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Restaurateur Lane Harlan plans Old Goucher beer garden, Clavel expansion

Lane Harlan, the Baltimore restaurateur behind the popular Remington spots Clavel and W.C. Harlan, has major plans in the works.

In September, she and her team will begin work on an outdoor beer garden in Old Goucher that will feature a natural wine bar, along with serving beer and cocktails, Harlan said on Friday. She hopes to open it in the spring, but said it could open sooner if they’re able to work through the winter weather.

Harlan declined to give the address, but said the courtyard where it will be located is within walking distance from Clavel (which is located at 225 W. 23rd St.).

The beer garden, which does not yet have a name, has been a project she’s wanted to take on for a long time — even before Clavel, which opened in June 2015. The previous space she eyed fell through, she said.

“It’s really amazing to us now that we’re finally about to do this thing that we tried to do before Clavel, but couldn’t,” Harlan said. “Old Goucher is somewhere we’ve wanted to be for a long time, so we’re really stoked.”

But before Harlan turns her attention to the beer garden, an expansion of Clavel will occur first. The restaurant, known for its Mexican food and mezcal-focused bar program, will take over a garage attached to the property, she said.

The new space, which Harlan believes will add at least 50 seats to the restaurant, will allow Clavel to create a cold kitchen focused on ceviche — something she and chef Carlos Raba have wanted to explore, but didn’t have the space to, she said. Harlan and Raba plan to visit Sinaloa in Mexico in late September for research in developing the ceviche menu.

“That will be like the last dance before we start actually getting the menu ready,” she said. “We’re really hoping to get the space open this fall.”

The garage space will expand Clavel’s offerings in other ways, too. She believes the additional seats will reduce the usual wait-time at Clavel, which doesn’t accept reservations. It will also allow Clavel to host private events, she said.

The plan is also to soon apply for a live entertainment license to host Latin American dance nights, Harlan said.

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