Let the Sunshine inYou gotta love it: The new owner of the...

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November 06, 1997|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,SUN RESTAURANT CRITIC

Let the Sunshine in

You gotta love it: The new owner of the Neon Moon (2522 Fait Ave. in Canton) is named Scott Sunshine. He was the chef of the restaurant and martini bar until ex-owner Jim Mikula sold it to him, so don't expect major changes in the hip, casual food. (Although the kitchen is switching to a fall menu soon.)

The Neon Moon will start serving lunch in mid-November, and Sunshine is planning special events like a martini dinner, with food that complements at least some of the over 40 martinis offered. For those who might be worried, Mike Kipp, voted the city's best bartender by Baltimore magazine, won't be leaving with the change of ownership.

Meanwhile Mikula will be spending more time with his newest venture, Timber Creek Tavern (10092 Belair Road in Kingsville).

Losing O'Leary's

It's not good news for fans of O'Leary's (310 Third St.), which many believe to be the best seafood restaurant in Annapolis. It closed without warning a couple of weeks ago. If you call, you'll get this cryptic message: "We are temporarily closed in order to regroup after the summer and to do some necessary repairs. We certainly apologize for the inconvenience." No word on when it will reopen.

Say hi to Charlie's

Charlie's, the new deli and pub at 25th and St. Paul streets, has been serving breakfast and lunch for a couple of weeks now, but the bar won't be in business until tomorrow. You'll be able to get pub grub there when it opens.

A clear trend

It may be a little early to talk about a white Christmas; but restaurants, bars and liquor stores are reporting a surge in the popularity of upscale vodka, tequila, rum and other "white goods," says the trade magazine Maryland Beverage Journal. No longer are these sold mostly as mixers in flavored cocktails; they are now considered "sipping" spirits.

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Pub Date: 11/06/97

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