Chocoholics have a new mecca in Max Brenner Chocolate Bar, which was scheduled to open today at 8 a.m. The restaurant is geared towards those who like any dish sweet, so there are pastries, popsicles, waffles, fondue and even a chocolate-centric happy hour. Customers can even drink chocolate by the syringe, which is admittedly a little creepy. This is the chain's first addition in the D.C. market, but they're interested in bringing more locations here. Status: Opening today. 7263 Woodmont Ave. Bethesda; website.
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