Restaurants Coming Soon to Rockville (March 2024)


Below is a list of restaurants that will be coming soon to Rockville, MD:Coming Soon: Aloha Poke
Aloha Poke, a Chicago-based poke restaurant chain, will open its first Maryland location in Rockville’s King Farm neighborhood. Aloha Poke Co. previously announced that it will be opening a Gaithersburg location sometime in 2023, but did not mention a specific location. It is unclear at this  time if the King Farm location in Rockville is taking the place of the planned Gaithersburg location. Aloha Poke is a fast-casual style restaurant that serves “fresh-packed and tasty bowls filled with sushi-grade fish and Hawaiian-inspired raw ingredients.” Aloha currently has a a DC location at 1333 19th St in NW, Washington, DC.

Coming Soon: Buena Onda Baja Taqueria 
Buena Onda Baja Taqueria is coming to 12107 Rockville Pike, the former home of Avail Vape/Kure CBD & Vape, in the Pike Center shopping center (home to TGI Friday’s), according to Kimco. The restaurant is a José Garces creation. Garces is an Ecuadorian-American chef, born in Chicago to Ecuadorian parents. He won in the second season of The Next Iron Chef and also defeated Bobby Flay in Iron Chef America.

According to the restaurant website, Buena Onda, celebrity chef Jose Garces’ Baja-inspired taqueria is more than a fast casual taqueria, it’s a mindset. In Spanish, Buena Onda means “Good Vibes”. In a world full of fast casual options, Buena Onda offers a unique, casual Baja taqueria  experience for guests with an appealing menu, friendly service, and laid-back beach bum decor. Renowned Latin-American chef Jose Garces translates his rich cultural traditions and culinary vision into personal dining experiences.  Taking a heartfelt and creative approach to time-honored recipes and dishes, Buena Onda brings these recipes together for a unique taqueria experience. An opening timeframe is not yet available for the restaurant.

Coming Soon: Don Chicken
Don Chicken, a Korean fried chicken restaurant, is opening its first Montgomery County location at 404 King Farm Blvd Ste. 7130 in King Farm.The restaurant chain, which was established seven years ago, will be taking over the space previously occupied by Mahshad Modern Persian Kitchen. The menu consists of a variety of fried chicken options and can be seen here. Don Chicken also has a nearby location in the H-Mart food court in Frederick. The restaurant is expected to open sometime in 2024.

Photo courtesy of Don Chicken

Coming Soon: Fruit N Boba
Fruit N Boba Tea, a shop that specializes in making fruit tea with fresh fruit, bubble tea with imported ingredients from Taiwan, smoothies made with fresh fruit and all natural sweeteners, as well as non-dairy frozen yogurt, is coming to King Farm. It will be taking over the vacant space located next to Montgomery County’s last remaining Baja Fresh, at 302 King Farm Blvd. Ste. 130.

Courtesy of @fruitnboba24 on instagram

Coming Soon: Kanpai (Southeast Asian BBQ and Shabu Shabu Buffet)
Kanpai BBQ and Shabu Shabu Buffet is coming soon to the Shops at Congressional Village in Rockville. Kanpai, which offers southeast Asian bbq at your table and Shabu Shabu buffet, is coming soon to the Shops at Congressional Village shopping center in Rockville. With Shabu Shabu, you’ll be given plates of meat, vegetables and other items (dumplings and udon, for example) to cook in the broth rather than a pre-loaded broth.

Coming Soon: Kura Revolving Sushi Bar 
Kura Revolving Sushi is coming to 12266 Rockville Pike in Federal Plaza, taking over the other -part of the space that was recently home to Chuy’s and previously home to Ruby Tuesday.  Kura Revolving Sushi Bar is the “ultimate eater-tainment” dining experience serving up authentic Japanese cuisine through an engaging conveyor belt system packed with prizes, drink delivery robots and more. The dining experience features a revolving sushi bar that snakes through the dining area with a wide variety of sushi plates for patrons to select from as they circulate and an express belt positioned above the main belt that delivers orders tableside placed via the ordering tablet from the 140+ menu inclusive of sushi, udon, ramen, hot and cold sides, and desserts. Guests can also look forward to receiving fun prizes for every 15 sushi plates and soft beverages delivered by Kur-B the KuraBot.

Coming Soon: Kusshi
Kusshi Sushi is be taking over the space that was previously home to popular sushi restaurant Sushi Damo at 36G Maryland Ave in Rockville Town Square for over 15 years. Sushi Damo, one of the first tenants of Rockville Town Square, closed permanently on October 1st.Kusshi Sushi, which has additional MoCo locations in Pike & Rose and Downtown Silver Spring (along with an Arlington Pentagon Row and Tysons Pike 7 Plaza in Northern VA), will be renovating the restaurant and has already submitted drawings to the landlord for approval. They hope to begin construction in early 2024 and open in the spring of 2024. Kusshi is working on keeping the Sushi Damo sushi chef at the restaurant and has also made offers for Sushi Damo servers to join the new restaurant once it opens.

Coming Soon: Luna Hall
Luna Hall has signed on to move into one of the vacant spaces in the Pike Center (the shopping center that’s the longtime home of TGI Friday’s and the recently opened Golfdom), according to Kimco. The location is listed as taking is the former CiCi’s Pizza spot. The food hall recently opened its first location in DC’s Chinatown (625 H St NW). Offerings at the Chinatown location include Kung Fu Tea, TKK Fried Chicken, Dumpling District, Pollo Aria, and Luna Bar. There is no word on possible stalls at the Rockville location and Luna has told us things are in the works and that they’ll provide us with updates once they are available. The featured photo shows the Chinatown location.

Coming Soon: Okaeri Japanese Cafe
Okaeri Japanese Cafe, which means “Welcome Home” in Japanese, is coming soon to the Shops at Congressional Village in Rockville.Okaeri will be taking the space that was previously home to Eerkins Uygher Cuisine at 1701 Rockville Pike # B1. Eerkins closed following a kitchen fire in May 2022 and reopened in a different Rockville location in March 2023.

Okaeri Japanese Cafe has an existing location in Centreville. The cafe offers traditional Japanese bites and desserts, from fruit sandwiches to Onigiri to Dorayaki (Japanese sweet-filled pancakes) and more. An opening date is not available, but signage is up in the windows that states the restaurant is “opening soon.”

Coming Soon: Raku AYCE Sushi & Seafood Buffet
Initially, Umi Seafood & Sushi buffet put signage up announcing they’ll be “coming soon” to the space previously occupied by Miller’s Ale House. The windows were papered, but there didn’t appear to be any additional movement. Now, a different restaurant has posted coming soon signage at 1471 Rockville Pike in Rockville- Raku AYCE Sushi and Japanese Buffet.

Raku, which is not related to the Raku that has two Montgomery County locations in Bethesda, has existing restaurant in New York and New Jersey that opened in 2022. “In 2022, our founder established the Raku AYCE Sushi & Seafood Buffet brand. From an initial small, dedicated team expanding to a catering company with over 100 employees, our brand has rapidly grown. Since the beginning of 2023, we serve an average of 300 diners per day. Raku AYCE Sushi has gained the reputation as the most popular Japanese restaurant in New York all due to the efforts of our founder, hard working staff, and supportive community and diners.” An opening timeframe is not yet available.

Coming Soon: Torchy Tacos 
Torchy’s Tacos is also coming to 12266 Rockville Pike in Federal Plaza, taking over the other part of the space that was recently home to Chuy’s. Torchy’s Tacos, featuring “the most unique tacos, coveted queso and refreshing margaritas in the game, and the rotating Taco of the Month,” will open its first location in the DMV in 2024. The 3,961 square-foot restaurant will be located at 12266 Rockville Pike. With more than 115 locations across 14 states, Torchy’s Tacos serves tacos, sides, and drinks from scratch, made-to-order.

Coming Soon: Teso Life
Teso Life is coming to 1701 Rockville Pike in The Shops at Congressional Village shopping center. Teso Life is a retail store that collaborates with a variety of well-known Japanese suppliers and has a limited amount of products from China and Korea as well. The company was established in 2017 in Flushing, NY and is based in Queens.

“Teso Life retail store is a great place to shop for high quality daily used products with decent prices, or stick around and enjoy the town! Along with the amazing make-up products, small housewares, kitchen supplier, snacks and more, we look forward to serving the best products in town!” In addition to purchasing in-store, you can order through their website where customers can place both pick-up or delivery orders. An opening date it not yet available for the store.

Coming Soon: Tequila Modern Mexican
Tequila Modern Mexican is coming to 11 N Washington Street in Rockville Town Center, the former location of Trapezaria. Tequila Modern Restaurant has additional location in Harrisonburg, VA and upcoming locations in Kansas and North Carolina. While an opening date has not been announced, the restaurant tells us its “almost ready.”

Coming Soon: Uzu Revolving Sushi
Signage is up in the window for Uzu Revolving Sushi at The Shops at Congressional Village on Rockville Pike. This will be the second revolving sushi restaurant that’s making its way to Rockville, as we previously reported Kura revolving sushi will be headed to nearby Federal Plaza. There is currently not much information for Uzu, but revolving sushi is usually placed on some type of conveyor belt that serves sushi by rotating it through the restaurant, allowing customers to make their selection as the sushi moves past every table. An opening date is not yet available.

Coming in 2025: Weagmans
Wegmans is coming to Twinbrook Quarter, in the area of Halpine Rd and Rockville Pike. According to signage put up at the construction site this summer, Wegmans is now expected to open in 2025. Previously, a more general “Late 2024 or 2025” was the expected opening date of the grocery store. In addition to the grocery store, the upcoming neighborhood has approval for 480,000 SF of retail (which includes the 80,000 SF Wegmans and an additional 25,000 SF of additional retail/restaurants in the first phase. Twinbrook Quarter will also consist of 450 apartment homes (The Milton) and 248,000 SF of trophy office above. It will also include over 1,500 parking spaces with electric vehicle charging stations.

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