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Restaurant Roundup: Penang’s Remodel, City Burger Hiring

By Aaron Kraut

Friday - 4/18/2014, 2:05pm  ET

City Burgers, via chef Michael Harr Green Hat Gin and tonics, via Wildwood Kitchen Former Berry Yogurt spot on Norfolk Avenue, now up for lease

Following are a few end-of-the-week tidbits from the Bethesda restaurant world.

City Burger Is Hiring – The folks behind Food Wine & Co. are nearing the opening of their “better burger” concept just a few blocks from their flagship restaurant. Chef Michael Harr, who helms the kitchen at Food Wine & Co. and who is a partner at Fish Taco in Cabin John, tweeted on Friday that the restaurant is now hiring.

Harr and Francis Namin are set to open the burger place at 7105 Wisconsin Ave., just down the street from Namin’s well regarded Food Wine & Co. restaurant (7272 Wisconsin Ave.) and on the same block as Namin and partner Carlos Ramirez’s Beer Wine & Co. (7029 Wisconsin Ave.).

Penang Goes Through $60,000 Renovation – Wondering why Malaysian and Thai restaurant Penang has been closed for the past few weeks?

Bethesda Magazine’s Andrew Metcalf reports owner Kevin Cheah and company are putting the 4933 Bethesda Ave. space through a $60,000 renovation. Cheah wants to market it to a younger crowd with a new look. The menu won’t change.

Look for a reopening on or near April 23.

Prominent Woodmont Triangle Space Officially Available – It’s official now. The former Berry Yogurt space at 7920 Norfolk Ave. is up for lease by property owner Douglas Development.

Blogger Robert Dyer is hoping for Shake Shack, which Douglas has done business with before. He also said Norfolk Avenue could become “the Bethesda Avenue of the redeveloped Woodmont Triangle,” referring to the popular pedestrian street in Bethesda Row.

Like Tonics? – Then Wildwood Kitchen in Wildwood Shopping Center (10223 Old Georgetown Rd.) might be a good bet. The restaurant from chef Robert Wiedmaier says its the first place in Montgomery County with the new Green Hat Gin. It’s putting that into its #6 and #7 seasonal tonics. One is white tea, cucumber, basil & celery. The other has calendura, slippery elm, ginger root, tumeric and pineapple.