Citronelle is still Citronelle, at least for the next few weeks. But there's a good chance one of the city's most important restaurants will have a new name, a new look and a new menu when the Latham Hotel becomes the Clarion.
With the sale of the hotel last week by CapStar to Manor Care Hotels, Citronelle's high-profile chef, Karim Lakhani, has returned San Francisco. Sous chef Michael Smith, who has been at the restaurant since it was the Conservatory seven years ago, is now in charge.
According to Chris Papas, corporate director of food and beverages for Manor Care, the new owners have been approached by several restaurants interested in taking over the space. He won't name names but describes them as "nationally recognizable." One thing you can count on, though: The restaurant will continue to be upscale and pricey.
Check out the fine coffee cup chandeliers when you visit Cafe Hon's new location across the street from the old. (It is moving from 1009 to 1002 W. 36th St.) The food will stay the same, with a few additions to the menu. The dining room has doubled in size and there's now a bar, but the biggest change is Cafe Hon's new Cracker Barrel-like general store where local vendors will be selling everything from candy apples to crafts.
What's happening at the old location? Owner Denise Whiting is thinking of opening a light fare coffee bar and calling it Stella's.
Most Amazing House Salad of the Week: The Glasz Cafe's in Lake Falls Village. It has green leaf lettuce, dried cherries and apricots, goat cheese, Georgia pecans and raspberry vinaigrette. Somehow it works.
Zagat's great outdoors
Fall can be the best time to eat outside in the Baltimore area. With that in mind, here's the latest Zagat Survey's list of top outdoor restaurants: Bay Cafe, Chart House, Lista's, Nickel City, Paolo's, Peerce's Plantation, Pier 500 and Taverna Athena in Baltimore; Cantler's Riverside, Carrol's Creek, McGarvey's and Middleton Tavern in Annapolis.
Tomas Sanz, whose background includes the Golden Arm Restaurant and Tio Pepe, is the new chef of Patrick's in Cockeysville. Patrick's was recently bought by Bill Grauel, also from the Golden Arm.
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