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May 30, 2007

The UnVespa


(Amy Davis/Sun Photographer)

I've been keeping my eye on the space that used to be Vespa Cafe and Wine Bar at 1117 S. Charles in Federal Hill, but no one will tell me anything.

I really liked that place. (It closed a couple of years ago. The picture above was taken when it first opened in 1999.)

Anyway, I've known for some time that new owners were renovating the space, planning to open I thought this summer ...

and I even tracked down one of the partners who will be the chef, Mike Russell. He's presently working at Donna's in Cross Keys.

But he seems to be reluctant to talk about the project. I've gotten hold of his cell phone number and have been hounded the poor guy for days, but he never returns my calls.

I had heard that there's a sign on the door saying that construction has been halted while they get some permit, but I haven't been down to see for myself.

If anyone knows anything, please post below. And keep checking the blog. When I find out anything, I'll let you know.

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.

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