Open for biz
Mutiny Pirate Bar and Island Grille, a cool pirate-themed restaurant and bar, relocated from Glen Burnie to Pasadena on Magothy Beach Road. The new location allows for better parking and a more central location. Look for cool special events, including off-menu seasonal options and specials. Top sellers include crab cakes and lots ‘o wings, including jerk, old bay, rum molasses, bbq, and walk-the-plank hot wings — all made from scratch. Owners/brothers Steve and Rob Wecker also own The Iron Bridge Wine Company in Columbia and were recently named Howard County Corporate Philanthropist of the year by the Community Foundation of Howard County.

Dave & Buster’s has opened its first Baltimore area location in White Marsh Mall. The restaurant and entertainment center boasts more than 50,000 square feet of arcade games, state-of-the-art sports viewing, and one-of-a-kind drink and food offerings (think ancho caesar lettuce wraps) — all under one roof. We’re talking hundreds of arcade games and a state-of-the-art D&B sports bar filled with dozens of massive HDTV screens. Cool place to cheer on your fave B-more teams! Dave & Buster’s offers one-of-a-kind cocktails including adult snow cones, lot’s ‘o margaritas, and glow kones featuring a blinking, flashing glow cube. Note to Dave & Buster’s: Yer in Balmer now, Hon. It’s spelled SNO cones!

Horseshoe Casino and multi-Michelin-star chef and TV personality (“Hell’s Kitchen,” “The F Word with Gordon Ramsay,” and “MasterChef”) Gordon Ramsay joined forces for the fi rst Gordon Ramsay Steak on the East Coast in downtown B-more. “I couldn’t be more pleased to introduce Gordon Ramsay Steak in Charm City,” Ramsay said. “Baltimore is home to wonderful restaurants, and I’m thrilled to add to the culinary landscape with a concept that will offer guests the best dry-aged beef, fi nest seafood, and freshest locally-sourced ingredients in a uniquely warm and comfortable setting.” The restaurant features prime beef, dry-aged for a minimum of 28 days, and cuts including the 32-ounce Royal long-bone chop for two, as well as American Kobe. With a nod to his British roots, Ramsay’s menu also offers beef Wellington and sticky toffee pudding dishes.

For over 20 years, Nancy Longo, executive chef/owner at Pierpont Restaurant in Fells Point, has been raising money for the Maryland Food Bank by representing the Baltimore Ravens at the Super Bowl’s Taste of the NFL “Party with a Purpose.” This fund-raising event — part of the NFL’s national Kick Hunger program — brings together chefs from each state to serve a signature, hometown dish the night before the Super Bowl. As part of that program, each chef is tasked with raising dollars for a local “Kick Hunger Challenge” event where 100 percent of the funds raised will go directly to a hometown food bank.
Soooo…if you’re not going to the Super Bowl, you can support this amazing program by attending the Taste of the NFL Baltimore Kick Hunger Challenge on January 18 from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. at The Boathouse Canton. Tasty treats will be provided by some of B-more’s top restaurants including Pierpoint, The Boathouse Canton, Avenue Kitchen, and Portalli’s. There will be memorabilia galore, and ya just might see a Raven or two. Teaming up with Chef Longo is Chris Golder, general manager of the Boathouse Canton, who is also a certified exec chef, having worked at Tark’s Grill & Bar and The Brass Elephant. And, for seven years, he worked on private yachts, including a stint with Captain Lee from Bravo’s Below Deck! (And, yes — I am a Bravoholic). For a complete list of restaurants for the Taste of the NFL Baltimore Kick Hunger Challenge and to purchase tickets, go to

Wine & winter
The 6th Annual Winter Wine Showcase, hosted by the Maryland Wineries Association, is set for Friday, January 26 from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. at the B&O Railroad Museum on West Pratt Street. The event will feature over forty award-winning selections from the top Maryland wineries (poured by the winemakers and proprietors), including an array of sparkling, red, rosé, white, and dessert wines and stationary hors d’oeuvres. For more info and to buy tickets, go to

Coming Soon
Baltimore Coffee and Tea Company is expanding its brick-and-mortar presence in the Baltimore/D.C. metro region with three new locations. The Timonium-headquartered business currently operates seven retail locations throughout Baltimore City, as well as Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Howard, and Frederick Counties. The new properties will offer specialty coffee and tea drinks and an assortment of breakfast and lunch items. The first location is slated to open in January at an offi ce park located within the Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) in Harford County. Opening in fi rst quarter 2018 is a first-floor restaurant within 231 Najoles Road at the I-97 Business Park in Anne Arundel County. Also opening in the first quarter of 2018 is a spot in the Annapolis Junction Town Center.

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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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