Kentlands Business: New Restaurant Set To Open, Bally's Gym in Flux
Kentlands Lebanese Bistro will move into the former location of Main Street Cafe and the future of Bally Total Fitness is in doubt, The Town Courier reported.
As the seasons change from summer to fall, so too does the future of two Gaithersburg businesses.
Stuffed grape leaves with basmati rice, onions, tomato, parsley and mint; cheese cigars made from filo dough and stuffed with feta cheese, mozzarella and parsley; tabouli salad; kafta kabob with chopped steak, onion and parsley; and baba ghanuj, a savory dip of baked eggplant, tahini, garlic, mint and lemon juice.
Specialty wines and beers from the Bekaa Valley region of Lebanon and a variety of homemade Lebanese desserts will also be available, according to the report.
New owner Robert Jirikdjian plans to turn the lower level of the restaurant into an arts studio for classes and "Art and Wine" events, according to the report. Kentlands artists will be encouraged to display their work in the gallery as well.
“My passion is for food and art, and I will do everything possible to help the place to succeed,” Jirikdjian told The Town Courier. “I chose Kentlands for my restaurant because it will fit my idea the most. I’m really impressed with the beauty the city has, and I want to be part of it.
While Jirikdjian's restaurant have a solid plan for its immediate future in the Kentlands neighborhood, Bally Total Fitness' future is unclear.
It has yet to be determined whether or not the Kentlands location will remain under the Bally name, change to LA Fitness, or close all together, according to the report.
Later this month, LA Fitness will open a new Gaithersburg location at 515 Quince Orchard Road in the space that previously occupied Circuit City.
LA Fitness has set up a preview center in a small retail unit across from the drive-thru Starbucks in Firstfield Shopping Center at 505 Quince Orchard Road, according to the report.