It's a boy!
The fifth restaurant from Baltimore restaurateurs Tony Foreman and Cindy Wolf is named Johnny's. Scheduled to open Tuesday morning in Roland Park, Johnny's will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week.
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Johnny's will occupy the space at the Roland Park Shopping Center that was formerly occupied by the Roland Park Bakery & Deli. It joins the four other restaurants in the Foreman Wolf restaurant group, Charleston, Pazo, Cinghiale and Petit Louis, which is located in the same shopping center.
Foreman Wolf is intending Johnny's to be an unpretentious, everyday place for the Roland Park neighborhood. "Cindy and I both live in the neighborhood and felt a strong need to expand with something entirely different," Foreman said. "We both wanted to offer a new restaurant with broader meal services, honest cooking and healthful go-to options."
Accented with Mexican and Asian flavors, Johnny's menu is a collaboration among Foreman, Wolf and Johnny's executive chef Kiko Wilson. Among the offerings are lamb empanadas; a pulled beef brisket with hoisin barbecue sauce; chili made with beef, black bean and smoked jalapeno; and a panzanella salad with roasted pumpkin and white beans. Spring rolls, filled with either beef and soy lemon sauce or shrimp or vegetables and chile ginger sauce are Wilson's adaptation of the lumpia from her native Guam. But there are basics like burgers, paninis and grilled cheese sandwiches, too.
The day at Johnny's begins with a breakfast menu of pancake stacks, frittatas and Alpine muesli. The coffee program, under the direction of Lindsay DiFabbio, will feature Chemex-brewed single-origin coffees.
For lunch and dinner, Johnny's will serve salads and soups and sandwiches. Fully plated dinner specials are available daily between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. The American-focused wine and beverage program includes approximately 50 American wines by the glass as well as a cocktails and punch menu.
Part of Johnny's space was formerly occupied by the Roland Park Bakery & Deli. Flanking the main entrance are the Cafe, just off the main entrance, which has banquette seating, a farm table and a marble-topped coffee bar, and the Bar Room, which has natural brick walls and pillars from the 1890s. Foreman calls the look "Lake Tahoe."
Farther back are the Kitchen Dining Room and Back Room, which have lower ceilings and leather banquette seating.
Johnny's will serve breakfast 7-11 a.m. on weekdays and 7 a.m.-3 p.m. on weekends, lunch daily from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., and dinner 4-10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 4 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
As for the name, Johns run in the his family, Foreman said.
Johnny's won't take reservations, Foreman Wolf said.
Johnny's is at 4800 Roland Ave. For information, call 410-773-0777 or go to johnnysdownstairs.com.