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January 8, 2010

New tapas bar to open in Bicycle space

GeorgeDailey.jpgI just got off the phone with George Dailey, who owns On the Hill in Bolton Hill. (I had noticed yesterday on the liquor board docket that the Bicycle license was being transferred, so I wanted to follow up.)

Dailey told me he's taken over the Bicycle space at 1444 Light St. in south Baltimore. His new restaurant, to be named Centro, will offer "a modern take on Spanish and Latin American tapas."

The menu will have small plates "with ingredients not usually used here." ...

After renovations, he said, he hopes to open sometime this spring, perhaps as early as March.

"It will be a casual upscale place, if there is such a thing," he said, "not stuffy, and as affordable as we can make it."

The food will be farm-to-table as much as possible, but because he wants the tapas to be authentic, a lot of ingredients will be imported.

Dailey was born in England but raised in Venezuela. "My background in cooking is Spanish and Latin American."

I asked about parking around the Bicycle space, which is difficult. Dailey said the restaurant will have some valet parking, probably on the weekends.

Centro will be open for dinner only, at least at first.

(Monica Lopossay/Sun photographer)

Posted by Elizabeth Large at 11:47 AM | | Comments (30)
        

Comments

*sigh *

Could be worse. Could be Italian sushi.

I just want the old Bicycle back. Gosh I miss that place

Finally a great place for Tapas in Baltimore!
if the food is half as good as it is in On The Hill cafe, it's going to be wonderful, I can't wait!!! mmmmmmm

Is it just me, or are you sick of tapas ? It seems like every new restaurant opening up is tapas... are they more profitable to run/more successful? just the in thing? do tell.

captcha: Owls United how nice for you Mr.Owl Meat

Hurrah! Baltimore needs a high quality Latin restaurant and On the Hill rocks. The courtyard is beautiful and is a rarity in B-more. Can't wait till it opens.

Wow, the shills are out in full force. Don't they realize how transparent they are? They aren't doing their restaurants any favors.

There's always a strong correlation between exclamations marks and shill posts. If I had more ambition, I'd do a regression analysis on my hypothesis.

Don't get me started...


resign gauchest (my former Chilean cowboy name)

On The Hill can't execute well at their tiny place. Its pseudo-hip slacker vibe extends to the so-so fare, like stale bread at times, and that includes the bread they sell by the slice. Scaling up will just mean bigger adequateness. Shilling is counterproductive--if they hadn't essentially put forth a lie, commenters would wait until they open.

"Oh! Look at me! I'm a FOOD-ie! I'm such an authority and a complete know it all! I am the arbiter of TRUTH! I have nothing better to do then to identify the SHILLS and show them my SUPERIOR FOODIENESS and my superpowers of perception! If I had anything positive to say I'd keep it to myself because I'm a big grumbler."

Calm yourself down grumblybumbly, I just want the bread to not be clearly stale when On The Hill charges me extra for a couple pieces to dip in the passable soup. If they diverted shill time to counter service, they'd be better off and we would have someplace better to eat, because it's useful in the neighborhood and sort of cute, in a Ha-I-dropped-paint-on-my-shoes-so-I'm-an-artist sort of way. Maybe when they show they can do well at a four-person operation, they can earn the consideration of a public hoping for better dining but wary of patently untrue posts.

Sure. I'll calm down. I just always thought the food there was great and never had a bad sandwich or salad. I just thought that your depiction was a little unfair, especially considering that it's just about the only real complaint I've ever heard from anyone about the place.

(and no, I'm not a "shill" for them and don't work there).

grumblygrumbly, the folks from Bicycle shilled here really amateurishly before. Plus the posts from Sheila and ulysses are standard shill posts. The lack of content, high praise and excessive use of exclamation points make them obvious.

So, with a past history of shilling and a couple of obviously fake posts (hang around here very long, you'll see lots of these) led to the comments about shills.

If you don't mind shills, fine, but I take them as evidence that a restaurant doesn't think they can stand on their cooking and service, and feel the need to lie to con people into spending money there. There is only one restaurant that has shilled here that I want to go to, but I just can't bring myself to go.

Now, if someone managed to shill in an original and amusing way, I'd cut them a lot of slack. And I'd laugh. But they are always the same.

grumblygrumbly, you seem to have overlooked the fact that several posters waxed rhapsodically about Centro, a restaurant that will not open for a couple of months at best. There are different levels of shills, but one who heaps lavish praise that a place that has yet to serve its first meal is a shill of the rankest sort.

Kind of an appropriate captcha for the shill topic, "fakers in".

hi there, lurker here, new poster but... I was really disappointed by the bicycle hype. for a long time it was like there was no other restaurant in balto and if you didn't adore bicycle and peters inn you were a dumbass.

ok, bicycle was ok, but overpriced. I travel a lot and bicycle was like, middle of the road for a big city. I am not a shill! but cafe on the hill (don't get there much but enjoy when i do) is unpretentious and reasonably priced. ok, it's a lunch joint, i get that... it's just that there are VERY few places in this town to get reasonable priced food that's actually fresh and has some thought to it...

anyway, bicycle and peter's inn did that but at very VERY high prices. it will be nice to see a new sensibility at the fed hill spot--i hope!

I am happy that Federal Hill will soon boast
an authentic- (Hello George is from Spain folks!!) tapas restaurant. The Bicycle was always good until Nick Batey came in and ruined it. The grumpy , shill stupidity is that stupid and unproductive conversation.
Hey Baltimore foodies, when did you get to be so mean???? It seems so easy to Monday morning quarterback when you are not in the trenches. Ease up on a new comer and give them a chance. The nastiness in all these posts is disturbing and mean spirited to say the least.

The emotional reaction was caused directly by what are quaite apparently planted, boastful, untrue shill posts on behalf of the restaurant. We can all agree we want more great places to eat. We can also probably all agree that if a great restaurant is being actively mourned as it was above and someone starts barking fibs on behalf of a replacement operator with a track record of running an average coffeeshop, said fibs will provoke enmity. Shilling is counterproductive, but especially insensitve ones at a wake.

The shills weren't just shills - they were insulting to other restaurants.

Finally a great place for Tapas in Baltimore!

Really? We don't have any good tapas restaurants in all of Baltimore? Thankfully Centro is coming to save us.

Or how about ...

Baltimore needs a high quality Latin restaurant.

Right. Because no such place exists.

Promoting is fine. Shelia and Uslysess are welcome to say "I like On The Hill. I'm excited for this new restaurant." But their compliments were insulting and over-the-top.

why the hell are the comments on this blog so nasty? opinions are just that opinions- why the tone folks?

I wonder if that irony was deliberate or accidental?

Newsflash: pot calls kettle black!

And Captcha chimes in: boogie statements

I'm a friend of these folks so if you want to call me a shill, go ahead (but I think the disclosure is enough to protect me--I hope!)

Anyway, I talked to them and they have no idea who the posters above are, so if they're shilling, George doesn't know about it.

I reread the posts and I didn't really understand why everyone was so angry about them anyway. Because one commented on the courtyard? The courtyard is a physical feature that was there already, why wouldn't someone know about it? Also, what is wrong with exclamation points? Do I have to be afraid of using certain punctuation on this blog? And finally, all I saw was people saying they like On the Hill and don't like the current crop of tapas in town. How is that wrong? It's their opinion. You are entitled to yours.

I like this blog but the comments are really mean. And I don't think the closure of a restaurant--even a beloved one--requires deep reflective silence and respect. The post was about the NEW restaurant, not the closure of bicycle, so why are we all required to mourn publicly again?

Just my 2 cents. I think we all need to just "chillax", as my tweens tell me all the time.

I'm a friend of these folks so if you want to call me a shill, go ahead (but I think the disclosure is enough to protect me--I hope!)

Anyway, I talked to them and they have no idea who the posters above are, so if they're shilling, George doesn't know about it.

I reread the posts and I didn't really understand why everyone was so angry about them anyway. Because one commented on the courtyard? The courtyard is a physical feature that was there already, why wouldn't someone know about it? Also, what is wrong with exclamation points? Do I have to be afraid of using certain punctuation on this blog? And finally, all I saw was people saying they like On the Hill and don't like the current crop of tapas in town. How is that wrong? It's their opinion. You are entitled to yours.

I like this blog but the comments are really mean. And I don't think the closure of a restaurant--even a beloved one--requires deep reflective silence and respect. The post was about the NEW restaurant, not the closure of bicycle, so why are we all required to mourn publicly again?

Just my 2 cents. I think we all need to just "chillax", as my tweens tell me all the time.

You aren't a shill if you disclose your connection to the business. No problem there.

If you read all the posts above, chill shill, and you still don't get it, I don't think you are going to be happy around here. Although I wish you'd stick around. Sooner or later, you'd get it when some silly business owner spams the blog with transparent crap.

I am one, for many and obvious reasons, am happy that On the Hill is opening up a tapas place on Light Street. The Rowhouse will have a full menu soon and the Reserve just had a great write up from Miss Large. The more restaurants in Federal Hill the better. Bluegrass should be opening soon and I am very excited to see what Patrick and Jorbie have in store for it's customers. At the same time I wish Nick and Sandra the best up the street on Fort Avenue in "Riverside". I am now heading back over to Sessa's blog, where there is more love and now we have the Captain protecting us.

I have been to several events that On the Hill has put on and the food was truly amazing. The cafe is consistantly good and I wish them the best of luck in their new space. Federal Hill needs this!!!

or IS it Federal Hill....hmmmmmm.....

Cheshire...

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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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