Small Bites: Corned Beef King Plans New Restaurant in Rockville Gas Station

Plus: Slapfish plans to open at Montrose Crossing in June; Little Beast to open in Chevy Chase, D.C.

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Customers wait to order at a Corned Beef King food truck.

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Corned Beef King to open new spot in Rockville Pike Liberty

The Corned Beef King is expanding to a new restaurant and deli inside a Rockville gas station this spring.

The restaurant will open in April inside the Liberty at 1900 Rockville Pike, owner Jon Rossler said.

It will offer corned beef cut to order, as well as hand-sliced pastrami, turkey, briskets, soups, knishes, latkes and salads. There will be seating for about 24 people. Before it opens, one of the Corned Beef King food trucks will be stationed in the parking lot there.

Local blog the Store Reporter reported on the new location Friday.

The setup will be similar to an existing store in Olney, though more space at the Rockville location will allow the food to be cooked to order each time.

“This location we’re going to take it right out of the cooker and cut it right on the slicer hot,” he said last week. “You know, we’re known for having the best corn beef around here, but it’s a huge taste difference toward a positive direction.”

If it proves successful, Rossler said he hopes to emulate the model elsewhere.

In the meantime, Rossler said he’s making adjustments to the food trucks’ schedules because of the recent fire that badly damaged Hank Dietle’s Tavern in North Bethesda. A Corned Beef King truck would be posted there frequently before the fire.

Slapfish to open in June in Montrose Crossing

Slapfish, a fast-casual seafood restaurant, will open its first Maryland location in Montrose Crossing in June, according to the company.

The restaurant chain started as a food truck and aims to evoke the “classic seafood shack.” Its dishes including chowder fries, a lobster grinder, a lobster burger, and fish and chips as well as grilled shrimp burritos and lettuce-wrapped fish tacos. The Montrose Crossing restaurant, planned for 12055 Rockville Pike, will also offer a special crab cake-inspired dish.

Little Beast café to bring all-day pastries to D.C. side of Chevy Chase

Little Beast, a café and restaurant, is opening this summer on the Washington, D.C., side of Chevy Chase at 5600 Connecticut Ave. NW, according to the Washington City Paper.

The restaurant will be open from 7 a.m. to midnight daily, serving house-baked pastries as well as breakfast sandwiches and Vigilante Coffee during the day and switching to pizzas, pastas and other entrees for dinner, the City Paper reported. Owner Aaron Gordon named Little Beast after his nickname for his 3-year-old daughter.

All Set Restaurant & Bar holds pop-up dinner series

Silver Spring restaurant All Set Restaurant & Bar will hold a pop-up dinner series next week, according to local blog Source of the Spring. Friend of the chef Randall Matthews will take over the kitchen and offer some special menu items that are different from the restaurant’s usual fare, such as Moroccan spiced lamb shank and octopus a la plancha.

Part of the restaurant’s receipts from each meal that week will go toward GOODProjects, a D.C.-based nonprofit that provides opportunities for at-risk youth. Source of the Spring reports that the pop-up week will also help co-owner and chef Edward Reavis decide whether he wants to open a second restaurant with a new concept.

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