Vanguard closes doors after 2 years


November 25, 1994|By Chris Kridler Another Strapazza

Say goodbye to one of Baltimore's hippest restaurants. The Vanguard Cafe on Charles Street has closed its doors after losing its lease in a dispute with a new landlord over higher rents. Its first night was Jan. 7, 1993. Wednesday night was its last.

This past year has been the cafe's best, says owner Krista Apitz. "It's not due to lack of business." She regrets leaving not only the $150,000 worth of improvements she made to the building, but )) the loyal customers she's grown so fond of.

So will the restaurant reopen elsewhere? "I have to regroup . . . I have to think about it," Ms. Apitz says. "I've had offers, people who called me and want to do partnerships." We'll be waiting for another round of that hot crab dip.

Strapazza restaurants are opening so fast it's hard to keep track of them. The newest one is at the Columbia Palace 9 Theatre, 8775 Centre Park, Columbia, (410) 997-6144. This popular local group of restaurants specializes in moderately priced Italian food, particularly pastas. The newest Strapazza should have its liquor license in a week or two.

* Morgan Millard on Roland Avenue has a new chef, Randall Peck, formerly of Citronelle and Donna's. Look for major changes in the menu by the beginning of the new year. Chef Peck is planning what he calls "Nouvelle Southern food, upscale country." He doesn't want to go into any details, but until then you can get a preview of what's to come by ordering the daily dinner specials.


Elizabeth Large

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