Creme to reopen as Ware House 518 in Mount Vernon

  • The Mount Vernon restaurant space, formerly home to Louie's Bookstore Cafe and Ixia, is being renovated.
The Mount Vernon restaurant space, formerly home to Louie's… (Gene Sweeney Jr. / Baltimore…)
September 29, 2014|Richard Gorelick | The Baltimore Sun

Creme will reopen soon with a new look and a new name. 

Ezra Tilaye, who owns the Mount Vernon restaurant with his mother, Tegist Ayalew, said that the new concept will be called Ware House 518, a nod to one of the many businesses that have been housed at 518 N. Charles St. over more than a century.

Baltimore diners know this address for Louie's Bookstore Cafe and Ixia, the two restaurants that occupied the building’s ground-floor space before Ayalew and Tilaye opened Creme, a version of their popular restaurant on U Street in Washington, back in 2010.

Tilaye said that changes to the physical space will make Ware House 518 a more inviting destination. “It all has to flow better,” he said. “The new interior will be more cohesive.”

Along with the new name and new interior, the reopened restaurant will have a more broadly appealing menu and a more elastic interpretation of Southern cuisine than the narrow one Creme had, Tilaye said.

Tilaye said he hopes to have Ware House 518 open as soon as Oct. 9. Until then, he said, the restaurant will be closed -- except on Sundays, when it will serve its popular brunch.

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