Small Bites: Five Guys, Cava, Pieology and Honeygrow To Fill Former Timpano’s Spot

Plus: Woomi Garden closes in Wheaton; Silver invites dogs to happy hours; Belgian week at Mussel Bar


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Construction is underway at Montrose Crossing, where four fast-casual restaurants are planned.

Joe Zimmermann

Slew of fast-casual restaurants headed to Montrose Crossing

When Timpano Italian Chophouse closed in January, the developer had hoped to fill the space with “more contemporary” food options. It looks like that plan is coming to fruition, as a handful of fast-casual restaurants is set to move into the former space of the retro-style Italian steakhouse.

Five Guys, Cava, Pieology and Honeygrow are planning to open at Montrose Crossing this winter, local blog The Store Reporter reports. The space is still under construction, with crews and backhoes laying the foundation for a planned 19,000-square-foot structure with outdoor seating.

While Five Guys, Cava and Pieology have locations in the area, the Montrose Crossing spot store will be Philadelphia-based Honeygrow’s first in the county. Advocating plant-based foods, the eatery serves stir-fried dishes, salads, cold-pressed juices and a “honeybar” of fruits with dessert toppings. Build-your-own-pizza restaurant Pieology opened on Bethesda Row last month and has another spot in Gaithersburg, while Mediterranean fast-casual Cava also has restaurants on Bethesda Row and in Westfield Montgomery mall and downtown Silver Spring.

Hot dog-and-hamburger chain Five Guys has more than a dozen restaurants nearby, and the Montrose Crossing restaurant will replace another Five Guys across the street. A manager confirmed Monday that the 12238 Rockville Pike Five Guys will close before the staff moves into the new restaurant.

The construction site in the Rockville shopping center that also includes a Giant, Marshalls and Barnes & Noble. Credit: Joe Zimmermann

Woomi Garden Korean and Japanese Restaurant closing in Wheaton

Woomi Garden, a Wheaton restaurant that served Korean barbecue and sushi, announced Friday it would be closing. “It's our privilege to be part of Wheaton community, and we greatly appreciate all the years you have allowed us to serve you,” the restaurant’s owners posted on its Facebook page. “Hopefully, we will get a chance to see you again in the future.”

The owners did not specify when the restaurant, at 2423 Hickerson Drive, would be closing, but no one answered the Woomi Garden’s phone on Monday.

‘Pups on the Patio’ for Silver’s happy hour

Silver, the high-end iteration of the Silver Diner chain on Bethesda Row, is inviting some special guests to its summer happy hours. From 4 to 7 p.m. every Thursday until the end of September, diners are invited to bring their dogs with them as they enjoy discounted drinks and appetizers.

The weekly event features special menu items and pet-friendly giveaways. Some proceeds from each happy hour will benefit local dog rescues, according to the restaurant.

The outdoor seating area at Silver. Credit: Andrew Metcalf

Deals at Mussel Bar to celebrate Belgian National Day

Mussel Bar & Grille is gearing up to celebrate the 186th Belgian National Day. Starting Friday and continuing until the day itself on July 21, restaurant will offer all-you-can-eat mussels of any type for $28 during lunch and dinner. Owner Robert Wiedmaier began his career in Belgium and the Bethesda Row restaurant is meant to imitate the style of seafood dives around Brussels.

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