Java Nation, a Kensington fast-casual coffee shop serving fresh coffee, breakfast foods and sandwiches, will likely open its second location by the end of this year in North Bethesda, its owner says.

Simona Cabana, the café’s owner, said Friday that she thinks the future North Bethesda location  will be open by the first week of December, following Thanksgiving weekend. The site will be on Rockville Pike in the former Helen’s on the Pike location.

Cabana said the new space will be three times as large as the Kensington location, which is in a shopping center near the intersection of Connecticut and Knowles avenues. Daytime hours, she said, will feature a similar menu to the Kensington location with counter service. There will be table service with larger entrees in the evening.

Cabana said there will be a patio in the front, with entertainment such as live music. She said the new location will be dog-friendly and there will eventually be a dog menu.

Jimmie Rondon, a consultant working to develop the new shop, said the North Bethesda location will be more of a “social house” than café.

“We want to make this place as friendly as possible. You can go there with your dog. You can go there with your grandma,” he said.


Java Nation had operated its Kensington location as only a daytime café with counter service, but this summer added nighttime hours with table service on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, which includes dinner items such as homemade tacos. Cabana said they are experimenting with different menu items in preparation for the new location.

“We’re trying to develop a menu for the [North Bethesda] location,” she said.

Honest Tea customers donate more than $550 to Fair Trade USA


Customers of Bethesda-Based Honest Tea, an organic tea company, donated more than $550 toward Fair Trade USA since a vending machine was set up outside the company’s corporate office in July.

Fair Trade USA, a nonprofit devoted to advocating for fair working conditions for farm workers, is a partner of Honest Tea, along with the Organic Farming Research Foundation, which promotes organic agricultural practices.

Customers could donate to one of the two organizations when they bought a beverage as part of the company’s “small decision. BIG impact” campaign. According to a press release, 81% of Bethesda consumers who visited the machine donated to Fair Trade USA and 19% donated to the Organic Farming Research Foundation.


Honest Tea set up similar machines in New York, Philadelphia and Los Angeles.

Customers also could choose their favorite beverage and a preferred type of project. Bethesda customers chose Peach Oo-La-Long as their favorite beverage, and education as the project with the most impact.

Modern Market closes Congressional plaza location


At the beginning of this month, Modern Market Eatery had two Montgomery County locations. Now it has none.

The farm-to-table restaurant that emphasizes healthy eating has closed its location in Rockville’s Congressional Plaza, not long after the chain closed its Bethesda Row location. News of the Congressional Plaza closing was first reported by Store Reporter.

Modern Market had operated its two Montgomery County locations since 2016. On Friday, its website had been updated to list neither of the closed locations.


Diehard Modern Market fans can still get their fix at the chain’s Washington, D.C., or Columbia locations.

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