Panas: the empanadas shop in Dupont Circle offering 14 savory and three sweet "gourmet" half-moon delectables (including a roasted pork rillette with onions, cilantro, lime, and grand marnier) is expanding, and will open another location, next to Potbelly on Elm Street in Bethesda, in August.
Potbelly: The 34-year-old omnipresent sandwich builder has signed for space in Glover Park, taking over the old Fan Fair / Vespa site.
Shanghai Lounge: Just down the street, Shanghai Lounge has opened next to Bistrot Lepic at 1734 Wisconsin Ave. Owners have endeavored to "capture the flavor of Asia" with the four schools of Chinese cooking, encouraging patrons to kick back and relax with such old world Chinese stapes as dumplings, tea, and... smoothies.
Borders: The ubiquitous book vendor is beginning the process of shutting down its remaining stores, with a going-out-of-business-sale that begins today as it gets ready to shutter its 8 remaining D.C.-area stores.
Anthropologie: Douglas Development has signed on the clothing and home furnishings retailer at 610-612 King St., a property Douglas recently acquired with McCaffery Interests. The chain, which recently opened in Penn Quarter, will reportedly occupy the former Hallmark store by the fourth quarter of 2011.
Busboys and Poets: The place "where racial and cultural connections are consciously uplifted" is now integrating races in Hyattsville, having opened their 4th location, bookstore-coffee house-restaurant, at 5331 Baltimore Ave. This is the store's, make that "chain's", biggest location, and first in Maryland.
Tippy's Taco House: Featuring the same "old style tacos, burritos, enchiladas, fajitas and some specialty Mexican classics" that fans of the franchise have come to love, the franchise eatery opened this week in Rockville Town Square. 100 Gibbs St.
Rabbit: Sandwich-and-salad concept, with liquor license, by Tangysweet founder Aaron Gordon, to open in the Clarendon Center in spring 2012.