The Hooters on Joppa Road in Towson is no more.
Summer is upon us and this year, and the new season brings lots of news in the Baltimore restaurant world, from openings and closings to fun festivals. Here’s a look at what’s coming up:
Before I stepped foot inside Nepenthe Brewing Co., I’d already heard a lot about it. I knew it was a new concept for Nepenthe Homebrew, a well-respected shop within the local homebrewing community that moved after a series of floods ravaged its building in the Meadow Mill complex next to the Jones Falls.
I’d also heard, through friends, that the new Nepenthe location was a lot of fun. They were right. During our visit, Nepenthe’s food was uneven, but there was a lot to like about it; the space, drinks and people went a long way towards making up for a few imperfections from the kitchen.
From wine to Pride to Father’s Day and beyond, this weekend and week are busy in Baltimore. Check out what’s happening in the local restaurant world:
Steven Rivelis found himself in an odd position the other day. He was sitting outside The Elephant, the restaurant he co-owns at 924 N. Charles St., having a drink when a woman approached him to offer her condolences for their closure.
When he informed her The Elephant is actually still very much open, pointing to an “OPEN” sign on the door nearby and diners inside, she said he was wrong. She had read the coverage of the Mount Vernon eatery’s impending demise and was certain they had shut down, despite what he was telling her. (“There are people eating dinner in the window, you can see that,” he says he protested.)
Union Collective-based booze maker Baltimore Spirits Company has headed west—or, at least, sent some of its products that way.
Nothing tastes better than rosé in the summer. Fill your glass up and toast to the start of an unforgettable season. Sunday, June 23, Downtown Baltimore will be hosting a summer soiree like no other at Preston Gardens – Rosé in the Garden. Grab a couple of friends and dress in your best garden party attire. Spend the day sipping on rosé, munching on bites from some excellent Downtown restaurants and swaying to DJ Cory Banks. Age is 21+ and tickets can be purchased here. Cheers!
Two of Baltimore’s booze purveyors announced partnerships today on products outside their respective wheelhouses.
Sagamore Spirit, makers of Maryland rye whiskey, are partnering with Sierra Nevada on a beer–naturally, a rye ale aged using Sagamore’s barrels. Per the distiller, the red ale uses Maryland-grown malt and will feature some of the same flavor notes as the company’s signature rye: clove, nutmeg and hints of walnut and brown sugar.
The Restaurant Association of Maryland will present the first Maryland Foodie Fest, a family-friendly food festival at Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen on Saturday, June 22, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Maryland Foodie Fest will feature cooking competitions, food pairings and samples from restaurants throughout Maryland, craft beer and wine, vendors and live music.
The festival will host two cooking competitions—burgers and seafood—the only cooking competitions in Maryland sanctioned by the World Food Championships. Open to both home and professional chefs, the competitions will give participants the chance to win prize money and compete in the World Food Championships, the largest competition in food sport.
Hot Plate: Clavel turns four, celebrations of Italian, Chilean and Lao flavors, Donut Bike Crawl and more
This week in Baltimore’s bar and dining scene is filled with events featuring international flair–and lots of wine, plus a few donuts. Here’s a look at what’s coming up: