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Small Bites: Chef Tony’s closes in downtown Bethesda with goal of relocation

Plus: Rockville Greek restaurant named to Washington Post food writer's '7 favorite places to eat right now'; Gaithersburg bakery offering chocolate-covered cicadas

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Chef Tony's closed its downtown Bethesda location on Sunday after more than 13 years. The restaurant plans to relocate.

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Chef Tony’s closes in downtown Bethesda as owner hopes to relocate

The downtown Bethesda Restaurant Chef Tony’s, which specializes in Mediterranean-style seafood dishes, closed on Sunday after more than 13 years at 4926 St. Elmo Ave.

Tony Marciante, who owns the restaurant with his wife, Sonia, said in a video on Facebook that he had to close the downtown Bethesda restaurant because of a planned condominium development on the site. He plans to relocate in Bethesda in three to five months, he said.

“We had a lease signed and then we found kind of a better place that we thought, but we’re having a few snags there, so I can’t announce anything quite yet,” Marciante said in the video.

Marciante is encouraging customers to visit Chef Tony’s new location in The Promenade residential cooperative building at 5225 Pooks Hill Road in Bethesda. That location opened earlier this year.

Sietsema names Rockville restaurant one of “7 favorite places to eat right now”

Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema has named Mykonos Grill at 121 Congressional Lane in Rockville one of his “7 favorite places to eat right now.”

Sietsema wrote that the 23-year-old restaurant “feels suspended in time” with walls that resemble a Greek village. He gives high marks to entrees such as lamp chops with lemony roast potatoes and moussaka — the layered casserole of eggplant, meat and potatoes.

Sietsema wrote that the trout stuffed with spinach and feta cheese is something to behold, and some diners might appreciate the number of combination plates that the restaurant offers.

He noted that carryout wine is 50% off.

Bump n’ Grind closing Wednesday in downtown Silver Spring

The coffee shop and record store Bump n’ Grind is closing at 1200 East West Highway this week after almost seven years.

The coffee shop announced on its Facebook page last month that its last day would be May 26. No reason was given for the closure.

“It’s been a wonderful ride. And we know from experience that when one door closes, many others open,” the message stated.

The post went on to state that customers can continue to attend pop-up events at Bump n’ Grind’s Kensington roasting facility, and that its coffee would be available in other locations, such as Moorenko’s Ice Cream in Silver Spring and the Silver Spring Library.

Bump n’ Grind opened in December 2014.

Gaithersburg chocolate business offering chocolate-covered cicadas

This month, Montgomery County residents have been greeted by the sights and sounds of the Brood X cicadas, which emerge every 17 years. Some cicadas have been turned into dessert, thanks to one Gaithersburg chocolatier.

Chouquette chocolates in Gaithersburg is selling chocolate-covered cicadas. Photo by Sarah Dwyer.

Chouquette chocolates is offering boxes of a dozen chocolate-covered cicadas for $22 each. The cicadas are gathered from Silver Spring, Gaithersburg and Potomac as they shed from their exoskeletons, according to the website. They are then frozen, boiled and air fried before being sprinkled with cinnamon and covered in chocolate.

The chocolate-covered cicadas come in both dark and milk chocolate varieties, and are available either for pickup or shipping.

Chouquette owner Sarah Dwyer told Bethesda Beat on Monday that she has been receiving shipping orders from as far away as the Philippines.

“It’s shocking how many people want to eat chocolate covered bugs,” she said.

Chouquette is also offering a cicada-shaped chocolate filled with marshmallow crème and cornflakes. These concoctions do not contain the actual bug.

Dan Schere can be reached at daniel.schere@bethesdamagazine.com