Small Bites: Lunchbox, Celebrity Chef Voltaggio’s Last Area Restaurant, Closes in Chevy Chase

Plus: Taylor Gourmet opens at Pike & Rose; Paisano's has new location in downtown Silver Spring

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Diners in Lunchbox after its opening in 2014.

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A month after closing Range, celebrity chef Bryan Voltaggio has closed his local sandwich shop Lunchbox, Eater DC reports. The eatery opened four years ago in the Chevy Chase Pavilion on the Washington, D.C., side of Chevy Chase.

Lunchbox was the last of Voltaggio’s restaurants in D.C. Range, an expansive restaurant in the same pavilion, closed in April after five years of operation. Voltaggio, who came to prominence after coming in second to his brother, Michael, on season six of Top Chef, owns Volt and Family Meal in Frederick and co-owns other restaurants, including Voltaggio Brothers Steak House at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill. Lunchbox had previously operated in Frederick from 2011 to 2013 before moving to Chevy Chase.

"We want to thank our dedicated staff as well as our customers for their support," Voltaggio said in an email statement to Bethesda Beat. "We look forward to bringing new concepts to DC in the near future."

Taylor Gourmet comes to Pike & Rose

Another sandwich store has just opened in the area. Taylor Gourmet, a fast-casual sandwich chain, opened its Pike & Rose restaurant last week.

In a 1,792-square-foot space, the location, at 926 Rose Ave., seats 42 people, including an outdoor patio. It serves hoagies, cheesesteaks and other sandwiches as well as a rotating seasonal menu.

Taylor Gourmet has 15 locations, including spots in downtown Bethesda and downtown Silver Spring.


Credit: Joe Zimmermann

Paisano’s Pizza opens in Silver Spring

Local chain Paisano’s Pizza has opened in downtown Silver Spring. Local blog Source of the Spring reports the restaurant opened at 8213 Georgia Ave., the former site of a Radio Shack, on Tuesday.

The restaurant is operated by the same franchise owner who manages the Rockville location, and will have the same setup as other Paisano’s restaurants but with an updated, contemporary look, Colleen Sisk, vice president of development for the Northern Virginia-based company, previously told Bethesda Beat. The chain has other locations in Bethesda, Gaithersburg and Germantown.

Foodie Fridays program starts at Montgomery Parks

Montgomery Parks is launching “Food Matters: Foodie Fridays” as a summer speaker series, according to Patch. Featured speakers will range from regional experts on farming and community food projects to chefs and food lovers.

The first event is Friday, when Kate Medina and Hannah Sholder, founders of the Charles Koiner Center for Urban Farming, will speak during an event from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Brookside Gardens Visitor Center in Wheaton.

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