7, 2013
The new restaurant in The Collection at Chevy Chase will feature traditional Tex-Mex food in elegant surroundings decorated with one-of-a-kind artworks.
Come Friday, the vacant space next to Christian Dior on Wisconsin Avenue in Friendship Heights no longer will be vacant. Mi Cocina will open at 11 a.m. Friday at The Collection at Chevy Chase (5471-5481 Wisconsin Ave.). Its ribbon-cutting ceremony (at 10:30 that morning) will be attended by Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-District 18) and Sen. Brian Frosh (D- District 16). The restaurant is the latest location for a popular Tex-Mex chain that originated in Dallas, TX, more than 20 years ago. Management saw the Chevy Chase area as a good place for growth, a restaurant spokesperson told Patch. Mi Cocina's menu focuses on traditional Tex-Mex dishes made with fresh ingredients. On the menu: classics like tacos "de brisket" and fajitas, as well as …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Mi Cocina will open in The Collection at Chevy Chase on May 10 at 11 a.m.
Friendship Heights' food scene—recently enlivened by the opening of Le Pain Quotidien—will have yet another new restaurant in just a few weeks: Mi Cocina will open at 11 a.m. on May 10 at The Collection at Chevy Chase (5471 Wisconsin Ave.), according to a restaurant news release. The restaurant, "considered a local Tex-Mex favorite by residents of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, ... brims with delicious, time-honored recipes, all the while embracing a comfortable and family-friendly attitude that has been celebrated by all ages for more than 20 years. Mi Cocina prepares its diverse menu fresh daily with authentic Mexican cooking techniques and the finest ingredients," according to the news release. On the menu: Tex-Mex classics like tacos "de …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The Shops at Wisconsin Place plaza has a lively cafe again.
The wait is over. Le Pain Quotidien opened this week in the former Tynan Coffee and Tea location on the plaza of The Shops at Wisconsin Place. On Tuesday afternoon, the restaurant was bustling, and diners packed the patio in the pleasant spring weather. The 1,331-square-foot restaurant, which seats 34 diners inside and 38 outside on the patio, was constructed with "eco-friendly features such as LED light fixtures, recycled cast iron arched windows and a recycled church pew," according to a news release from Le Pain Quotidien. The business' name means "the daily bread," and its motto is "where friends and strangers alike come together." Founded in Belgium in 1990, the restaurant is "renowned for its pâtisserie goods—macaroons, madeleines, …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
The studio opened last month above the Whole Foods store.
The wait is over: Potomac Pilates opened on March 1 at The Shops at Wisconsin Place in Friendship Heights, just above the Whole Foods store. "With diversified classes for men and women of all fitness levels, Potomac Pilates presents programs of 'Performance Pilates' and 'Barre classes,' plus fashion workout apparel," the studio reported in a news release. Classes are scheduled throughout the day, some starting as early as 6:15 a.m., and some beginning as late as 7:15 p.m. Between 1 and 4 p.m. are the "Happy Hour" classes, which cost half as much as non-Happy Hour classes. And, this week, Potomac Pilates is offering "Pilates for Paws" classes at select times to help raise money for the Washington Humane Society. Registration is free for …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
A woman was followed by a man in a minivan and on foot in Chevy Chase, police said.
Chevy Chase Village police and Montgomery County police issued an alert Wednesday about several incidents involving men approaching young girls and women in Chevy Chase and Silver Spring neighborhoods. The latest incident happened near Kirkside Drive and Grove Street in Chevy Chase at 7 p.m. Tuesday, when a young woman said a man followed her in a minivan, shone a flashlight on her and then began walking quickly toward her. Hours before, in nearby Friendship Heights, police said a man driving a maroon SUV approached a 13-year-old girl. On Friday, a man made “inappropriate comments,” to a group of girls playing outside in Silver Spring, police said. Chevy Chase Village Police are working to find the suspects, and have notified Montgomery …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
The cigar lounge will be catered by the kitchens of Range, celebrity chef Bryan Voltaggio's new restaurant at the newly renovated Chevy Chase Pavilion.
The wait for Chevy Chase's new cigar lounge is nearly over: Civil Cigar Lounge will open in the newly renovated Chevy Chase Pavilion on Monday, Jan. 14. The 93-seat cigar lounge—"featuring plush banquette seating, leather club chairs and intimate nooks and tables"—will be adjacent to celebrity chef Bryan Voltaggio's new Range restaurant, and Range will provide a "small plates menu" "[utilizing] all of Range's nine kitchens including the rotisserie, wood hearth, pasta station and bakery" for the lounge, according to a Civil Cigar Lounge statement. "When we were presented with the opportunity to open the lounge and partner with a restaurant, we wanted to work with chef Bryan Voltaggio," co-owner Matt Krimm said. "The sheer quality and …
Friday, January 4, 2013
One of Chevy Chase's newest businesses brings a sporty edge to Friendship Heights' lineup of elite boutiques.
Chevy Chase's lineup of luxury clothing shops has a new, sporty arrival: DJ Bennett, an appointment-only, high-end sportswear boutique. Located in the newly renovated Chevy Chase Pavilion, the store, "which opened its doors in September, specializes in luxury athletic wear and equipment ranging from snowboarding goggles with built-in GPS capabilities ($450) to neoprene surf suits ($650)," The Washington Post reported. Owner Dawn Bennett, a former competitive swimmer, "has assembled a roster of sporting experts and professional athletes to help guide shoppers through the company’s inventory, which includes items from such brands as Ghurka, Louis Vuitton and Beretta," The Post added. "My whole life I’ve actually been shopping for something …
Monday, November 26, 2012
Celebrity chef Bryan Voltaggio's latest restaurant—once slated to open in mid-September—likely will open in a few weeks at the Chevy Chase Pavilion.
Good news for fans of celebrity chef Bryan Voltaggio: His much-anticipated new restaurant Range could be opening in just a few weeks in Friendship Heights, The Washington Post reported. While the restaurant's opening date is not yet set, patrons may reserve a spot for a "pop-in preview" on Dec. 15, 16 or 17, The Post reported. (Make reservations via the restaurant's website.) The restaurant once was scheduled to open in mid-September, but that date was pushed back to mid-November, Voltaggio’s publicist Melissa McCart told Bethesda Magazine in August. Now, it's likely to open in mid-December. At Range, the focus will be on meat. Voltaggio plans to offer many small portions of various meat dishes, encouraging diners to try more than one type…
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Calligaris opens in the former Anora Home location in Friendship Heights with a grand opening celebration on Friday, Oct. 19.
Calligaris—Friendship Heights' new Italian home furnishings store set to hold its grand opening celebration on Friday, Oct. 19 (from 6 to 9 p.m.)—was started in Italy in 1923. Patch interviewed the store's director Alessandro Calligaris to find out more about the business: Patch: What other Calligaris locations are in the U.S.? Calligaris: "Calligaris has locations in New York, Miami [and] Chicago." Patch: Why did you select Friendship Heights/Washington, DC, for your next store? Calligaris: "Calligaris furniture will meld nicely with the urban environment of Washington, DC. Many of the pieces are adaptable so they work nicely in small homes. Calligaris creates beautiful furniture that is also functional, [and] many of the dining tables …
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Sample dishes from Friendship Heights restaurants at the Taste of Friendship Heights on Saturday, Sept. 29, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Friendship Heights Village Center.
With so many great restaurants in Friendship Heights, it's sometimes hard to decide where to eat. This Saturday, however, you can eat at them all—or at most of them—at the sixth annual Taste of Friendship Heights, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Friendship Heights Village Center (4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase, MD). Enjoy great food from local restaurants, food demonstrations by Lia’s and Whole Foods, music by the Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School Jazz Band, a moon bounce, face painting, balloons, basketball games and a restaurant rafﬂe drawing. Participating restaurants include: A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Community Council for the Homeless at Friendship Place. Visit www.tasteoffriendshipheights.com for more information.