For sale: Sisson's brew pub and Cajun restaurant


April 08, 1999|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,Sun Restaurant Critic

Sisson's at 36 E. Cross St. -- probably Baltimore's most famous brew pub, and certainly its most famous Cajun and Creole restaurant -- is for sale. When Al and Annie Sisson, the original owners, retired to North Carolina three years ago, their son Jack Callanan became manager and president. Now he's ready to move on.

No word yet on who might be taking over. "I see it as a year-long process," says Callanan. "We have a commitment to keep Sisson's as it is, and thriving." Which sounds like you won't be seeing haute French cuisine served there anytime soon.

Meanwhile Callanan is looking forward to still being around when the brew pub celebrates its 10th anniversary in September and the restaurant its 20th in December.

Immortal diners

Barry Levinson has already made the Hollywood Diner in Baltimore famous. Now it and another Maryland roadside eatery, the Ideal Diner in Aberdeen, are immortalized -- if that's not too strong a word for places that serve burgers and eggs over easy -- in the pages of Robert O. Williams' "Hometown Diners" (Abrams, 1999).

Williams' diner odyssey goes from Maine to Maryland. The roadside places he loves come alive with his nostalgic photographs and warm anecdotes about a way of life that's disappearing.

Maguro moves

Fans of the sunomono and seaweed salad at Maguro in Glen Burnie will be glad to know that the sushi place hasn't closed for good; it's just been reincarnated in another spot. The Glen Burnie quarters were always temporary -- an arrangement worked out with Q's Korean restaurant next door.

Now owner Pong Yang, a sushi chef with 20 years' experience, and his wife, Angela, have moved to a permanent location at 1017 Light St. in Federal Hill. They've named their new restaurant Kiku Sushi.

Lunch is served Tuesday through Friday and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. The new kitchen has something Maguro's didn't: a second chef to prepare dinners. (If you wanted something other than sushi at Maguro, it was brought from the Korean restaurant next door.)

Spring for Ladew

It must be spring. The Ladew Topiary Garden Cafe opens next Thursday , operated for a second season by the Brass Elephant.

This year's menu has a homey feel, with new additions like manicotti, tomato stuffed with chicken salad and a fudge brownie with mocha butter cream.

Cafe hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. When summer comes, the cafe will stay open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays.

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