Ouzo Bay celebrated ten years in business this past week. Photo courtesy of Ouzo Bay.

With school back in session and summer winding down, this week marks a transition time in the Baltimore restaurant world, including openings, closings and vacations – plus a handful events serving as a kickoff to a fun, food-filled fall.

Here’s a look at what’s happening this week:

Openings & announcements

Hannah’s Café opened its doors earlier this summer. The Towson café serves breakfast and lunch, including a variety of different sandwiches, flatbreads and salads.

Later this month, Doozy’s Diner will open in the Catonsville space that formerly housed Duesenberg’s American Café.

Keep an eye out for reopening news from Paik’s Place Restaurant in Curtis Bay. The restaurant has been closed for a few months, following a fire earlier this summer, but is hoping to reopen soon – possibly this week.

Ouzo Bay, the very first restaurant opened by Atlas Restaurant Group, celebrated ten years in business last week. Congratulations to the Ouzo team!

Canton’s Annabel Lee Tavern is in search of a buyer. While the restaurant is remaining open for now, it is on the market, so its future is uncertain.

Sadly, North Ave. Market, the arcade bar, has closed its doors.

On vacation

A couple local spots are closed this week for well-deserved vacation.

Peter’s Inn is closed until Sept. 8 and Faidley’s Seafood is also closed from Sept. 5-10 for vacation.

New local canned cocktails

Local brewing stalwart Heavy Seas Beer is branching out. The Halethorpe brewery has introduced a line of canned vodka cocktails with flavors like Orange Crush and Strawberry Lemonade. They are available to purchase and carry out from the brewery and will be available at local stores.

BxB

The monthly music and makers festival, Baltimore by Baltimore, is back at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater on Saturday, Sept. 3. While checking out local musicians and makers, festival-goers can enjoy food and drinks from Bar Movement, Codetta Bake Shop, Ms Cook Therapy, Irie Watas, Remy’s Flavored Ice, Shareef’s House of Wraps and Bullhead Pit Beef.

Lexington Market sendoff

On Saturday, Lexington Market will host an event celebrating the East Market’s 70 years in business – and the coming closing of the building. The party, which is free and open to the public, will include music, giveaways and speakers.

On Tuesday, the new Lexington Market Plaza building will open with 36 merchants. One market anchor, Faidley’s Seafood, will remain open in the old building until early next year, when it will move into the Plaza.

Fleet Week fun

Maryland Fleet Week & Flyover is back in person this year, starting on Sept. 7. Though the main focus of the event is on the ships and planes, the multi-day event has a fun food angle, too.

At noon on Friday, Sept. 9, Nancy by SNAC chef Kevin Brown will head to the Inner Harbor to host a crab soup cookoff, pitting chefs from visiting ships against some of Baltimore’s own chefs. Chef David Thomas, of H3irloom Food Group, will help judge.  

Later that evening, Chef Egg will present a family-friendly interactive cooking demo focused on preparing sustainable seafood dishes.

Inside the Barrel

Also on Sept. 9, JBGB’s and Union Craft Brewing will team up for a dinner and discussion diving into the wood-aged, Workshop Series beers from Union. The evening will include a tour of Union’s wood barrel-aged beers, an opportunity to be the first to taste the newest release, and a meal with food by John Brown General & Butchery paired with Union beers.

Chuck’s at Pariah

Also on Friday, the crew from Chuck’s Trading Post will pop up at Pariah Brewing Company on Union Ave. The pop-up kicks off at 6 p.m. and lasts until 9 p.m.

Planning for the future

Mark your calendars for:

Sept. 25: Baltimore Deviled Egg Pageant

Sept. 30: Passion for Food and Wine benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Maryland

Oct. 6: 50th Annual Greek Festival

Kit Pollard

Kit Waskom Pollard is a Baltimore Fishbowl contributing writer. She writes Hot Plate every Friday in the Baltimore Fishbowl.