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Scheduled to open mid-September. Eater Baltimore's interview: http://eater.com/archives/2013/08/07/spike-gjerde-interview.php
While having dinner at Woodberry Kitchen this past weekend, I learned some very exciting news for the still underdeveloped Baltimore great coffee scene. When Spike Gjerde opened Woodberry Kitchen in 2007, it was preceded by a sort of "pop up" (they didn't use that now cliched phrase) coffee shop they named "Artifact." After attracting a lot of attention, they disappointed many by shutting it down to focus on the expensive and all-consuming Woodberry Kitchen opening. I imagine back then the WK initiative was seen as pretty high risk given the scale of it and the location away from downtown. Hard to imagine that now given what WK has become. They did say then that Artifact would return. Seems many have anticipated that for a few years but this bit of WK history is also explanatory of how WK came to have the unusually well resourced and wonderful coffee program it has today. Artifact is back. Or, it will be very soon now. Allie Caran, currently heading WK's coffee program and who I met at dinner, will be the General Manager. This is great news for Baltimore and for coffee lovers. Some of the story, both about Artifact and the broader Baltimore coffee scene, as reported in the Sun here Artifact's website (not yet built out) here Artifact's facebook page (more info here)
Chef Spike Gjerde has opened his long awaited farm-to-table restaurant in Clipper Mill. The wife and I went there last night and were shocked at the full dining room, given the restaurant's out-of-the-way location. No matter though, we had made reservations and were seated promptly in the loft overlooking the dining room. The renovation to the building is stunning. The exposed brick walls and recycled old-growth lumber that were used are dramatically illuminated, looking both elegant and cozy at the same time. A wood burning oven is the center piece of the open kitchen, and most of the food on the menu seems to be cooked in it. We ordered: Oysters (raw and roasted) Chicken liver parfait Hamburger Autumn vegetables Everything was very good: the food, the service, and the space. We'll be back soon. Woodberry Kitchen