Ellicott City Sonic opening Oct. 16

Get excited for cheeseburgers and tater tots: Sonic is opening Oct. 16 in Ellicott City. The location is 10160 Baltimore National Pike, aka Route 40.

It will be the fourth Sonic store in Greater Baltimore and the very first in Howard County (#hocofood). The other Maryland stores are in Edgewater, Randallstown and Baltimore.

Sonic in Ellicott City

Sonic in Ellicott City

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Birroteca opening Bel Air location Oct. 22

Popular Baltimore restaurant Birroteca is getting a second location out in Harford County’s Bel Air. The Italian restaurant is known for its artisan pizzas, fresh pastas and craft cocktails. The Bel Air location will open Oct. 22, according to Bel Air Birroteca General Manager Jonathan Angel.

The original Birroteca location is just outside of Hampden. Owner Robbin Haas also owns the Nickel Taphouse in Mt. Washington, which opened about a year ago.

Read more about the Bel Air location in The Baltimore Sun.

Beer taps at Birroteca

Beer taps at Birroteca

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Takoma Park Busboys and Poets to house coworking space

Busboys and Poets Owner Andy Shallal has a lot on his plate these days. He’s got three new stores in the works, in Takoma Park, Brookland and Anacostia. The stores in Takoma Park and Brookland will open by the end of the year while Anacostia is about a year and a half away.

Shallal spoke to me about his plans for the stores, which include housing a dedicated area for coworking in the Takoma Park store and a culinary training center in Anacostia. Busboys blends food, caffeine, performance art and topical discussions under one roof and function, in Shallal’s view, as a community gathering center.

Read more about the coworking space here and the training center here in Elevation DC.

Andy Shallal at Busboys and Poets

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On a Roll: Baltimore chefs offer tips & recipes on making sushi at home

What’s your favorite roll? My favorites are ones that are spicy and crunchy. Words like “sriracha” and “tempura flakes” jump out at me when I’m perusing a sushi menu at a restaurant.

I spoke with several Baltimore chefs and restaurant managers at Waterfront Kitchen, RA Sushi and For the Love of Food to get their tips on how to make sushi rolls at home. Obviously, you need the freshest possible fish. Using perfectly fluffy, sticky rice is also critical. Read more here at Chesapeake Home and Living.

The Tootsy Maki roll at RA Sushi

The Tootsy Maki roll at RA Sushi

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More breweries are opening in greater Baltimore

More craft breweries are opening in Maryland, thanks to the public’s growing thirst for unique beers and new state laws that make it easier for “beer-preneurs” to break out a batch. I spoke with the owners of Jailbreak Brewing Co., Key Brewing Co., Manor Hill Brewing, Mad Science Brewing Co. and Black-Eyed Susan Brewing Co. for a Baltimore Sun story.

“Just as the foodie movement has grown, beer nerds are growing just as much,” says Mike McDonald, one of the co-founders of Key Brewing Co. “We don’t see the trend breaking any time soon.”

Read the rest of the Sun story.

Jailbreak taps at Grillfire Arundel

Jailbreak taps at Grillfire Arundel

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Bullfrog Bagels is opening its first storefront on H Street

STATUS: Now open, according to Eater DC.


Good news for fans of New York-style bagels. Bullfrog Bagels is opening its first store inside the Star & Shamrock Tavern & Deli at 1341 H St. NE. Bullfrog announced the news on Twitter and on its Facebook page.

From its Facebook page:

“Bullfrog Bagels to open first shop at 1341 H Street NE inside the eastern portion of the Star & Shamrock Tavern. More news to come.”

The burgeoning bagel business grew a following at its pop-up locations at Cork Market and CakeLove.


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One Eight Distilling readies for October opening

One Eight Distilling expects to open its Ivy City tasting room to the public in late October and start producing its craft spirits by the end of this month, the distillery said in a Sept. 6 tweet.

Elevation DC reports that One Eight will start with a white whiskey (not aged) and vodka, followed by gin. The space is 12,000 square feet.

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