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Playa Bowls opens in College Park

Playa Bowls is College Park’s most recent addition to increasingly popular fast-casual açai bowl establishments. The founders were inspired to start the company after falling in love with the açai and pitaya bowls they encountered while surfing in Hawaii, California and Central America. The College Park location is their first in Maryland, and offers a variety of super-food bowls, smoothies and juices.

CAVA OPENS ITS DOORS WITH FANFARE

After months of anticipation, Cava has finally opened its doors. Students and College Park residents gleefully waited in line hoping they would be one of the first 150 guests to receive a free meal. Those waiting in line were entertained by the UMD marching band, cheerleaders and even Testudo! Cava, founded in Rockville and now a nationwide chain, is the brainchild of three first-generation Greek Americans who wanted to bring authentic Mediterranean flavors with a modern twist to a wider audience. If you go to Cava, you’ll find a dizzying array of delicious menu items to build a customized healthy and flavorful meal at this “chef casual” restaurant.

SeoulSpice is now open!

The fast-casual chain, which serves organic Korean food, is now open next to the Amazon store in the Terrapin Row apartment complex. SeoulSpice dishes are made with house-made marinades, organic tofu and local chicken. It will offer several forms of Korean comfort food from korritos, a Korean-style sushi burrito, to street tacos, and the menu is 100 percent gluten-free.

College Park is SeoulSpice’s third location in the greater D.C. area. In 2016, SeoulSpice debuted in NoMa, not far from Gallaudet University, followed by its location in Tenleytown, near American University, which opened in November of last year.

Dunkin’ Donuts is among six new businesses coming to Terrapin Row

Dunkin Donuts, have opened their second franchise location within
College Park. Also coming soon to Terrapin Row are SeoulSpice, Wings
Over, Cheers Cut, Poki District and Gong Cha who have all signed leases
for the vacant ground floor space. There has been no word on when the
other businesses are expected to open.

Vigilante Coffee

Vigilante Coffee has replaced #1 Liquors on Baltimore Ave. Vigilante specializes in serving unique coffee and providing coffee education. The building has been transformed from a cement block into a warm and welcoming coffee shop. The ceiling has been painted blue and natural light and plants have been added to give a more open feel.

Old Maryland Grill comes to College Park

Local restaurateur Mike Franklin, who also owns Franklin’s restaurant in Hyattsville,
has opened the upscale Old Maryland Grill in The Hotel at the University of
Maryland. Old Maryland Grill serves a number of locally-sourced dining options
including Maryland-themed dishes such as crab cakes and Chesapeake blue catfish.

MilkBoy ArtHouse has arrived!

After much anticipation, the MilkBoy ArtHouse restaurant and performing arts venue on Route 1 has opened its doors. MilkBoy ArtHouse is a performance venue, restaurant and craft bar where the campus and community can gather, connect and explore. The restaurant is now fully operational with artists performances beginning this September.

OpenBarre is open for business!

College Park is now the home of OpenBarre, a new fitness studio, founded by University of Maryland alumni Lauren Filocco. OpenBarre aims to provide a unique workout experience that incorporates pilates, yoga and ballet with other exercises like squats and planks. There are four types of barre classes offered and you can sign up for classes on the studio’s website here!

Numi Yoga Now Open on College Ave.

Kelsey Starr is the founder of Numi Yoga, now open on College Ave. Kelsey has been practicing yoga since 2010 and has completed over 500 hours of training with local and nationally recognized teachers. Previously having taught yoga in communities surrounding University of Michigan and University of Illinois, Kelsey now brings her expertise to another Big10 college town.

 

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Fat Pete’s Comes to College Park

On October 8th the much anticipated barbeque restaurant Fat Pete’s officially opened it’s College Park location with over 500 people coming by on Saturday.

Fat Pete’s is located at 7406 Baltimore Ave and is ranked among the “Best BBQ Joints in DC”. Fat Pete’s College Park location specializes in smoked meats and vegetables.

Fat Pete’s BBQ Meat & Vegetable Smoking Company is open 7 days a week beginning at 11:30am and is available for private events, parties, and carry-out orders. Delivery will start soon on the University of Maryland Campus and the surrounding area.