967 Rose Avenue, Bethesda, MD
PROJECTED OPENING DATE: Late 2019
The Block’s Maryland outpost will span 8,500 square feet with 250-to-300 seats, eight food stalls, and a bar, serving everything from Thai noodle soups to doughnut ice cream sandwiches to poke bowls. This will be The Block's second location. There will potentially be a breakfast concept similar to Eggslut, an LA-based chain known for its brioche bun egg sandwiches (here with an Asian twist). An American-Asian bakery serving baked goods influenced by Korea, China, Japan, and elsewhere is also in the works. Pokeworks, which serves poke burritos and bowls, and Snocream, specializing in Taiwanese-style shaved ice, will carryover from the Annandale location. The latter will double its menu size with Japanese and Hawaiian shaved ice, matcha drinks, and more soft-served ice cream. The space itself will incorporate shipping containers with mezzanine seating on top, and communal tables throughout the hall. String lights and lots of greenery are designed to give the place an outdoor feel like night markets in Asia. Although the opening is more than a year and a half away, the Block will be testing out some of its new food options at the Annandale location and through other pop-ups in the area.