2021 | Dine

Small Bites: Fast-casual Korean restaurant coming to Westfield Montgomery mall

Plus: New cookie pickup and delivery business launches in Gaithersburg

Photo from Seoulspice Facebook page

Fast-casual Korean restaurant planned for Westfield Montgomery mall food court

Seoulspice, a chain of fast-casual Korean restaurants in the greater Washington region, is adding a location in Bethesda’s Westfield Montgomery mall in May, according to the owner.

Seoulspice offers rice bowls, Korean burritos, noodles and salad bowls, according to its website. Customers choose a protein — beef, chicken, spicy pork or tofu — and customize their order by picking vegetables and sauces.

Seoulspice has two locations in D.C. and one in College Park, according to its website.

Owner Eric Shin wrote in an email to Bethesda Beat on Tuesday that the Bethesda location is slated to open on May 1. It will be next to Chipotle in the space formerly occupied by Spice 6, he wrote.

In a separate email, Seoulspice Vice President Danielle Wilt wrote that the company is actively hiring for the Bethesda location for full- and part-time positions with hourly rates of $15 to $18 per hour. Positions include front -line servers, cashiers, kitchen workers and shift leaders, she wrote.

Seoulspice’s expansion plans were previously reported by Store Reporter.

Cookie pickup, delivery service launches in Gaithersburg

Molten Cookies, a pickup and delivery service, launched in Gaithersburg last month.

Molten Cookies sells chocolate chip, M&M, oatmeal raisin, sugar, double chocolate chunk, macadamia nut and pecan coconut cookies. Customers can buy three cookies and milk for $8.99, as well as packs of six, 12 and 24 cookies for $11.99, $19.99 and $36.99 respectively.

There are also “premium cookies,” which include Reese’s peanut butter, s’mores and triple chocolate chip varieties, which are more expensive than the other seven cookie choices. Those come in packs of six, 12 and 24 for $17.99, $32.99 and $56.99.

Customers can place their orders for delivery through Doordash, or for pickup at 106 Market St. in Gaithersburg, according to the website.

The Moco Show reported on Molten Cookies on Tuesday.

D.C. restaurant relief initiative partners with Rockville charitable foundation

The Power of 10 — a restaurant nonprofit initiative that helps restaurants re-employ workers and continue operating during the COVID-19 pandemic — is expanding its reach into Montgomery County and partnering with a local charitable foundation.

The Power of 10 is partnering with the Robert I. Schattner Foundation – a Rockville-based charitable foundation that supports health, human services and hunger relief organizations, among others.

In addition to helping restaurants, the partnership will provide meals to underserved communities, a press release stated. Additionally, there will be a matching donation campaign with the Schattner Foundation’s individual donations of up to $150,000.

D.C. chef Erik Bruner-Yang started The Power of 10 last year during the pandemic. It aims to raise $10,000 per week, with the goal of re-employing 10 restaurant workers and providing 1,000 free meals.

The initiative has raised more than $1.2 million and served more than 300,000 meals in large cities such as New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., according to the press release.

Bruner-Yang said in the press release Tuesday that he is grateful for the partnership with the Schattner Foundation.

“The effects of the pandemic will persist into 2021 so we need to work together to keep small businesses open and save livelihoods,” he said.

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