Below is a list of restaurants and businesses that are coming soon to Germantown, MD (and nearby in Clarksburg).
Signage is up for a new African Restaurant at 13075 Wisteria Dr in the Germantown Plaza shopping center. The restaurant is being opened by the owners of the African International Markets in Germantown (also in Germantown Plaza) and Gaithersburg (Festival at Muddy Branch Shopping Center). An opening date is not yet available, but the restaurant tells us they plans to open in the next month or two. The restaurant tells us they will serve “authentic African cuisine.” We will provide an update when additional information becomes available.
Big Blue Swim School
Permanent signage is up and construction is ongoing at Big Blue Swim School (13032 Middlebrook Rd) in Germantown, the former site of Monkey Joe’s from 2016-2019 and Hard Times Cafe before that. Big Blue was founded in 2009 by U.S National Champion swimmer Chris DeJong and this will be the school’s first Maryland location. No opening date has been announced.
Additional information per Big Blue Swim School available below: “Big Blue Swim School teaches kids ages three months to 12 years how to be safe, happy, and confident swimmers. We offer an unparalleled weekly swim lesson experience made easier and more effective by our professional swim instructors, proprietary technology and curriculum, and our comfortable and convenient facilities. Ultra-clean, 90-degree pools; comfortable, Wi-Fi enabled viewing areas; ample changing rooms; and convenient parking are just some of the amenities that set us apart. And don’t forget, you can schedule multiple kids and different levels at the same time.”
Charley’s Cheesesteaks & Wings will be opening its third Germantown location at 9721 Frederick Rd. (previous home of the standalone Verizon store) in the Fox Chapel shopping center. Last year Charley’s opened Germantown locations at 19877 Century Blvd and inside Walmart at 20910 Frederick Rd, taking over the space formerly occupied by McDonald’s. This Charley’s will likely also serve wings and milkshakes, like most new locations in the area.
Charley’s has additional locations in Aspen Hill, Bethesda (Montgomery Mall), Clarksburg (outlets), Gaithersburg, and Wheaton (Wheaton Mall).
Charleys is a Philly cheesesteak franchise that opened its first location across the campus of Ohio State University in 1986. While studying real estate at the school, Charley Shin worked in his mother’s Japanese/Korean restaurant in Columbus, Ohio. A wrong turn on a family trip to New York City resulted in Charley’s discovery of the Philly cheesesteak. Charley convinced his mother to sell her restaurant, and invest her life savings of $48,000 into Charley’s, a 450-square-foot restaurant across the street from Ohio State’s campus.
Hangry Joe’s is moving into 19730 Germantown Rd in the Shops at Germantown shopping center, according to the development’s leasing website. It will be located on the strip next to the Safeway, in the space that was previously home to Center Cleaners, between Acqua Nails and Thrive Pet Healthcare. Construction has not yet begun and an opening date is not available, but we expect a mid-2024 opening.
Hangry Joe’s in known for its hot chicken sandwiches, known as the “Chicken Sando”, and allows guests to choose the spice level of the fried chicken (Plain<Mild<Medium<Hot<Angry Hot). The menu also consists of chicken fingers, chicken & waffles, wraps, nuggets, loaded fries, and salads. Sides include cider slaw, waffle fries, and fried okra. Hangry Joe’s has additional Montgomery County locations in Wheaton (2533 Ennals Ave), Rockville (718-B Rockville Pike and 10050 Darnestown Rd.), and recently opened Montgomery Village (19290 Montgomery Village Ave.).
Nothing Bundt Cakes
Nothing Bundt Cakes is coming to 20650 Seneca Meadows Pkwy in Germantown. The bakery will be located in the space previously occupied by Sally Beauty, next to Crumbl Cookies in the Shops at Seneca Meadows shopping center. Bundt cake flavors include Andes Peppermint Chocolate Chip, Red Velvet, White Chocolate Raspberry, Snickerdoodle, Confetti, and Snickerdoodle.
Nothing Bundt Cakes got its start in Las Vegas in 1997 and currently has over 500 locations throughout the U.S. and Canada, including Montgomery County locations in Bethesda, Gaithersburg, and Silver Spring. We will provide an update when opening information is available.
Coming soon signage is up for Ross at 12940 Middlebrook Rd. in the Germantown Commons shopping center. It will be located in the space that was previously home to Bed Bath & Beyond, next to the recently opened Gold’s Gym.
Ross is a discount retail chain that sells clothing, shoes, and housewares with over 1,400 stores in the U.S., including Montgomery County locations in Gaithersburg, Rockville, and Silver Spring.
According to Ross, “Since 1982, our focus has been on bringing our customers a constant stream of high-quality department and specialty store brands at extraordinary savings (aka bargains) while providing an easy, fun and organized shopping experience.” Earlier this year, dd’s Discounts, which is owned by Ross, opened at 18236 Contour Rd in the Montgomery Village Plaza shopping center in Gaithersburg. There is currently no timeframe available on when the Germantown Ross will be opening.
School of Rock
Signage is up for School of Rock at 12974 Middlebrook Road in Germantown. The music school is taking over the space previously occupied by Code Ninjas in the Germantown Commons shopping center.
The company has an additional Montgomery County location at 8634 Colesville Rd in Silver Spring. According to its website, “Our music programs for kids in Germantown are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock Germantown MD who have participated in the Rookies program can move to our Rock 101 music program once they’re ready. Additionally, students (typically ages 8 to 13-years-old) can begin Rock 101 without any prior experience. The goal of this rock program is to quickly develop a basic competence on students’ chosen instruments before moving on to our famous Performance Program.”
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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AC Milan Academy is hosting a soccer camp at Maryland Soccerplex from March 1st through March 3rd for girls and boys aged 5 to 16 from any club who want to develop their soccer skills and learn the unique methodology of AC Milan directly from AC Milan coaches.
March 1st (Friday) 6pm-7:30pm
March 2nd (Saturday) 6pm-7:30pm
March 3rd (Sunday) 10:30am -12pm and 3:30pm-5pm
Location:18031 Central Park Cir, Boyds, MD 20841
Price: $349 + AC Milan Junior Camp Kit