Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams opens in Bethesda Row

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, a national chain of ice cream eateries started in 2002, opened recently in Bethesda Row. It is the franchise’s first Maryland location. It has eateries in Washington, D.C., and Alexandria, Va., according to its website.

Jeni’s serves traditional flavors, as well as more unconventional flavors such as sweet cream biscuits and peach jam, goat cheese with red cherries and sweet potato with torched marshmallows.

On its website, Jeni’s describes its ice cream as having a “bright flavor and clean finish” without synthetic flavorings or dyes.

The eatery, at 4918 Elm St., is open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Japanese tea eatery opens in Rockville Town Square


Kyoto Matcha, a Japanese tea house and dessert eatery, opened last week in Rockville Town Square, according to its Facebook page.

Kyoto Matcha sells tea and desserts made from ingredients sourced in Japan, according to its website. Its Facebook page advertises “crepe cakes” with the crepes as layers, as well as ice cream.

Kyoto Matcha is at 33 Maryland Ave. It is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday.


Kentlands Cinco de Mayo opening in the spring in the Kentlands

The Mexican restaurant chain Cinco de Mayo plans to open in the Kentlands next spring, its owners say.

The restaurant received approval for its liquor license at the Montgomery County Board of License Commissioners. Workers involved in the restaurant’s opening told the board they plan to open in March or April and there would be 25 to 30 employees.


Cinco de Mayo’s Kentlands restaurant will be the first in Montgomery County. The chain also has restaurants in Columbia, Westminster, Urbana and Middletown in Maryland and in Martinsburg, W. Va.

The MoCo Show reported on Wednesday that the sign was up for the restaurant.

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