A group of 16 well-respected restaurants in D.C. and Northern Virginia will set up a beer garden concept in the massive mixed-use development coming to the old Mid-Pike Plaza in North Bethesda.
The Neighborhood Restaurant Group, which includes favorites such as Rustico in Alexandria and Birch & Barley on 14th Street, announced it will set up the yet-to-be-named restaurant in Pike & Rose.
It’s the latest restaurant or retail announcement from Federal Realty, the Rockville-based developer that’s building the 24-acre mini city on Rockville Pike and Old Georgetown Road. Construction on the first phase of the project should be complete by the end of the year.
“Pike & Rose will be a pedestrian-friendly mixed-use environment with a high energy, consumer-centric atmosphere,” said Neighborhood Restaurant Group principal Michael Babin in a press release. “Our team is currently in the process of creating a concept that we feel will complement the North Bethesda area and neighborhoods and business districts around it. We are excited to bring a world-class beer program, led by Beer Director Greg Engert, and a distinct culinary program to match.”
The restaurant will go in “Upper Muse Alley,” designed to be one of the main pedestrian open spaces in the development. It’s set to open in mid- 2015 with the rest of the retail in that area of the project.
The development already has commitments from iPic Theaters, City Sports, bowling alley and bocce court Pinstripes, Sport&Health Club and the Strathmore, which will operate a small music and event venue.
Announced restaurants include Del Frisco’s Grille, Protein Bar, a Stella Barra Pizzeria and another American cuisine concept from the Lettuce Entertain You restaurant group known for its Mon Ami Gabi on Bethesda Row.
Pike & Rose’s first residential property, the PerSei apartments, has started leasing units.