Salsa Grill open after renovations

TABLE TALK

October 31, 2007|By ELIZABETH LARGE

Fans of Salsa Grill (6644 Security Blvd., 410-265-5552) in Woodlawn will be glad to know that the Peruvian and regional American (both South and North American) restaurant is finally open for business again after it nearly burned down last May.

The original reopening date was July, but that didn't happen. Part owner John Staley tells me that people didn't forget about the restaurant in the ensuing months. "Our old customers came back in droves, and we are doing great."

The renovations were extensive, as the owners ended up tearing out almost everything and starting with bare block walls. The new place includes a state-of-the-art kitchen for co-owner and Greenbrier-trained chef Jay Angle.

Pies in Locust Point --Sometime in December - maybe - Locust Point will get a new source for pizzas, brought to you by one of the owners of Matthew's Pizza in Highlandtown. This is a completely separate operation, Chris Maler tells me, as he and his new partner, Lando Orsino, will be serving up un-Matthew's-like thin-crusted pizzas (either brick-oven or fire-roasted, he says, although I don't quite get the difference).

The new place, at 1230 Fort Ave. where Truman's bar was, will be called Luca's Cafe. (Both partners have sons named Luca.) Note that it's not a pizzeria but a cafe, serving sandwiches, salads, appetizers and entrees as well as pies.

Tea for none --Finnerteas, the tearoom at 3547 Chestnut Ave. in Hampden, has been closed since July 10, when a storm tore its roof off. The brick chimney fell, and there was extensive rain damage. Luckily it was a Tuesday, when Finnerteas was closed, so no one was hurt.

Plans are for the roof repair to start in January or February, so there's at least a small chance you'll be able to use your gift certificate for Mother's Day. Or Finnerteas may be closed for good. The person I talked to at the Turnover Shop, which ran it, said no decision has been made yet.

Chain gang --Recently, several high-profile chains have opened in Annapolis. McCormick & Schmick's in the Annapolis Mall is the newest, and Park Place now has a Morton's, the Steakhouse and a Fado Irish Pub (pronounce it F'doe). There's also a new Starbucks, but that almost goes without saying.

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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