O’Donnell’s to Make Return with New Rockville Market

The family known for its longtime "Sea Grills" in Bethesda and Gaithersburg is planning to open a new market

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The rum buns and crab cakes are coming back. Montgomery County will once again be home to an O’Donnell’s only this time it will be a family-run market, rather than a family-run seafood restaurant.

The new endeavor by owner Bill Edelblut—the grandson of Tom O’Donnell, who founded the family’s first restaurant in D.C. in 1922—is a new seafood and meat market complete with prepared foods and a bakery, according to the market’s new website.

The market plans to open in October at 1073 Seven Locks Road near the Potomac and Rockville line.

The new business marks the family’s return to the local food scene after O’Donnell’s Sea Grill closed in Gaithersburg in 2013. Prior to opening the Gaithersburg spot, the O’Donnell’s operated a Wisconsin Avenue restaurant in Bethesda for decades. It opened in 1956 and later closed in 2001.

Among many other items, the market’s seafood offerings will include scallops, lobster, halibut, striped, bass and snapper. Prepared foods such as chicken salad, mushroom risotto and spinach dip will also be available.

 O’Donnell’s signature crab cakes and rum buns will also be for sale.

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