2014 | Dine

Small Bites: Gusto Looking at May Opening in Bethesda; Ted’s Bulletin Opens Next Month in Gaithersburg

Plus: Several Chevy Chase and Bethesda restaurants to participate in Washington, D.C.'s restaurant week later this month

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Gusto Italian Grill is looking to open in May at the former site of Kraze Burgers near Bethesda Row on Elm Street.

Gusto Italian Grill Aiming at May Opening

The new, fast-casual Italian concept taking over the former Kraze Burgers location on Elm Street near Bethesda Row is aiming for a late May opening, according to the company.

A spokesman for Gusto Italian Grill said in an email the eatery plans on launching the concept in Bethesda and then look at opening more locations in the surrounding area.

The concept is similar to that of Chipotle—only instead of choosing Mexican ingredients, customers choose from a list of Italian ingredients to make either a pasta bowl, salad bowl or “Italian burrito.”

Ted’s Bulletin Opening Feb. 2 in Downtown Crown

Homemade pop tarts and alcoholic milkshakes are coming to Downtown Crown in Gaithersburg next month. The first Ted’s Bulletin in Maryland will open Feb. 2 at the development, which is located off of Sam Eig Highway near the intersection of Interstate Highway 270.

The 160-seat restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. The exterior of the restaurant was designed to resemble the original Gaithersburg train station, while the interior features antique bulletin boards and fixtures as well as a projector that will show cartoons and family movies from the 1930s and ’40s.

The restaurant will serve breakfast all day and offers a menu of upscale diner food. Matchboxfoodgroup, which operates the Matchbox Pizza Bistro locations in the region, including one in Rockville, created the concept. The company opened the first Ted’s Bulletin on Capitol Hill in 2010 and then expanded with other locations in northern Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Maple pecan pop tarts at Ted's Bulletin. Image via Ted's Bulletin on Facebook.

Bethesda Restaurants to Participate in D.C. Restaurant Week

Five Bethesda restaurants and five Chevy Chase restaurants are participating in Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week, which runs from Jan. 19 to 25 and features prix fix lunch and dinner menus. The multiple-course lunch and dinner menus are priced at $20.15 and $35.15, respectively. Jaleo, Daily Grill, Grapeseed, Redwood Restaurant and Bar and Ruth’s Chris Steak House are participating in Bethesda. You can view their restaurant week menus here. The Capital Grille, Lia’s, Range, Rosa Mexicano and Sushi Ko are participating in Chevy Chase, D.C. and Chevy Chase, Md. Their special menus are available here.