Monday, August 27, 2007

Critics Rate Silver Moon, Yellow Dog

IN THE NEWS: The Baltimore Sun's Karen Nitkin gives two and a half stars in reviewing the new Silver Moon Diner (9605 Pulaski Highway, Baltimore, 410-682-5050). ... Elizabeth Large reviews The Yellow Dog Tavern (700 S. Potomac St., Baltimore, 410-342-0280) and blogs about a visit to Gertrude's, and reports that chef Edward Kim (Saffron, Soigne, Ixia) has returned to Washington, D.C. as executive chef of the Beacon Hotel in Dupont Circle. ... City Paper's Erin Sullivan reviews Night of the Cooker (885 N. Howard St., Mount Vernon, Baltimore). ... The Baltimore Snacker visits Caton House Restaurant (1506 S Caton Ave, Baltimore, 410-644-8496) and Polock Johnny's (3212 Washington Blvd., Baltimore, 410-644-5997). ... The Cheesecake Factory and P.F. Chang's China Bistro are among the new retailers Towson Town Center executives expect to lure to the mall for its expansion, the Baltimore Business Journal reports.

Compiled by Pat Embry,

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Brooklyn Park's Club 4100 Set For Auction

IN THE NEWS: A Brooklyn Park gathering place for Charm City notables including Johnny Unitas, Cal Ripken Jr. and Oprah Winfrey is headed for the auction block after nearly 50 years of private ownership, the Baltimore Business Journal reports. Baltimore-based A.J. Billig & Co. Auctioneers has scheduled a Sept. 6 auction for the Anne Arundel County establishment Club 4100, owned by brothers Dino and Manny Spanomanolis. The restaurant, established in 1959, is tucked into a property at the corner of 4th and Edison streets in Brooklyn Park and has been featured in the local media, including Baltimore magazine's "50 Best Restaurants" issue. ... The City Paper's Richard Gorelick writes about eating seasonally, including Lauraville's Chameleon Café, and notes the opening of Paula Szczepanek's barbecue stall called Smoke at the Cross Street Market, next to Fenwick's Fine Meats. ... Cheap Eats checks out Kitten's Eat to Live (Lexington Market, 400 W. Lexington St., Baltimore). ... The Baltimore Sun's ( Karen Nitkin gives two and a half stars to Cocoaccinos (2831 Smith Ave., Baltimore). ... Elizabeth Large reviews Grapevine Café in Cockeysville, has dinner for the first time at 30-year-old Samos in Greektown, and reports: The space at 2110 N. Charles St., which was a restaurant called Lisa's Coffe House (that's not a typo) and before that Benny Gordon's French Restaurant 2110, is now the Lahore Kalal Kabab House, serving Pakastani and Indian food. ... Large also lists her Top 10 restaurants reviewed so far this year:

1) Pazo in Fells Point.
2) b Bistro in Bolton Hill.
3) Lebanese Taverna in Harbor East.
4) Brasserie Tatin in Homewood.
5) Dogwood in Hampden.
6) Pazza Luna in Locust Point.
7) Osteria 177 in Annapolis.
8) Della Notte in Little Italy.
9) Minato in Mount Vernon.
10) P. F. Chang's in the Inner Harbor.

Compiled by Pat Embry,

Monday, August 13, 2007

Bombay Grill Group Sets Indigma Opening

IN THE NEWS: The Baltimore Sun's Elizabeth Large reviews Brasserie Tatin and reports, "Tony Chemmanoor, head of the Bombay Grill restaurant group, has gone back to what he knows best: Indian food. Chemmanoor is the owner of what was the group's crown jewel, Saffron at 800 N. Charles St. When it opened, Saffron served Indian fusion cuisine and then later, Asian fusion. When its last chef, Edward Kim, left, Chemmanoor closed the place to regroup and make a few renovations. It will reopen as Indigma - "not a fusion restaurant," he told me. "He was planning to reopen Aug. 8 or at least by Aug. 15, the 60th anniversary of Indian independence. ... Baltimore Pho is going to open in October, where Mencken's Cultured Pearl used to be at 1114 Hollins St., across from the market. ... Large also notes the closings of Caribbean Kitchen (353 N. Calvert St.) and the Peacock Cafe in the Pier 5 Hotel. ... McCormick & Schmick's, the upscale seafood restaurant chain, will open its fourth Maryland location in Annapolis by the end of this year, the Baltimore Business Journal reports. The restaurant will be part of the $100 million expansion at Westfield Annapolis mall that began in May 2006. ... visits Iggies (N. Calvert St. in Mt. Vernon) and Taste in Belvedere Square.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Wolf, Foreman Set To Open Cinghiale

IN THE NEWS: The Baltimore Sun's Elizabeth Large reviews Annapolis' Sam's on the Waterfront (2020 Chesapeake Harbour Drive East, Annapolis, MD) and previews Cindy Wolf and Tony Foreman's latest venture, a Northern Italian restaurant called Cinghiale (pronounced ching-GYAH-lay), set to open soon across Lancaster Street from their signature establishment, Charleston. The couple's Charleston Group also owns Pazo, a Mediterranean restaurant at the edge of Fells Point, and the French restaurant Petit Louis in Roland Park. Cinghiale, which Foreman says will open in September - barring "unforeseen events," will be a combination of an enoteca, a place to drink wine, and an osteria, or tavern. ... Large also blogs a list of "The 10 restaurants you probably don't know about ... yet", including The Bistro (31 S Arlington Ave.). ... Karen Nitkin gives three stars in reviewing Reter's Crab House and Grille (509 Main St., Reisterstown, MD). ... Southern Living magazine's August 2007 edition features Annapolis, Md., and mentions restaurants Metropolitan, Kyma, Jimmy Cantler's Riverside Inn, Lewnes' Steakhouse, Severn Inn, and Caroline's Cakes. ... Investors in Full Moon Bar-B-Q's first and only out-of-state location have voluntarily dismissed their complaint against the Birmingham, Ala.-based restaurant's owners, brothers Joseph A. Maluff and David M. Maluff and their company Maluff Foods LLC, the Birmingham Business Journal reports. The group of investors had filed a complaint against the Maluffs in U.S. District Court in Maryland in June. The complaint accused the brothers of fraudulent activity involving Ray Lewis' Full Moon Bar-B-Q in Baltimore, which included the Baltimore Ravens football star Ray Lewis and the Maluffs as investors. ... Fresh City, a "fast-casual" restaurant that serves salads, burritos and stir fry dishes, has plans to open 10 to 15 restaurants in the Baltimore area in the next 12 years, the Baltimore Business Journal reports. The Needham, Mass.-based chain, which has 17 locations in New England and New Jersey, signed a franchise agreement with Capitol Fresh LLC to build the restaurants. ... City Paper's Richard Gorelick reviews Ryleigh's Oyster Bar (32-36 E. Cross St., Federal Hill, Baltimore). ... visits Pazza Luna, Penn Street Tavern, and Bo Brooks.

Compiled by Pat Embry,