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WHAT’S HAPPENING

Langermann’s in Canton, one of my all time fave restaurants, has closed its doors. The “way popular” restaurant featured low country cuisine from award-winning chef Neal Langermann. While a partner in his namesake restaurant, Chef Neal has also been the executive chef for Capital Restaurant Concepts (Georgia Brown’s, J. Paul’s, Old Glory, Paolo’s Ristorante, Neyla, and Ovations at Wolf Trap) since 2015. Langermann’s filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2015, and again in 2016, in an effort to restructure its debt. At that time, the owners felt that they could turn things around. Co-owner Mark Lasker cited personal changes and ongoing financial issues (there was a 15 percent drop in sales following the unrest after the Freddie Gray death) as the reasons for closing. Lasker is having a child, and managing partner David McGill was looking to retire. “We’ve had ongoing financial issues, and we have personal changes in our lives,” Lasker said. “We just decided with the ongoing difficulties that we would not continue to fight to stay open.” They will be missed.

DOG DAYS OF SUMMER!
Attention puppy people! From now through August 24, from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m., it’s Thirsty Thursdays at Birroteca! Celebrate (wo)man’s best friend on the patio with lot’s of treats for doggies AND their humans, including boozy pops (obviously for humans). A percentage of the proceeds will go to the Buddy Foundation of Maryland. Thirsty Thursdays leads up to the main event — DOG DAYS OF SUMMER — on Sunday, August 27 from noon to 5:00. The parking lot will be filled with so many great things for you to enjoy with your fur baby, including a best-dressed pup contest, doggie pool, a doggie photo booth, and pop up puppy shops from Howl and The Dog Chef, a.k.a. Kevyn Matthews, who offers hand-made nutritious (and delicious) treats for “da babeeze.” Tasty treats for humans will be provided by Birroteca and its sister restaurants Nickel Taphouse and Encantada, courtesy of award-winning chef Robin Haas. The non-profit Buddy Foundation is the brainchild of (I love me some) Jay Dackman, a local attorney. The Foundation provides financial and emotional support for urgent veterinary care for your canine family member. BmoreBirroteca.com, TBFMD.org.

MORE SUMMER NOTES
They’re ba-ack! If it’s summertime in Mt. Washington, it’s time for the lobster roll special at The Corner Pantry. We’re talkin’ five ounces of warm lobster meat, poached in butter, in a toasted brioche bun with hand-cut fries and a homemade pickle. #yum #happy Corner-Pantry.com.
The Chasseur New American Bar & Restaurant in Canton has expanded — up! It’s added an entire third level which features retractable garage doors that lead to the patio of the new indoor-outdoor space. It has also added a raw bar menu to regular offerings of burgers, salads, chicken lettuce wraps, pan-seared red snapper, and, lest we forget — duck fat tots! TheChasseur.com
Johnny’s in Roland Park has a new seafood menu AND a new exec chef — Shane Freeland  — who served as executive sous chef at Cinghiale in Harbor East. JohnnysDownstairs.com.

COMFORT FOOD
Pierpoint Restaurant and Catering has launched a new program called Nurture Meals. It allows family and friends to send healthy and tasty meals to loved ones in hospice care and to houses of mourning. You can design a menu to fit your specific tastes — steamed rockfish dumplings, whole roasted fish, roasted chicken, and lasagna are just a few of the options. Chef Nancy Longo will even make your own family recipe. This is what you call true comfort food. Go to Nurture-Meals.com.

POETRY IN MOTION
The Bluebird Cocktail Room (named after a Charles Bukowski poem) opens this month in a huge 3,000 square-foot space at 3602 Hickory Avenue in Hampden. The bar and restaurant will feature pub-style food and literary themed cocktails.
Annabel Lee Tavern, the Edgar Allan Poe-themed restaurant in Canton, announced that it was closing its doors at the end of May. Customers flocked to the restaurant to enjoy one last meal, and they were lined up to get in for the last three days of business. And then…investors contacted the owners to keep the popular spot open. Sooo now…Annabel Lee will reopen in time for the Baltimore City Summer Restaurant Week, which takes place from July 18 through August 6. AnnabelLeeTavern.com. For more info on Baltimore City Restaurant Week, check out BaltimoreRestaurantWeek.com.
And talkin’ ‘bout restaurant week, the Baltimore County Summer Restaurant Week is set for August 4 through 19. Some of the participating restaurants include executive chef/owner Brian Boston’s The Milton Inn, Mother’s North Grille, and Linwoods. For all the deets, go to BaltimoreCountyRestaurantWeek.com.

CONGRATS
Big Cork Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2015 was awarded the “Best in Show” at the 2017 Maryland Comptroller’s Cup Wine Competition, which is judged by industry peers in a blind tasting. In addition, eight wines from across the state were named “Best in Class” in their respective categories. For more information and a full list of winners, log onto www.marylandwine.com.

About the Author

RANDI ROM is a Baltimore special events planner, marketing and public relations maven, freelance writer and head of R.J. Rom & Associates. Have a hot scoop? Contact Randi via e-mail at randirom@comcast.net or by phone at 443-691-9671.

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