New restaurants serving up new options in Gaithersburg -- Gazette.Net


Gathersburg diners will have some new choices when heading out for a bite in town soon.

Barbecue restaurant Famous Dave’s will leave its Gaithersburg location on Sept. 8 after more than 10 years of operation, according to company spokeswoman Emily Bass.

The restaurant will move from its current location on Quince Orchard Road in Gaithersburg to Germantown. The Germantown location, at 20660 Seneca Meadows Parkway, will open Sept. 16.

Bass said Famous Dave’s lease at the Gaithersburg location will expire in September.

“The relocation to Germantown is based on strategic decisions that support the restaurant’s future growth,” she said.

According to Cliff Lee of Gaithersburg’s planning department, no building permits have yet been filed for the Quince Orchard Road space. According to Bass, the space is owned by S&T Kentlands. Calls to S&T were not returned Tuesday.

Several other restaurants are moving in and out of Gaithersburg during the fall season.

Manhattan Pizza, formerly located at Muddy Branch Road, has reopened in Olde Towne Gaithersburg. The restaurant received a grant for about $49,000 from the city of Gaithersburg to rebuild the space at 312A E. Diamond Ave., according to Tom Lonergan, the city’s economic development director.

At the Crown development at the intersection of Fields Road and Sam Eig Highway, restaurants are signing up for leases. Ruth’s Chris Steak House is the latest addition to the Downtown Crown area, which will include retail and commercial spaces. The steakhouse joins several sit-down restaurants already slated to move in, including La Tagliatella, La Madeleine and Paladar Latin Kitchen.

555 Lounge, at 555 Quince Orchard Road, will open with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sept. 6. The ground-floor restaurant, part of a 109,000-square-foot office building, fills a long-vacant space, Lonergan said.

A Chicken Out restaurant and Blue Fins Bar and Grill had occupied the space, but soon moved out. Lonergan said the short lifespans of tenants in the high-visibility building have been “bewildering.”

“It seems like a great space and a great office building,” he said.