Restaurateur plans to expand Miss Shirley's into School of Rock

Restaurateur Eddie Dopkin has major plans for two of his restaurants on West Cold Spring Lane.

Dopkin has applied for a beer and wine license for S'ghetti Eddie's, 410 W. Cold Spring Lane. The restaurant is currently BYOB. Dopkin said he and several of his family members will talk to the Roland Park Civic League about the application at the league's next meeting Thursday and will answer questions.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at Roland Park Presbyterian Church, 4801 Roland Ave. Dopkin is scheduled to talk at 8 p.m.

Dopkin also plans to expand Miss Shirley's, 507-13 W. Cold Spring Lane, into a space that he owns at 515 W. Cold Spring Lane. That space is now occupied by the School of Rock Baltimore.

The School of Rock plans to move, but where and when is still unknown, said Janet Decker, manager of the school that opened in 2005.

Dopkin said he hopes to expand Miss Shirley's in October or November. He confirmed that the School of Rock is moving, saying, "I did not renew their lease."

Dopkin has presented written plans to the Roland Park Civic League for the expansion of the first floor of Miss Shirley's. That plan will be discussed at the September league meeting, league officials said in their latest online newsletter.

The newsletter quotes Dopkin as saying, "We have had the (School of Rock) space for nine years and now have a need to use it."

Design plans to expand Miss Shirley's into the current rock school space call for adding 50 seats, a waiting area and bathrooms, and expanding the kitchen. The facade on Cold Spring Lane would be "carried over to the new space to make it look like a unified space," Dopkin told the civic league. A side entrance, for deliveries only, would be located along the west side wall next to the Roland Springs community. Outdoor seating during the warm-weather months would continue in the front of the new space, "similar to what we do now," Dopkin told the league.  

Dopkin has long been a major restaurateur on West Cold Spring Lane. He also owns the Roland Park Bagel Co., 500 W. Cold Spring Lane, and used to own the restaurants Alonso's and Loco Hombre, 413-415 W. Cold Spring Lane. He said he still owns the building.

His family also owns Classic Catering People in Owings Mills.

Dopkin has also notified the league that he has applied to the Baltimore City Board of Liquor License Commissioners for a class D license to sell beer (not in pitchers) and wine at S'Ghetti Eddie's. He told the league he will not sell liquor and that would agree to restrictions on hours, such as no sales later after midnight, and that he would also agree to not have a bar.

A liquor board hearing was originally scheduled for July 28, but Dopkin said he postponed it at the request of the Evergreen Community Association, which wanted to meet first to discuss the beer and wine license application.

Dopkin said beer and wine sales would be a small percentage of overall sales at S'ghetti Eddie's.

"We are not opening a bar," he said.

Also at this week's civic league meeting, Vince Green, an architect based at the Roland Park Shopping Center, will present updated plans by restaurateur Tony Foreman for an as-yet-unnamed second restaurant in the historic Roland Park Shopping Center, 4800 Roland Ave. That presentation is expected to include plans for signage.

Foreman and chef Cindy Wolf already run Petit Louis Bistro in the shopping center. The planned restaurant would have a lower price point, Foreman has said.

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