The owners of Barrett's Grill at the Hunt Valley Towne Centre will open a restaurant in the Glyndon location that was the site of Mia Carolina until earlier this year.
The new restaurant will be called Glyndon Grill, according to Michael Sipes, who co-owns both Barrett's Grill and the new restaurant with John Barrett. Glyndon Grill will operate with a different menu and chef than Barrett's but will also focus on in-house, made-from-scratch preparations, said Sipes, who added that Glyndon Grill will also likely be more casual than Barrett's Grill, which he and Barrett have owned since 2011.
Sipes said he thinks residents of Glyndon and the surrounding communities will welcome another dining option. "We're hoping to reach that customer that's looking for something a little nicer without mortgaging their home," Sipes said. "We've had a lot of folks tell us they wish they had a place to go."
Located in the Glyndon Square Shopping Center on Butler Road, the restaurant property is being completely renovated, back and front, and will include an enlarged bar, carved partly out of a space that Mia Carolina used for retail sales, according to Sipes.
The restaurant, which will seat approximately 120 people, is targeted for a mid-September opening, Sipes said.
New in Federal Hill Joey B's Bar and Grille is now open in the Federal Hill spot that used to be The Hill.
The new restaurant is from Joseph Bivona, who owns the Grille at Peerce's.
Joey B's Bar and Grille is a more casual spot than the Grille at Peerce's. The basic layout at Joey B's is the same as The Hill's was, but the whole place has been repainted. Everything that was white is now a glossy black; everything that was cream-colored is now brick-red. The walls are filled with Baltimore memorabilia, mostly sports photographs.
The menu includes build-your-own burgers, panini and hot turkey sandwiches; the entrees are classic Baltimore tavern fare like chicken Milanese, baby back ribs and crab cakes.
The house specialty is chef Manny Robinson's variations on arancini — Sicilian rice balls — stuffed with things like lump crab meat, fresh buffalo mozzarella or macaroni and cheese.
Joey B's is open for dinner seven days a week, for lunch Wednesday through Friday and for brunch on weekends. Find it at 1015 S. Charles St. For information, call 443-388-9653. The restaurant's website is under construction.
New in Locust Point Sweet Caroline's opened last week in the Locust Point space that was formerly, and memorably, Pazza Luna.
The owners are a husband and wife team, John "Jay" Ferrari and Ashley Fowler, who previously ran the Bamboo Restaurant and Tiki Bar in Ocean City.
The thing to know about Sweet Caroline's is that it's not Pazza Luna, which ran under different owners and operators from 1999 to the spring of 2011. The original edition of Pazza Luna, which featured a shrine to Frank Sinatra, was very much the personal vision of Kim Acton. Succeeding editions kept some aspects of Acton's vision and dropped others. But Pazza Luna was always recognizably an Italian bistro.
Ferrari and Fowler have renovated the property's dining spaces into a spruced-up and approachable neighborhood tavern, the kind of place where Locust Point residents might drop in several nights a week.
Sweet Caroline's menu, which Fowler and Ferrari developed with their chef, Patrick Cook, has entrees like jumbo lump crab cake platters, shrimp pasta, pineapple mango pork and lemon-dill salmon. The lunch menu features burgers and panini. The restaurant is serving lunch and dinner daily.
Sweet Caroline's is at 1401 E. Clement St. For information call 410-244-1401.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun