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Marriott International

May 02, 2013 14:10 ET

The Bench Kitchen, Bar and Lakeside Patio Open at Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center

Multi-Million Dollar Renovation Features Marriott Greatroom and Restaurant in Gaithersburg

GAITHERSBURG, MD--(Marketwired - May 2, 2013) - Work and play mix deliciously at The Bench, a new restaurant in Gaithersburg now open at Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center.

The Bench -- representing the best seat for life's events -- is the ultimate destination for productive business lunches, romantic dinners and refreshing cocktails at the thriving Rio Washingtonian Center shopping, dining and entertainment complex. The Bench's kitchen, bar and lakeside patio are the highlight of the dynamic new Marriott Greatroom that replaced The Grille at Washingtonian restaurant and traditional lobby in a multi-million dollar renovation by the Gaithersburg hotel's owner, Host Hotels & Resorts, and manager, Marriott International.

"We're pleased to offer our guests a restaurant and greatroom designed for the modern lifestyle, whether they're staying at the hotel, working in the neighborhood, or simply looking for an exceptional local dining experience," says Sara Moore, general manager, Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center.

Executive Chef Aaron Tootill has created a menu of regional American cuisine infused with modern attitude for breakfast, lunch and dinner sourced from artisan purveyors and Maryland brewers. Shareable social plates feature regional ingredients like the Flying Dog Heffeweizen broth on Blue Hill bay mussels and local honey-grain mustard dipping sauce served with buttermilk fried chicken bites. Snack on roasted yellow pepper and crab soup, Parmesan and chile kale chips and old-school deviled eggs. For a bigger appetite, try Flying Dog Pale Ale battered fish n' chips and authentic Maryland jumbo lump crab cakes. Finish off with a range of sweets, from Maryland's own Moorenko's ice creams and flavored ices to house-made donuts with bittersweet chocolate and strawberry sauces. Craft beers, signature cocktails and a selection of international wines are available from the bar.

Conceived by designONE studio of Atlanta, The Bench combines stylish, adaptable furnishings with state-of-the-art technology to encourage guests to gather, connect and relax. The palette includes natural shades of beige, brown and ivory accented by bold red and rich walnut reminiscent of its lush lakeside location.

In addition to bistro and banquette seating, a 14-seat communal table doubles as a hot bar for breakfast and encourages conversation in the evening, bringing total indoor seating capacity to 106 in 2,700 square feet. Comfortable seating at custom technology cubbies allows home-style television viewing inside, and big-screen televisions join tables and couches on the 1,000-square-foot patio overlooking the picturesque lake. Thoughtful amenities such as convenience outlets and purse hooks are located throughout the open-concept space.

The Bench is located at 9751 Washingtonian Boulevard at Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center, a top hotel in Montgomery County, Maryland, one of more than 500 Marriott Hotels & Resorts properties worldwide. Visit for more information or call 301-590-0044. Like us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter, @MarriottGWC.

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