2018 | Dine

Small Bites: Bubble Tea Shop, Ramen Restaurant Open in Rockville Town Square

Plus: Rockville’s Noodles & Company closes temporarily; Nada will open in North Bethesda this fall

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Pearl Lady began selling bubble tea in Rockville late last month.

Pearl Lady

Pearl Lady, a Japanese bubble tea brand, has opened a tea shop in Rockville Town Square.

The shop at 201 E. Middle Lane serves up a variety of tea drinks that customers can top with “boba” balls made of chewy tapioca, jellies or sea salt cream, according to its website. The tea shop has been in business for a couple weeks and celebrated its grand opening Monday.

Pearl Lady has been in the bubble tea trade in Japan since 2009, but the Rockville shop represents its first foray into the U.S., the website says.

The tea shop shares an address with its sister restaurant, Yamachan Ramen, which also opened in late July. Diners at the restaurant can customize their ramen bowls by choosing a base of pork, chicken or soy broth and adding a protein of their choice. The bowls come with standard toppings of fish cake, boiled egg, bamboo shoot, bean sprout, sweet corn, green pea, green onion, wood ear (a type of mushroom) and seaweed.

A variety of salads and appetizers are on the menu, along with an assortment of sushi and sashimi.

In other noodle news …

Head up, pasta lovers: Noodles & Company in Rockville’s Congressional Plaza is closed temporarily for a remodeling project.

The eatery sent out an email earlier this week notifying customers that the closure would begin Aug. 12.

Noodles loyalists can travel to the chain’s locations in Kentlands and College Park while the renovations are under way, the message said.

Not much longer ‘til Nada in North Bethesda

A Mexican restaurant with its roots in the Midwest will open at Pike & Rose in October, a representative told Bethesda Beat this week.

The Montgomery County Board of License Commissioners approved a beer, wine and liquor license for the restaurant on Thursday, pending final inspections.

The restaurant chain, self-described as a “a taco & cocktail joint,” will be at 11886 Grand Park Ave.

While there’s a focus on simple food, the restaurant also gets inventive with dishes to include fried oysters, mu shu pork belly and caramelized cauliflower.

Nada will also offer lively seasonal cocktails, margaritas and local craft beer.

Indoor and outdoor seating is planned at the 6,295-square-foot site. A dining room that surrounds an open kitchen will seat 140 occupants and a patio will seat 50 more.

Nada will serve lunch and dinner daily. Brunch will be available on weekends.

The North Bethesda location will be the first Mid-Atlantic restaurant for the Cincinnati-based chain, which opened its first eatery in 2007.