If Dorothy and John Saki have their way, Canton will have a new brick-oven pizza and pasta place by Christmas. Right now, the owners of Louisiana in Fells Point are in the process of renovating the space at 2775 E. Lighthouse Point where the Yacht Club - and before that Portobello - was. Their new project is tentatively named Semolina.
Why are the owners of a restaurant known for its French and Creole food opening a glorified pizzeria?
"We let everyone tell us why the last four businesses failed here," says Dorothy Saki. Customers and people in the neighborhood said they wanted a casual place where they could get moderately priced good food, the kind they could eat every night. Homemade pastas and semolina-crusted pizzas seemed to fill the bill.
Another restaurant for Power Plant Live!
John Boyle, who's the principal owner of several nightclubs and restaurants in the Washington area, will be opening an Asian restaurant, club and bar called Bamboo in Baltimore in spring 2002. Bamboo, officially part of Power Plant Live!, will be located on Water Street between Ruth's Chris Steakhouse and Babalu Grill. Stay tuned for details closer to the opening.
Loyal customers of the Westview Lounge (5653 Old Frederick Road) are happy that the Catonsville landmark is open again after being closed for a year. (A complicated deal to sell the property fell through.) Things are much the same except that the restaurant is open only three days a week: Thursday, Friday and Saturday for lunch and dinner. That will change later this month when the restaurant expands its days of operation to Tuesday through Saturday. The Westview is known for its crab cakes and shrimp salad. Dinner entrees are priced from $9.95 to $18.95.
Eat Caribbean, and more
How many places in Baltimore can you get croissants and hot chocolate for breakfast, a sub for lunch and jerk chicken, callaloo and codfish, and oxtail for dinner? The Caribbean Kitchen has opened at 353 N. Calvert St., serving food from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Everything on the menu is $10 or less, and you can get wine or beer with your Caribbean fare.
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