Small Bites: Rockville Town Square’s Dawson’s Market To Close as Planned While Paint and Sip Store is Set To Open

Plus: Taco Daddy Cantina Coming to Gaithersburg

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Dawson’s Market will close Saturday as planned

An effort by Dawson’s Market Director of Operations Bart Yablonsky to save the store from closing at Rockville Town Square by launching a GoFundMe page Oct. 18 was sincere, but short lived.

Yablonsky confirmed Wednesday the fundraising page has been taken down, and the store at 225 N. Washington St. will be closing Oct. 27 as originally planned.

The GoFundMe page was a last-ditch effort that came a week after hundreds of concerned Rockville residents attended an emergency town hall meeting called by city officials to address the store’s imminent closure, as well as other concerns about the turnover of businesses at the town square development.

Mellow Mushroom, a national pizza chain, announced in September it would be closing at the end of the month. Dawson’s announced Oct. 2 it would be closing after six years in operation, and facing eviction, Pandora’s Seafood Grill & Bar announced it would close in late October, only about a year after it opened.

Dawson’s announced Wednesday on its Facebook page that all store items were 50 percent off.
“Come in for our last few days and get 50% off everything that is left. Thank you for 6 great years,” the post said.

Hammer and Stain opening Friday in Rockville Town Square

Hammer and Stain, a paint and sip store that will offer do-it-yourself wood painting workshops, is slated to open Friday at 107B Gibbs St. in the Rockville Town Square.

Customers can sip beer, wine—or non-alcoholic beverages—while learning how to paint and embellish unfinished wood pieces. The store will offer public workshops, private parties, kids’ parties in a private room that can accommodate up to 14 children ages 8 and up, corporate and team building classes and “Hammer on the Go Fundraisers” to accommodate 50 or more people at an off-site location.

Owner Robyn Rutland is scheduled for a Nov. 1 hearing before the Montgomery County Board of License Commissioners on her application for a license to serve beer and wine.

Taco Daddy Cantina opening in November in Gaithersburg

Taco Daddy Cantina, a sit-down Mexican restaurant and tequila bar with a chef from Mexico City, is planning to open its second Maryland location Nov. 20 in Gaithersburg. Co-owner Neel Kamal says the restaurant, which also has a location in Frederick, will be family-oriented and have a cantina-like vibe.

Executive chef and co-owner Damian Portugez will serve authentic Mexican cuisine inspired by food he ate while growing up, including home-cooked meals made with fresh peppers and spices grown in the family garden by his mother and grandmother.

The 4,894-square-foot restaurant will be on the first floor of the Quince Diamond Executive Center on Quince Orchard Road. The interior is planned to seat approximately 100 people, including seating for 15 at the bar. An outside patio will seat 35.

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