Let’s start with the restaurants in our cover photo.
P.F. Chang’s was one of the most popular restaurants on the Pike when it was located in White Flint Mall. There were rumors that it would relocate nearby– possibly joining the other popular restaurant from White Flint, Cheesecake Factory, over at Montgomery Mall. That didn’t happen, but I recently found out there’s a P.F. Chang’s location that’s still off of Wisconsin Ave (in Chevy Chase).
Bennigan’s battled TGI Friday’s, Chili’s, and Ruby Tuesday for King of the Chains in the 90s and early 2000s. After the Rockville Pike location closed a decade ago (all 138 United States locations closed in 2008), many thought they’d never see Bennigan’s again. They were wrong! Just a few years ago a new Bennigan’s location opened in Clarksburg. It’s one of just 15 locations in the United States and still has many of the favorites you remember.
Did you know there are still two Ruby Tuesday locations in MoCo as well? Lakeforest Mall and Germantown.
Fun Fact: From 1995-2014, Red Lobster was owned by Darden Restaurants. Darden owns multiple restaurant chains that are in/coming to the county. They also own Olive Garden, which would squash the popular rumor about Olive Garden not having any MoCo locations due to liquor laws.