Small Bites: Montgomery College President Bikes Her Way to Smoothie Glory

Small Bites: Montgomery College President Bikes Her Way to Smoothie Glory

Plus: BurgerIM opens in Gaithersburg; Bethesda Bagels targets end of the month for opening

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Marcus Rosano

Montgomery College President DeRionne Pollard welcomed students back to school last week by demonstrating her smoothie-making abilities.

The college’s Rockville campus held a “make your own smoothie” event Sept. 3, in which students could pedal stationary bikes that had blenders attached and ingredients inside to make the smoothies.

The bikes were provided by the company Wheely Good Smoothies, which leases equipment for smoothie-making events at schools, universities and other workplaces. According to the company website, it can take 10 to 25 seconds of pedaling to make a smoothie.

“You jump on the bike. You make your order. You throw it in the blender and it blends it right there,” said Marcus Rosano, a spokesman for the college. “As the tire moves, it’s actually connected to another gear that is spinning the blade of the blender.”

Rosano said the smoothie-making event was part of the college’s “welcome week,” in which it welcomes students back to campus with fun activities. He said Pollard typically tries to visit all three campuses (Rockville, Germantown and Takoma Park) and interact with students during the week.

“It was just unique, and a little bit out of the norm, and it was eye-catching, and during welcome week, a lot of students are nervous. They have tunnel vision and are looking at their phone,” Rosano said.

BurgerIM opens second Montgomery County location 

BurgerIM, a national chain of fast-casual restaurants that serve specialty hamburgers, opened its second Montgomery County location last week in Gaithersburg’s Downtown Crown neighborhood.

The restaurant, at 200 Ellington Blvd., is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m., according to its website.

BurgerIM, which also has a location at Westfield Wheaton, serves hamburgers, a salmon burger and a falafel burger. It also offers chicken wings and milkshakes. Burgers range in price from $6 to $10 and sides are typically $3 to $4.

The restaurant’s opening was first reported by The MoCo Show.

Bethesda Bagels owner targets end of month for Wildwood opening 

Bethesda Bagels owner Danny Fleishman said he hopes to open the chain’s fifth location, in the Wildwood shopping center, by the end of this month.

The fast-casual bagel chain, which started in 1982, serves bagels, breakfast sandwiches and bagel dogs, among other items. Prices range from $5 to $10.

Fleishman said the restaurant is finishing construction and receiving final inspections. He anticipates the restaurant will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, with reduced hours on Sundays, similar to its Bethesda Row location.

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

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