Below we are recapping a few upcoming changes in Olney., including the latest updates from this month.
Olney Winery has been operating since 2012. The winemaker is currently located at 18127 Town Center Drive in the Fair Hill shopping center in Olney. In 2016, Olney Winery expanded and opened a tasting room in the stone house at 12810 Shank Farm Way in Hagerstown.
Olney Winery will be one of the new tenants a couple miles down the street at Ashton Market, a new development that includes shopping and retail, located at 12 Olney Sandy Spring Road in Ashton. Olney Winery will remain at its current location until the new location opens. They are currently aiming for a June opening.
Coming Soon (some opening timeframes have not been provided):
Scratch Kitchen & Bistro
The new restaurant will be taking over the location that was formerly home to CB Acai and House of Fortune at 18062 Georgia Avenue in Olney. The new restaurant has announced that it plans to hold its grand opening on Sunday, May 15th. Temporary signage has been up in the windows for about two weeks or so, announcing the restaurant’s May opening.
The restaurant is described as a family-owned bistro and cafe. It will serve breakfast and lunch classics made from locally sourced ingredients.
In September we were able to confirm that &Pizza, the customizable pizza spot, will be coming to the Fair Hill shopping center in Olney. We still don’t have an exact location within the shopping center, but we know it’s coming. &pizza was founded by Michael Lastoria and Steve Salis (Ted’s Bulletin, Federalist Pig, and Ensemble) in 2012 with their first location on H Street in D.C. The growing chain now has over 36 locations across the east coast including MoCo locations in Bethesda, Gaithersburg (Crown), Germantown, Pike & Rose, Silver Spring and a second Gaithersburg location coming soon.
No word yet on an expected opening date.
Pacific Dental Services Taking Over Old JoS. A. Bank Location
The 3,568 sf location that was previously home to JoS. A. Bank in the Shoppes of Olney will soon be filled by California-based Pacific Dental Services (PDS). The dental practice will be joining Quickway and Kung Fu Tea as the newest tenants in the shopping center that’s already home to CVS, Cava, Starbucks, Cafe Rio, and more.
PDS has an office in Silver Spring known as Dentists of Silver Spring. It’s the only other Maryland location for the company which currently has over 850 supported offices in 26 states. Many practices take on a name that references the city/area the practice is in, so PDS will likely have an Olney-based name when it opens.
Salt & Vine
The restaurant is working hard at gearing towards its debut in Olney, hoping to open by Labor Day, the restaurant tells us. It will be taking over the Olney House, which was previously the home of Ricciuti’s at 3308 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd.
Ricciuti’s closed permanently in February of 2020 and Salt & Vine was announced just prior to the longtime restaurant’s closure. That summer, the Salt & Vine pizza truck made its debut. Salt & Vine owner Thomas Zippelli, told us the initial plan was to have the truck parked out front of the restaurant until renovations were completed. Things didn’t move as quickly as anticipated due to Covid delays. “Due to the historical significance of the building, the permitting process was very slow” the restaurant stated on its social media.
The latest update on the restaurant’s website provides a more conservative Fall 2022 opening date, as well as a video rendering of what’s to come (scroll down to see some photo renderings).
Olney Crab House
We first reported back in November 2019 that the Olney Crab House was coming to the location that used to be home to The Olney Tavern (18200 Georgia Avenue) in the Hillcrest Center in Olney. Renovations on the building began in the summer of 2020 but since then, the building has largely remained dormant and “For Lease” signs were placed back on the building in late 2020.
A few weeks back we were informed by the property management of center that the original owners had pulled out of the location and new owners have just recently taken over the lease. The new owners are still planning to open the restaurant as a crab house.
The restaurant will open its fourth MoCo location in Olney, taking over the location that was formerly home to Milk & Cheese at 18050 Georgia Avenue. El Catrachito opened its most recent location at 211. N Frederick Ave in Gaithersburg just over a year ago. The menu features popular Honduran dishes such as baleadas and pollo can tajadas, as well as traditional Salvadoran and Mexican cuisine.
El Catrachito has additional locations in Wheaton (2408 University Blvd.) and Takoma Park (940 East-West Highway).
An opening date has not yet been announced.
F45 Training, an Australian franchisor and operator of fitness centers based in Austin, Texas, is opening its third Montgomery County location in Olney (current locations exist in Bethesda and Silver Spring, though Google lists Bethesda as temporarily closed). The fitness center will open in the 3,200 sf location that was previously home to Pet Valu in Olney’s Fair Hill Shopping Center (previously Olney Town Center) at 18100 Town Center Drive, Unit 8115.
A salon that is owned by MoCo residents Amanda Burton and Staci Graeves, will take over the old Hallmark location next to TJ Maxx in the Olney Village Center. Burton and Graeves met at Sherwood High School and have remained friends through the years. Both are mothers to young children and started the salon in Graeves’ basement. It all started with the two moms and has now expanded to include a staff of 16.
Shear Thairapy hopes to open its doors at 18305 Olney Center Drive by summer.
Kung Fu Tea
Kung Fu Tea has signed on to take over the location that’s as recently home to Yogi Berry, next to Starbucks in the same shopping center as Cava Mezze, CVS, and Cafe Rio at 3128 Olney Sandy Spring Road. The bubble tea cafe was one of the first to distinguish itself by having a system where drinkers customize their orders by sweetness, amount of ice, toppings, and more, using Asian teas as a base rather than commercial powders.
The location will also offer TKK Fried Chicken and Tutti Frutti frozen yogurt. TKK Fried Chicken is a Taiwanese chain that specializes in fried chicken.
The Olney location hopes to open by this summer.
Quickway Japanese Hibachi has already put “coming soon” signage up in the location that was formerly home to Fashion Cleaners in the Shoppes of Olney shopping center, between CVS and Bubbles Hair Salon. Fashion Cleaners closed this past spring after 8 years in the location. Quickway describes itself as bringing the Teppanyaki cooking technique to a quick service restaurant setting with cooked to order hibachi dishes. This will be the regional chain’s sixth MoCo location, with over 30 restaurants across the DMV.
The restaurant has now installed permanent signage and construction has progressed, but an opening timeframe has not yet been provided.