The latest on Abacrombie...for the moment
Until recently, I thought Abacrombie Fine Foods near the Meyerhoff was still closed.
I had gotten a somewhat ambiguous e-mail from Mark Schek, the owner of the now-defunct Rooster Cafe, saying he had been running the kitchen there under the new owners (who had never let me know they had reopened) and suggesting he was going to be moving on. Or not.
Then I got these e-mails from a couple of readers. ...
(Doug Kapustin/Sun Photographer)
Two weeks ago, as we were leaving the Meyerhoff, we noticed activity in Abacrombie, which was one of our favorite restaurants. As Chris checked inside, I saw a man in obvious cook togs approach, so I questioned him. It turned out he was the new chef, Mark. Did he quit after that? Thomkeat
Any feedback on their re-opening? Stopped in during Artscape & they were up & running. Everything looked the same. Phyllis Peterson
I called and talked to the restaurant's general manager, who made it sound like everything was back to normal. I also talked to Schek, who didn't sound as optimistic, but I don't know if optimism is a trait of chefs.
Then Saturday I got an e-mail from Schek saying that the owners had decided to close for the month of August. "I'll be cooking some private Wine Spectator events this week and next. September is uncharted."
I called Abacrombie again and this time the innkeeper, Andy Vahora, answered. (The bed and breakfast is now under separate management.) He says he hasn't been able to find out whether the restaurant will be closed for August or not, but he should know by the end of the day.
Probably you should call to confirm your reservations.