Wharf Rat decor for sale, Slutty Vegan comes home, Mera Kitchen Collective gets a makeover and a ghost kitchen is closed – Baltimore Sun

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After another scary pandemic winter, spring is fast approaching. Restaurants are dusting off their patio tables and chefs are gearing up for ramp season.

Many city dwellers are counting the weeks until the return of the Baltimore Farmer’s Market and Bazaar April 3. In the meantime, one of the market‘s popular stalls invites customers to its new restaurant in Midtown-Belvedere.

Mera Cooking Collective technically opened in November, but, writes founder Emily Lerman in an email, a combination of omicron and then construction issues caused it to remain closed until March. “It’s not the start I ever imagined,” Lerman said.

It’s time to do it again. This Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Mera is hosting what Lerman calls the “grand reopening for the grand opening we never had.” On the menu: locally brewed beers, fortified lemonade and wine. The address is 1301 N. Calvert St., the old Siamese pond location.

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Jesse Sandlinthe Sally O’s the chef and owner who recently bought the Fells Point bar, is selling the contents of the former Wharf Rat through an online auction.

Among the wares: bare-breasted wooden mermaids behind the bar, a ship’s figurehead and a nude bronze sculpture that Sandlin says “weighs an obscene amount.” There’s also a vintage English-style telephone box, kitchen equipment, and outdoor seating and tables. The auction ends March 21.

As for the restaurant that will replace the Wharf Rat, Sandlin wouldn’t divulge much — even the name. She hopes to open it this summer but admitted, “I don’t know if that’s realistic.”

peter changthe head of the Canton’s Nihao and an eponymous restaurant coming soon to Colombia, was nominated for a James Beard Award in the Outstanding Chef category after being named a semi-finalist.

Not among the nominees: from Charleston Cindy Wolf, who had been a semi-finalist in the Outstanding Chef category and Carlos Raba of Clavel Mezcaleriasemi-finalist for best chef: Mid Atlantic.

Winners will be announced at the Beard Foundation Awards Ceremony on June 13 in Chicago.

Vegan slutthe vibrant plant-based burger company founded by a Baltimore native Pinky Cole, arrives in Charm City next week. During the one-day pop-up, Cole will be offering entrees like the “One Night Stand,” but she hinted that it could be the prelude to a permanent restaurant.

“I couldn’t be more excited to finally sluttify my hometown of Baltimore,” Cole said in a statement. “Who knows…if we sell burgers, we might just have to open a location here!”

With four locations in the Atlanta area, Cole’s business has drawn a cult following and lines around the block since opening in 2018, with celebrity fans like Missy Elliott.

Cole’s food truck, aka the “Big Ol’ Slut,” will be in Baltimore on Monday as part of a national tour. Check Instagram for the exact location, which will be announced at 10 a.m. that day.

Look for menu items like the “Hollywood Hooker” with slutty sauce. Each entree comes with fries coated in their signature seasoning – called what else? “Bitch dust.”

Like many crab cake lovers, I followed the negotiations between Faidley Seafood and Lexington Market.

The future of the iconic seafood stand looks even more certain with news this week that the market is set to receive $5 million in federal funding, intended to help small businesses with the ever-increasing cost of materials. of construction.

The money comes from the American Rescue Plan, a federal program that provided $641 million to the city of Baltimore in response to the pandemic.

A statement from Mayor Brandon Scott’s office said, “This allocation will also allow Faidley’s Seafood, a Baltimore institution, to remain in Lexington Market – a huge win for the City of Baltimore.”

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The Seawall developers also announced two additional vendors this week: Hominy Kitchena soul food restaurant currently located in the old Lexington Market and a bubble tea shop Kokee teawhich has a location at the Annapolis Mall.

The market, originally slated to open early this year and then later this summer, is now expected to open this fall, according to Scott’s office.

Baltimore Health Department inspectors shut down a food trailer on the 5600 block of Harford Road for violating noise regulations.

According to a tweet from Councilman Ryan Dorsey, who represents the area, the facility bore the mark of a Wendy’s and made residents lose sleep with the noise and traffic of delivery drivers.

The health department website lists the place as belonging to NBRHD Kitchens/Reef Kitchens, a ghost kitchen business with a rapidly growing presence in Baltimore. Customers must order food through delivery apps.

In Hampden, several trailers, including a Wendy’s branded kitchen, have been set up just off 41st Street near Union Collective, serving labels Milk Bar, Stock-Up Mart, Van Leeuwen and more.

A spokesperson for Reef Kitchens did not immediately respond to questions from The Sun.

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