Well, the girls have finally arrived.
Barbara Collurafici and Lisa Honick, owners of the Owings Mills-based eatery/catering business The Gourmet Girls, opened their second location Oct. 23 in the former space of Gourmet Again, at 3713 Old Court Rd. in Pikesville.
“The Pikesville/ Owings Mills area has always been our’ home,’ and we couldn’t be happier to be back,” said Collurafici. “We hope our customers are just as excited as we are.”
The new location is located in Pikesville’s Dumbarton Square shopping center, which is owned by Klein Enterprises.
“Dumbarton Square has a proud tradition of serving the community with great food for takeout and catering,” said Daniel Klein, president of Klein Enterprises. “We are thrilled that Gourmet Girls will now be part of that heritage.”
Last Feburary, Collurafici and Honick announced on Facebook that they planned to open in the former Gourmet Again space. An upscale food specialty market and longtime Pikesville staple, Gourmet Again suddenly closed its doors last May.
“It is our hope that we reconnect with old friends, welcome new ones and host our neighborhood & community in the manner you expect from Gourmet Girls MD,” Collurafici and Honick wrote in their Facebook post. “Our success over the past 14 years is because of our customers and we thank you. We know a Pikesville location will allow us to serve each of you with additional options, new menu ideas, customized catering and provide a comfortable, familiar gathering place. … We are so grateful to our customers who encouraged growth and always provide support.”
Initially, Collurafici and Honick were hoping to open the satellite establishment in early May, but the pandemic and renovations delayed the process.
“It took a while but we finally did it,” they wrote in a Facebook post today.
The Gourmet Girls’ current location at 1 Easter Court, Suite D, in Owings Mills offers homemade soups, deli sandwiches, salads, bakery items and prepared foods. The business caters events from work meetings to b’nai mitzvah celebrations, shivas and holiday meals.
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.
Last February, Beth Rheingold, president of the Pikesville-Owings Mills Regional Chamber of Commerce, told Jmore that she was thrilled with The Gourmet Girls taking over the Gourmet Again space.
“Even though Pikesville has lost some favorites over the years, most recently Edmart, the variety of excellent restaurants in Pikesville is growing,” Rheingold said in an email. “The arrival of Gourmet Girls is a powerful indicator that Pikesville is a desirable location that attracts new business. The POM Chamber welcomes GG to Pikesville, where we take our food seriously! We urge business professionals and residents alike to frequent Gourmet Girls once they open. Do not let the no-left-hand turns and temporary BG&E construction keep you from good food!”
In an interview with Jmore last winter, Honick said of the Pikesville opening, “I get emotional when I talk about it, especially because Barbara and I have been cooking for people in the neighborhood, in the community, for years. Barbara has been doing it even longer than I have — for 45 years. … For a little place, it has a lot of history. … We’re coming full circle.”