More Changes at Rockville Town Square

Closed American Tap Room location
Closed American Tap Room location

Federal Realty already has a new tenant for the American Tap Room storefront (formerly Austin Grill). The developer announced Pandora Seafood House and Bar will be opening this summer. The restaurant is described as a new concept and is expected to offer “fresh seafood with a modern flair”. The co-owners of China Garden in Roslyn, VA, Chris Zhu and George Cheung, are behind the effort “to introduce a creative twist on seafood classics in a contemporary setting”.

The Little Dipper Hot Pot House is expected to open “late winter” at the former Noodles & Company location at the corner of Gibbs Street and East Middle Lane. In January they started the search for waiters, hosts, and kitchen staff. This is the second location for Little Dippe,r which also has a location in Falls Church, VA.

Sadly, Ten Thousand Villages has announced that after 11 years, the shop on Gibbs Stree will be closing on Saturday, March 25, 2017.

A message to the community has been posted on the store’s website:

“It has been our pleasure to know you and to be part of this community. We have loved helping you find memorable gifts and sharing the stories behind them. Your purchases here have made a difference in the lives of families around the world.

We hope you will continue to support fair trade and our mission to create income opportunities for artisans in developing countries. You can find our unique products at other nearby Ten Thousand Villages locations – Alexandria and Baltimore – and online at”

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