Make room for the Rec Room

TABLE TALK

May 18, 2000|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,Sun Restaurant Critic

A little more than a year ago, the York Road billiard parlor that had been the old Towson Theatre became a concert hall. The Recher Theatre has done so well that the brothers who own it bought the building next door and are planning to open a bar-restaurant at 514 York Road next month.

The Rec Room will have leather sofas, cocktail tables, three pool tables and 14 televisions. As for the menu, says co-owner Brian Recher, look for crab cakes, blackened tuna, pork chops and meat loaf as well as the usual bar food. There'll even be homemade apple pie.

Baked by mom? "No," says Recher. "She makes the coleslaw and potato salad, but she gets tired of being in the kitchen. The chef will make it."

Interestingly, the York Road theater has been in the family since 1959, when the Recher brothers' grandparents bought it.

Eight isn't enough

The owners of Strapazza, the local chain of eight moderately priced Italian restaurants, are starting up several new eateries in the area. PastaBlitz will open at the end of this month at 9616 Reisterstown Road in Owings Mills, and PizzaBlitz will open soon thereafter at 11550 Philadelphia Road in White Marsh. Branches in Frederick and Clarksville will follow.

The different names are mostly to differentiate the locations, says operations manager Stephanie Livie. The menus will be much the same -- casual Italian -- although there will be more focus on carryout than at Strapazza.

"But there'll be an Italian chef at every one," promises Livie.

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