The Pappas crab cake

Pappas' Famous Crabcake served with grilled asparagus and lemon, tomato, and parsley to garnish. (Tasha Treadwell / Baltimore Sun photo / July 8, 2009)

Pappas, the family-owned Parkville restaurant whose crab cakes have an ardent area following, will take over the Cockeysville location on Cranbrook Road where Patrick's closed last year.

"It's going to happen," said Steve Pappas, the restaurant's owner and general manager. Pappas, whose father Mark Pappas opened the Parkville restaurant in the early 1970s, said the opening date depended on the successful acquisition of a liquor license for the Cranbrook Road property.

The opening could be late spring or late summer depending on how quickly the license is acquired, Pappas said.

In 2010, the Pappas family opened a second restaurant in Glen Burnie.

Patrick's, which has been closed since early July of last year, never posted an official closing notice.  On Friday, a message on the restaurant's website, which first appeared last summer, still said, "We are closed for remodeling."

By Monday, the website had been updated with this message, "Patrick's has closed. Thank you for years of your loyal patronage - we wish you and your family the best."