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Foodie News: Ri Ra Irish Pub to Close, Taste the World in Fenton Village Preview

Restaurant news from around Montgomery County and adjacent Washington, DC, neighborhoods.

Get caught up with the food scene in Montgomery County and adjacent Washington, DC, neighborhoods with 1 Meat, 3 Sides. This week, the closure of two popular Bethesda businesses takes center plate.

One meat:

Bethesda tea shop Zen Tara Tea is shutting down operations later this month, citing the sluggish economy, disruptive construction nearby and the loss of nearby parking as the main reasons for closing up shop, Bethesda-Chevy Chase Patch reported.

Nearby, Ri Ra, an Irish pub in downtown Bethesda, will close in early September. "The popular gathering spot, which opened 10 years ago, is not renewing its lease, confirmed bar manager Paul Corey," Bethesda Magazine reported

Three sides:

The popular Korean food truck Seoul Food DC will occupy its first bricks-and-mortar location in the former Global Café space in Wheaton, Wheaton Patch reported.

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There's less than a month to go until the third annual Taste the World in Fenton Village (Sunday, June 2, from 1 to 5 p.m.), during which a variety of Silver Spring restaurants will offer appetizers and tasting plates for $2, $3, $4 or $5,Silver Spring Patch reported.

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The Gaithersburg Marriott's newest addition is ready for customers: The Bench—a kitchen, lounge and lakeside patio—opened this past week, completing one phase of the hotel's major upgrades, Gaithersburg Patch reported.

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