Small Bites: Poké Papa To Open in Westfield Montgomery Mall

Plus: Silver Diner launches Kids Club; Car Wash Coffee opens in Kensington

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Poké Papa, a Washington, D.C, fast-casual eatery serving customizable raw fish bowls, announced Monday that it will open two new locations, including one in the food court of Westfield Montgomery mall in Bethesda.

Owner Kerry Chao, who opened the first Poké Papa in 2017 in Chinatown at 806 H Street NW, plans to open a second restaurant at 1919 Pennsylvania Ave. in late 2018, followed by the Bethesda mall location early next year, according to a press announcement.

Poké Papa offers customizable poke bowls that are created by customers’ choice of a protein, a type of rice or greens, sauces and toppings, as well as signature bowls. The restaurant’s menu is more eclectic and diverse than that of traditionally Hawaiian poke, and its fish is “handline caught” and comes from sustainable sources, the release said.

According to Chao, the openings of the new restaurants are in response to requests from customers of the D.C. eatery. “We needed to take our time to find the best spots.  We wanted to make sure our staff felt comfortable with the new locations as well,” Chao said. “Now we can continue to provide the best quality and customer service that we can.  Our team is looking forward to meeting our customers in our new neighborhoods.”

Silver Diner launches Kids Club

More than 3,400 children have registered for Kids Club, a new rewards program offered by Silver Diner that provides free entrées, collectibles and other incentives to frequent diners, the chain has announced.

Kids ages 12 and under who sign up get a free entrée for every five visits and are eligible for rewards and collectibles. Plus, they will receive a free shake and entrée on their birthdays, according to a press release from the chain.

“Our smallest customers are very important to us,” said Executive Chef Ype Von Hengst, co-founder and co-owner of Silver Diner. “We developed this Kids Club based on both parents and children’s feedback.”

Children can join the club by registering at a local Silver Diner or online. Participants will receive a card that must be presented each time they dine. They can earn a point for every purchase of a kids’ meal priced at $5 or more; accumulating five points earns a reward for a free kids’ entrée. The reward can be redeemed for an item priced up to $7.99 on the diner’s menu. Participants who present their club cards also will receive a sealed envelope that will contain a collectible pin and possibly an instant prize, which could be a free shake or entrée.

An inaugural event for the club will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Rockville restaurant and the chain’s other locations in Maryland, except for the one at BWI Airport, and Virginia.

Car Wash Coffee Opens in Kensington

Car Wash Coffee has opened in the former home of Savannah’s American Grill in Kensington.

The coffee shop at 10700 Connecticut Ave. opened Monday, according to an email sent to the community from Kensington Mayor Tracey Furman. The shop could not be reached Wednesday for comment.

Steve Harris, owner of the building and father of Nathan Harris, who operates Mr. Wash, a car wash adjacent to the building, told Bethesda Beat in May 2017 that he hoped the new shop would be a “cool, hip coffee bar” that feels like a community gathering spot in the way a commercial coffee chain might not.

“It’s going to be a real cool coffee bar for the Kensington community,” he said. “It’ll be a wonderful place to have cup of coffee and talk to each other with light snacks.”

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