For all of you Jack’s Bistro fans, it’s time to rejoice! Chef Ted Stelzenmullers’ new venture — Blair’s on Hudson, a new Baltimore tavern — is open for business. The new spot is located at 2822 Hudson St. in Canton, just a few blocks away from the Jack’s Bistro property.

Blair’s menu will feature such classics from Jack’s menu as the Guinness filet mignon and the chocolate mac-and-cheese, as well as lots of burgers and pasta dishes (including “The Impossible Burger,” a plant-based burger that looks and tastes like ground beef).

Prior to opening Jack’s, Stelzenmuller was the executive chef at Gibby’s Seafood and then the original Red Fish Restaurant. Chef Ted is a true culinary artist, and his restaurants have always offered a comfy, casual totally enjoyable vibe.

Blair’s is open for dinner and Saturday brunch is coming soon. Check it out!

Prescription Chicken has opened in the Cross Street Market in Federal Hill. Cousins Taryn Pellicone and Valerie Zweig, both veterans of the culinary and hospitality industry, started Prescription Chicken in September of 2016 as a soup delivery business in D.C. Since then, they’ve showcased their wares at festivals around the area, and recently hosted a pop-up stall at R. House in B-more.

You can choose your own broth and noodles (egg noodles, matzoh balls, etc.) for various options including grandma’s chicken broth, bone, broth, vegan bone broth as well as pho, Thai coconut and cream of chicken with Old Bay.

FYI, bone broth is said to be rich in minerals that support the immune system, so I’m gonna stock up!

Exclusively Elmwood

The Elmwood Social Club, a members-only martini and cigar bar, opened on The Avenue in Hampden. When they say private, I guess they really mean private. There’s no picture taking or social media allowed, and no excessive cell phone use.

Members can bring up to three guests per visit, but non-members are only allowed one visit. They offer a small plates menu and an extensive list of gin and vodka with custom infusions.

Coming Soon

The Limoncello Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar, a 120-seat, casual Italian trattoria, will open this summer in Anthem House, an apartment and retail complex in Locust Point. The flagship restaurant is in St. Michael’s. Limoncello showcases Southern Italian cuisine featuring fresh seafood, char-grilled flatbreads and plenty of pasta options.

Petit Louis in Columbia, the first outside-of-Baltimore venture for the Foreman-Wolf Restaurant Group, has closed. It will reopen as Lupa, a Roman trattoria with Chef James Lewandowski, who will split his time between Lupa and Cinghiale, serving as executive chef at both locations.

The LB Bakery, located in the Lord Baltimore Hotel downtown, has expanded its breakfast and lunch menus to offer more diverse selections that will include burgers, crab cake sandwiches and omelets, in addition to their grab and go options.

Taste of Pikesville

Taste of Pikesville (Handout photo)

What’s happening?

The seventh annual Taste of Pikesville, presented by the Pikesville Chamber of Commerce, is set for Wednesday, March 21, at a new location — the Suburban Club, 7600 Park Heights Ave. (Jmore is a co-sponsor.)

Highlighting Pikesville and its surrounding areas, this casual night of food and fun will feature signature dishes from 45 restaurants and caterers, music, raffle prizes, the “People’s Choice Award” and celebrity judge competitions and other surprises. Some of the participants include Eggspectation, Ruth’s Chris, Linwoods, Mezcal, La Food Marketa, Gourmet Again, Wegmans, Krispy Kreme and Whole Foods.

Proceeds will support the Baltimore Hunger Project, a non-profit that feeds hungry children on weekends during the school year, and the Pikesville Chamber, which is dedicated to promoting and improving the business community in Pikesville.

Mazel Tov!

Congrats to 14-year-old Owen Pereira, the Mount Washington teen who won the top prize on the finale of Universal Kids’ “Top Chef Jr.” Way to go, Owen!

Fare Thee Well!

Mount Vernon’s Tavern on the Hill has closed. Regulars will miss this great neighborhood spot that featured excellent burgers and a great, dog-friendly patio.

Also, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, the Syracuse, N.Y.-based BBQ chain in Harbor East, closed after only two years in business.

Randi Rom is the president of RJ Rom & Associates, a marketing, branding, events and public relations firm specializing in the hospitality and entertainment industries. She is a freelance columnist and writer who represents some of the region’s top restaurants and food-related events. Contact her at

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