The French bakery and cafe La Madeleine has permanently closed in Bethesda Credit: File photo

La Madeleine closes permanently in Bethesda

The French bakery and cafe La Madeleine has closed at 7607 Old Georgetown Road in Bethesda, according to its website.

On Wednesday, La Madeleine’s website stated that the café was permanently closed, along with the phrase “merci & au revoir,” French for “thank you and goodbye.”

Representatives from La Madeleine could not be reached for comment on Wednesday. The chain’s other Montgomery County location, in Gaithersburg’s Downtown Crown neighborhood, remains open.

On Wednesday, La Madeleine filed a notice for up to 20 layoffs under the federal Worker Adjustment Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, which requires some employers to give advance notice of business closures and mass layoffs.

The notice states that the work stoppage is a “mass layoff” due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The layoffs would take effect on Dec. 31.


Nothing Bundt Cakes now open in Bethesda

The bakery Nothing Bundt Cakes opened last week in downtown Bethesda at 8209 Wisconsin Ave.

Nothing Bundt Cakes serves 8- and 10-inch Bundt cakes, as well as tiered Bundt cakes, in which one cake is stacked on top of another. The bakery also sells miniature Bundt cakes called “Bundlets” and even smaller bite-sized ones called “Bundtinis.”


Nothing Bundt Cakes is a national bakery chain, but stores are independently owned and operated.

Owner Verelyn Gibbs Watson posted on Facebook Oct. 29 that she had opened the Bethesda location, which is her second. Watson also owns a Nothing Bundt Cakes in Gaithersburg.

A third Montgomery County Nothing Bundt Cakes location in Silver Spring is under different ownership.


The Bethesda location is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, according to the website. Customers can place their orders online for pickup or delivery.

Sonia Vee’s Cupcakes now open in Kentlands

Sonia Vee’s Cupcakes opened Nov. 1 in Gaithersburg’s Kentland’s retail development.


The bakery, at 344 Main St. #100, posted about the opening on Facebook.

The cupcake offerings so far have featured vegan vanilla-coconut, lemonade cornbread with lemon buttercream frosting, banana bread with caramel buttercream frosting, and blueberry lemon with lemon buttercream frosting.

The bakery has posted the time it is opening each day on its Facebook page, but does not list any specific hours.


The Moco Show reported on Sonia Vee’s opening last week.

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