Three businesses sign on for a piece of Crown -- Gazette.Net


Two restaurants and one barber shop have become the newest businesses to lease space at Downtown Crown in Gaithersburg.

JBGR Retail recently announced that Ted’s Bulletin and Old Town Pour House, as well as Floyd’s 99 Barber Shop, will be setting up for business in the up-and-coming commercial district in Crown.

Ted’s Bulletin, which is owned by Matchbox Food Group, serves comfort food in a casual atmosphere. It already has locations in Washington, D.C. and one in Reston, Va. Bottleneck Management will open Old Town Pour House, an upscale tavern that offers American fare and dozens of beers on tap. The original restaurant is in Chicago, and another is right outside of the city in Oak Brook, Ill.

Both restaurants will be located near the corner of Ellington Boulevard and Crown Park Avenue, overlooking Crown Park, said Crown spokeswoman Tammy Murphy. Floyd’s will be around the corner on Copley Place.

The new restaurants are planning for fall openings, while Floyd’s hopes to be open in June, Murphy said.

A sea of other restaurants and shops are slated to open this summer, Murphy said. Body by Blo and Crown Cleaners are set to come in June. Smashburger, Chop’t and &pizza are expected to begin serving diners in July. By the end of summer, Ruth’s Chris, Coastal Flats and Asian Nine will have their doors open.

Harris Teeter, LA Fitness, Starbucks, Verizon Wireless, Wells Fargo and Downtown Crown Beer & Wine have already begun welcoming customers.

As a whole, the Downtown Crown retail area is about 75 percent leased, said Krista Di Iaconi, principal at JBGR Retail. Di Iaconi said she has an idea of what she’d like to see fill up the remaining space.

“We’ve been focused on more retail type uses, like furniture, housewares, non-food type uses,” she said. “We’ve been in discussions with several retailers. There really are only a few spaces left.”

Murphy said that Crown Park, a dedicated green space area next to the downtown area, is expected to open in six to eight weeks. Ideally, it will be a space for picnics, farmer’s markets, community festivals and similar events.

“The vision is for a kind of passive space that gets some active programming,” she said.

Downtown Crown is one of four neighborhoods in Crown, a planned mixed-use community in Gaithersburg. The 26-acre area includes 260,000 square feet of retail space, as well as multifamily residential units, townhome condominiums and a community park.