Oz Chophouse closed on Saturday night, and the Maple Lawn restaurant will be replaced by a new steakhouse by the owners of Ranazul and Jordan's Steakhouse, according to Elizabeth Large in the Sun.
The sign on Oz's door says that the owners sold to Jordan Naftal of Jordan's Steakhouse in Ellicott City. It says he and his partners will "be taking over the restaurant space on August 13, 2009."
The new steakhouse will be "Carlos and Jordan's Steakhouse," Large says. Billz reports on Live in Howard County that Jordan sent a tweet that they're aiming to open in November 2009. I'll update if I hear more about timing.
(I updated on Sunday thanks to someone who sent me that link and to Large who emailed me.)
I'm really bummed for the Buschers who owned Oz even though I'm not a steakhouse addict. I enjoyed the bar, and the loss of Trapeze and Oz leaves Ranazul and its tapas as the last kitchen from the first generation of Maple Lawn eating.
But a Jordan's steakhouse sounds like a great replacement. That is a terrific restaurant in downtown Ellicott City, one of my best restaurants in Howard County although I haven't eaten there since I started the blog. I'll be interested to see if "Carlos and Jordan" inject a Latin element from Ranazul into the menu. Either way, Maple Lawn's developer has to be very happy -- especially after scoring a parking-lot-packing success with Looney's Pub.
If you really need a steak, you can grill a nice one from one of the meat markets of Howard County.