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April 12, 2009

Nouveau designs Crush and Hon Bar areas



I think I better link to Laura Vozzella's column today because you may not realize it has some restaurant news toward the end.

Laura reports that Hon Bar is getting a makeover by Nouveau and Whitehead & Appel Interior Design.

And you thought Cafe Hon was decorated out of one of Hampden's funky junque shoppes.

One of the pieces being used is pictured, right. ...

Steve Appel, Nouveau president. tells me they are also redoing the outdoor space at Crush in Belvedere Square:

"So far we have had delivered eight beautiful dining tables with very handsome black market umbrellas," he says. "Also included are four cafe-style chairs for each table in a powder-coated black frame and outdoor fabric which picks up their logo, orange and black interlocking squares of color (on the fabric). We also plan to bring in a South Beach lounge type area a little later in the spring...chocolate faux wicker sofas and chairs with soft cushions."


Posted by Elizabeth Large at 11:23 PM | | Comments (9)


Wow! How are they treating chocolate to make it look like wicker?

Are they black-market umbrellas, or black, market umbrellas? If the latter, can you purchase contraband while you sit beneath them, like a Cone of Immunity; and will said items be taxed?
And if the former, be still my heart: upscale patio furniture ... wow!
Seriously, "orange and black interlocking squares of color?

I just report this stuff. EL

And, there's a black market for umbrellas? Who knew?

Nothing's more amusing on a Monday than poking fun at inane designer speak, unless it's inane restaurant designer speak. Maybe he'll contribute descriptions to their menus too.

Ah, I see we are all prepared for Monday morning.

I left my umbrella at Camden Yards on Opening Day. It's probably on a ship to Cuba by now.

Don't take it too hard Jon Parker, you know those Cubans are still making due with American umbrellas from the late '50s!

I want a black market umbrella with those spiffy orange and black interlocking squares of color -- so reminiscent of checkerboards and Italian cafes. It'll be my most specialest bumbershoot. I'll take it out only during off-the-books precipitation events.

Not for long Joyce. If Congress has its way, you'll be able to take your next vacation in Havana.

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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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