Area News Featuring Montgomery County, Tenleytown & Georgetown
Regency Centers, the company which bought Westwood Shopping Center from Equity One, envisions creating a new Center that includes neighborhood-focused retail, office, residential and green space. The company anticipates a late 2019 groundbreaking.The new Giant grocery store “will be constructed alongside the existing grocery store, allowing the new store to open soon after the existing store closes. For other merchants, a brief period of closure is likely, though the latest plans dramatically reduce this time from the previously proposed plans.” No traditional “big-box” retail is included in Regency’s plans.
The owner of the site formerly occupied by The Dancing Crab restaurant and the adjacent pub at 4611-4615 41st Street in Tenleytown proposes to rezone and redevelop the property.The Dancing Crab has been closed for a long time, but the adjacent restaurant is still open. Plans call for razing the existing buildings and constructing a new building housing 41 residential units, with an area designated for a new restaurant.
Sun Trust Bank will close their branch in Chase Tower at 4455 Willard Ave. in Friendship Heights on December 11. They will relocate to 5418 Wisconsin Ave. in Friendship Heights on December 14. The new site is less than a mile from the existing location, and housed a branch of Chico’s dress shop for many years. The company has stated that “For the convenience of our personal and commercial clients, the new location will provide the same services as the current location.”
The redevelopment of The Collection in Chevy Chase is nearing completion. The traffic circle shown in the image below is an upscale addition to the terminus of South Park Avenue/Montgomery Street. There is nothing new to report about retailers who may plan to move to The Collection.
Plans to redevelop Parcels 4 & 6 in Friendship Heights are, apparently, still on hold.
Roti Modern Mediterranean restaurant opened on Willard Avenue in Friendship Heights as planned in late September. The restaurant is accessible and has excellent natural lighting almost all day, plus WIFI. There are 40 places to sit, including bothtable and counter seating inside, plus several more at umbrella tables outside. Diners can eat inor choosecarryout.The healthy food and drink options are abundant, such that it would take several visits to sample all of them. The baklava at the end of the line has been described as "the best" possible dessert. Roti doesn't serve coffee, wine or beer. Iced beverages are available. The service is swift and pleasant, and comments from customers have all been positive.
Terrain Caféopened on the street level of the new Anthropologie store, which also opened in Bethesda Row in October. The café offers seasonal menus featuring “hand-selected local produce, meats, seafood and dairy.
Image below: The entrance to the Terrain Café.
Philz Coffee plans to open a branch on Woodmont Avenue in Bethesda Row.Phil Jaber founded his company 25 years ago after visiting thousands of coffee shops all over the world. He created over 30 unique blends, and every cup is crafted one cup at a time.
Reservations at Lia's and other restaurants owned by Chef Geoff can now be made through Reserve, which has been described as “super simple to use.” Chef Geoff left OpenTable in September when he partnered with Reserve.
The Collection Chevy Chase will presentBoo at The Collection from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on October 27.There will be pizza, cupcakes and pumpkins plus a petting zoo, moon bounce, train rides, face painters, balloon artists and more! The event will span The Collection's entire property.
Image below: The postcard for Boo at the Collection.
Hillwood Estate Museum & Gardens will have a Spooky Pooch Howl-o-ween Celebration on October 27.Marjorie Post, Hillwood’s founder, “so loved dogs that she created a memorial pet cemetery at Hillwood.” Participants are invited “to bring your best friend to Hillwood for Halloween fun. Explore Hillwood's twenty-five acres of landscaped gardens and lush natural woodlands with your four-legged friend and enjoy many activities on the Lunar Lawn.” Activities take place rain or shine. In the event of rain, the costume contest will take place in the airy and open shelter of the C.W. Post courtyard tent.
Image below: Four-legged friends at a previous Halloween celebration
The Puppet Co.is presenting Humperdink's children's opera Hansel and Gretel at Glen Echo Park, thru November 16. The puppets, lights, music and effects, are all operated by Christopher Piper, who also performs the live vocal characterizations.
The show is recommended for ages: 4 years old - Adult
Select AMC Theatres in Mazza Gallerie continue to offer special screenings, including classic films, anime, family films and much more.Screening of performances by the Metropolitan Opera and Bolshoi Ballet are among the favorites of area residents.
Image below: The lobby of AMC Theatres in Mazza Gallerie
The Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection is exhibiting Juggling the Middle Ages, thru February 28, 2019.The exhibition focuses on a medieval tale known often as Le Jongleur de Notre Dame or Our Lady’s Tumbler. Over the centuries the story has inspired films, books, even an opera and other music.”
Image below: The postcard for Juggling the Middle Ages
The Victorian Lyric Opera Company will present Jack and The Beanstalk, a children’s opera, at The Arts Barn in Gaithersburg, Maryland on October 27/28.The one-act opera features songs based on the lively melodies composed by Sir Arthur Sullivan in his operettas with W.S. Gilbert. The opera will be fully staged and will feature four singers and puppets.
Rangoni – Firenze, a shop featuring shoes for women, has completed their move from The Collection in Chevy Chase to their new location on Wisconsin Avenue near Courtyard Marriott Hotel and is now open. The space had been occupied by a men's apparel shop. Extensive work has been done on the interior.
Image below: A view of Rangoni – Firenze.
Wawa, a Philadelphia-based convenience store, is coming to Tenleytown late this year or in 2019. The company will occupy a 7,000-square-foot vacant storefront that was previously home to a Sears appliance showroom. The new store will be close to the Tenleytown Metro and will be open 24 hours a day every day.
The store is expected to attract American University students and students from Woodrow Wilson High School, which is a block away.
Anthropologie closed their stores - including the Wedding shop - at Wisconsin Place (WP) in Friendship Heights in late September.They opened their new Anthropologie store in Bethesda Row at the corner of Woodmont and Bethesda Avenues on October 18. Anthropologie stores offer a great many selections for women, plus home and garden furnishings and more. The new branch occupies the three-story building formerly home to a Barnes & Noble book store. Please see the Dining column above for information about Terrain Cafe, which has opened on the street level. There is no information available about potential occupants of the space that has been vacated at Wisconsin Place.
Charles Schwartz & Son jeweler has relocated from the second level of Mazza Gallerieto the street level. Their new site was, until this Summer, occupied by Pampillonia jewelers, which has moved to Bethesda Row.
The Friendship Heights Metro Bus Station reopened on September 29, enabling buses to return to their normally-assigned bus bays.The station was closed in July due to construction at the building above the station. The closure inconvenienced a great many passengers and was very costly to Metro, which placed employees at several key spots to help passengers find their buses.
Image below: The Friendship Heights Metrobus Station
Residents of Friendship Heights continually report great frustration with the "substitute buses" that are provided to temporarily replace the large “white” bus, which is prone to breakdowns. Riders point out that they and their neighbors pay for the bus service via taxes – the buses are not a “gift.” The "substitute" buses most often sent are shamefully unsatisfactory. Bus drivers often have to virtually lift passengers with even mild disabilities onto the buses, absent state-of-the-art access features. The steps onto the smaller of the "substitute" buses are so steep and narrow that many people have to turn sideways to board and exit the bus. At least one exiting passenger slid down the narrow steps on his back. Note the photo of the steps at left below. On the same bus, a drop ceiling near the entrance is so low that some taller passengers have hit their heads on it. There is so little space for walkers and shopping carts that they sometimes block the aisle, which is so narrow that many riders struggle to reach a seat. Note the photo at center below. On the larger "substitute" bus, the lift ramp often doesn't work, and drivers on the weekend do not always activate it. Note the photo at right below.