The operators of Portside Tavern in Canton got approval from the Baltimore City Liquor License Board on Thursday to expand into its neighboring building, the former AKA studio, a hair salon.
The annexed building will operate as a separate restaurant named Cask & Grain, said Portside operating partner Steve Roop. Confirming information in a story about the expansion that appeared in the Baltimore Business Journal, Roop said that Cask & Grain will be in the style of a farm-to-table restaurant.
Roop repeated his belief that farm-to-table is here to stay. "I've been in this business since 1989 and I've seen trends come and go," Roop told us. "Farm-to-table is more than a trend. At this point, it's a way of life."
Roop said that he's begun a search for a chef for Cask & Grain, which he plans to have open within the next six months.
Roop said Thursday's liquor board approval went like clockwork, with no community opposition to the expansion plans and letters of support from the Canton Community Association, the Canton Square Homeowners Association and the O'Donnell Square Business Association.