Bulletin Board: New Restaurants Open at University Town Center

Our friends at University Town Center have sent us the following notice:

Washington, DC, July 30, 2008:  University Town Center in Hyattsville, MD is pleased to announce that three new restaurants have opened! Wild Onion, a café featuring organic foods, Carolina Kitchen, a southern style full service restaurant and bar, and Gifford’s Ice Cream and Candy.

Wild Onion, a charming 60 seat establishment, is the vision of Chef Rasheed Abdurrahman who is a graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America. Wild Onion features a delicious menu of tasty comfort foods, spicy ethnic dishes, vegetarian specialties, custom sandwiches, scrumptious baked goods, and organic coffees. Wild Onion will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Carolina Kitchen Bar and Grill, a Southern Carolina low country cooking style restaurant, offers a full complement of southern cooking from corn bread and traditional barbeque to more upscale items as grilled steak and lobster with southern style spices. Carolina Kitchen opened next to the Regal Royal Stadium 14 Theatre last week and can seat up to 375 people. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner with live music Thursday Saturday evenings. Based in Largo, MD this is the second location for the restaurant, founded by Lance London. The exquisite interior combines casual eating spaces with more a formal white table cloth dining room.  Additionally, there are private dining areas, a fully decorated bar, and spaces for parties and events.    
 “These restaurants provide a new level of animation to the entertainment retail at University Town Center,” said Tim Taylor, VP, Leasing, University Town Center.  “The blend of national, local and regional eateries and cafes at UTC covers the full range of price-points and styles,  appealing to a ready and eager audience, including those that live and work at University Town Center and within the surrounding community,” said Taylor. The restaurants, several of which are new to the market, have dramatically driven up traffic to the project in recent months. On any given day you can find dozens of people lounging or eating on the plaza and children frolicking in the fountain.
“The integration of retail and restaurants with our public spaces and the strong residential and office components has facilitated a truly vibrant environment for the entire community,” stated Taylor. Hyattsville and Prince Georges County have a limited selection of restaurants, often requiring residents to go outside the market to eat out. The 12 new restaurants at UTC is the largest cluster of eateries at any one site in the County and help to set the stage in creating this as a central entertainment destination.    
 Passionate about food, Chef Abdurrahman will be offering cooking classes. He is committed to the belief that you can eat well while eating healthy. “Food is a form of art, and with an organic approach we have an opportunity to present a new art form,” said Abdurrahman. Wild Onion will use wholesome foods from local farmers and suppliers who strive to reduce chemical additives. “I want to meet the growing demand for healthy eating through the menu selections at Wild Onion. This restaurant will offer new concepts about how to eat healthy and provide recipes for foods that everyone can enjoy.

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