Two longtime Howard County restaurants have apparently closed -- the Copeland's near the mall and the Applebee's in the "restaurant park" off Rte 108.
I actually hadn't eaten at either. But I know they had fans, and the Copeland's closing was a surprise when I heard about it from Eileen on the HowChow Facebook page.
The recent trend has been that restaurant space gets leased pretty quickly:
- Wild Cajun replaced Chen Hibachi in Ellicott City;
- Mission BBQ appears to be aiming to open in July in the former Chicken Out in Columbia;
- Chef Paolino does appear to be taking over the former Serafino's in Ellicott City as people were talking about earlier this year; and
- The Applebee's spot will become the new home of Royal Taj. That's an excellent Indian restaurant now off McGaw Road near Wegmans. They're aiming to renovate the Applebee's and move into new, larger space by October, reports Marcia who talked to the owner last week:
We got carry out from Royal Taj last night. First of all, this is the first time I remember the owner asking how hot we wanted our food. Perhaps this means they are moving toward more authentic Indian rather than Americanized??? Or, they just forgot to ask in the past. Or, my husband forgot they asked - LOL
The time to get there for carry out is right when they open, because then the owner is in the front and not very busy, so able to talk He said they have begun construction in the new location, opening planned before October. When it is time to move, they will close the existing Royal Taj for a week and transition to the new one. His goal is that when they open in the new location everything will be running smoothly from day one.
And by the way, I got Chicken Saag and I think it was prepared better than I remember it from the past.Does anyone know the plan for the Copeland's space? The company's Web site doesn't show any locations in Maryland now, so maybe they had a plan to retrench. I assume that's a prime restaurant location just off Little Patuxent Parkway and near the lakefront scene with Petit Louis, Sushi Sono, Clyde's and Tomato Palace.