The first of five PJ’s Coffee of New Orleans locations planned for the metropolitan area is scheduled to open this month on the ground level of The Core apartments at 8621 Georgia Ave.

Deepak, Sunil and Sabina Shrestha, along with Shaq Qureshi, will operate the franchise, one of five planned area locations, according to a company press release.

“PJ’s Coffee is a household brand name in the South,” said Deepak Shrestha. “We are confident that PJ’s Coffee will be well received in the mid-Atlantic communities as it becomes a neighborhood staple and continues to expand its footprint nationwide.”

The company was founded in 1978 by Phyllis Jordan, a pioneer in the coffee industry, and acquired by Ballard Brands in 2008, which was spearheaded by brothers Paul, Scott and Steve Ballard. Currently, there are more than 100 PJ’s coffeehouses operating around the country and in Kuwait and Vietnam.

“Expanding our reach nationally has been a goal of PJ’s Coffee for some time. The addition of the Silver Spring, Maryland location is a defining step toward that goal for the brand,” said David Mesa, executive vice president and chief development officer. “We have a high level of confidence in this franchise group’s ability to represent and grow the brand in this region, and look forward to the addition of more locations.” 

The PJ’s menu includes a variety of iced, frozen, hot, cold brew, and nitro-infused coffees, along with teas, smoothies and breakfast pastries.

Mike Diegel

Co-Founder/Editor at Source of the Spring
Mike Diegel, a founding member of Source of the Spring, is a Silver Spring advocate who has been appointed by the county executive to several committees and task forces. He currently is a member of the Silver Spring Arts & Entertainment District Advisory Committee. His background is in journalism and he earned a bachelor of arts in communications from McDaniel College. He is self-employed as a communications consultant and is an active volunteer with Appalachian Great Pyrenees Rescue. He has lived for more than 20 years in Northwood/Four Corners with his wife Trish and multiple Great Pyrenees dogs. He is better known around Silver Spring as the Guy with the Big White Dogs.
First PJ’s Coffee in Area to Open on Georgia Avenue