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Small Bites: Not Your Average Joe’s temporarily closes in Bethesda

Plus: Bethesda Central Farm Market will have two seafood vendors starting Sunday

Not Your Average Joe's has temporarily closed in Bethesda.

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Not Your Average Joe’s temporarily closes Bethesda location

The chain restaurant Not Your Average Joe’s, has temporarily closed its location in Bethesda’s Georgetown Square, according to the restaurant’s website.

“In order to maintain the viability of Not Your Average Joe’s for our guests, staff and partners, we are temporarily closing our lower volume restaurants,” the message stated.

The message went on to state that the restaurant “looks forward to reopening” as conditions improve during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It encouraged customers to visit its Gaithersburg location, in the Kentlands development. That location is still open for takeout and patio dining, according to the website.

WCVB, a Boston-area television station, reported Tuesday that four Massachusetts locations are also temporarily closing for the same reason.

Not Your Average Joe’s permanently closed its Silver Spring location last summer, but did not give a reason.

Bethesda Central Farm Market will now have two seafood vendors

Bethesda Central Farm Market will welcome two seafood vendors starting this weekend, after a controversy ensued about one being replaced with the other.

The market, which operates on Sundays at 7600 Arlington Road, had hosted Chantilly, Va.-based Lobster Maine-ia for six years, according to a Jan. 2 email to customers from vendor co-owner Nick Kenna.

“We were given this sudden and unexpected news just a few days ago and we are devastated by the news,” Kenna wrote.

Kenna encouraged people to contact Mitch Berliner and Debra Moser, the owners of the market, and to ask them to bring the business back to the market.

On Monday, Berliner and Moser wrote a letter to the community in which they said that in response to feedback from the community, the market had agreed to host both ProFish and Lobster Maine-ia. The market will host both vendors starting this Sunday, they wrote.

“The decision to have only one fish vendor in our past years was due to market attendance, but we feel that it can now handle two fish mongers. Both ProFish and Lobster Maine-ia have agreed with that assessment,” they wrote.

Berliner and Moser added in their letter that ProFish partnered with the market on its Farm to Fridge grocery delivery service in July. The wholesaler helped make thousands of deliveries to vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 pandemic, they wrote.

“Pro-Fish supplied the trucks and drivers that were needed, for no profit for their endeavor. Sometimes [it’s] more critical to do what is right to help out those who are really in need and Pro-Fish did just that,” Berliner and Moser wrote.

Java Nation adding location in the Kentlands

Java Nation, a café specializing in coffee and breakfast foods, plans to add a location in Gaithersburg’s Kentlands development.

The coffee shop posted on its Instagram page on Tuesday that it plans to open the Gaithersburg location this summer.

Java Nation started in Kensington in 2014, and opened a second location in North Bethesda one year ago.

The café also serves lunch and dinner, in addition to breakfast.

Representatives from Java Nation could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday.

The Moco Show on Tuesday reported Java Nation’s plans for the Kentlands.

Starbucks closes near Silver Spring Metro station

Starbucks has closed its location at 8399 Colesville Road near the Silver Spring Metro station, according to a company spokeswoman.

An email from Abby, a spokeswoman who did not provide her last name, to Bethesda Beat on Monday stated that the coffee shop’s last day in business was Dec. 27.

“As part of Starbucks’ standard course of business, we continually evaluate our business to ensure a healthy store portfolio. After careful consideration, we determined it was best to close the store at 8399 Colesville Road in Silver Spring, Maryland,” she wrote.

Starbucks lists three other locations in downtown Silver Spring on its website.

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