Two new eateries share building


December 05, 2007|By ELIZABETH LARGE

It's hard enough to open one restaurant, but Jody Danek, Gavin Buckley and friends have opened two at the same time: Lemongrass and Tsunami (300 Bank St., 410-327-7835 and 410-327-1370). Pretty impressive, but the owners say they wanted to take advantage of the holidays.

The restaurants' Annapolis siblings with the same names are meccas for hipsters, and the Baltimore versions are also pretty cool: two contemporary dining rooms in a pre-Civil War building.

Lemongrass, which specializes in Thai, and Tsunami, known for its modern Asian fusion and sushi, inhabit the bottom floor of the Tack Factory retail development at Bank Street and Central Avenue near Harbor East. The two are connected by an interior courtyard, but are separate restaurants.

FOR THE RECORD - An incorrect address was given for Lemongrass and Tsunami restaurants in yesterday's Table Talk column in the Taste section. The correct address is 1300 Bank St.
The Sun regrets the errors.

Lemongrass and Tsunami are open for dinner every night and then "morph into a bar-lounge," says Danek. You'll be able to get a limited menu of hot foods, sushi and desserts from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. Not to worry if you aren't into Asian cuisine. Tsunami has two great steaks, Danek says, including a New York strip with mashed potatoes.

"The shiitake mushrooms make it Asian fusion," he says.

By the glass --Annapolis now has its first wine bar that isn't also a restaurant, the Purple Tooth (114 West St., 410-263-1422) - so called because of what happens when you drink red wine. Owners Emmy Harbo and Maureen Fallon came from California (where they had worked in Fallon's family's winery), took a look around, and said, "Annapolis needs a wine bar."

They began renovating their space a year ago, using as many sustainable materials as possible (the floor is cork, for instance), and opened at the end of October.

The Purple Tooth offers about 125 bottles, which you can drink at the bar for a $7 corkage fee. About 30 wines are available by the glass; they change every day or so. The food is wine-friendly snacks such as artisanal cheeses, meats and olives.

The wine bar's hours are 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 3 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

Back or not? --Readers continue to ask me what I know about Abacrombie, the restaurant in the bed and breakfast of the same name at 58 W. Biddle St. When we were checking the listings for our October dining guide, we were told by the bed and breakfast that Corks would be taking it over, and it would be opening early in the new year.

Since then I've called Jerry Pellegrino, the proprietor of Corks, several times to find out if this is so; but he's never returned my calls. That suggests to me it may be true, but it isn't a done deal or the details haven't been worked out yet.

I also heard recently that the executive chef will be someone from the Charleston Group. But chefs come and go so quickly that if and when Abacrombie's reopens, it may no longer be true.

I hope the dining room does reopen soon. It's a nice space.

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

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