Ethel & Ramone's in Mount Washington will reopen early next year as Ethel's Creole Kitchen. The restaurant is currently closed for renovations. Until recently, the restaurant's operators, Edward M. Bloom and Jeff Berkow, had been leasing their space. Bloom purchased the building in July.
The Sulgrave Avenue eatery has evolved over the years from its 1993 origins as a coffee and tea room. The biggest change was in 1999, when Bloom joined original owner Berkow and helped re-launch the space as Ethel & Ramone's, a specialist in Cajun and Creole food.
When Ethel's Creole Kitchen opens, it will have outdoor dining porches both upstairs and downstairs, and its menu, Bloom said, will paint a more complete picture of what he calls "Maryland Creole" cuisine.
An enlarged kitchen at Ethel’s will allow Bloom and Berkow to do more catering. They plan in 2014 to launch Ethel's Creole Picnic, a catering arm specializing in events like crawfish boils and pig roasts.
In the meantime, Ethel's is doing business down at Sunday's Baltimore Farmers' Market, where they sell jambalaya and Cajun breakfast sandwiches.