Preston's 500 (500 W. University Parkway) is trying to be a more accessible restaurant than it was when it opened a little more than a year ago. Two of the owners are still the same, Lynn Patrick and Paul Cotterill, but the format has changed. Preston's used to offer upscale and sometimes offbeat new American cuisine for dinner only. Now it's open for breakfast, lunch and dinner; and some of the food is quite homey.
Meat loaf and gravy, anyone?
If you do feel like something a bit more elegant, Preston's 500 has a selection of entrees priced from $17 to $24, such as osso buco, paella and prime rib.
The restaurant is open for a continental breakfast Mondays, all three meals Tuesdays through Fridays, and breakfast and dinner Saturdays and Sundays.
New eateries in Power Plant Live!
Look for a couple of new eating places to open downtown in the Power Plant Live! this summer. Mondo Bondo, a small Italian bistro, is scheduled to open its doors in a week or two; McFadden's, an Irish pub, will follow in mid-July. The bistro, locally owned, will do lots of carryout, but it will also be a full-service, sit-down restaurant at lunch and dinner. McFadden's is an offshoot of a popular midtown Manhattan saloon, known for its live music, cold beer and food -- not necessarily in that order.
Say ciao to That's Amore
The Italian restaurant That's Amore at 720 Kenilworth Ave. in Towson has just closed its doors after five years. John Burn, a spokesman for the chain, had this to say when I asked him why, and steadfastly refused to say more: "Basically, it closed ... because it was sold." Which begs the question, of course; but then it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that you usually don't close if business is booming.
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