Hot Plate: Jimmy’s Reopens, Beer & Mojitos at Birroteca, Artscape Action

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Ejji Ramen is one of many local food companies that will be at Artscape, which starts July 21.

It’s hot out there, Baltimore, but it’s even hotter in the kitchen. It’s a good week to go out.

This week is busy one for restaurants, too, with tons of news, from expansions and reopenings to beer dinners, restaurant yoga and all the festivities surrounding Artscape.

Announcements & News

Earlier this week, celebrity chef – and notorious screamer – Gordon Ramsay announced that he would open a new steak house, Gordon Ramsay Steak, in the Horseshoe Casino. This will be the second location for Ramsay; the first is in the Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. The new spot will replace Jack Binion’s Steak.

Fans of Jack’s Bistro in Canton got some big news this week when the owner announced via Facebook that he has purchased a building on Hudson Street and will, at some point coming up, open a new restaurant, Blair’s on Hudson, in that location.

When the new restaurant opens, Jack’s will close – though its people will all stay on and move to the new spot.

Last week, the team behind Clavel announced plans to expand the popular Remington mezcaleria. As it turns out, that’s not the only expansion in the works: this fall, they will also start working on an outdoor beer garden located in Old Goucher. They are eyeing a spring 2018 opening date.

Jimmy’s in Fells Point, the much-loved diner recently sold to new owners, officially reopened yesterday following a renovation. The diner, which originally opened in 1946, will now include outdoor seating, an expanded menu, additional bar seating and other interior updates (like a fireplace).

Barrel Aged at Brewer’s

Barrel Aged Weekend kicks off today at The Brewer’s Art. Today through Sunday, the iconic beer bar will be serving special cocktails using gin from The Baltimore Whiskey Company and a Tripel – a pale ale – that was aged in a gin barrel.

Christmas in July at RegionAle

Starting today and lasting through July 25, RegionAle in Ellicott City will donate a portion of all dinner sales to one of five charitable organizations. The event has a 12 Days of Christmas (in July) theme; Santa will even appear at the restaurant during dinner on Saturday, July 15, and Tuesday, July 25.

The organizations, all of which are special to the restaurant’s owner and his family, are: Zaching Against Cancer, National Brain Tumor Society, National MS Society, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Meghan Puls Foundation, Inc.

Stretch & Sip at Johnny’s

On Monday night, Johnny’s will host a 60-minute yoga class (appropriate for all levels) at 7 p.m. in the café. The class will be led by Brittni Mann Barcase from YogaWorks. After the class, participants are invited to stick around for a glass or two of wine and to chat.

Go Down Under in Butchers Hill

On Tuesday, July 18, Butchers Hill Society will host an Australian wine tasting, including several wines from the country. The wines will also be available for purchase during dinner service, or to order and take home.

Busy at Birroteca

Birroteca has a busy week coming up!

On Tuesday, the restaurant is doing something that sounds like a blast. In collaboration with Devils Backbone, they are hosting a Beer Dinner Adventure. Outside, in one of the parking lots, they will create an outdoor dining area with “old school tents,” a bar, yard games and even artificial grass. The dinner includes four courses, each of which is paired with a different Devils Backbone brew.

On Thursday, the beer bar goes boozy with “You Are the Mint to My Mojito” night featuring, of course, mojitos. The bar will be mixing and muddling several versions of the classic mint and lime drink, including a mojito popsicle.

Baking with the Nonnas

On Thursday, July 20, Aunt Eleanor and Aunt Philomena, two local Italian grandmothers, will be at Trinacria Café (the one on Centre Street) teaching a class in iced biscotti baking. Attendees will take home biscotti dough and icing that they made themselves during class…and knowledge of a secret recipe that’s been passed down through their family.

Artsy

Artscape kicks off next Friday, July 21, and lasts all weekend long.

Like last year, all the food featured at the festival will be from Maryland, including tons of city favorites, from The Local Fry and Ekiben to The Local Oyster, Ejji Ramen and Prigel Family Creamery. There will also be 13 local food trucks onsite.

This year, all the beers available at Artscape will also be from Maryland; breweries featured include Flying Dog, Heavy Seas, The Brewer’s Art and Union Craft Brewing.

Keep an eye out, too, for the Stillpoint Theater pop-up performances and installations, which will take place here and there throughout Artscape. Stillpoint has paired up with The Elephant, which will offer “on-the-go snacks” and cocktails alongside the performances.

Just outside the festival proper, Mt. Vernon Marketplace will have specials all weekend long – and air conditioning!

Restaurant Week Is Coming

Have you made your plans for summer Restaurant Week yet? If not, it’s time! Baltimore City’s Restaurant Week kicks off on July 28, running until Aug. 6. Two-course brunch and lunch offerings range from $12 to $20 and three-course dinners cost between $20 and $35.

The list of participants is long and impressive – there are some great deals to be had a lot of fun places to try.

Planning Ahead

Here are a few events to look forward to over the next few weeks:

July 22: The Charmery Turns Four

July 28: Baltimore Restaurant Week 

July 29: Trifecta Food Festival