What’s On Tap

Ron and Gail Furman’s Max’s Taphouse in Fells Point will host Union Craft Brewery’s 5th anniversary party on June 29 at 5 p.m. It’ll be hu—uge! Max’s is the logical choice for this celebration b’cuz it’s one of the top beer bars in the world! The bar stocks over 1,000 bottles, 102 taps, and five casks and offers some great menu options, too! Fried pickles anyone? Ron and Gail, along with partner Charley Gordon, also own Max’s Waxhouse, which offers very cool craft wax candles in repurposed beer bottles. The candles come in a number of fragrances, including Imperial Chocolate Stout. A percentage of candle sales proceeds benefit the Believe In Tomorrow Children’s Foundation, which provides hospital and respite housing services to critically ill children and their families. We’re talking candles with a cause!

The Fells Point Farmer’s Market has moved from the square, which is being renovated, to 950 South Caroline Street, just a few blocks away.
The River Hill Sports Grille in Clarksville is now…the River Hill Grill! Primarily known as a sports bar, this neighborhood spot has evolved into a fave restaurant for guests of all ages, featuring a casual dining atmosphere with an open, homey feel. The Grill just rolled out a new comfort food menu (think gourmet burgers and home-made desserts) created by executive chef Fabio Mura.
By The Docks Restaurant in Middle River is known for seafood, steak, pasta, and specialty sautéed dishes. It’s recently renovated and is adding a new, upstairs bar…with live music on Fridays.
Nickel Taphouse in Mt. Washington rolled out a new menu with some seriously tasty menu options. Dishes include duck fat fried chicken skins, Buffalo brussel sprouts, and Nashville fried chicken with French toast. The menu was designed by partner/executive chef Robbin Haas, who also takes the helm at Encantada at the American Visionary Arts Museum and Birroteca in Hampden. BTW, Birroteca has a new assistant manager — Chris Santiago — who previously worked at Baldwin’s Station.
Sotto Sopra Restaurant in Mt. Vernon will present “Broadway Night” on Sunday, June 4 at 6 p.m. Featured performers from the Baltimore Men’s Chorus will perform songs from top Broadway musicals — and attendees are encouraged to dress as their favorite show characters. The cost is a $10 cover charge plus dinner selections from Sotto Sopra’s a la carte Italian menu. Reservations required.

Open for Biz
The owners of La Cuchara opened a new seafood restaurant in Riverside called Minnow. Menu items include cheddar biscuits with black garlic, rice noodles with poached veggies, and Maryland lump crab toast.
Hometown boy and Food Network star Duff Goldman opened a new Charm City Cakes on President Street in Harbor East.
Cilantro, the fast-casual Mediterranean restaurant in Owings Mills, opened a downtown location at 30 Light Street.

Coming Soon
The owners of Liberatore’s restaurant will open their eighth restaurant in the spot previously owned by Maple Lawn Grill in Howard County. The new 180-seat Lib’s Grill will offer steaks, burgers, and seafood. The family operates five Liberatore’s, Liquid Lib’s wine bar in Timonium, and a Lib’s Grill in White Marsh. The new 5,900 square-foot spot will feature a large outdoor seating area.
A new restaurant — Amber — will open in Locust Point this fall as part of the Anthem House apartment project. Located at 900 East Fort Avenue, the 2,000 square-foot spot will seat 100. The name is an homage to the color of coffee and beer. Amber will serve coffee from Ceremony Coffee in Annapolis and local and regional craft beers.

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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 or by phone at 443-691-9671.

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