Now that no one is dining out (except for carryout) and most of us are limiting our trips to the supermarket, what’s the future for restaurants and specialty grocers in our neighborhoods?
While no one knows for certain, Barbara Collurafici and Lisa Honick, co-owners of the Owings Mills-based eatery/catering business The Gourmet Girls, offer encouraging words for Pikesville residents looking forward to the opening of their new location called Gourmet Girls, Pikesville.
“We are definitely still opening, but now the opening will probably be in June or July,” says Honick.
The Gourmet Girls, Pikesville was originally scheduled to open in early May, but the opening in the former space of Gourmet Again, at 3713 Old Court Rd., was postponed due to issues related to the pandemic.
Collurafici and Honick are no strangers to Pikesville. From 1994 to 2007, Collurafici was the co-owner of Gourmet Again with Harold Hackerman, until she left the business to found The Gourmet Girls with Honick, an executive chef.
“The main reason the opening had to be postponed is because we’re still waiting on permits and licenses, new doors and a lot of supplies that aren’t available now because of the [COVID-19] shutdowns,” says Honick.
Collurafici noted that the location will have new floors and ceilings. “Everything will be fresh and clean,” she says.
Also as a result of the pandemic, Honick says they have been forced to revise some of their original plans for the store.
“It’s an interesting spot to be in, to have to recreate ourselves,” says Collurafici. “Because of the coronavirus, we can’t have dining in. We’ll have to do more grab-and-go food. We might use dining areas to make room for more items.”
The partners hope that in-store dining and use of the store’s private party room will be available in the future. “It all depends on the state,” says Honick.
Regardless, she says, they’re excited to begin offering “new and innovative items, especially in the bakery department.”
Gourmet Girls, Pikesville is also in the process of obtaining a liquor license and setting up an online store that they hope will be up later this month.
“We’re just really looking forward to being back in Pikesville. It’s like coming home,” says Collurafici.
Meanwhile, The Gourmet Girls’ current location at 1 Easter Court, Suite D, in Owings Mills is open for curbside pick-ups and offers deliveries to locations including Pikesville, Towson and downtown Baltimore.
The eatery offers homemade soups, deli sandwiches, salads, bakery items and prepared foods, and they have also set up a small grocery store within the store to sell produce, fresh meat, chicken and brisket and, yes, even hand sanitizer, masks and toilet paper!
To order, visit facebook.com/GourmetGirlsMD or call 410-581-4914