2021 | Dine

Small Bites: ChiKo now open in downtown Bethesda

Plus: Chef Tony’s has opened in Bethesda’s Promenade

The fast-casual restaurant ChiKo, serving Chinese and Korean food, is now open at 7280 Woodmont Ave. in Bethesda.

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ChiKo now open in downtown Bethesda

ChiKo, a fast-casual restaurant specializing in Chinese and Korean foods, opened at 7280 Woodmont Ave. in downtown Bethesda last week.

The restaurant posted on its Facebook page that it officially opened on Jan. 22 and operates daily from 5 to 9 p.m. The restaurant is serving only by carryout and delivery for now due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

ChiKo serves entrees such as Soy Glazed Brisket, Orange-ish Chicken and Cumin Lamb Stir Fry that are priced between $15 and $20. Appetizers cost $8 to $12.

ChiKo’s Bethesda location is the first in Maryland, and joins its D.C. restaurants in Capitol Hill and Dupont Circle. The owners acquired an alcohol license in Montgomery County last month.

Chef Tony’s opens in Bethesda’s Promenade residential building

The Bethesda restaurant Chef Tony’s, specializing in Mediterranean seafood, opened its second location last week.

The new restaurant is inside the Promenade residential cooperative building at 5225 Pooks Hill Road.

The restaurant posted on its Facebook page that it opened Jan. 22, and customers can find it if they come in the gate, turn right and take the first left for “easy parking.” The post states that the restaurant is then just up the ramp inside the building.

The promenade location joins the original Chef Tony’s on St. Elmo Avenue in Woodmont Triangle.

Owner Tony Marciante told Bethesda Beat in October that he originally hoped to open his new location last April, but encountered numerous delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Promenade location is currently open from 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from 3 to 8:30 p.m. on Sundays.

The restaurant is currently offering pickup and delivery inside the building. It will have offsite delivery at a later date, the website says.

Savage Burrito delivery service available in Bethesda, Gaithersburg

Savage Burrito, a delivery service owned by the parent company of the Mexican chain Uncle Julio’s, has launched in Bethesda and Gaithersburg.

Savage Burrito was started in the fall by Texas-based Uncle Julio’s Restaurant Group as a “ghost kitchen” that only delivers, the lifestyle publication Culturemap Dallas reported in October. The food is prepared at Uncle Julio’s, then customers order delivery through a variety of applications.

The delivery service’s Twitter page posted on Jan. 20 that it is now being offered in Bethesda and Gaithersburg, both of which have brick-and-mortar Uncle Julio’s restaurants.

Savage Burrito’s menu features a variety of customized burritos with chicken, steak, beef, rice and vegetables. Customers also can create their own.

There are also burrito bowls, salads and sides. Most items are between $7 and $8.

Savage Burrito is offered on the delivery apps of Doordash, Uber Eats, Grubhub and Postmates, according to the website.

Godiva closing all of its stores in North America

The gourmet chocolate store Godiva, which has a location in Bethesda’s Westfield Montgomery mall, has announced that it is closing all of its stores in North America due to economic challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic.

It was not immediately clear when the Bethesda store would close. On Monday, company spokeswoman Tara McTeague replied to Bethesda Beat’s questions about the Bethesda store by including a general statement from the company.

The statement said that “demand for the in-person shopping experience” had “waned” because of the pandemic, and that the company would close its 128 brick-and-mortar stores in North America.

A combination of sales and closures are expected by the end of the year’s first quarter, the company stated.

Godiva will maintain retail operations in Europe, the Middle East and China, the statement said.

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