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Michael's Cafe has opened its second location in Middle River

The popular Michael’s Cafe announced Tuesday that is has opened its long-awaited second restaurant in Middle River.

The new establishment is serving customers at Greenleigh at Crossroads near Interstate 95 and Route 43, according to a news release. Chef Josh Vecchiolla will preside over the 9,900-square-foot space, which is about three-quarters the size of the flagship restaurant in Timonium.

The menu will feature American classics such as steak, sandwiches and seafood, along with a few new dishes, including Vecchiolla’s signature scallops and grits. The indoor space includes a 40-foot bar and can seat 210 customers. A 900-square-foot outdoor dining area and lounge will be built later this spring, the release said.

The second location has been a long time in coming.

The original cafe founded by Michael Dellis has been in business since 1984 in Timonium at 2119 York Road. In 2013, the restaurant’s owners backed out of a plan to open a second dining establishment in Federal Hill after it was opposed by neighbors who cited concerns about occupancy limits and parking.

“We have spent much time searching for the perfect geographic location to expand,” restaurant owner and operator Steve Dellis said in the release. “We are thrilled to be opening this second family-owned and operated restaurant in White Marsh-Middle River.”

A grand opening is scheduled for May.

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