Patisserie Manuel closing Sunday in Westfield Montgomery mall

The French bakery Patisserie Manuel is closing permanently in Westfield Montgomery mall in Bethesda on Sunday, owner Claudia Olea posted on the bakery’s Facebook page.

Olea posted that the closure is related to the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It is very sad to have to close after years of hard work and effort that we put in to get there, but as many of you know, our business opened a few months before this pandemic began and although we have done the impossible to keep going, our effort has been in vain and COVID has ended up destroying our store,” she wrote.

Olea wrote that “at the moment” Patisserie Manuel’s kitchen and corporate office on Brookville Road in Silver Spring will continue to operate as a pickup and delivery business.

Hello Kitty Truck coming to Bethesda Row on Saturday

The Hello Kitty Truck, an offshoot of the Hello Kitty Cafés in Las Vegas and Irvine, Calif., will be parked in Bethesda Row on Saturday.

According to the website, the truck will be parked at the intersection of Bethesda Avenue and Bethesda Lane from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Hello Kitty Truck’s menu includes sets of mini cakes, macarons, cookies and a giant chef cookie. Items are $10 to $16.

The truck also sells merchandise for $7 to $40, including thermal bottles, canvas totes and lunchboxes.

Customers are asked to maintain social distancing and wear facemasks.

The Moco Show previously reported on the Hello Kitty Truck coming to Bethesda.

Bump ‘n Grind Coffee hosting pop-up events at roasting facility in Kensington

Bump ‘n Grind Coffee, which opened its roasting facility in Kensington late last year, has hosted “pop-up” events in front of the building at 4120 Howard Ave. this month.

The pop-up events feature coffee made from the pour-over method, music and coffee beans for sale, among other things, according to the company’s Facebook page.

Owner David Fogel wrote in an email to Bethesda Beat that the goal is to make the pop-up events a regular weekend event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. He wrote that he wants to partner with other local businesses to “create a little weekend scene with delicious coffee, music, food and other surprises.” He hopes to add an espresso machine.

“We’ve been really happy with the turnout. It’s been great to meet people in the neighborhood, and receive such a nice welcoming,” he wrote.

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