Woodberry Kitchen set to open

TABLE TALK

October 24, 2007|By ELIZABETH LARGE

It looks like Woodberry Kitchen (2010 Clipper Park Road, 410-464-8000), on the edge of Hampden and Woodberry, will be open next week. This is the farm-to-table eco-restaurant of Spike Gjerde, his wife, Amy, and Nelson Carey, who owns Grand Cru wine bar. (They're probably shuddering at that description.)

"It's the restaurant I've wanted to do my whole life," Gjerde says. The holdup, he explains, has been that "when you're doing something in a sustainable way it adds another layer of consideration to everything" from the linens to the trash. "It's a more rigorous process."

About a week after the restaurant opens, their coffee bar, Artifact Coffee, which has been closed, will be brought back. Artifact's hours will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for coffee and snacks. Then the restaurant will be open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for brunch.

The wait is over --The restaurant space in Green Spring Station has new owners, and it looks like Tark's Grill will be opening there in late winter or early spring after extensive renovations. (The target date is February.) The look will be more traditional than contemporary, and it will have two private dining rooms.

"Tark" is the nickname of Terry Arenson, one of four partners along with Gary Gill, Scott Steele and Bill Shriver. Shriver, the operating partner, says the restaurant will be upscale casual -- no one said they would be going out on a limb -- with traditional American food like entree salads, prime beef, seafood and pasta.

The restaurant will have broad appeal, Shriver promises, "whether you want to stop in after work for a quick burger or celebrate a special occasion."

Wait, there's more --Just because two new local places are opening that people are excited about doesn't mean we can't give a couple of chains some love. Potbelly Sandwich Works (621 E. Pratt St., 410-332-7524) has just opened in the Power Plant. I've never eaten at one, but I've heard good things about them. And there's always room for one more barbecue joint, namely Famous Dave's, which will be opening soon at 10500 Owings Mills Blvd. in Owings Mills.

Tune in --Chefs from every NFL city are taking part in a Taste of the NFL interview series on Martha Stewart Living Radio (Sirius channel 112). This Friday, Pierpoint's Nancy Longo will be a guest and talk about her recipe for Rockfish, Corn and Crab Cake with 10-Vegetable Slaw and Spicy Remoulade. She'll also take calls from listeners.

Send restaurant news, trends, questions of general interest or observations to me at elizabeth.large@baltsun.com or fax me at 410-783-2519. Snail mail works, too: Elizabeth Large, The Sun, Box 1377, Baltimore 21278.

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