Customers miss Harvey's The many loyal customers of...

TABLE TALK

May 11, 2000

Customers miss Harvey's

The many loyal customers of Harvey's Greenspring Station want to know why the restaurant closed at the end of March after 20 successful years in business, but owner Harvey Shugarman isn't talking much.

"We had a great restaurant and a great time. Up until last year, our relationship [with the landlord] was great. I don't want to go around sounding negative," is all he'll say.

Whether Shugarman will open another Harvey's elsewhere is also up in the air. Right now he's concentrating on his catering business, Harvey's Creative Catering.

Foxley Management, in charge of leasing Greenspring Station, also isn't talking about why Harvey's and its gourmet shop next door to the restaurant closed. No new tenant for the space has been lined up yet, although there are several possibilities. Something should be decided in the next month, says Foxley's Tom Petty.

Food and more in Timonium

Daniel McCartney's plans for his new restaurant, Nottingham's, are ambitious. Construction begins in July at the site, tucked away a bit from York Road at 11 W. Aylesbury Road in Timonium. The dining room will be large, seating around 150 people, with a center bar and a balcony holding a baby grand piano. In the back will be a cigar and wine bar. A room paneled in mahogany and cherry will hold two hand-carved billiard tables.

But what about the food? Expect everything from burgers to farm-raised catfish, with lots of salad entrees. Some dishes will have their nutritional value listed.

"The customers will dictate the direction of the food," says McCartney. By that he means the menu will change frequently and there will be plenty of specials.

"Nottingham's is targeted toward adults," he adds. "It's a nonchain, locally owned and managed restaurant."

French-Asian fusion on harbor

Purple Orchid, the restaurant that introduced fusion cuisine to Baltimore long before it was trendy, will move to the Inner Harbor this summer. Subject to approval of a new liquor license, the French-Asian restaurant will take over the space in Scarlett Place where the Bay Breeze used to be. The menu will be much the same, but the dining room will also feature a sushi bar.

And will the name stay the same? Owner-chef Richard Wong isn't sure. He's mulling over alternatives like "Orchard Harbor."

Mother's Day

Just in case you didn't notice, Mother's Day is a big day to take Mom out to eat. A survey by the National Restaurant Association found that 43 percent of households of three or more ate out last year on the big day. Mother's Day is the second-most-popular occasion to eat out, following only birthdays.

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