Like Spain, but closer


November 26, 1998|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,SUN RESTAURANT CRITIC

Think of it as the American equivalent of a tapas bar. Mitchell Pressman has opened the Chesapeake Wine Co. in the American Can Co. building. At the center of the dramatic space where his wine shop is located is a wine bar and tables. There you can get wines by the glass and food provided by Spike & Charlie's.

Right now the food is mostly individual pizzas, savory tarts and baguettes with cheese, olives and the like; but Pressman is planning to introduce salads soon. He thinks of his place as "a happy-hour restaurant"; but with hours starting at 11 a.m. every day, the Chesapeake Wine Co. would be a good place to have lunch as well. (It closes at 8 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays, at 9 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, and at 6 p.m. Sundays.)

St. Paul Street bustle

The spot at 3103 St. Paul St. where the Homewood Deli and then J. P. Henry's were will be hopping again with the opening of the newest Rocky Run Tap & Grill in December. (The original Rocky Run is in Marley Station Mall, and the second opened a couple of years ago in Columbia.)

The menu will feature casual food with signature dishes like garlic skillet bread, jerk chicken and mile-high carrot cake. There will be a full-service bar with 10 beers on tap.

What's in a name: confusion

It's the tea room at historic Hampton Mansion in Towson that's closing at the end of the year, but Hampton's of Towson (204 E. Joppa Road) keeps getting calls asking if it, the restaurant, is still open. The Hampton's restaurant, not to be confused with either the tea room or Hampton's in Harbor Court downtown, is alive and well -- and plans to continue serving its Continental cuisine for the foreseeable future.

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Pub Date: 11/26/98

Elizabeth Large's reviews of restaurants appear inside the Sunday Home & Family section. This Sunday: The new Restaurant Columbia in Easton.

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