There was time in the 1990s when every new restaurant in Baltimore seems to have some attachment to the hard-working brothers, Spike and Charlie Gjerde. They launched places in Mount Vernon, Federal Hill, Canton and Bolton Hill. But restaurant work is notoriously demanding; it all took a toll on their personal lives, and as of last year, they had closed or sold all their ventures.
The hiatus proved to be temporary. This past Thursday, Spike signed the lease -- in negotiations for months -- for his newest restaurant venture, the Woodberry Kitchen in the rapidly developing Clipper Mill complex. It's in the old foundry complex near Clipper Road and Union Avenue, just off the Jones Falls Expressway.