Hot Plate: New Wet City Hours, Four Season Restaurant Announcement, Monument Beer Dinner at Gnocco

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Wet City announced new hours this week; it will no longer be open for lunch.

Gorgeous weather – and the promise of more of it – make this a great week to head out to dinner. Following a big weekend, packed with Easter brunch options, local restaurants and food-related businesses are hosting a smattering of events all week long.

Here’s a look at what to do in and around Baltimore this week:

Easter Plans

The big news for restaurants this week is on Sunday when Easter brunches blossom all over the city. If you don’t yet have your plans in place, there’s still a little time to make something happen. Check out our roundup of Baltimore’s Easter options here.

News & Announcements

Atlas Restaurant Group – the team behind Harbor East powerhouses Azumi, Ouzo Bay and Loch Bar – announced this week that they will open a 250-seat restaurant on the Four Seasons rooftop this fall. There are few details available yet, but between the views and the management, it’s sure to be a hit.

Have you been to Wet City yet? It’s making a serious name for itself as a beer bar/restaurant – for good reason. The bright, cheery spot in Midtown Belvedere has one of the best, most interesting beer lists in the city, plus a solid, approachable menu.

Unfortunately, for fans of beer with lunch, Wet City has some bad news: It is shifting its hours to focus on dinner and will no longer be open for lunch. Still, it’s a great happy hour, dinner or late night option and the owners have some new plans in store for the dinner menu.

Unfortunately, this week brought some sad news, too, with the announcement that Ware House 518, the Mount Vernon restaurant located in the space that has also been occupied by Ixia and the much-loved Louie’s Bookstore Café, has closed. The restaurant has been sold; later this month, it will reopen as G.A.Y. Lounge.

East Baltimore Happenings

Over the past few months, the Brewer’s Hill/ Canton area has become a terrific restaurant destination. This week, restaurants in the area offer some excellent reasons to head there.

Tomorrow, Cardinal Tavern will host its monthly Mixology Brunch. This month, attendees will learn how to make palomas, margaritas, and mojitos (just in time for warmer weather). While mixing and muddling, guests will also nosh on the chef’s chilaquiles and huevos rancheros.

On Wednesday, Monument City Brewing Company is teaming up with Gnocco for a beer dinner featuring Monument City’s brews alongside Gnocco’s creative Mediterranean food. Dishes include showstoppers like arancini with whipped lardo and pickled Fresno chili and roast lamb with artichokes, sunchokes and garlic puree paired with the Pines Double IPA.

If you haven’t been to Gnocco yet, go. Chef/owner Brian Lavin is turning out some spectacular food in his small Brewer’s Hill space. He’s getting some attention for it, too: Zagat just named him a semi-finalist in their national 30-under-30 program.

At Gunther & Co., warmer weather means the reopening of the restaurant’s pretty patio and the return of monthly “Yappier Hour” events, where pups are welcome, and some proceeds benefit BARCS Animal Shelter. The first of the season was this past Wednesday; keep your eye out for next month’s event. (And in the meantime, give the patio a try sans pup.)

Bmore in DC

On Wednesday, April 19, DC Taste of the Nation at Nationals Park will include a little Baltimore love. The event’s “Baltimore Row” includes several local powerhouses – The Food Market, Fork & Wrench, Modern Cook Shop, La Food Marketa, B&O American Brasserie, Pen & Quill, Wit & Wisdom, The Local Oyster, Preserve, The Charmery, Hersh’s and La Cuchara.

The event benefits No Kid Hungry, a non-profit organization with a goal of ending childhood hunger.

Sushi & Sake at Azumi

On Thursday, April 20, get up close and personal with Japanese food at Sushi & Sake 101 at Azumi. Chefs from the restaurant will teach class attendees how to roll sushi and how to pair different sushi options with sake.

Azumi has a fantastic sake selection and access to some amazing fish (as well as kitchen talent), so this is a great opportunity to learn from the best.

Sagamore Distillery Opens for Business

Sagamore Spirit’s new Port Covington distillery opens for public tours Friday, April 21. During the distillery’s first open weekend, April 21-23, guests can enjoy free tours (on a first come, first serve basis), as well as a party atmosphere, with food trucks, lawn games, and live music.

Moving forward, reservations are recommended and tours will be $15 for adults, $10 for military personnel, $8 for those 10 to 20 years old and free for kids 9 and under.

The  Supper at Loyola Blakefield

Friday, April 21 marks the return of The Supper, the chef-centric event that raises funds for the Saint Agnes Foundation.

The evening features a live-action competition between famous Baltimore culinary talents. This year, Magdalena chef Mark Levy will battle Chris Becker of the Bagby Group. The winner of that match-up will then compete against last year’s champion, Chef Zack Mills of Wit & Wisdom.

Guests get to dine on the fruits of the competition, which are sure to be both beautiful and tasty.

Planning Ahead

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

May 6: Heavy Seas Taco Festival

May 6: Charm City Wine Run

May 26: Sweet and Savory at Prigel Family Creamery

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