Photo | Phil Fabrizio

Chef Steve Santos places one of his signature pizza’s in the oven at Coal Fire restaurant.

Hot Spot

There have been long lines out the door at Coal Fire Pizza, which just opened last month next to Party City and Blockbuster. The menu includes pizzas, pastas, salads and baked wings, and everything thing on the menu is homemade including the sauces and dressings.

City Tour through Kentlands

The National League of Cities’ Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee (EENR) will meet in the Gaithersburg area on June 8 – 10, and city leaders are planning to give the visiting committee members a driving tour of Kentlands and treat them to dinner for two nights in Gaithersburg. The itinerary includes a stop at an art reception at the Kentlands Mansion and Gaithersburg Arts Barn on June 8 and dinner at O’Donnell’s restaurant where an entrée of chicken, crabcakes or salmon is on the pre-selected menu. Council member Michael Sesma is a member of the EENR committee and will be attending the event. All of the city’s elected officials and their spouses have been invited to attend as well. The itinerary was organized by Parks and Recreation and Culture Director Michele Potter, and the tour includes stops at the Washingtonian Center and visits at both youth centers and dinner the following night at Growlers restaurant in Olde Towne. The city is also providing the transportation for the committee members.

Farmer’s Market

Gaithersburg’s Main Street Tailgate Farmers’ Market is open Saturdays through November 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  You’ll find it in the Main Street Pavilion at 301 Main Street, one block off of Kentlands Boulevard in the Kentlands.  A variety of local artists and craftspeople join the farmers at this location each Saturday with unique handcrafted items.  For information visit the city’s website at or call 301.258.6350.

Kentlands Community Garden Video

The Kentlands Go Green garden group has produced a video about the new organic community next to the Gaithersburg Arts Barn. You can check it out on Youtube at

Fleet Feet Running Programs

June is a busy month at Fleet Feet where several running programs and seminars are planned. In addition to the Thurday and Saturday morning run/walks, the store is hosting a running clinic on June 14 and kicking off its No Boundaries program on June 21. For more information, call the store at 301.926.6442 or e-mail Jenn Gill at

Pinky and Pepe’s Grape Escape

The Montgomery County Department of Liquor Control approved a beer and wine license application for Pinky and Pepe’s Grape Escape on May 20. The new restaurant plans to open in mid-July at 223 Kentlands Boulevard between the Hallmark and Payless shoe store.

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