When Restaurateur Tony Foreman — owner with chef Cindy Wolf of Charleston, Cinghiale, Pazo and Petit Louis — first announced plans to open a new restaurant in the old Roland Park Deli space, he said he expected it to open at the end of 2011. Then it was March 2012. The latest date is August. The reason for the delays? Major structural problems at the old shabby chic spot, behind the Morgan Millard Building in the 4800 block of Roland Ave. Here’s what the old neighborhood haunt looks like now:
Allison Parker-Abromitis, vp of development and communications for the Foreman-Wolf restaurants, gave us the details in an email:
“As we progressed during construction, it became painfully obvious the building was not structurally sound. The structural engineer found that it didn’t have a foundation, there were no footings, there was terminate damage, the original frame was never treated and the wood was basically rotted at the base. The roof had been through so many patch jobs that made it difficult to justify any salvage of what was no longer historic. We went back to CHAP and the Roland Park Civic League to express our concern. Everyone agreed that we could dismantle the building and build it back as originally presented. It’s a more expensive route but one that is certainly safer, and will have a longer life in the end since we will be using current and better materials.”
The restaurant will feature American cuisine at an affordable price. Still no word on the name, but we’ll keep asking…
Watch this space for more pictures as the building progresses.