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December 15, 2010

The Great 2010 Holiday Openings and Closings Post

aldosI'm working on it.

I'm gathering up:

1) a list of restaurants that are featuring special Christmas Eve menus and events. This photograph, from 2002, shows some of the dishes from Aldo's feast of the seven fishes. I went one year, and Donatella Versace was there. (I love Maya Rudolph.)

2) a list of restaurants that are open on Christmas Day

3) a round-up of restaurants that are taking a vacation in between Christmas and New Years Day -- I know that Iggies is closing on New Year's Eve and re-opening on January 2nd. And that Jack's Bistro is closing from January 1st through the 14th.

You can help by sending me reliable, first-hand information about all this stuff. Email me

Then, we'll move on to New Years Eve itself -- yesterday, I heard that the B&O Brasserie is already booked (I'll confirm that), so it's clearly not too early to book your restaurant. 

I'll try to have the Christmas-related up sometime tomorrow. 

Baltimore Sun photo/Barbara Haddock Taylor

Posted by Richard Gorelick at 10:05 AM | | Comments (5)
Categories: Christmas


Last week I looked at the reservations available on Open Table for NYE events like Cinghiale, Charleston, etc., and they all had availability only at, like, 6 p.m. Not really the ideal time for celebrating NYE. Looks like we're staying home this year!

KB - you might want to call. I went out for NYE last year and many restaurants offered 2 seatings...6 PM and 9 PM. The 9 PM seating being more of the NYE-type party. The 6 PM seating was for those who wanted to eat out and maybe had a party or other event to attend. Open Table doesn't really adjust their schedules for these type of events.

Speaking of closings - any info on the closing of Hollywood Diner?

"Closed! Too bad, but they never really got it together. (@ Hollywood Diner) 9:05 PM Dec 14th via foursquare"

From Julie Scharper's (Juliemore) twitter.


I just booked Cinghiale for NYE. Seemed to have several later seating options available.

Maybe it was the size of our party. I was looking for a party of 6. I'm not crushed about it -- we went to Cinghiale one year and it was fun, but I think I could have just as much fun for half the price cooking for everyone at my house. And then we'll be there at midnight to cuddle the dog through her fireworks-induced tremors of horror.

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You are reading the archives. For updated blog posts about the Maryland food scene, see Richard Gorelick's new Baltimore Diner blog.
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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