Steve Markham, owner of the popular one3five cuisine truck that’s been stationed in the parking lot of the Montgomery Farm Women’s Cooperative Market since 2011, is taking over the former Majestic Bar & Grille right down the street.
The Majestic, which also previously housed the long-running Gaffney’s, closed this spring. The new restaurant, which will aptly be called Markham’s, will open sometime in September.
Markham said he’s aiming for a neighborhood gathering place that will be open late. As for the menu, look for about a dozen appetizers (think Southern fried oysters, homemade biscuits and ham), five salads, a dozen sandwiches, burgers and some nightly special entrees.
Some of the items will be the same or similar to the appealing offerings at the food truck, but with more options and side dishes. For example, the signature bahn mi made with marinated pork loin will be available at the restaurant in a version with panko-crusted oysters.
Interestingly, he still plans to keep the food truck going, and believes the two operations will “work off the other.” There’s a “market for both,” he said.
Markham, who lives in Chevy Chase, has had a long career in the restaurant and hospitality business, and was the general manager of the Arts Club of Washington before opening his mobile eatery.
The chef of Markham’s will be Billy Colliton, who most recently was the executive chef at the Arts Club, and has worked at a number of other downtown restaurants, Markham said.
Markham is planning to renovate the outdoor patio at the restaurant, and provide free parking in the farm market lot.
7141 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda
Meanwhile, Jon Rossler, owner of the terrific Corned Beef King food truck, has landed a regular spot at Bethesda’s BP Auto Service Center on Old Georgetown Road. The former gas station is still operating as a service center, but Rossler’s truck will occupy the area that formerly housed the gas pumps. He’s hoping to add some picnic tables (to seat about a dozen people), jazz up the space with colored lights, and offer delivery to local businesses.
The truck will be stationed there Tuesdays through Sundays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., starting Tuesday, July 30.
7725 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, www.cornedbeefking.com