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August 28, 2009

Jordan Naftal out of Maple Lawn steakhouse

RanazulSteak.jpgI checked my work e-mail before I went to bed last night (why do I do that?) and found an e-mail from Carlos Venegas, an owner of Ranazul in Maple Lawn, which said this:

Jordan’s Steakhouse in Ellicott City having been hit hard by the recession and unable to recover, has withdrawn from the new venture in Maple Lawn.  As a
 gesture of good will for those that purchased gift cards, they will be honored at Carlos’ Steakhouse at 100% of the value.

At least I now have an answer for the e-mail from this reader:

I just finished reading about the closing of Jordan's in Ellicott City.  Do you have any way of finding out what I can do to redeem the $100.00 gift card to Jordan's I received for my birthday in June? 

Let me say once again that if you have a restaurant gift certificate, use it. Right away. Do not wait two months.

By the way, the comments under the Jordan's entries have gotten so ugly and repetitive that I've closed them to any further posts. I have a lot of sympathy for the people who worked at Jordan's and weren't paid, but this isn't the place to do something about it. I'll delete comments in the same vein that are posted below if they don't contribute anything new to the discussion. 

(Monica Lopossay/Sun photographer)

Posted by Elizabeth Large at 7:10 AM | | Comments (18)


So, just that I'm reading this correctly, Carlos is going to re-invent oZ steakhouse on his own? Carlos' Steakhouse?

Yes. EL

I'm really confused by who own(ed) what. Can I get a flowchart?

I feel the same way. But I think Jordan Naftal never put money into the new place. Not sure though. EL

I'm more interested in learning whether the food and service are any good.

...although it occurs to me, I'm going to have to figure out where Maple Lawn is first...

Get on MD 29 and head south. You can't miss it.

I want to thank Carlos for stepping up to honor the Jordan's Steakhouse Gift Certificates. EL, you make a good point about not holding onto restaurant gift certificates (or any gift certificates, for that matter) in this economy.

Unfortunately for me, I purchased my Jordon's Gift Certificate from the July 23 FOX45 promotion. By the time, it arrived in the mail, Jordan's closed about a week later.

I will miss the staff at Jordan's whom I got to know in the past few months. They were a great group of people and I wish them the best in finding new jobs.

Again, thank you to Carlos for being will to accept the Jordan's Gift Certificates.

Get on MD 29 and head south.

That would be US 29, not MD 29.

Thanks for the clarification Hal. But to be honest, I don't know how serious I was about finding Maple Lawn. I would have to find my car keys first. I know they are here somewhere.....

That's okay, Richard. I have no interest in finding Maple Lawn either.

Last time I was in Maple Lawn, it reminded me a lot of Pleasantville.


While I have frequented Ranazul (I can even find it from Montgomery County) and have enjoyed many things I have found the place less than packed. I can't understand why Mr. Venagas would cut his already limited market down by reopening what was already a struggling restaurant.

Until Maple Lawn gets built up or Baltimore residents find their car keys, I can't imaging two somewhat upscale restaurants surviving. To whit OZ and Trapeeze closing.

Re Oz - I went there once and found it less than memorable. The steak was dry, overcooked and flavorless. Definitely not worth the hike from Baltimore.

Re Oz... at least we have it to thank for Bucky's hilarious rocks in the sink post.

But now, like tapas, they're everywhere.... my hair salon now has rocks in the sink. Seems to have eliminated the annoying splashback all over your clothes from the shallow sink design. Had a good laugh there last Saturday looking at the rocks thinking of Bucky.

So, there is a website up for "Carlos & Jordan's Steakhouse" at It went up pretty recently. So, what gives? Is Jordan involved in the new restaurant, or no?

Interested, a whois search disclosed that the URL for the proposed Carlos & Jordan's was registered by Jordan Naftal on August 16, 2009. His withdrawal from the C&J's venture was not announced until August 27.

While the website may be up, it appears to me to be merely a mockup version. For example, it has an "Accolades" page which alludes to favorable views from diners and food critics alike, and has blurbs from both groups. Since C&J's never opened under that name, I suspect that this was a working draft page that was never intended to see the light of day.

I don't know how a mockup came to be uploaded, but I would think that Carlos Venegas (who has been the sole venturer for precisely 3 days) will bring the matter up with Mr. Naftal.

Looks like the new steakhouse will now be called "Venegas Prime Filet" -- at least according to the Maple Lawn developer's newsletter.

Thanks! EL


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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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