Michael Rork moves on


March 21, 2002|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,SUN RESTAURANT CRITIC

After a little less than a year on the job, Michael Rork has left the Polo Grill (4 W. University Parkway) and gone back to the Eastern Shore. He had been functioning as the Polo Grill's executive chef while running his own restaurant, Michael Rork's Town Dock, in St. Michaels.

"The original intent wasn't permanent," he says. "I'm the type of guy who likes to do more and more and more, and I can do more and more and more at my own little restaurant here. My focus is here, and my family is here."

"More" includes finishing the renovations of the kitchen and dining room and producing a new menu for spring. Among the new dishes are grilled swordfish, tuna with plum compote, shad roe in brown butter and house-smoked bluefish.

Until April 30, the Town Dock will be open Thursday through Monday for lunch and dinner. (In season, it's open every day.) Dinner entrees run from $16.95 to $24.95. There's a seafood buffet on Friday nights for $21.95.

Share and pay

The time-honored tradition of sharing an appetizer with- out penalty is at an end - at least at Sotto Sopra (405 N. Charles St.). And where the hip Italian restaurant leads, others will probably follow.

We've gotten used to restaurants' charging customers who share an entree. Now Sotto Sopra has started charging $1 to split an appetizer. Owner-chef Ricardo Bosio says more and more people are sharing first courses, which isn't cost-effective for such a small restaurant as his. And, he adds, charging is what they do in New York.

Changes at One World

One World Cafe (904 S. Charles St.) has been sold, but will remain open until June, when new owner Rob Spinazzola takes over. He'll rename the place Caffe Brio, but plans to keep the same coffee supplier and many of the favorites now on One World's menu. The smaller version of the coffee house in the Can Company in Canton - a sort of One World Express - is closing completely, but the third location, at 100 W. University Parkway, will continue to operate.

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