Kawasaki is expanding into Fell's PointIf all...


Kawasaki is expanding into Fell's Point

If all goes as scheduled, the new Kawasaki Cafe should open this week at 907 S. Ann St. in Fells Point. It's an offshoot of the Kawasaki Japanese Seafood Restaurant on North Charles Street. It will, of course, have sushi; but the specialties will be lots of noodle dishes and grilled foods. "It's a younger crowd in Fells Point," says owner Tzu Yang, "So it's a more fun approach." And, by the nature of the food, more reasonable prices.

Loco Hombre bites the dust in Pikesville

Loco Hombre Pikesville, the Tex-Mex restaurant that opened a little over a year ago in the Commerce Center, has closed. It just wasn't doing the business it was expected to do, says Eddie Dopkin, president of Classic Restaurant Management, which ran the restaurant.

The future of the space is uncertain. The group may open another restaurant with a different theme, or sell it and keep the adjoining catering facility, the Classic Room, which is still open.

Meanwhile CRM's Roland Park restaurants, the original Loco Hombre and Alonso's, seem to be thriving.

'White tablecloth bistro'

For as long as I can remember, the space in the Carlyle Apartments at 500 W. University Parkway has been occupied by Chinese restaurants that never seem to have any customers. That should change soon (at least the Chinese restaurant part), when Preston's 500 opens.

After months of renovation at the site, the "white tablecloth bistro," as one of the owners, Lynn Patrick, calls it, is scheduled to open early next month. The chef will be Brian Martin, who worked as a sous chef at the Milton Inn in Sparks and Hamilton's downtown and then went to Charlie Trotter's in Chicago.

Patrick characterizes the food as "American-style cuisine complemented by a small but strong wine selection." The bistro will be open every day for lunch and dinner.

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Elizabeth Large's reviews of restaurants appear inside the Sunday Home & Family section. This Sunday: Claddagh Pub in Canton.

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