Germantown Update: Openings, Closings, and Coming Soon

Below is a list of restaurants and businesses that are new or coming soon to Germantown, as well as several that have recently closed:
Now Open: TOUS les JOURS
TOUS les JOURS is now open inside of New Grand Mart (13069 Wisteria Dr) in Germantown.  The French-Asian Bakery features a variety of breads, pastries, and cakes that are baked in-store daily, as well as a wide selection of coffee/espresso based drinks and teas.  Other vendors inside of the New Grand Mart food court include Noodles & Friends, Gogi Friends Korean BBQ, and Fortune Cha Bubble Tea.

“Since our launch into the United States in 2004, TOUS les JOURS [meaning “everyday” in French] has developed into a reputable neighborhood bakery specializing in French-Asian inspired baked goods, hand crafted beverages and bold, flavorful coffee and espresso made with the finest ingredients. We take pride in sourcing and using carefully selected ingredients and promises to bring freshness and quality to our customers. To date, we have more than 90 locations across the United States, and more than 1,650 worldwide.”

Coming Soon: Authentic African Restaurant
The owners of African International Market in Germantown (13011 Wisteria Dr) and Gaithersburg are opening a new restaurant in Germantown that will be called ‘Authentic African Restaurant.’ It will be located in Germantown Plaza, in the same shopping center as the first African International Market. An opening date is not yet available, but the restaurant plans to hold its Grand Opening this year (2023). The restaurant will serve authentic African cuisine. We’ll have an update as soon as it’s available.

Closed: Kung Fu Tea
Kung Fu Tea has closed its Germantown location after approximately five years at the location.  A sign has been placed in the door that states, “Location has closed, sorry for the inconvenience” . We are told the location may have plans to reopen under its original owner with more information to come. The Germantown store was the fifth Kung Fu Tea location to open in Montgomery County, back in 2018, and it’s closure comes just a couple months after MoCo’s first Kung Fu Tea closed its doors at the end of August.

Kung Fu Tea has opened various Montgomery County locations in recent years, and currently has nearby stores in Clarksburg and two in Gaithersburg (Kentlands and Rio). The recently closed Rockville store on N. Washington Street was the first to open in the county back in July of 2015. Photo courtesy of Google Maps.

Now Open: Spark By Hilton
Spark by Hilton Germantown is now open at 26260 Goldenrod Ln. According to Hilton, Spark offers modern hospitality and exceptional essentials at a budget-friendly price. The Germantown property is the second Spark by Hilton to open. Per Hilton: Located conveniently off of I-270 in Montgomery County, Spark by Hilton Germantown Washington DC North is perfectly situated to serve the lodging needs of business, government and personal travelers. Savvy travelers will be able to access The Highlands at Germantown Event and Meeting Center, offering a range of special event, celebration, and meeting facilities. The hotel is located within five minutes of the Maryland SoccerPlex and Clarksburg Premium Outlets and is immediately adjacent to Montgomery College and Holy Cross Germantown Hospital. All the amenities and attractions of the nation’s capital are just 45 minutes away, accessible by car or public transportation on the Metro Red Line rail. The hotel is also close to Fort Meade, the Department of Energy and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Now Open: Margarita Bar & Grill
Margarita Bar & Grill is now open at 19201 Frederick Rd in Germantown. The restaurant’s menu features a variety of tacos, burritos, chimichangas, pupusas, fajitas, steaks, salad, and seafood. Margarita options include Cadillac, Skinny, Flavored, Diablo, and Crazy. A video of the space and a few menu items is available in the video below.

Margarita Bar & Grill has taken over the space that was previously occupied by the Fraternal Order of Eagle #3509 and Captain Mori’s Seafood House. Seafood in the Buff, a mobile steamed crab business, operates out of the parking lot next to this location in the summer months.

Now Open: Playful Pack Dog Daycare & Boarding
Playful Pack has opened its newest location at 20680 Seneca Meadows Pkwy. The doggy daycare has an additional location
in Derwood (Rockville), as well as locations in Northern Virginia and Annapolis. Per Playful Pack: “We are proud to maintain a cage-free atmosphere here at Playful Pack to mimic a dog’s natural environment and meet our PACKmates’ physical and mental needs. Each weekday, we plan a variety of exciting activities that rotate throughout the month, including bacon bubbles, gourmet treats, tunnels of fun, snuffle mats, frozen Kongs, and more. We even host birthday “pawties” on our PACKmates’ special days!”

Now Open: Charley’s Cheesesteaks and Wings
Charley’s has opened two locations in Germantown this year; inside of the Germantown Walmart at 20910 Frederick Rd, in the space formerly occupied by McDonald’s and at 19877 Century Blvd, in the space that was previously home to Roll by Goodyear and Yogi Castle in the Shops at Town Center & Century Station shopping center. Charley’s is a Philly cheesesteak franchise that opened its first location across the campus of Ohio State University in 1986 and has grown to over 700 stores nationwide.

Closed: Massage Envy
Massage Envy at 20950 Frederick Rd in the Neelsville Village Center in Germantown permanently closed in September. The store is redirecting its members to the Gaithersburg Massage Envy location at 127 Crown Park Ave in Downtown Crown. According to signage posted on the front door, the store never fully recovered after the COVID-19 pandemic. Massage Envy offers massages, stretch therapy, and facials, and has additional Montgomery County locations in Rockville and Silver Spring.

Just outside of Germantown, The Clarks Lodge Bar & Grill is coming to 12011 Snowden Farm Pkwy, the former site of GrillMarx in Clarksburg. The Clarks Lodge is owned by the same restaurant group behind The Creek Lodge, which opened at 5566 Norbeck Rd in October 2022, as well as Brews & Barrels in Gaithersburg’s Kentlands. The menu is expected to be similar to that of The Creek Lodge and feature a selection of steaks, seafood, pasta, and a full bar. The restaurant is hoping to open in early February.

Scenthound is also coming to the Clarksburg Village Center, taking the location next to Orangetheory. Scenthound is a national grooming salon with over 30 locations either open or coming soon across various states. Scenthound offers a basic hygiene package that includes a bath, ear cleaning, nail trimming and teeth brushing with add-on options that include a blow dry and brush out, or haircut for dogs with longer fur. An opening date is not available, but construction has either already started or is expected to start soon.


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