Restaurant Deconstructed

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Restaurant Deconstructed Oh Donna

Donna Crivello—yes, that Donna—has historically created restaurants where she herself wants to eat. Serene specialty coffee shops in the days when Starbuck was still just the mate in “Moby-Dick,” casual eateries with neighborhood appeal. Now she’s cooked up the restaurant of her dreams. Inspired by Crivello’s Italian heritage—and many trips …

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Beer Studies

After Ian Hummel graduated from the VLB, a prestigious German beer-making school in Berlin, his dad, Harry, a York, PA-based architect, offered to help him establish a place to ply his trade. The result is the revitalized former Station 16 firehouse at N. Calvert and Read, in which the architect …

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New Moon

While newcomers might confuse her restaurant for a brand of Belgian-style wheat beer, owner Sarah Simington is quick to set them straight. “We were here first man, we were here first,” she says of the 35-seat Blue Moon in Fells Point, known for its 24-hour hangover-friendly breakfast menu. Simington opened …

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In Like Finn

After parting company with his brother Spike (they co-owned Spike & Charlie’s and The Atlantic), Charlie Gjerde went on to open Alexander’s Tavern and Papi’s Tacos in Fells Point and, most recently, Huck’s American Craft, which took over the former Elliott’s Pour House in Brewers Hill. The team—Gjerde and his …

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Artful Eats

Robbin Haas has a reputation for rehabilitating bedeviled locations. With Birroteca in Woodberry and Mt. Washington’s Nickel Tap House, he concocted the perfect elixir of food and atmosphere in formerly troubled spaces. Now Haas brings veg-centric Encantada to the space above the American Visionary Arts Museum (AVAM) that was most …

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Restaurant Deconstructed April

Another tiny restaurant—26 seats in all—opens in Hampden, and this one is a Fabergé egg. Clearly a driven man, Arômes chef/owner Steve Monnier puts together complex small plates with whatever the market offers on a given day, supplemented by exotic flourishes from a collection of tins above the stove: dried …

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