(Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore…)
Maryland Live Casino will be adding an Asian-themed restaurant to a lineup of restaurants that now includes Bobby's Burger Palace, the Cheesecake Factory and the Prime Rib.
The new 80-seat restaurant, which will be located adjacent to Rams Head Center Stage and overlook the casino floor, will be named Luk Fu. Its pan-Asian fare will include wok-fried and steamed noodles, grilled satay and congee and a selection of Asian teas and coffees.
Joseph Ku, most recently the executive Asian chef at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, Calif., has been hired as executive chef for the restaurant.
The casino said it's expanding its Asian offerings in part because of increased demand from its growing Asian clientele, and partly due to the success of Noodles, a casual wok and noodle bar located near the casino's buffet. Noodles will be replaced by another concept, the casino said, when Luk Fu opens.
And, if you were wondering about the restaurant's name... The characters pictured in the restaurant's logo, Lok Fu Xiao Guan, mean "happy fortune bistro," according to a spokeswoman for the casino.
The owner of One-Eyed Mike's in Fells Point will open a new restaurant named Lobo this spring on Aliceanna Street in the old Pearl's location.
Michael Maraziti said that Lobo will not be another version of One-Eyed Mike's, the Bond Street pub he opened 11 years ago and which is best known for being the headquarters of the world's first Grand Marnier club.
"[Lobo is] about five blocks from One-Eyed Mike's. We want to keep it as separate as possible. It will be more food-forward than One-Eyed Mike's. If you were to take Salt, Jack's Bistro and Fork and Wrench and put them all together, you'd get an idea of what we want to do at Lobo."
Maraziti, the president of Fells Point Main Street, said Fells Point is ready for more food-focused establishments. He expects the primary audience for Lobo to be from the neighborhood, which has added about a thousand residential units in the past few years.
"Most of these people don't cook," Maraziti said. "Someone's got to feed them."
Maraziti said that people have been assuming that Lobo is a Spanish restaurant, but it's not. Lobo, which means "wolf" in Spanish, was meant to be a mnemonic aid for remembering the restaurant's location on Aliceanna Street -- it's on the corner of Wolfe Street.
Liam Flynn's Alehouse (22 W. North Ave., 410-244-8447, pintsizepub.com), an Irish pub in Charles North, is now serving a full menu. The pub opened in 2011 but only finished the construction of its kitchen recently. On Liam's menu - a Ploughman's Platter with locally smoked fish, cheese and housemade sausages; four preparations of Scotch eggs and savory pies filled with things like steak, smoked duck and smoked Cornish game hen.
Hersh's Pizza and Drinks (1843-45 Light St., 443-438-4948) is now offering a chef's table option. The four-course menu will give diners a preview of dishes that chef and co-owner Josh Hershkovitz is planning for Hersh's menu. Hershkovitz will tailor the menu to guest preferences.
The chef's table option, which is $60 per person, including cocktail pairings, requires one week's advance notice.