Pen & Quill, the new restaurant from the Karzai family (The Helmand, Tapas Teatro and B, a Bolton Hill Bistro) will open Monday.
It's taking over the main restaurant space at The Chesapeake property at the corner of Charles and Lanvale streets, which has been closed since May. Pen & Quill's predecessor, a restaurant named The Chesapeake, operated for a little less than a year.
The Karzais have made mostly cosmetic changes to the space, which will be open for dinner Monday through Saturday, with plans to add a Sunday brunch in the fall, according to Helmand Karzai.
Pen and Quill (without an ampersand) was the name of the cocktail lounge within the old Chesapeake Restaurant in the 1950s and 60s. Only part of the massive space is taken up by the Karzais' restaurant.
Red Parrot Asian Bistro, which is not owned by the Karzais, will open this summer in the presently unoccupied ground-floor space between Tapas Teatro and Pen & Quill. The Chesapeake's upper floors are being converted by Station North Development Partners LLC into apartments, offices and meeting spaces.
Pen & Quill is at 1700 N. Charles St. For information call 410-601-3588. The restaurant's website is still in development.