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February 8, 2010

New restaurants and more



To get a little ahead of the week, I went through my work e-mail after I shoveled out the driveway yesterday.

The really long driveway.

No, no, of course I'm not bragging.

Here's what people told me about and what I'll be working on to find out more this week -- plus a few tidbits and crumbs that don't really fit anywhere: ...

A friend sent me more info on Porter's in Federal Hill, which is reopening with new owners and Peter Livolsi from Three... as chef (as I reported here before).

The menu will be a bit more ambitious than the old Porter's, with a lot of small plates, natch. I hope to talk to new manager Kevin Cooper this week, who was a bartender at Regi's for nine years. The liquor license transfer hearing is scheduled for Feb. 11, and plans are to open maybe as soon as next month.

I'm also hoping to talk to Patrick Morrow, who will be the chef at Blue Grass at Hanover and Fort Avenue when it opens.

I have no contact info about the following, but maybe someone at the Liquor Board will be able to help me. All I know is that Angelina's now has an awning that says "Rain." Sounds pretty trendy.

I want to find out more about the Brass Elephant being sold.

As for the tidbits and crumbs:

I got something saying Margaritas, a New England Mexican restaurant chain (that's odd right there) is launching a big expansion into Baltimore with four franchise locations.

The Bistro at South River, a restaurant at the Golf Club at South River in Edgewater, just opened for lunch and dinner featuring "fine dining and original American cuisine." This is a strange trend -- the opening to the public of restaurants (some of which are quite respected) in golf clubs.

Sofi's Crepes downtown is now open for breakfast, with new hours from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. There are several new breakfast crepes, like blueberry and ham and maple syrup.

Tony wrote me about Sidamo Coffee and Tea, which opened in Maple Lawn in October:

Every Sunday at 2, they hold an Ethiopian coffee ceremony. The ancient ritual involves washing and roasting arabica beans, along with the burning of incense and music commonly played in villages back home. It's really fascinating and underscores the important role coffee holds in this country, where goat herders  harvested the first coffee beans 1,000 years ago. Plus, I was blown away by the paninis our group were served.

By mistake I just killed out an e-mail recommending the new as of last summer Acorn Market in Salisbury, and I can't access my Outlook "trash" from my Mac, but when I get to work today, God willing, I'll try to remember to rescue it.

Finally, DuClaw Brewing Co. has opened in BWI, near the Southwest ticket counter.

(Photo of the old Porter's by Elizabeth Malby/Sun photographer)
Posted by Elizabeth Large at 6:50 AM | | Comments (9)


Tough weekend for DuClaw BWI to start up, eh? Be advised that DuClaw's president, Dave Benfield, has informed me that the BWI DuClaw is a franchise, not company-owned. We'll see if that makes any difference. Does anyone know which side of the security gates the BWI DuClaw is on?

I think the link shows you, but I could be wrong. EL

Link shill spam at 8:36 AM!

Dukem on MD Ave was doing the Sunday coffee ceremony, most DC Ethiopian places as well, and heard there was another coffeeshop in Baltimore doing it. In Ethiopia, they do it every day. At home. Three rounds of intense little cups. There's a lot of talking.

DuClaw at BWI is outside the security gates.

As reported her by me previously, "Angelina's" is definitely becoming "Rain". Tried to pry some info out of people around the place last week but no one there knew what was happening. I live VERY close by so will try to snoop some more after the snow clears

Thanks! EL


I am sorry to hear you are retiring. Where else will I find out where to eat in the future? All of those ad-driven shill sites?

Saundra Mason is the owner of Rain. She jumped through several hurdles with the community and is set to open after a few more city inspections (health, fire). HARBEL, Councilman Curran and other groups initially opposed her venture, but after substantive meetings, she agreed to some conditions and I believe the neighborhood is looking forward to Rain. (Anything is better than Snow) If you email me, I will give you her phone number.

I will miss your work.

The new manager of Porters ALWAYS ignored me @ Regis.

DuClaw Brewing Co is awesome!

You rock!

Link SPAM @ 2:34!

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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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