The construction dumpster sits outside Kloby's Smokehouse on Johns Hopkins Road, and the grinding, whirring sound of creation comes from the papered-over space next to the barbecue joint.
Look for the new space to open in about four weeks. That's mid-April for a new bar, more kegs, a performance space and even a dedicated ice cream area. Kloby's has outgrown its takeout roots, but it is still kicking out great barbecue to anchor all the new items.
And that's just a piece of the new and expanded spots that are stretching out for spring:
- Kloby's neighbor Facci Ristorante is expanding so that it can offer more tables and even takeout. The Italian restaurant has been packed since it opened, and I'm looking forward to being able to carry home a pizza after work.
- If you need your new stuff immediately, Moonlight Cafe in the same shopping center off Rte 29 has changed hands and now offers Indian food, kebabs and other new items.
- A new Italian restaurant Salute has opened on Main Street in Laurel. (Thanks to snidegrrl.)
- A new Mexican grocery has opened on the second floor of the Shell station at U.S. 1 and Rte 175. Estralita Market has a small selection, but lets you pick up Mexican cheeses, handmade tortillas, chipotle peppers, and other staples -- including Mexican sweets at the counter.
- Any day now, the new Flavors of India should open in Columbia, filling the spot that Aida Bistro left when it expanded. Flavors will be a southern Indian restaurant by the folks who own House of India in Columbia.
- A kosher deli Pita & Rye is scheduled to open in May in Fulton. That's the Maple Lawn development right off Rte 216.
- Bangkok Garden in Columbia has already changed owners. Over the summer, it should get a new name -- and presumably a new menu as well since Vida reported that the prior staff has moved to the Bethesda location.
- And, of course, the great moment in Howard County food remains scheduled for mid-2012. That's when Wegmans aims to open its Columbia store.
In other news, Min reports that Mirocjo in Ellicott City has started offering a $5.99 lunch special. She provided a photo, a translation of the "specials" banner, and a report on her own lunch:
The place was still quiet at a quarter to 1. I had the spiciest Jambong I've ever had in HoCo (and I can take heat!). For a $5.99 lunch, the offering was very generous: nicely sliced scallions, onions and sweet red peppers, and lots of seafood. The soondooboo, however, arrived with the egg already cracked in and stirred.
Even though the portion of the Jambong is smaller than that of Han Joon Kwan, what's left in the bowl still filled up a soup container to go. Great value for the money.
soybean casserole (duenjang chigae)
potato with pork stew(kamjatang)
soybean paste casserole(chungkookjang)
beef bone soup(sullungtang)
soybean soup with beef and napa cabbage (wooguji duenjang gook)
hot noodle soup (kalgooksoo)
spice seafood noodle soup(jambong)
silk tofu stew (soondooboo chigae)
Anyone else have other news? Has the Sedona Cafe & Grill opened in Waverly Woods? I know that there were signs in February.