Three restaurant veterans moving into the Belvedere


October 14, 1994|By Elizabeth Large

Pauli Santi of Champagne Tony's, which closed in Federal Hill, Thomas Stuehler, owner of the catering company Truffles, and Aristotle Stroumbis, former head waiter at Boccaccio, are about to open a trio of restaurants in the Belvedere at Chase and Charles streets.

The Bar, formerly the Owl Bar, should be in business at the beginning of November with a brick oven, seafood specialties and casual Italian food. A couple of weeks later the reincarnated Champagne Tony's will open where the John Eager Howard Room was. The bar on the 13th floor will become Taste of Truffles, specializing in lavish desserts and coffee as well as drinks.

* Look for Rio Lisboa at 4700 Eastern Ave. to become Rio Madrid as of next Saturday. More than the name has changed: The food will be Spanish and Brazilian instead of Portuguese and Brazilian, with specialties like paella and regional seafood dishes. The new chef, Jose Villa, is a native of Spain.

* Classic Catering People keeps expanding. A second Classic to Go Cafe will open soon at 17 E. Fayette St., where Bon Jour used to be. (The first is in the Convention Center Mall.) You'll be able to get gourmet salads and sandwiches as well as take-out entrees and elaborate baked goods.

The company, owned by Gail and Lenny Kaplan and the Dopkin family, is known not just for its catering business but for its restaurants: the Polo Grill, Loco Hombre and the Pavilion at the Walters.

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