A tale of two Ostrowskis: the times of wurst

In Baltimore's sausage world, there are two Ostrowskis.

There is Ostrowski's on Washington Street, a 94-year-old Polish sausage shop that was recently purchased from the Ostrowski family by John Reusing, owner of the neighboring tavern Bad Decisions.


Two blocks north, there is Ostrowski of Bank Street, which has been making and selling sausages since 1976. If you see Ostrowski products in grocery stores, they're from Ostrowski of Bank Street.

Ostrowski of Bank Street was opened in 1976 by Victor Ostrowski, whose grandfather founded the original Washington Street sausage works in 1919. This Victor Ostrowski died in 1995, and the Bank Street operation, which includes a retail counter, is now owned and operated by his son, Victor Ostrowski Jr.


Ostrowski said that it was hard for his father to leave his family's business.

"My father wanted stuff changed," Ostrowski said. "But [the other family members] were reluctant. He walked away without a nickel."

Ostrowski's is at 524 S. Washington St. For information, call 410-327-8935. Ostrowski of Bank Street is at 1801 Bank St. For information, call 410-732-1118 or visit

Meet 27 gets its license After more than three years of trying to acquire a liquor license for his Remington restaurant Meet 27 (127 W. 27th St., 410-585-8121,, Richard D'Souza has succeeded.

The Board of Liquor License Commissioners of Baltimore City at its Dec. 12 hearing granted Meet 27 a license to serve beer, wine and liquor. The decision represents a victory for D'Souza over opposition from a neighborhood organization that had been opposing his license.

The board had previously approved D'Souza's request for a Class B liquor license transfer in August 2010 — before Meet 27 was open — only to have that approval overturned later by the Baltimore City Circuit Court.

In February, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals issued a decision that essentially overturned the lower court's decision, but it sent back a small portion of the case to the liquor board for "further factfinding." At its Dec. 12 hearing, the liquor board found that the facts supported giving Meet 27 its license.

"I'm happy," D'Souza said. "But I'm going to keep a low profile because [the group] is going to try to get us on other issues."


Joan Floyd of the Remington Neighborhood Alliance, who argued against the license at the board hearing, did not return a call about her possible plans to appeal the most recent decision..

Headed for the Beard House Baltimore-area chefs, including a team from the Bagby Restaurant Group, is headed to New York City in January, where they'll be cooking at the prestigious James Beard House.

Chris Becker, the executive chef and chief operations officer of the Bagby Restaurant Group, will lead a crew from Bagby restaurants at a Chesapeake Bounty dinner on Jan. 15. And Ben Simpkins, the executive chef for White Marsh-based Richardson Farms, will present a Winter Farm Harvest dinner at the venue on Jan. 23.

The Chesapeake Bounty dinner marks the James Beard House debut for the chefs from the Bagby group, which includes Ten Ten American Bistro, Fleet Street Kitchen and Cunningham's.

The Winter Farm Harvest dinner on Jan. 23 will be a solo act for Simpkins, the supervising chef for the Farm Market, a retail operation located at Richardson Farms that sells prepared hot foods and fresh baked products.

The proposed menus for the dinners are on the James Beard Foundation website,, along with ticket information. The cost of each dinner is $170 for the public.