Small Bites: Mexican Restaurant Nada To Open Next Week in Pike & Rose

Plus: Downtown Silver Spring Lina’s Diner & Bar closes; Greene Growlers rebrands its restaurant

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A variety of tacos offered at Nada

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Nada, a Mexican-inspired restaurant, will open Nov. 19 in North Bethesda’s Pike & Rose development, according to Federal Realty Investment Trust.

The 11886 Grand Park Ave. location will be the chain’s fifth and first on the East Coast, according to an announcement from Federal Realty, which owns Pike & Rose.

The 6,300-square-foot restaurant will include a “casual” bar and seat 140 in its dining room, which will offer views into the kitchen where chef Ford Barsi will be creating a “diverse and shareable mix of traditional Mexican and more modern dishes,” according to the release.

Menu items will include house-made chips and guacamole, “Caramelized Cauliflower” tacos, “Spicy Crab Benedict,” and a “Crispy Skirted Saganaki” quesadilla.” Seasonal cocktails, local craft brews and the restaurant’s signature handcrafted margarita, the Nadarita, will also be offered.

“We describe Nada as a ‘kickass Mexican restaurant that is approachable, energetic, and casual’ and as such we believe Pike & Rose is the perfect location of our first East Coast outpost,” said CEO of Boca Restaurant Group David Falk. “Federal Realty has curated a wonderful neighborhood and we look forward to being part of it.”

Nada will serve lunch and dinner daily, and weekend brunch. The restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday. Brunch will be served Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Lina’s Diner & Bar Closes in downtown Silver Spring

Lina’s Diner & Bar, described by its owner as a new American restaurant rooted in French technique, has closed in downtown Silver Spring after opening 18 months ago in May 2017.
Owner Juancarlo Parkhurst, a 20-year restaurant veteran and resident of Silver Spring, thanked dedicated patrons and staff on the restaurant’s Facebook page Nov. 4, following the restaurant’s last dinner service on Nov. 3.

“Farewell to all and to all a good night,” Parkhurst wrote on Facebook.

Bethesda Magazine voted the popular neighborhood venue on Georgia Avenue among its top 10 new favorite restaurants in May 2018.

Named after his daughter, Parkhurst said Lina’s offered upscale service in a comfortable setting and served traditional French dishes along with other eclectic dishes ranging from Mexican lasagna and “KFC” Korean-style fried chicken.

The restaurant at 8402 Georgia Ave., which was the temporary home of the Quarry House Tavern while renovations were occurring at its original location across the street, seated 90 for lunch, dinner and happy hour. An outdoor patio, “Sam’s Garden,” was named after his son.

“I would like to thank everyone that supported us. Most of all I want to thank my incredible staff that made it all work. We gave it our best and we shall hold our heads high,” Parkhurst said on Facebook.

Old Town Gaithersburg brew pub rebrands its restaurant and brewery

Greene Growlers, a brewing pub in Old Town Gaithersburg, launched a new line of beer Friday and is changing its dining menus and restaurant name.

Restaurant manager and head brewer Matt Headland said Greene Growlers owner Paul Greene has changed the name of the downstairs dining area to East Diamond Brewing, launched a new line of beers that it has plans to expand and will implement new menu items each week moving forward. The downstairs restaurant area will be repainted over the next couple of weeks and new signage will soon appear in the windows.

“A brand new line of beer just hit this past Friday,” Headland said. “The menu items have also changed. The new chef that we recently brought on board has reduced the number of offered menu items, but has improved the choices.”

Currently, the brewery at 227 E Diamond Ave. offers four traditional home-brewed beer choices, 12 draft beers, and a pilot room where brewery connoisseurs can test out “one-off batches.”
Headland said the third-level loft, which is geared towards a younger crowd and offers live music, will keep its name as Green Growlers Bar.

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