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Prime Rib at Maryland Live adding staff

The Prime Rib at Maryland Live Casino is on track to open, quietly, sometime in December, but there is a hiring of note. The steakhouse has brought on as its dining room manager Jean-Jacques Retourne, who was the general manager at Citronelle in Washington for more than 13 years. Citronelle, Michel Richard's celebrated restaurant in the Latham Hotel, closed in July after suffering extensive water damage, and the status of its reopening remains uncertain.

The restaurant also announced the appointments of head chef Michael Meisel and sous chef Doff Edwards.

An area dining institution, the Prime Rib was established in Baltimore in 1965 by brothers Buzz and Nick Beler. The Prime Rib at Maryland Live Casino will be a joint venture between Buzz Beler and the casino's operators.

Restaurants and veterans Veterans Day is a red-letter day on a few restaurant calendars, both the official holiday on Sunday and the observed date on Monday.

The Americana in Canton (900 S. Kenwood Ave, 443-708-8466, is observing Veterans Day with a full week of events The tavern is owned by Alex van Breukelen, a former Marine who said he's built a solid base of veterans at the Americana, largely through word of mouth, since its summer 2011 opening.

The schedule of events at the Americana includes a networking event on Thursday, a party honoring Department of Defense civilians on Friday and a bar crawl and party on Saturday.

In Glen Burnie, Mission BBQ (7748 Ritchie Highway, 410-773-9888, is holding a "Freedom isn't Free" event on Monday, complete with complimentary sandwiches for veterans and an Iwo Jima replica cake created by Charm City Cakes.

The owners of Mission BBQ recently announced the opening of a second location, on Nov. 16, in Perry Hall.

Reunion in Mount Washington The Mount Washington Tavern was scheduled to reopen Tuesday night, a year and week after the early-morning fire that destroyed the landmark restaurant on Halloween morning 2011.

The grand reopening for the rebuilt restaurant will be Nov. 21, Thanksgiving Eve, traditionally one of the most popular evenings at the tavern, when regulars would reconnect with their old high school friends.

Highlights of the renovated space include a more open floor plan that provides better flow between the dining spaces, a seasonal deck adjacent to the upper-level Sky Bar and bar areas themed around Baltimore sporting passions like lacrosse and horse racing.

The grand reopening party begins at 8 p.m. Nov. 21.

The Mount Washington Tavern is at 5700 Newbury St. For information, call 410-367-6903 or go to

Strain's back Three Bistro Blanc alumni, including Tae Strain, will return to Marc Dixon's Glenelg restaurant for a "pop-up" dinner on Wednesday night.

Strain was the chef at Demi, the lower-level restaurant within Crush at Belvedere Square, which closed in May after a brief but exciting run. At the "pop-up" dinner, Strain will be joining Ben Rosen, who is now working with James Beard Award-winning chef Michelle Bernstein in Miami, and Janny Kim, who recently returned to Bistro Blanc after a stint at Hanaro in Bethesda.

As for Strain, Dixon said that since leaving Demi, the young chef spent some time in Napa, Calif., helping Michelin Star Chef Brad Farmerie open a restaurant and then traveling through Asia "eating his way through culture and history."

Wednesday's dinner at Bistro Blanc will be a la carte. Dixon said that Strain, Rosen and Kim will create a one-night-only menu.

Bistro Blanc is at 3800 Ten Oaks Road, Glenelg. For information, call 410-489-7907 or go to

Tatu reopens Tatu (614 Water St.,410244-7385, at Power Plant Live reopened Oct. 26 after a $150,000 renovation. Additions include new open-air dining, the expansion of the sushi menu and new small-plate items. There's also a new upstairs gallery, which features a regular rotation of works by local and regional artists.

Tatu opened in the summer of 2010 at Power Plant Live as part of the downtown entertainment complex's continuing overhaul.

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