By Sharon Rydell, Sbrydell13@aol.com
2:41 PM EDT, May 2, 2013
They say that when one door closes, another opens. So it seems is the case with the area's restaurants.
Mia Carolina, which opened in 2005 in the space formerly occupied by Mezzanotte — once home to Fratelli's — closed its doors on March 31. Mia Carolina owner Jay Cohen remodeled the once Italian-themed space in 2007, updating the décor to better reflect fine dining in the innocuous strip Glyndon Square Shopping Center, and named it after his daughter.
You may recall that it was Fratelli's that paved the way for the first liquor license to be granted in what was once the dry Methodist town of Glyndon. And did they pack them in! It was once the hottest place to go to dinner.
Opening Monday, June 3 on Owings Mills Boulevard in the front left corner of the Boulevard Center will be the second venture of the northern-Virginia- based Stone's Cove Kitbar. Co-owner B.J. Stone is billing the kitbar as a "totally new interactive dining experience" that he calls "recess for adults".
Stone decided to capitalize on the concept that most dinner parties seem to naturally gravitate to the kitchen. His restaurant combines an open kitchen and bar area with seating around that is serviced by "ChefTenders", who entertain with their scintillating personalities while seeing to your every whim and need.
Stone also took note of the fact that grazing and sampling and sharing are a huge part of the present dining experience. The menu focuses then on shareable plates called Appetapas and Edibations, (both of which have registered trademarks), along with Grabbers. His partnership with KOR Food Innovation founder and Chef John L. Csukor helped him develop the concept into the menu offered.
Look for the standard libations with the Stone's Cove Kitbar twist. Their wine list is touted as being "carefully crafted" to compliment their food and their hops will offer "the usual suspects" along with local brews.
Stone's years in the corporate dining trenches of Cheesecake Factory, TGI Fridays, Bennigan's, Copeland's, Outback and Bonefish Grill have more than prepared him for this venture. So did a heart attack thirteen years ago. Surviving gave him a new perspective and a new direction: Venture philanthropy. Ten percent of the Kitbar's profits goes to the Do Good Things Foundation, a philanthropic initiative that partners with charitable organizations.
Let's all wish the Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Company a heartfelt happy 100th anniversary. In all of Baltimore County the company ranks in the 95th percentile. That means it strives to respond to emergency calls in three minutes and take six minutes to respond to nonemergency calls.
The community is invited to join the volunteers on Saturday, May 18for the Fireman's Parade at 9 a.m. Watch them as they march north on Main Street, beginning at Chartley Drive and concluding at Harvest View.
You'll have a firsthand look at the company's antique and modern day fire equipment with which you'll gain a better perspective on what it takes to fight a fire that threatens you and the structure you inhabit. You may also see invited participants from the surrounding Baltimore and Carroll counties.
On the company's actual anniversary date — June 11, which falls this year on a Tuesday — they will dedicate the addition and renovation of their firehouse, following a flag raising ceremony taking place at noon. The ceremony will also include a dedication of the memorial that honors all of those who have served with the Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Company.
The Reisterstown-Owings Mills-Glyndon Chamber of Commerce has hired Colleen Brady to function in their newly created position of staff president. Colleen owned and operated Peace of Mind Yoga Studio at 317 Main Street from 2002 to 2007.
She says that her vision for the Chamber is to elevate its presence in the community through increased communication with networking as a tool. She hopes to raise the Chamber's level of visibility with the aforementioned and subsequently grow its membership.
Congratulations go out to William Yurcik, a sixth-grader from Franklin Middle School. He is one of thirteen new Baltimore County Public School students named as 2013 Carson Scholars by the Carson Scholars Fund. He will receive a $1,000 college scholarship for his "outstanding academic achievements and humanitarian qualities".
The following Franklin High School students had their scholar status renewed: Allier Kapus in grade 11 is a five-time scholar winner. Jenna Rohde in grade 12 is a two-time scholar winner. That rates another WOW!
From Franklin Middle School is three-time winner McKenzie Patrick in grade 7, who WOWs us yet again.
Congratulations to all!
Don't forget, the Reisterstown's Bloomin' ArtFest is back again this Saturday, May 11, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The event will, as in past years, take place on the grounds of Franklin Middle School and will offer live music by the Reisterstown Jazz Ensemble, Lyle & Cat Montanye and Heads Up.
On hand will be the Raven's Mascot Poe, The Oriole Bird, and the opportunity to buy a chance for the football autographed by Joe Flacco. Along with those vendors participating, note that the shops all along Main Street will be open, and invite you to come by.
You can also plan on spending your Friday evenings on Main Street, beginning on June 21 with the weekly free event of Music on Main Street, sponsored by the Reisterstown Improvement Association. Every Friday evening from 7 to 10 p.m. you can come and be entertained on the lawn of Franklin Middle School. Bring your lawn chairs and nibbles and relax. You'll have this opportunity through September.
Still looking for something to do? Well then, the Glyndon Volunteer Fire Department will again be holding their Flea and Farmers' Market the first Saturday of every month through November. Vendors will be hawking their wares both inside the fire house and outside on their grounds and refreshments will be offered.
A very special birthday wish to: Ellis Owrutsky (90), Alvin Tamres (99), Anita Fisher (85),
Congratulations on your milestone wedding anniversary: Beverly and Leon Albin (65), Elayne and Buzz Berg (60), Marion and Philip Freedman (65), Arlene and Norman Glaser (55), and Annette and Wilfred Romanoff.
Mazel Tov on the Bar Mitzvah of Samuel Jaye Berg, Ezra Lev Seegull, Jared Scott Hurwitz, Jack Lebow, and Ethan Barr.
Mazel Tov on the Bat Mitzvah of Dora Jill Berg, Abigail Rose Reibman, and Jocelyn Esther Gann,
My condolences on the passing of Shabse Kurland.
Look for my next column on Thursday, June 13.
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