Farewell might be coming for Fiori in Owings Mills


March 03, 1995|By Elizabeth Large

Say goodbye to the herb ravioli and veal with dried figs and red pepper. Who knows if Fiori, the northern Italian restaurant in Owings Mills, will be around much longer?

When Baltimore County approved a proposal by the property owner, Painters Mill Associates No. 1, to build where the restaurant and a parking lot are at Painters Mill and S. Dolfield roads, the assumption was that one of two things would happen. Either the historic 18th-century home of Samuel Owings could be moved, or the restaurant would take a first-floor space in the new office building. But according to Fiori owner Richard Perone, neither seems likely. Ironically, the restaurant has just reopened after extensive renovation.

* Raphael's in Little Italy is opening a second restaurant where Grille 58 used to be at 58 W. Biddle St. Why it will have the unlikely name Tesso Tana (translated for me as "Badger's Den") takes a little explaining.

The restaurant will be in the new Abacrombie Badger, a bed and breakfast owned by Paul Bragaw and Collin Clarke, who are obviously fans of the children's classic "The Wind in the Willows." (Their bed and breakfast in Bolton Hill is called Mr. Mole.)

But back to Tesso Tana. It -- and the new bed and breakfast -- should open in April. Part-owner and chef Ed Rogers promises an Italian menu with a continental flair. "It might even have f fTC French or a Chinese dish as a special," he says.

* Bohager's knows food -- or at least what Baltimoreans want to eat. First, there was Bohager's the bar and grill in Canton. Then, with the opening of the Boathouse & Crab Deck next door, there was Bohager's the crab house. Now, as of a couple of weeks ago, there's Bohager's the Southwestern restaurant. The new name: the Cactus Rose Grill. Bohager's dining room has been completely renovated, with a new upper deck and a Tex-Mex motif.

Specialties include Texas two-tone soup (half black bean, half corn chowder), Taos tuna steak, and homemade spoonbread. The emphasis is on grilled seafood and chicken as well as basic Tex-Mex fare. Nothing costs over $15.

* When you decide to add ham, meat loaf, rotisserie turkey and sandwiches to your menu, I suppose it doesn't make sense to call your stores Boston Chicken. So look for each of the 10 Boston Chicken stores in this area to become Boston Market by this summer.

Table Talk welcomes interesting tidbits of restaurant news. Please send suggestions to Elizabeth Large, Table Talk, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278, or call (410) 332-6197.

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