As offices in area grew, Nottingham's did, too

It is now a favorite among lunch crowd, after-work patrons

Restaurant Profile

Howard Live

January 13, 2000|By Karen Nitkin | Karen Nitkin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Nestled among office parks off Snowden River Parkway, Nottingham's is a good example of the importance of location.

When general manager Brian Kannee and three partners set up shop eight years ago, Nottingham's was little more than a bar with pool tables and a few cold sandwiches on the menu.

But as the area developed into a sprawling professional complex, employees from the nearby offices spurred changes. Over time, the menu was expanded, a happy hour was incorporated and lunch became a major draw.

About five years ago, adjacent space was acquired, adding about 2,000 square feet, Kannee said. A patio came next.

The atmosphere at Nottingham's is tailored to a professional crowd. Even though music is playing and wall-mounted televisions are tuned to sporting events, it's possible to hear yourself think.

Nottingham's has a tavern license, which means that smoking is allowed, but the space is large and well-ventilated. Pipes and cigars can be puffed only on the patio or outside.

In addition to pool tables, a shuffleboard table and dart boards, Keno and a trivia game are offered.

"We've really tried to create a clean, safe environment," Kannee said. There's plenty of parking, and on busy nights a doorman is available to walk customers to their cars, he said.

The menu is fairly basic. Appetizers include nachos, wings, quesadillas and an antipasto platter. Entrees are mostly salads, sandwiches and pizzas, which range in price from $4.95 for a basic cheese pizza to $7.50 for pizza combos like chicken and black bean or pesto and sun-dried tomatoes.

Customers also can "build their own" pizzas from a large selection of toppings. One dessert, a hot fudge sundae, is offered at $2.95.

The soups are homemade, and several specials are offered each day, Kannee said.

The sandwiches are large and come on a plate heaped with potato chips, coleslaw and pickle.

Lunch is one of Nottingham's biggest draws, Kannee said, with many customers stopping in several times a week. Happy hours from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays feature reduced prices on beer, wine and mixed drinks.

Live entertainment is offered Saturday nights.

Nottingham's will also rope off the pool-table area for office parties for as many as 60 people and luncheons for as many as 15.

Kannee said Nottingham's has benefited from a building boom in the area. "I'd love to say we knew that this area was going to explode the way it has, but it's been a lot of luck," he said.

Nottingham's

Where: 8850 Stamford Blvd., Columbia; 410-290-0077.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Friday, noon to 2 a.m. Saturdays, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sundays; full menu served seven days a week until 1 a.m.

Prices: Appetizers $3.50 to $7.50 and entrees $4.95 to $7.50.

Credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Diners Club.

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