Two nostalgia-inducing restaurants, the old Werner's lunchroom and the Hollywood Diner, reopened this year under new operators with their chrome fixtures sparkling. New proprietors opened the Mount Vernon home of the memorable Brass Elephant as the Museum, which appeared to operate in near-secrecy.
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The Charles Village Pub in Towson, Mount Washington Tavern and Regi's in Federal Hill all reopened, remodeled, after fires closed them for various lengths of time.
The Harford Road favorite Chameleon changed its owners, chefs and even its name. It is now Maggie's Farm, and the new chef-owner is Andrew Weinzirl, most recently of the Wine Market, where Wilbur Cox is the new executive chef. Joining Weinzirl at Maggie's Farm is Sarah Acconcia, who opened the kitchen at Kettle Hill.
Elsewhere, Chris Clune stepped in for the departing Jamie Forsythe at B in Bolton Hill. Tim Dyson took over the kitchen at Bluegrass from Ray Kumm, who moved to Brewer's Art. Bluegrass's first chef, Patrick Morrow, returned to Ryleigh's Oyster.
And "Top Chef" alumnae Jill Snyder and Jesse Sandlin resurfaced, at Clementine and Vino Rosina, respectively.
In other television news, the results of Gordon Ramsay's makeover at Baltimore's Cafe Hon were documented on a May episode of "Kitchen Nightmares." A follow-up episode aired this month. Ramsay liked what he saw.
In June, Andrew Zimmern came to Baltimore and the Eastern Shore to film material for a 2013 episode of his "Bizarre Foods America" show and tweeted out a steady feed about his visits to such places as the J.M. Clayton Seafood Company in Cambridge, Chap's Pit Beef, the a-rabs' Carlton Street Stables, and both Hollins and Lexington markets.
There was no word, at year's end, on the family restaurant named Half Acre that Spike Gjerde was developing for Falls Road, and the promised Chesapeake restaurant project failed to materialize in 2012.
Some things stayed the same, though. Iggies Pizza announced in June it was moving to Towson. Six weeks later, Iggies was staying put, its owners said.