Ivy Hotel to re-open Oct. 1, new concept for hotel restaurant Magdalena

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Ivy Hotel front room.

The Ivy Hotel, the 19th-century boutique hotel in Mt. Vernon, will reopen October 1, and its lower floor eatery, Magdalena, will reopen on Oct. 9, re-launching with a new restaurant concept: Magdalena, a Maryland Bistro.

“We are thrilled to indulge guests in The Ivy experience again, which is so well suited to what local and regional travelers want in a getaway today,” said Rob Arthur, The Ivy Hotel general manager in a press release. “While we’ve instated significant COVID-19 precautions throughout the entire property in concert with guidance from public officials as well as the Director of the Harvard Medical School Infectious Research, The Ivy has long focused on cultivating an environment of peace, comfort and serenity.”

The Ivy holds just nine suites and nine rooms. The common areas are available to guests only.

The restaurant’s new concept was reimagined during the temporary closure. While the name ‘Magdalena’ will remain — it is a name from the family of local owners Eddie and Sylvia Brown — the food of the restaurant will feature Maryland classics such as mock turtle soup, Eastern Shore crab cakes, Southern Maryland ham, and more.

Executive Chef Mark Levy will continue in his role along with sous chefs Devin Slimmer and Scott Bacon. The new menu was inspired by field trips the culinary team took to local farmers and purveyors over the past several months.

“Looking back upon five years since opening and understanding how the pandemic is affecting our daily lives, we decided to naturally evolve from traditional fine dining into a bistro concept that explores the meaning of Maryland cuisine in a fun and accessible way,” remarked Executive Chef, Mark Levy.  “Our goal with the new concept is to create a beautiful homage to Maryland that locals will feel proud of and introduce out-of-town visitors to an elevated take on iconic Baltimore dishes.”

SM+P Architects created the restaurant’s new design with an organic approach to the five dining spaces that include, “classic bistro touches.” The courtyard garden will be open for outdoor dining.

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