Old Waverly Tea Room to reopen -- in Little Italy

July 03, 2013|By Richard Gorelick | The Baltimore Sun

The revivals keep going. Another old favorite is coming back.

The Old Waverly History Exchange & Tea Room, which operated out of a Victorian frame house on 31st Street, will re-open at the end of the year in Little Italy, according to its once and future owner, Donna Beth Joy Shapiro.

The new version, which will be called Old Waverly Tea Room & Academy of Home Arts, will occupy a long-shuttered commercial space on Little Italy’s High Street.

Shapiro, a sometime contributor to the Sun, said that her plans for the new location include a retail bakery operation, which will feature bread baked in a wood-fired brick oven, along with Old Waverly specialties like raisin scones, rosemary shortbread and rugelach, and a classroom space where she will offer home economics classes under the Academy of Home Arts name. 

Shapiro said she intends to operate the bakery, cafe and academy under kosher supervision.

The classes will include cheese making, bread baking, cake decorating, preserving, sewing, spinning, knitting, vegetable and herb gardening. The popular afternoon tea service from the original location will be served during classes as at the academy, Shapiro said.

The location, 315-317 High Street, was formerly Scelsi's Bakery, which operated from 1914-1961.

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