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Coffee Coffee hits downtown

It's been 10 years since the coffee bar Coffee Coffee opened in the Festival at Bel Air, at 5 Bel Air South Parkway. So what is owner Mary Romeo doing to celebrate? She's opening another this weekend -- this time in downtown Baltimore, inside the Munsey Building.

Because it's the interior of the old Equitable Bank, the new place comes with marble floors, walls and columns and huge windows, Romeo says.

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"Lots of open spaces," she notes, "perfect for sitting and having coffee or eating lunch."

Speaking of lunch, Coffee Coffee is sharing the space with Roly Poly, the first Baltimore franchise of a national chain that offers made-to-order wrap sandwiches.

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Since Coffee Coffee's signature color is red, and Roly Poly's is purple, one wall is red, the ceiling is purple, and the furniture is a combination of the two. There's seating inside for about 30, and outdoor seating along Calvert Street for another 20 or so.

When it comes to beverages, Coffee Coffee will offer a wide range of brewed coffees, espresso drinks, iced drinks and teas -- all in the $1.45-$4.25 range. Coffee Coffee will also have baked goods, including muffins, bagels, scones, croissants, cake and pie slices and cookies ($1-$3.50).

For something more substantial, head over to the Roly Poly area, also opening this weekend, and choose from about 50 tortilla wrap combos in 6-inch or 12-inch versions. Examples include: California Turkey -- turkey breast, bacon, cheddar cheese, scallions, lettuce, tomato, avocado, sprouts, mango chutney and ranch dressing ($3.50, $5.85); Jalapeno BarBQ -- roast beef, jalapeno jack cheese, sliced jalapenos, onion, roasted red peppers, lettuce, tomato and barbecue basil mayo ($3.50, $5.65); and Chicken Fajita -- sliced chicken breast, melted cheddar cheese, onion, green pepper, tomato, fajita sauce, grilled with a side of salsa ($3.25, $5.50). You can also create your own combination of ingredients.

You'll find Coffee Coffee and Roly Poly at 7 N. Calvert St. Coffee Coffee will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Since Roly Poly is mainly catering to the downtown lunch business crowd, owner Bhavin Papel says his hours will be a bit different -- probably 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. He will be closed on Sunday.

Kozmo's goes outside

You'll find some changes at the Marriott Waterfront's Kozmo's Lounge. New food and a whole new place to eat it. Two weekends ago Kozmo's began offering outside seating for 50.

Food and beverage director and executive chef Guy Reinbold says he wanted the menu to reflect the casual feel of the patio. So, he's introduced a rolling raw bar that can be wheeled table to table. And he describes the new menu items as more "user-friendly, but sometimes with a twist."

For instance, you can order such casual bar appetizers as fried calamari ($7) or crab dip ($8), or you can go for brick oven pizza margarita ($9.50) or shrimp tacos ($10). Fun, but not too "out there." Same goes for the salads, soups and sandwiches. You've got your Caesar ($9) and your grilled chicken sandwich ($9). And then you've got the Greek shrimp and spinach Cobb salad ($11) and soft shell sandwich with lime tartar sauce ($11).

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Reinbold says Kozmo's also offers such drinks and desserts as Popsicles with a shot of tequila on the side and specialty ice cream cones.

You'll find Kozmo's Lounge at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel, 700 Aliceanna St. Call 410-385-3000.

Kozmo's outside patio is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week, weather permitting. Inside, the hours are 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Table Talk welcomes interesting tidbits of restaurant news. Please send suggestions by fax to Sloane Brown, 410-675-3451, or by e-mail to sloane@livetabletalk.com.


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