Six months ago Bari Trivas-Fore and her husband, Thomas Fore, bought Ransome's Harbor Hill Cafe (1030-32 Riverside Ave. in Federal Hill). They closed the popular neighborhood pub and grill that restaurateur Michael Dalesio originally opened and proceeded to gut it.
Now, after major renovations, the pub - renamed Porter's - is set to open again at the end of this month. Trivas-Fore says it now looks like "a gentlemen's club," with lots of beautiful wood.
But in spite of its face lift, it's still a neighborhood restaurant. Ransome's chef has stayed on, and you'll still be able to get his burgers, bistro fare and specialties like garlic shrimp.
More Cajun-style food
Hungering for Cajun-style food? Check out Columbia's Copeland's of New Orleans, next to the new parking garage at Little Patuxent Parkway and Wincopin Circle. The just-opened restaurant, part of an extensive restaurant chain, is the second Copeland's in the area; the first opened in Annapolis.
The restaurant is open every day for lunch and dinner, with a jazz brunch on Sunday. (Actually, the new Copeland's hasn't found musicians as of this writing. Stay tuned.) Dinner entrees run from $8 to $23.
By my reckoning, we now have six Cajun and/or Creole restaurants in the area: the two Copeland's, Bayou Blues in White Marsh, the New Orleans Grille in Canton, Louisiana in Fells Point and, of course, the venerable Sisson's in Federal Hill.
For the honor of our fair state, I hope readers - if not restaurant owners - will go to the Web site www. winedictator.com and nominate their favorite wine-friendly restaurants.
It's mortifying that the only place listed for Maryland is the Bicycle (1444 Light St.). Nothing against the Bicycle, which is one of the best new places to open this year, but it doesn't look good that we have only one nominee.
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