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May 13, 2009

The Hill is coming soon

the hill

A new restaurant and bar named the Hill looks ready to replace the old Banjara (1017 S. Charles St.).

Amie and I walked past the space last weekend, and peering inside, we saw an earthy decor with tables and chairs set up. I wouldn't be surprised if the Hill opened this weekend.

I've heard through the grapevine that Tony, formerly a chef at the nearby Metropolitan Coffeehouse and Wine Bar, will be in charge of the Hill.

Midnight Sun commenter AC-M sent me an e-mail today, and it sounds like she's frothing at the bit (pardon the Preakness pun) to check out the Hill ...

One of the things that has set Metropolitan apart from most of the other bars and restaurants in South Baltimore is that it appeals to the breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night crowds. It's really hard for one place to pull off that wide of a range with such ease, but the Metro does it.

That makes me wonder if Tony will try to do the same thing at the Hill. Anybody else know more about this place?

Tony, if you're reading this, call me at 410.332.6689 or e-mail me at

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 11:54 AM | | Comments (8)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


Let's hope the service at this place doesn't mimic Metropolitan's. I still don't understand how that place is in business. Maybe they are going for the European 3-hour meal vibe.

Tony is definitely in charge of The Hill. Not sure if they are going to be offering breakfast, but the menu I have seen is very Metro-esqe. They are slated to open next weekend (May 22).

At least they didn't call it The Fed. I hope there is something different there than what you are going to get at magerks/motheres/ryleighs

Spoke to Tony a couple of days ago. Was going to open this weekend, but decided not to compete with the Freakness. They plan to open next Thursday and do a Grand Opening in a couple of weeks.

I looked in last week and saw a bunch of TVs. Had a Porter's vibe.

I heard this guy Clark Hudak is opening the restaurant and working with Tony on some pretty big things. They should be having a pretty amazing menu if Tony is working behind the scenes. Nothing but good things should come from this place. I'm excited to see it open up!

Yeah with Tony running things at The Hill they can't go wrong. Apparently their going to have an amazing menu and drink selection. I've seen the inside and its one of the nicest, if not the nicest, place I've seen in the area. This guy Clark Hudak opened it up and has Tony running it for him. Personally, I'm excited to see how it turns out!

The place opened this past weekend and everything was great! Great food and fun atmosphere. There are a few similarities to Metros, but for the most part a different menu. The folks are nice and Clark Hudak is a really nice guy. I had the encrusted filet with blue cheese and it was excellent! I'll be back again.

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