Lupa in Columbia to close this weekend

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Lupa, the Roman trattoria located on Lake Kittamaqundi in Columbia, will shut down this weekend after Saturday’s dinner service.

Just over a year old, Lupa (which translates to “she-wolf” in Italian) has fast become a crowd pleaser in Howard County with its daily handmade pastas, Foccaccia pizza, wine selection and gelato and espresso offerings.

But Tony Foreman, who co-owns the eatery with newly minted James Beard Award semifinalist (and eight-time finalist) Cindy Wolf, divulged in a statement that Lupa’s investors “are no longer interested in funding the restaurant.”

He offered thanks to the short-lived concept’s customers, saying, “We love Lupa and will miss Howard County and all of our regular guests.”

Foreman Wolf, which operates a handful of popular Baltimore restaurants like Charleston and Cinghiale in Harbor East, Bar Vasquez in Fells Point, and Petit Louis Bistro and Johnny’s in Roland Park, has controlled the Lupa space since 2014. For most of that time, it served as a second Petit Louis location, but the restaurant group switched out its French cuisine for Italian fare in January 2018.

All of Lupa’s full-time staff will be offered positions at other Foreman Wolf locations, according to a release.

Lupa is skipping brunch before the final dinner service Saturday, per a separate email.

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Ethan McLeod

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Ethan has been editing and reporting for Baltimore Fishbowl since fall of 2016. His previous stops include Fox 45, CQ Researcher and Connection Newspapers in Northern Virginia. His freelance writing has been featured in Baltimore City Paper, Leafly, DCist and BmoreArt, among other outlets. He enjoys basketball, humid Mid-Atlantic summers and story tips.
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