Liberatore's

Liberatore's (Steve Ruark, For The Baltimore sun / July 30, 2010)

The operators of Liberatore’s in Timonium are opening an adjacent wine bar. Liquid Lib's will open on Nov. 25.

This will be the first wine bar in the Liberatore’s family of restaurants, which includes a total of five locations in Harford, Carroll and Baltimore Counties. The first location, in Eldersburg, was opened in 1988.

“I have been dreaming of opening a place like this for years,” said John Liberatore, who operates the Timonium restaurant on Deereco Road.
 
Liquid Lib’s, Liberatore said, will provide a new option for residents of northern Baltimore County, which is dominated, he explained, by taverns on one end and a handful of fine-dining destinations on the other.

The wine bar will have seating for 85, including 20 seats at the bar. The atmosphere, Liberatore said, will be rustic and cozy, with some seating on sofas in a lounge area. The wine program will feature a “cruvinet” system, a wine station that will allow customers to self-dispense one-, three- or five-ounce portions of featured wines.

“It’s a great way for someone to taste a wine without making a commitment to a full glass,” said Nicola Angelini, Liquid Lib’s wine director.

The menu will consist of small plates and pizza from a gas-fired brick oven.

Each Liberatore’s restaurant is operated by a different family member, and each has its own personality. While there are menu items common to all five restaurants, there are differences, too. The Liberatore’s in Perry Hall, for instance, is a casual restaurant, specializing in pasta dishes. The Timonium restaurant has more of a fine-dining atmosphere and specializes in veal and grilled meats.

For its first week of operation only, Liquid Lib’s will open at 5 p.m., but beginning on Dec. 1, it will open at 11:30 for lunch daily.

The Liberatore family has also announced plans to open a steak house named Lib’s Grill in Perry Hall. The restaurant will take over the former Manhattan Grill space in Honeygo Village.

Liquid Libs is at 9515 Deereco Road. For more information call Liberatore's Timonium at 410-561-3300 or visit liberatores.com.