Amsterdam Falafelshop coming to Bethesda, Silver Spring — but where? -- Gazette.Net


A popular Washington, D.C., falafel restaurant is looking in Bethesda and Silver Spring for places to open shop.

The Washington Business Journal reported in June that franchisee David Rosenstein is planning to open four new Amsterdam Falafelshop locations, including two in Bethesda and Silver Spring. Specific locations have not yet been found, however.

Arianne Bennett, president and CEO of the restaurant company and co-owner with Scott Bennett, said some of the best ideas for new locations come from people who call the company with suggestions.

Construction is set to begin Monday on a location Rosenstein is opening in Clarendon, Va., Bennett said, but he’s still looking for sites in Montgomery County. Amsterdam Falafelshop has no particular timeline for opening shops in Bethesda or Silver Spring, but hopes to find locations soon, she said.

“They’re searching now, so the sooner they find a new spot, the better,” she said.

Bethesda and Silver Spring, along with Baltimore, and Reston and Herndon, Va., are communities the company hears from the most often and are areas Amsterdam Falafelshop is eyeing for expansion.

“Here at the shop in D.C., we get a lot of people from that area, and they don’t love coming into Adams Morgan because of the parking issue,” she said.

The eatery also is small and short on seating, and it’s challenging for people to get strollers up the stairs, Bennett said. A Montgomery location should be accessible to residents in the surrounding community and people who want to make it a destination, she said, maybe near a Metro station.

“It’s important for us to be accessible to high school students and college students and young mothers, or mothers, period, because it’s important to teach kids about the benefits of good food,” she said.