New restaurant #2 of 3 -- The Corner in Hampden
The Corner opened last week in the old Avenue Diner space, at the corner of 36th and Elm in Hampden, right next door to the Wine Source. That's pretty convenient because the Corner is BYOB.
The chef is Bernard Dehaene, the founding chef-owner of Mannequin Pis, the well regarded Belgian restaurant in Olney. The owner is Cecille Fenix.
The Corner isn't full-on Belgian -- Dehaene describes it an American restaurant -- but it's pretty Belgian.
Moules et frites are absolutely on the menu, and Dehaene is preparing them five different ways. Also on Dehaene's opening menu -- Dover sole, flambeed steak and lamb brochette. And, Dehaene says, kangaroo, ostrich and yak. I'm not kidding.
Dehaene says we could look forward to multi-course beer dinners beginning sometime this April.
The Corner is open for dinner Wednesday through Sunday, and for brunch on Saturday and Sunday. The Corner's address is 850 W. 36th St., and the phone number is 443-869-5075. There's a website, but it's not really ready for company.