Small Bites: Brown Bag Now Open in Bethesda

Small Bites: Brown Bag Now Open in Bethesda

Plus: Lil’Cakes & Creamery opens in Gaithersburg; Passion Bakery opens in Layhill

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Photo courtesy of Blake Dickson Real Estate

The fast-casual café Brown Bag reopened in downtown Bethesda this month after a two-year absence.

Brown Bag, a local chain in the Washington region, serves fresh soups, sandwiches, salads and breakfast foods. It closed in 2017 at 7272 Wisconsin Ave. to make way for a 290-foot office tower.

Brown Bag opened Oct. 16 in its new stop a few blocks north, in the plaza just above the Bethesda Metro station.

The restaurant’s hours are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., according to the website.

Lil’ Cakes & Creamery opens in Gaithersburg

Lil’ Cakes & Creamery, an ice cream shop serving 50 flavors made in house, opened last week in Gaithersburg Square shopping center. The bakery also serves cake pops, macarons, milkshakes, ice cream tacos and other delicacies. The bakery’s Facebook page also advertises that it sells dog treats.

Federal Realty Investment Trust, which owns the shopping center, announced the opening in a press release last week. The 1,200-square-foot store is near Ross and Chuck E. Cheese at 488 N. Frederick Ave.

Cupcakes are $3.99 each, and customers can purchase a dozen for $41.99.

Lil’ Cakes & Creamery is open Sunday through Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The Passion Bakery Café opens in Layhill

The Passion Bakery Café opened Oct. 17 at the Plaza del Mercado in Layhill. The bakery serves gourmet cakes and pastries, as well as breakfast and lunch sandwiches. There are sugar- and gluten-free options.

The shopping center is at the corner of Layhill and Bel Pre roads. The 1,200-square-foot bakery is next to the Bel Pre Barber Shop and Advance Auto Parts, Federal Realty Investment Trust announced in a press release. Federal Realty owns the shopping center.

Brothers Melvin and Huber Mendoza own the bakery, according to the press release. The Mendoza brothers have been in the Washington region since 1990, when they started working at Watergate Pastry in the Watergate complex.

The Layhill store is The Passion Bakery Café’s third location. There are also stores in Sandy Spring and Beltsville. The Layhill store’s hours are Monday through Saturday 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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