|What's coming to the new construction in Maple Lawn?|
One of the great parts of HowChow has been collecting news and rumors that I hear in emails and comments on the blog. People have been sending news even though I haven't been posting, and it's time to share what I know and ask folks to add more in the comments. We're looking at new barbecue, a new bakery, hopefully new ramen, and probably a new rum bar. Plus, there is more news and some good-looking spots where I hope restaurants will open.
This is part of my "While I've Been Out" series to restart the blog. Late last year, the blog got some serious competition. I'm still working out how to keep writing while I'm doing so many other new things as well. Thanks to everyone who has kept reading, emailing and commenting. Tomorrow, my report on the restaurant that surprised me the most this year.
Let's start with the things that I know -- or at least have heard about:
- Urban BBQ is coming to Ellicott City -- specifically to the shopping center with Coal Fire Pizza off Rte 108 near Snowden River Parkway. Months ago, Mike sent me a link to Urban BBQ's Web page where they list a location coming soon. Who has a report on Urban BBQ? Who knows a timeline?
- In other barbecue talk, there is chatter that Mission BBQ will be one of the businesses taking over the former Shanty Grill on Rte 40 in Ellicott City. That's a great location for a barbecue place that opened a spot in Columbia and had such long lines on the day that I went for lunch that I couldn't wait with a toddler. Think about March or early spring 2016 for the new location. Anyone know details?
- Smashburger is coming to Ellicott City, as I posted in July. Tim reports that a new Barakat Kabob looks to be opening nearby on Rte 40 next to the Yama Asian Bistro. He said they have a menu in the window, but paper still covered them last week. Tim also talks up the new Carroll Farm meat stand on Rte 144. I have been there yet, although I assume it is the farm with this Web page. He reports nice beef and pork selections, including different sausages. They also sell chicken that you can buy on the day that they're processed.
- That Rte 40 development is really hot. Glory Days Grill also opened there, and the Two Dudes Who Love Food blogged about a sneak peak in July. They talked up wings, fried pickles, pizza and salmon.
- Primo Hoagies says they're opening a shop on Dobbin Center Way in Columbia. Dori and I would like to know more. Anyone know when? Anyone eaten their sandwiches? I lived in Philadelphia so I'm very cautious when people claim to be selling Philly-level hoagies.
- Coho Grill has re-opened. The Columbia restaurant closed during renovations at the golf club's clubhouse. I haven't heard details about the new space or menu, but Stan Rapport wrote a profile with some video.
- Renata's Tasty Bites has taken over the bakery on Snowden River Parkway that used to be Linda's Bakery. I haven't been yet, but I saw that we're going to become regulars once the weather gets a little colder. They're open at 8 am on weekend mornings. Coffee and a pasty could entertain us and Lil' Chow on our way to grocery shop or some toddler classes. Renata's has been around for several years, so please let me know what you'd recommend that I try.
- Paper Lantern Asian Grill & Sushi has opened on Marriottsville Road. JJ tweeted about the opening, and I'd love to hear about good Asian food in the western county.
- Uma Uma is still aiming to bring ramen and yakitori to Rte 40 in Ellicott City. This is across from the former Shanty Grill next to Lighthouse Tofu and a Boston Chicken. The owners have been working to renovate a former sub shop since last summer. I hope to slurp noodles there this fall, and I'll keep you up to date.
- Highland Inn closed. It's heartbreaking because I saw the years and clear money that people put into opening that restaurant on Rte 216. They were going for a real upscale experience, but it doesn't seem to have worked out. We ate there. I wish that I could have blogged positively about the experience.
- BrickNFire Pizza won a recent competition with Marriott where they were picked as the best restaurant concept and get a six-month tryout in the Marriott near Camden Yards. Richard Gorelick wrote up the contest in June. (Hat tip to CrunchDaddy -- whose Columbia-made popcorns are spectacular. His butter-rum and cranberry flavor got a write-up in the June edition of the Food Network's magazine.)
|A great space on Main Street|
- What's the timing and plans for the new Bulk Head brewery that is supposed to open on Old Annapolis Road in Columbia? Sarah Meehan wrote up the plans in June and described a beach-themed brewery from two founders who did home brewing. Meehan talked about a fall opening.
- What are the plans for FoodPlenty -- the Clarksville restaurant being planned by the folks behind Victoria Gastropub? The place-holder website says they're aiming for 2016. Anyone know more?
- Is Black Eyed Susan Brewing open for business? The website doesn't seem definitive. Has anyone tried the beer?
- What's the timing on Mutiny Pirate Bar, which still has a sign saying that they're coming to downtown Ellicott City? It's a spot just off the major intersection of Main Street and Old Columbia Pike. When I posted in March, the signs said "Summer 2015." They say its a rum bar. It didn't look close when I biked past in August. This is the second location of a restaurant by the folks who run Iron Bridge Wine Co. so I have high hopes.
- Anyone know if a restaurant has signed to open right at the Main Street-Old Columbia Pike intersection? That's the old Taylor Antique Mall, and I had linked in December to a Sun article where the landlord's agent talked about Joe Squared opening there. I haven't seen any progress, and the sign still offered the space for rent on my last visit.
- What is going into the new Maple Lawn construction? I hear that the buildings going up near the Harris Teeter are slated for at least two restaurants. At one point, there had been talk of the Looney's folks getting into brewing their own beer, but I don't know whether anyone has signed up for the space.
If you know more news, please add comments below. I'm still working through email so I'm sure that I'll have more posts with news and questions.
I hope to blog more regularly going forward. It's great fun. It's a great inspiration to try new food. And it's always a blast to get emails or comments with news about Howard County food. So please stay with me.