Anastasia is born in Canton of Speakeasy's success


Speakeasy in Canton has been so successful that owner Bill Vasilakopoulos is opening a second restaurant serving continental food at the Anchorage Marina at 2501 Boston St. He's naming it Anastasia, after his mother. The first floor of the new place will have a bar, casual dining and live music. The dining room on the second floor, which has a fine view of the water, will be a little more formal. The new chef is George Platis, formerly of the Camden Club. Mr. Vasilakopoulos says he's shooting for an opening date at the end of May.

* Don't miss the Culinary Extravaganza at Harbor Court Hotel on Wednesday. Twenty-two local chefs will be cooking up specialties for a gourmet buffet supper from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Proceeds will benefit Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland. Call (410) 558-0932 for more information.

* Restaurants are making more by offering less, according to this month's issue of Restaurants U.S.A., the magazine of the National Restaurant Association. Dining establishments around the country have put half-size portions on their menus at a lower price. They find customers appreciate the choice and sometimes end up spending more money than they would otherwise. (Those who want "just a bite" may order entrees rather than salads.) The petite-portion policy also gives diners a chance to try more than one dish.

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