Bmore Media Staff


BmoreArt’s Picks: Baltimore Art Openings, Galleries, and Events January 23 – 29


BmoreArt’s Picks presents the best weekly art openings, events, and performances happening in Baltimore and surrounding areas. For a more comprehensive perspective, check the BmoreArt Calendar page, which includes ongoing exhibits and performances, and is updated on a daily basis.

To submit your calendar event, email [email protected]!

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Wednesday, January 24: 6-8pm

Ay Que Bueno! Mexican Restaurant Opens in Cockeysville


Traveling the York Road corridor through Cockeysville, you could sit down for some Thai or Indian food, savor all-American ribs, sample Peruvian chicken, or grab a slice of pizza. But you’re hard pressed to find a full-service Mexican restaurant.

The owners of La Tolteca Mexican Restaurant on Baltimore Pike in Bel Air changed that Jan. 10 by opening thier second location at 10010 York Road.

Juice Bar and Yoga Studio Coming to Hampden


A juice bar and yoga studio are coming to Hampden in March, setting up shop next to the newly opened Belgian brasserie De Kleine Duivel.

Jukai Juice Co. and SOULshine Wellness Studio share an entrance, and once inside customers can go from one to the other without leaving the building. The 750-square-foot space is about equally divided between Jukai and SOULshine.

Three Growing Baltimore Companies to Watch

Citelighter's Lee Jokl and Saad Alam. Photo by Amanda Nolan.
Citelighter’s Lee Jokl and Saad Alam. Photo by Amanda Nolan.

Courtesy Bmore Media – Last year was a banner one for Baltimore area startups and the trend should continue in 2014, entrepreneurs say.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce named Maryland the top state for entrepreneurship and innovation while Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank launched a boot camp for entrepreneurs last year. And Executive Director Jason Hardebeck recently launched a Baltimore accelerator, DreamIT Ventures, for healthcare information technology companies.

Patisserie Poupon to Open Another Baltimore Location…With Tables!

Strawberry Charlotte at Patisserie Poupon.
Strawberry Charlotte at Patisserie Poupon.

Well you can forget your New Year’s diet resolutions if you live or work in downtown Baltimore.

The owner of Jonestown’s Patisserie Poupon is opening a new café about a mile away from his original location at the end of this month. The original Patisserie Poupon, specializing in French cakes and pastries, is retail only, with no seating. The new Café Poupon at 225 N. Charles St. will feature a full menu.

DC Food Council Expands to Baltimore


A Washington, D.C., nonprofit that certifies restaurants that offer diners healthful and sustainable foods is expanding to Baltimore.

The United States Healthful Food Council (USHFC) has certified its first restaurant in the Baltimore area, Zia’s Café in Towson, and will certify up to 10 Baltimore-area locations as part of its continuing expansion, says the food council’s Director of Marketing Chris Stemp.

Rehabbing Penn Station Row Houses For the Disabled


Courtesy Bmore Media –  Empire Homes of Maryland has bought six rowhouses in the Station North Arts and Entertainment District that it will renovate and turn into affordable, one-bedroom apartments for the disabled.

The $3.3 million project in the 1600, 1700 and 1800 blocks of North Calvert Street will result in 18 apartments when its completed this summer. Construction will begin in January.

De Kleine Duivel, a Belgium brasserie, Opens in Hampden


Courtesy Bmore Media – A Belgian brasserie opened Friday in a former social club of the Improved Order of Red Men Lodge at 3602 Hickory Ave. in Hampden.

De Kleine Duivel, which means “little devil” in Flemish, is just serving beer, wine, spirits, and small plates, such as paté, charcuterie, and cheese from the Green Onion Market in Hamilton. But the space has a full kitchen, which Owner Paul Kopchinski says he expects to open by late January. He will also offer live music in the coming months.

Ethiopian Restaurants Enliven Baltimore Neighborhoods

Didi Kassa, Owner of Cafe Jovial. Photo by Amanda Nolan
Didi Kassa, Owner of Cafe Jovial. Photo by Amanda Nolan

Wander along the 300 block of Park Avenue, which once was the heart of Baltimore City’s Chinatown district, and you will find that a few of its vestiges remain open, such as an Asian grocery store and Zhongshan Restaurant.

But the neighborhood in West Baltimore, about a block from the main branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, is sprouting businesses from another immigrant community.

Ryleigh’s Oyster House Opens New Timonium Location


The owner of Ryleigh’s Oyster House opened his second location in Timonium this month after investing $2 million to transform the former Gibby’s Seafood spot into the 300-seat restaurant.

The 10,000-square-foot location at 22 W. Padonia Road has a 2,000-square-foot rooftop herb garden available for private dining, and a patio.

“There was never any curb appeal,” Ryleigh’s Owner Brian McComas says of the former location. “So we definitely made it ‘shore house chic’ and rebuilt the whole front section of the building.”