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February 10, 2011

Bamboo House closed for vacation, or forever?

A reader writes:

Do you know the status of The Bamboo House? They've been around for a long time in The Yorktown shopping center. There is a handwritten sign on the door that the kitchen is on vacation while they renovate but it doesn't look like anything is happening there.  The # on their carry out menu is "not in service".

In case you didn't know, in addition to being a Chinese and sushi restaurant they also had a very interesting nightclub (for lack of a better term) that was frequented by an older crowd (way older than us!!).  We were having a late dinner on a Saturday night a while back and witnessed quite a scene as the music got going. Kinda like driving by a car crash where you couldn't look away.


I tried calling the number just now. No one answered. Anyone have some light to shed?

Posted by Richard Gorelick at 10:30 AM | | Comments (5)


Wouldn't suprise me. Use to go there a lot since my in-laws loved the place. They were bought out a year or two ago and quality went down-hill rapidly after that. Also they did a horrible job of upkeep on the physical aspects of the restaurant.

I heard from my parents (who have loved it forever) that it had changed ownership and was terrible. The "nightlife" portion of it (I used to live across the street and when I went to pick up carryout, I would see older women in sequined gowns and this one particular tall guy with hairplugs and a giant fur coat -- hilarious!) had ended with the new owners. My parents said they had stopped eating there after the new owners. I would bet that they're not the only ones, and it's probably closed.

I posted on the sun talk boards about this last month. Guess that sign is still there. I was a huge fan of that place and was shocked how bad the new owners were. The service was horrible with waiters and bartenders "disappearing" for up to 30 minutes. We gave it two shots and wrote it off our list. I guess others did as well. I left them a review on a website and the owner came on and was nasty making attacks on me. I was honest in my review and would hope that the new owners would learn something. Guess they did not. The customers have spoken. Buh bye.

More proof that sit-down Chinese restaurants are on the endangered list.

A few years we talked about this with EL in regards to the closing of Panda Gourmet in Mount Washington.

This post was done back before the "Roberts" distinguished themselves as RtSOs, RoCKs, PCB's, Pianos, and Owls.

Oh, RoCK--those were the days, weren't they? I miss RtSO (may he rest in peace) and Piano Rob and PCB Rob (missing in action).

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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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