Haagen-Dazs to Move into Gifford’s Old Spot Next to Bethesda Row Theatre This Weekend
Korean burger chain to take current Haagen-Dazs location.
You’ll likely be able to enjoy an ice cream cone before or after a move right outside the Bethesda Row Theatre once again, starting this weekend.
Haagen-Dazs is scheduled to move from its current location about two blocks away at 7301 Woodmont Ave. into the high-traffic former Gifford’s spot next to the theatre this Friday, July 1, according to Kee Van Epps, the Haagen-Dazs store manager.
“Hopefully we’ll move July 1…that’s our target date and everything seems to be falling into place,” she said in an interview at the store late last week. “We’ll have both (stores) open this weekend” while the transfer is taking place, she added. The Woodmont Ave. location will also remain open through the fall.
Meanwhile, Kraze Burgers, a Korean burger franchise, plans to move into the current Haagen-Dazs location “probably by November” this year, according to Mike McDowell, chief executive officer for Hanshik Ltd., the Fairfax,VA.-based firm with plans on the drawing boards to open as many as a half dozen restaurants in the Washington, D.C. metro area over the next year or so.
Kraze Burgers plans to open at the former National Jean Company location on Elm Street Sept 1, then expand to the current Haagen-Dazs spot in November, McDowell said in a telephone interview Wednesday evening.
News of Kraze Burgers' arrival in Bethesda was first reported by Bethesda Magazine's Table Talk blog.
Indeed the burger joint’s green and white banners already are hanging on the side of the Haagen-Dazs ice cream parlor on Woodmont.
For the past couple of weeks, posters have been displayed on the window at the former Gifford’s ice cream parlor announcing that Haagen-Dazs is coming soon and that the firm is hiring for workers at the new location. “Apply at the Haagen-Dazs across from Jaleo or request an application at haagendazs.com,” a sign posted to the door says.
All of the former Gifford’s parlors, including those in Bethesda, Chevy Chase and Rockville, were shuttered unexpectedly last fall after a series of operational difficulties and financial problems engulfed the iconic local chain, whose retail outlets were acquired about two years ago by a Baltimore-based investor.
Neal Lieberman, a Chevy Chase businessman who owns Gifford’s wholesale operations, re-opened the Giffords’ store in Friendship Heights in early April after reaching an agreement with D.C.-based ice cream maker Artfully Chocolate Kingsbury Confections.
For more information and for updates on how Haagen-Dazs long-awaited move is proceeding, Van Epps suggests checking out the store's Facebook page.
It’s a handy site to check for saving a bit of money too. Haagen-Dazs often posts announcements offering free cones (and other treats), with Mondays standing out as an prime day to check the page. June 27, Haagen-Dazs stores throughout the metro D.C. area offered “a free scoop of blueberry crumble” to the first 50 people who walk in and say: “Make my Monday.”
Correction: This story has been updated to indicate that Haagen-Dazs' current location will remain open until the fall. We regret the error.