Bottle service in Baltimore
I ate at Red Maple in Mount Vernon recently, and it was the first time I had noticed bottle service at a Baltimore restaurant. (Although you can argue that Red Maple is more lounge than restaurant, the fact that Jill Snyder, its executive chef, is a contestant on the current season of Bravo's Top Chef suggests otherwise.)
In case you're not familiar with the concept, you buy a bottle of premium liquor at a breathtaking mark up. For the money you get mixers, fruit and ice -- and at clubs, a reserved table. The advantage is that you get your drinks on your terms.
And, more importantly, there's the cool factor. ...
I asked Midnight Sun Sam how common bottle service was in Baltimore, and he told me it's gaining ground slowly. It started appearing about five years ago, he said. It's been slow to catch on, Sam thinks, because the concept hasn't been explained well to potential customers.
Of course, a $225 tab for a bottle of Johnnie Walker Black might be another reason.