Two more restaurant closings
Zagat local editor Marty Katz told me about a sign on the door of Dogwood in Hampden saying it would be closed for the month of August. It was vague about the reopening date.
The phone message when I called was even more disturbing: "We hope to reopen the week after Labor Day. Thank you for all your support. Sorry for any inconvenience....Peace."
I e-mailed the owners and got this back from Bridget Sampson: ...
Given the quietness of the month of August, we have decided to take the remainder of the month to reorganize the business into a leaner and stronger one and will be in touch about a re-opening date; we are hoping for September. Plates [its nonprofit culinary training program, cafe and catering] will continue to operate at the Woman's Industrial Exchange with increased selections in September.
I'm really unhappy about this. Owner Galen Sampson is a wonderful cook, and Dogwood was a lovely, socially conscious restaurant.
Then LGood e-mailed me just now with the news that oZ. Chophouse in Maple Lawn will be closing Saturday. Jordan's Steakhouse in Ellicott City is taking it over. I confirmed the ownership change and have a message in asking Jordan Naftal to give me a call with more details, but I haven't heard back from him yet.
When I called oZ., I said to the person who answered the phone, "I heard you'll be closing this Saturday."
She said, "We're going till our food runs out, and that puts us at Saturday."
(Kenneth K. Lam/Sun photographer)