4948 Fairmont Avenue

From an email:

“This Fall, the owners of ala in Dupont Circle will open ala Bethesda at 4948 Fairmont Avenue in the former Positano restaurant space. The menu will be similar to ala in Dupont, where the cuisine melds the flavors of Turkey, Syria, Israel, Lebanon and beyond (known as the Levant region), an area of the world that has both a long history and a colorful past. ala Bethesda will feature a patio and rooftop — 150 seats inside and another 20 on the patio. Read More


courtesy Butter Me Up

Ed. Note: “In Summer 2022 guests can visit the second brick and mortar location opening at 1409 T Street, NW

From a press release:

“Andre McCain, founder and CEO of Butter Me Up, the breakfast sandwich concept that began as a pop-up in May 2020, is pleased to announce the opening of its first brick-and-mortar location at Westfield Montgomery Mall (Entrance #4). Patrons can anticipate the innovative, yet familiar breakfast staples from the Shaw pop-up along with new additions that will be exclusive to this location. Read More


via Pepe’s Pizza

From a press release:

Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana (widely-known as “Pepe’s Pizza”), an iconic Connecticut-based eatery, will open its first DMV location March 21 at Bethesda’s Westfield Montgomery Mall, 7101 Democracy Blvd.

Founded in New Haven by Frank Pepe in 1925, who immigrated to the United States in 1909 at the age of 16, Pepe’s Pizza is the originator of New Haven-style pizza, which is characterized by its signature crispy yet chewy, slightly charred crust.

Inspired by the look and feel of the original New Haven location, Pepe’s Pizza of Bethesda evokes the original’s comfort, familiarity, and tradition. Read More

1704 Connecticut Ave, NW

Thanks to Martha for the heads up. From Dolcezza:

“WE MADE IT Let’s Celebrate


This week marks a full year since so many small businesses in DC were ordered to close and, we are THRILLED that one year later our Dupont shop has reopened and – MORE GOOD NEWS- our Bethesda, City Center, and Fairfax locations are OPEN FOR GOOD Our location inside the @hirshhorn will also reopen when the @smithsonian is open to the public again. Read More


courtesy CHIKO

From an email:

“Due to the overwhelming success of our Lunar New Year Brunch, we’ll be offering dim sum service at both CHIKO Dupont and Bethesda moving forward. Guests will be able to enjoy said dishes via contactless pickup or delivery on weekends from 11 AM-3 PM, with the option of choosing 3 for $20, 5 for $32, 7 for $45 or order a la carte. The menu is as follows: Read More


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