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PassionFish Coming To Bethesda

By Aaron Kraut

Friday - 1/31/2014, 9:05am  ET

The Darcy and The Flats project, looking east along Bethesda Avenue, via StonebridgeCarras

PassionFish, the upscale seafood restaurant from the group that owns DC Coast and Fuego Cocina y Tequileria, will come to Bethesda’s Lot 31 project when it’s complete in 2015.

Passion Food Hospitality announced the move on Thursday. The 150-plus seat restaurant will go on the ground floor of The Darcy — the luxury condominium project from developer StonebridgeCarras. The space will include a banquet room and go across Bethesda Avenue from Barnes & Noble.

“We are thrilled to bring PassionFish to our development — the overall scope of this restaurant is a perfect complement to The Darcy’s luxury condominiums,” said StonebridgeCarras principal Douglas Firstenberg in a press release.

“Announcing PassionFish as our first retail tenant for the project is the right choice given the tremendous success that has been achieved by all the Passion Food Hospitality restaurants in the Metro DC area,” said Monty Hoffman, CEO of Lot 31 development partner PN Hoffman.

The original PassionFish opened in 2008 in Reston Town Center and has been named to plenty of best restaurant lists. Chef Jeff Tunks and executive chef Chris Clime will offer seasonal seafood dishes and sushi.

It’s the Passion Food Hospitality group’s first restaurant in Maryland.

Construction continues on the 940-space underground parking garage that has cut off access to Woodmont Avenue since September 2012. It is expected to finish this summer.

The garage will be operated by Montgomery County and construction will start on the two buildings above — 186 apartments at The Flats and 64 luxury condominiums at The Darcy.

Rendering via StonebridgeCarras