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Hello Betty Bethesda, Seafood Restaurant, to Debut at Pike and Rose; Will Be Restaurants First Washington, D.C. area Location

MBS Staff
Hello Betty seafood restaurant deadrise boat Pike and Rose.

Image: Hello Betty

Another restaurant with a "California vibe" is making its way to Montgomery County. Hello Betty, a seafood oriented restaurant is being set up at Pike and Rose in North Bethesda.

Hello Betty announced the new restaurant would be coming to the Pike District project on Instagram, it will be the restaurant's second location.

Pike and Rose developer, Federal Realty Investment Trust (NYSE: FRT) lured Hello Betty to activate the roof top terrace space part of the Canopy by Hilton Hotel and condo building. The existing restaurant, Canopy Central Café is closed, but it never really drew crowds. Special nights featured a DJ and Happy Hour to lure patrons staying at the hotel and visiting Pike and Rose to liven up the space.

A 40’ foot boat has been hoisted on top of the rooftop terrace of the Canopy as a main feature of the Hello Betty restaurant according to the owners. “Yep, we did that. A real 40' retired deadrise boat on the patio where we'll be slinging drinks come summer. Boat bar anyone? Get on board.”

Hello Betty Peel and Eat Shrimp, Pike and Rose, North Bethesda, Pike District.

Image: Hello Betty

Hello Betty Bethesda hails from Oceanside, California, a beach town that features a New England-style harbor and sits between Los Angeles and San Diego.

While the Oceanside location includes menu items like Pacific Albacore Tuna Melt, the North Bethesda location will be “inspired by the waters of the Chesapeake and Rappahannock.”

Local breweries will also participate, including Rockville-based 7locksbrewing, said the owners. “Wish you were beer? We're stoked to share our rad selection of local beers including an exclusive upcoming collab with @7locksbrewing and @nokingscollective.”

One menu item that will be making its way over is the restaurant's signature Fish and Chips, which it bills as a fan favorite. Other expected menu items include shareables, sustainably sourced Peel and Eat Shrimp, and fire-roasted crabs mixed with Old Bay vinegar. Moreover, beverages will include margaritas, sangrias, and a signature Orange Crush.

Bethesda is becoming a magnet for restaurants from California (or those inspired by the lifestyle) which enter the D.C. area for the first time via the Montgomery County submarket. Summerhouse, a restaurant that originated from Santa Monica joined Pike and Rose when the project opened in 2014, and last month D.C.-based Blagden Hospitality Group (BHG) said they would open a California-inspired restaurant called Bar Ivy at 7272 Wisconsin Avenue in downtown Bethesda.

Hello Betty restaurant will open this April at 940 Rose Ave.

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