Baltimore always has room for one more steakhouse, as Morton's, Shula's, Ruth's Chris and Fleming's have demonstrated.
Enter Chester's, newly opened at 1717 Eastern Ave., where the Fishery used to be. It has what owner Jim Alberts calls "New York flair" with one difference: Prices are moderate for a steakhouse. Entrees average around $18; the restaurant's signature dish, a 20-ounce rib-eye steak with potatoes, costs $14.95.
The menu of mostly beef dishes is limited, says Alberts, with seafood offered as daily specials. The bar specializes in old-fashioned drinks - old-fashioneds, of course, but also classic martinis, grasshoppers and the like.
Chester's, named after Alberts' grandfather, is open daily for lunch and dinner.
Now it's Courtney Cafe
Rothwells Grille (106 W. Padonia Road, Timonium) recently reopened as the Courtney Cafe and Restaurant after being closed for renovation because of smoke damage from a fire next door.
Mark Hofmann and Philip Forrester, the former owners of Rothwells, sold the restaurant to the Pivec family and parted ways amiably. Forrester is still a managing partner; Hofmann plans to open his own bistro in the Baltimore area early next year.
Courtney's menu is much the same as Rothwells was - American and Continental. "We kept the winners from the prior five years," says Forrester.
Courtney's is open daily for lunch and dinner.
It's time to eat again
Goodbye, 2 N. George. Hello, Time II Eat. The restaurant space at 911 N. Charles St. has been something of a revolving door, but co-owner Michael Ward managed the Mt. Vernon Stable next door for 13 years and says he has "a good rapport with the neighborhood."
Time II Eat is scheduled to open Nov. 9. The dining rooms have been renovated from top to bottom, and the menu is designed to appeal to both sophisticated tastes and those who want comfort food like meatloaf and sauerbraten.
The restaurant will serve lunch and dinner on weekdays and brunch and dinner Saturday and Sunday.
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