In Good Taste

Open & Shut: LB Skybar; GDL Italian; Ó Flynn’s

The latest restaurant openings, closings, and recent news.


LB Skybar: With warmer temperatures (thankfully) on the horizon, it’s a great time to celebrate the return of this rooftop hangout on the 19th floor of the Lord Baltimore Hotel downtown. LB Skybar will officially reopen for the season on Friday, April 27, offering a new indoor lounge and an expanded food and drink lineup. Now boasting an additional 75 seats, the bar with panoramic views of the city skyline is introducing a fresh menu of sophisticated snacks including corn and crab fritters, Korean pork belly bites, Wagyu beef sliders with bacon jam, lettuce wraps, and a shareable hummus platter with pita and veggies. The beverage program will highlight craft beers, local spirits, and happy hour deals Wednesday through Friday from 4-7 p.m. 20 W. Baltimore St., 410-539-8400.


GDL Italian by Giada: Celebrity chef Giada de Laurentiis is putting the final touches on her new restaurant inside Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, which will serve its first tables on Tuesday, May 22. The 180-seat trattoria will draw inspiration from the chef’s Roman roots, while also making use of ingredients from local purveyors like Roseda Farms and Stone Mill Bakery. GDL will offer meatballs, prime cuts of beef, seafood dishes like crab arancini, and even a large antipasto workstation where diners can see their charcuterie, cheeses, and pastas being prepared. “I always want the food front and center,” De Laurentiis told us on a recent tour. “The best way to draw people in is smell and sight—I want them to be able to smell it from the casino floor.” The second-floor space, which previously housed Mexican concept Johnny Sanchez, will feature delicate fabrics, red and yellow hues, interior greenery, and rose gold countertops when it debuts next month. 1525 Russell St. 

Looney’s Pub Perry Hall: Looney’s owner Bill Larney has already gained a loyal following with four locations of his fan-favorite sports bar scattered everywhere from Canton to College Park. And now, Larney is bringing a new iteration to Perry Hall. Set to open this fall, the spot will take over the former home of The Harp on Belair Road and offer live music, a raw bar, 100 television screens, and an updated menu of its signature pub grub. Stay tuned for updates. 8706 Bel Air Rd.

Union Craft Brewing Sets Grand Opening Date: Union Collective will be gradually unveiling vendors of its 138,000-square-foot makerspace (including The Charmery, Vent Coffee Roasters, and Huckle’s Hot Sauce) throughout the spring. But the actual brewery announced an official grand opening date for Saturday, July 28. To celebrate the debut—as well as Union’s sixth birthday—the brewery is throwing an all-out bash featuring its favorite releases, eats from the collective’s vendors, and live music by local legends J. Roddy Walston and The Business. Tickets are on sale now. 1700 W. 41st St. 


4/29: April in Paris
Petit Louis Bistro’s annual springtime festival returns to Roland Park this weekend with plenty of French flair. Guests can look forward to outdoor grilling, classic pastries, live music, and staff fittingly uniformed in striped shirts and Parisian berets. Admission to the all-ages festival includes two drinks, and a buffet-style spread showcasing charcuterie, grilled meats, poached shrimp, grilled zucchini, and a selection of cookies and cakes. 4800 Roland Ave., 410-366-9393, 12-3 p.m., $29-49

4/29: Brew for the Feast: Brunch Edition
Grab a group and head to Union Craft Brewing for this doughnut-themed beer brunch featuring treats from Donut Stop Believin’, Sundays, Full Circle Artisan Palace, Vent Coffee Roasters, Woodberry Kitchen, Wit & Wisdom, The Brewer’s Art, and more. Of course, there will also be plenty of beer and beer-mosas to go around. To make the deal even sweeter, all proceeds will benefit Moveable Feast—which provides home-delivered meals to Marylanders living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other life-threatening illnesses. Union Craft Brewing, 1700 Union Ave., Ste. D., 11 a.m.- 3 p.m., $25-30. 


Ó Flynn’s Crab & Cask House: On the heels of the closures of Ryan’s Daughter in Belvedere Square and The Life of Reilly in Butchers Hill, yet another one of Baltimore’s Irish pubs is shutting its doors. Owner Liam Flynn, formerly of Liam Flynn’s Ale House in Station North, took to Facebook last week to announce that he would be closing Ó Flynn’s Crab & Cask House in the Brooklyn area of South Baltimore. “Yes my loves, sadly it is true,” the post reads. “We will be closing at the end of the month.” Flynn recently told The Sun that the bar wasn’t generating enough revenue to sustain the building’s rent. To celebrate its run, Ó Flynn’s will be hosting a handful of closing week events including its final drag brunch on Sunday, April 29 from 1-4 p.m. 3432 S. Hanover St., 410-355-9040.