Soup Up Bethesda Credit: Andrew Metcalf

Soup Up Bethesda expands menu, slightly alters concept

Changes are afoot at the new soup restaurant that opened in October in Bethesda’s PeriPoint Building on Old Georgetown Road. Charlotte Neville, the general manager of Soup Up Bethesda, said the restaurant recently lowered prices on its soups and changed to a fast casual concept where diners order at the soup bar and then are served at their seats. The restaurant also added two rice bowls—one with jerk chicken and the other with beans—for diners who are looking for something other than soup. Neville said the business is doing well, with about 60 to 70 percent of sales coming from takeout orders.

Macon Bistro & Larder to expand

Macon Bistro interior. Credit: Andrew Metcalf

Macon Bistro & Larder, the French and Southern home-style fusion restaurant in Chevy Chase D.C., is expanding with a new dining area called The Magnolia Room. The restaurant, which opened in May 2014, recently took over a space that’s not attached to the current restaurant for the expansion, but will use the same kitchen. It will have seating for 20, including six at a bar.

Fish Taco at Wildwood expected to open in early 2016

The new Bethesda location of Fish Taco—at the Wildwood Shopping Center—could open as soon as January, according to the restaurant’s Facebook page. An employee at the restaurant’s Cabin John location said Wednesday it would open “early next year.” The new restaurant is one of two Fish Taco locations being opened by owner Francis Namin, who also owns Food Wine & Co. in Bethesda. The other Fish Taco is planned for The JBG Cos. Artery Plaza building at 7200 Wisconsin Ave.

Silver Spring building making progress after fire

Abbe Levin, the owner of the building that housed Quarry House Tavern and Bombay Gaylord, said progress is being made after a fire devastated the Georgia Avenue structure in March. The Washington Business Journal reports that Levin is hopeful that Quarry House, which already said it plans to return to its basement space in the building, can move back in the spring. A timetable is less clear for Bombay Gaylord, which suffered the brunt of the fire damage.