Stratford University opens its own white-linen restaurant in Little Italy.

Stratford University’s School of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management has officially opened its own restaurant — Atelier de Culinaire. The restaurant in Little Italy is separate from the culinary school but is a vehicle for Stratford students to gain hands-on, real-life restaurant working experience.

The name Atelier de Culinaire translates to culinary workshop. We’re talking white-linen dining in a beautifully outfitted, two-story restaurant with an upper patio. And they’re running an opening special promotion through Aug. 10 offering a three-course dinner for $25. (For reservations, call 410-528-2710.)

Meanwhile, Ludlow Market Bar & Bottle Shop has opened in Locust Point in the space formerly occupied by the Wine Market Bistro. Owner Christopher Spann has hired chef Christopher Audia, formerly of Tail Up Goat in D.C. and No. 9 Park in Boston, to take the helm in the kitchen. The menu offers a little something for everyone — small plates, shareable dishes, classic sandwiches with a twist and elaborate entrees.

Nori Sushi Bar and Lounge, a new sushi, sake and poke restaurant, opened in Hampden in the former home of the Corner Charcuterie Bar. Chef Chil Chong, former owner of Ruby 8 Noodles & Sushi, offers an elevated menu featuring traditional Korean dishes and Asian cocktails.

Bravo Restaurant recently opened in the space formerly occupied by Quiznos at 1430 Reisterstown Road in Pikesville. The menu features family-style, Eastern European fare, with the most popular menu options including borscht, pelmeni and vareniki.

Belarus-born Alla Sandler completely renovated the spot (her first venture as a restaurant owner, although she’s been in the restaurant industry for nine years). Alla and her husband, Svyatoslav, are musicians and singers — hence the name Bravo — and perform on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.

On the Waterfront

The new Canton Waterfront Farmers Market is open for business on Wednesdays from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Canton Waterfront Park and will run through Oct. 24. Enjoy lots of local food, food trucks, artisans and live music.

Purveyors include One Straw Farm, Gundalow Juice, Charm City Pops, Vegan Soul Bakery, Prescription Chicken, Kathleen Kline Photography, Baltimore Whiskey Co. and Phil’s Dills Gourmet Pickles, Ekiben and Migues Magnificent Mini Donuts. (Among those at the market is Pikesville High School alumna Bettina Magarill Pressman, from Beads by Bettina, who crafts original, handmade jewelry using sterling silver, freshwater pearls, semi precious stones and mixed metals.)

Aw, Shucks

The Mt. Washington Tavern celebrates National Oyster Day on Aug. 5 from 2 to 5 p.m. with an afternoon of specials — grilled, flights, shooters and raw oysters. For each oyster sold at the tavern that day, Oyster Recovery Partnership will plant 10 baby oysters in the Chesapeake Bay.

What’s Brewing?

The Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House, the first Guinness brewery on American soil since 1954, will open to the public this month. Located in the historic Calvert Distillery in Halethorpe, the brewery will feature taprooms, tastings, tours and dining.

But let’s not forget about our fabulous hometown breweries such as Union Craft, Heavy Seas and RavenBeer.

Coming Soon

Bodhi Corner, a new Thai restaurant brought to you by the owners of Khun Nine Thai in Mount Vernon, is slated to open next month in the former Café Cito space in Hampden.

Also opening in September in the Nine East 33rd development near the Johns Hopkins University campus is Doner Bros. This will be the first bricks-and-mortar restaurant from the guys that own the Oktoberfest-inspired food truck of the same name.

Founders Alex Politsch and Steven Banks went to Oktoberfest in Germany and discovered the World Famous Döner Kebab and decided they had to bring the tasty treat to Baltimore. What exactly is a Doner Kabab?  It’s a Turkish kebab, made of seasoned meat cooked on a vertical rotisserie and stacked in the shape of an inverted cone.

Randi Rom is president of RJ Rom & Associates. 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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