Sometimes a restaurant location is fine, it just doesn't have quite the right tenant. I'm thinking of the spot at 2304 Boston St. where Bruschetta and Gino Troia's were, to name two. Now it's Georgie's of Canton, and I would be less hopeful if the new owner weren't George Platis. The name may sound familiar - he's a former owner of Coburn's Tavern and then helped get Dockside in Canton off to a good start.
"But it wasn't mine," Platis says. With Georgie's he has his own full-service restaurant again. It's small, but there is seating for 60. The cuisine is bar food and beyond; and if you liked Coburn's fare (I did), he brought his chef from there, Trish Zebron, with him.
Georgie's has a beer and wine license, and Platis is proud of his list of 34 bottles, including 20 for $20.
Gone for good --True in Fells Point, the Admiral Fell Inn's fine-dining restaurant, is closed and no new restaurant will be opening in its space. Petticoat Tea Room, the Admiral Fell's version of a hotel coffee shop, has taken over the catering for the inn and will be using the space for private parties and meetings. True's dining room still will be used for breakfast for guests.
The bar and lounge, Admiral's Lounge, will remain open.
New and noteworthy --The 2008 Washington, DC/Baltimore edition of Zagat Survey is out, and many of the lists, such as Most Popular and Top Food, are the same as last year's. But for the first time there's a list of Noteworthy Newcomers, some of which opened surprisingly recently. They include: Alabama BBQ, Cynthia's, Dogwood, Jack's Bistro, Kyma in Annapolis, Restaurant Local in Easton, Nasu Blanca, the Open Door Cafe in Bel Air, Osteria 177 in Annapolis, Rocket to Venus, Rumor Mill in Ellicott City and Three ... , the restaurant with the confusing dots in the name.
Name change --Rocky Run Tap & Grill has become Bert's Eats and Drinks in the Charles Village location only (3105 St. Paul St.). Same owners, new name and concept. The idea is to make it less of a family restaurant and more of a sports bar. It's been revamped with sports memorabilia, 30 flat-screen TVs and a smaller menu. The owners have even - gasp - taken down Sponge Bob.
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