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Something new, but with something old


Yesterday a Burger King. Tomorrow an upscale steakhouse. The Governor's Grille is scheduled to open next week at 177 Main St. in Annapolis, where a fast-food place was before a year of renovations.

Andy Brickman, one of the owners, describes the new restaurant as having "the elegance of the past," citing mahogany paneling, crystal chandeliers and oil paintings of former governors in ornate gold frames.

The food will be classic steakhouse fare, namely prime beef dishes averaging $25. (Entrees will range in price from $18 for the lone chicken dish to $30 for lobster.) Brickman also promises more seafood than is standard for a steak house.

On Valentine's Day

Hampton's, the Harbor Court Hotel's luxe restaurant, has been booked for the entire Valentine's weekend. But you procrastinators who have the money but haven't made a reservation anywhere yet are in luck. The hotel has decided to open its other dining room, Brighton's, for the holiday. (It's usually closed on Sundays.)

Brighton's is offering a fixed-price Valentine's menu for two for $125 (plus tax and tips). The four-course meal will be paired with two wines.

Primal urges

Maybe it's my imagination, but Valentine's Day seems to have taken a strange turn this year. Or maybe restaurants are just getting more creative. For instance, Michael Stratigareas, one of the owners of Hunters' Lodge at 9445 Baltimore National Pike in Ellicott City, called to tell me that the restaurant is having a special game menu Saturday and Sunday in honor of the romantic holiday.

"There's no more proper day for game," he said. "It takes you back to primal things."

On the menu will be venison, ostrich au poivre, pumpkin-seed-crusted rack of wild boar and grilled lamb. Wait a minute, I told him. I don't think that last counts.

Damon's is coming

It's official: A Damon's will be opening this spring in the spot where the Turf Inn used to be (2306 York Road in Timonium). This is the Ohio-based chain of casual restaurants that specialize in ribs, prime rib and onion loaf. Customers will be able to eat in a traditional dining room or one that combines eating and entertainment. That means giant video screens with news and live and prerecorded sports, interactive sports and trivia games, tiered seating and individual table-top speakers. Franchise owners Susan and Dennis Baldwin have the right background for this: They previously owned Country Club Lanes, a bowling facility, and the ribs restaurant Corner Stable East.

You asked for it

Weird Disclaimer of the Week: "The ownership and management of Ledo's recognize the fact that this wine list may appear strange in content. However, it does reflect pretty accurately the style of wine that you, our customer prefers." (Ledo Pizza)

Pub Date: 02/11/99

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