2021 | Dine

Small Bites: The Riggsby still planning to open in Bethesda, but no timeline

Plus: Quincy’s Potomac Bar & Grill now open; Dog Haus coming to downtown Silver Spring

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The Riggsby still plans to open in Bethesda, but there is no definite timeline

Photo by Dan Schere

The Riggsby still planning to open in Bethesda, but no timeline

It has been more than a year since The Riggsby, an upscale restaurant in Washington, D.C., announced the restaurant was coming to downtown Bethesda in the former Kapnos Kouzina space in Bethesda Row.

Although there has been signage on the property for a number of months indicating the restaurant’s impending arrival, the opening has been delayed indefinitely from the economic fallout caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Spiro Pappadopoulos, the CEO of the Schlow Restaurant Group, the restaurant’s parent company, wrote in an email to Bethesda Beat last week that the owners “optimistically look forward to being a part of Bethesda in the future.”

“[There] is no change to report regarding our status in Bethesda,” he wrote. “As you know the pandemic has hit our industry very hard and restaurant openings across the country have been delayed and postponed due to the crippling [effect] of the pandemic.”

Asked about The Riggsby’s website being disabled, Pappadopoulos wrote that the site was for the restaurant’s original location in D.C.’s Carlyle Hotel, which is closed due to renovations to the property.

“So at this time, the website was causing more confusion than was required,” he wrote.

Jill McCarthy, a spokeswoman for landlord Federal Realty Investment Trust, wrote in a text message to Bethesda Beat that there is “nothing to update at this time.”

Quincy’s Potomac Bar & Grille now open

Quincy’s Potomac Bar & Grille is now open in the Potomac Woods Plaza shopping center at 1093 Seven Locks Road.

Photo by Dan Schere.

The restaurant and bar joins locations in Damascus, Gaithersburg and North Bethesda.

It serves food similar to what is at the other locations, such as wings and pizza, according to a press release. Other items are specific to the Potomac location, such as chicken pot pie, fried chicken and beef stew.

Items on the menu cost between $6 and $37, according to the press release.

Quincy’s dining room is currently closed due to Montgomery County’s indoor dining ban, enacted on Dec. 15. But the restaurant is serving customers in a large heated tent outside, in addition to carryout.

The indoor portion of the restaurant has large-screen TV’s lining the walls, and throughout the bar area, where customers can watch sports. The press release states that there will also be live music on some nights when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

The restaurant’s official opening was Monday, but it soft opened a few days early, one of the managers said on Sunday.

Quincy’s is open from 11:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. daily, according to the website.

Dog Haus coming to downtown Silver Spring

Dog Haus, a chain known for its specialty hotdogs and sausages, plans to open a third Montgomery County location this year in downtown Silver Spring.

The new location will be at 933 Ellsworth Drive and will include a full bar with 24 beers on tap, including local craft favorites, according to a press release.

Heather Mann, a spokeswoman for the company, wrote in an email last week that an opening date has yet to be determined.

Dog Haus opened its first Montgomery County location in Bethesda in April 2018, and added a second restaurant in Gaithersburg’s Kentlands shopping area in January 2020.

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