Leonard Clarke, one of the former owners of the Mt. Vernon nightclub Red Maple, opens this weekend Starlite, a diner, in the former Shoo-Fly location at Belvedere Square. Arim Isabel, of New York restaurant Cafeteria, will serve as executive chef.


The restaurant will feature an all-day breakfast menu that includes pancakes, steak and eggs, build-your-own omelettes and more. The regular all-day menu features diner standards like cheeseburgers, a turkey sandwich, chopped salad, fries and other classic American fare.

Starlite will be open Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m., and on Saturdays and Sundays, it will open at 9:00 a.m.  The bar will be open until 2:00 a.m. on Thursdays through Saturday. The restaurant will open tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. for lunch and dinner only, Clarke told the Towson Flyer.

This is the third restaurant in the location, which used to house a Hess shoe store and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Before Shoo-Fly, restaurants Crush and Taste were in the space.

Clarke believes his restaurant will succeed where the other restaurants have struggled and said he feels confident that the food at the new restaurant will make it a success.

Susan Gerardo Dunn is the founding editor and publisher of Baltimore Fishbowl.