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December 19, 2008

Brasserie Tatin to close

TatinCloses.jpgIf you're a fan of Brasserie Tatin in Homewood, make your dinner plans soon for your last meal there. Next Tuesday it will close its doors. Co-owner Gerard Billebault told me he's sold his French restaurant to his general manager, Dino.

He couldn't pronounce Dino's last name, he said, well enough to give it to me, so he gave me his cell phone number instead. I called and left a message, but I haven't heard back yet. 

Apparently Dino came from the presently closed Boccaccio in Little Italy, and plans to open an Italian restaurant in the handsome Art Deco-ish setting sometime in January. ...

I'm hoping I'll hear back from Dino later today so I can write about the plans for his new restaurant in next Wednesday's Table Talk column in the food section.

Meanwhile, Billebault told me, he's planning to focus on his French pastry shop, Bonjour, and his bakery. Another Bonjour, he said, may be in the works. Apparently the bakery business is good now because more people are eating at home.

"And people are ordering a lot of buches de noel," he said.

(Barbara Haddock Taylor/Sun photographer)

Posted by Elizabeth Large at 12:58 PM | | Comments (19)


Oh, no!! This is one of my favorites and no notice to speak of. I won't be able to get there before it closes.

Bummer! Classy place, great food. I probably won't be able to get there, either.


A great fun place, especially so when the younger bartenders were there, but too many of them got pregnant! At least the new guy makes a decent martini. We're going tonight for one last Croque Monsieur. We will miss our spot at the corner of the bar.

What's happening with Boccacio?

I think they are trying to sell it. EL

Double dang!!

"Dino" is Nadim Zeytinoglu. He is Mr. Service--one of the warmest, genuinely nicest front of house people ever. He was the warmth of Boccaccio.

Yes, we had a good long talk just now. He's bringing 16 or 17 people from Boccaccio, including a couple of chefs. The name of the restaurant will be La Famiglia. I don't want to tell you too much or I'll scoop myself. :-) EL

Luca one of the chefs from boccaccio is at Vito's in Cockeysville now

I saw an ad on Craigs List that showed the building in Patterson Park where Three is located up for sale.

Any word on the future of this restaurant ??

That's a shame. I live right down the street and it was on my wishlist for so long.

I saw an ad on Craigs List that showed the building in Patterson Park where Three is located up for sale

The building has been up for sale for quite awhile. That doesn't really imply anything about the restaurant, unless the restaurant owners are the building owners (which I doubt).

I was at Three... last night (the food was much better than the last two times I was there, although the cheese in the cheese plate was too cold). The building was owned by the Patterson Park CDC, which has laid off all its employees and is selling off its buildings. I suspect the PPCDC is pretty much toast.

How that will affect Three... I have no idea, but I'd think anyone buying the building would prefer to have one of the floors tenanted.

Craigslist, though? Man, PPCDC is getting desperate, eh?

quel dommage!

Since I have a couple of friends in the job market, we've noted that the more direct advertisements are on Craigslist. The stuff in the paper or Monster is almost all recruiters. Maybe it's that way with real estate too. Advertise on Craigslist to clear out the time wasters?

I found my rental on Craigslist, but I'm not so sure I'd look for real estate to buy there. I mean, what do you do? Meet out front with a trunk full of cash?

"curb alert - vacant restaurant available for squatters to take over. we're bankrupt."

Now, that would be an interesting restaurant phenom. I guess the health department would have to get all involved with that though. They're such kill joys!

Any idea what they plan to do with all the reservations they accepted for New Year's Eve? Won't that leave a lot of folks scrambling for a place to go that night?

A good question, and one I don't have the answer to. EL

Quel horror! No, no, no! This has been a favorite place of ours for some time. The owner is wonderful and service always lovely. I would always choose Tatin over the other neighborhood French bistro. Sigh. Oh well, glad to know Bonjour is safe...

When will the new restaurant open where Brassarie Tatin used to be? Any news since December 19th post?

Sorry, no, although I've e-mailed the new owner. EL

I drive by the dear departed Tatin almost every day, and there is no sign of anything happening there as far as I can see.

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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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