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The Eastern Shore Buzz

Dec 20, 2011 10:51PM ● By Anonymous
It was a big year for new restaurants in the region, as we welcome plenty of new eateries to the Eastern Shore. However, we sadly had to say farewell to some beloved restaurants as well. Let’s take a look at the changes the Eastern Shore restaurant scene went through during the past year.

Welcome to the neighborhood!

Big Pickle Food Bar, St. Michaels. Casual, yet upscale, this new restaurant offers both stuffed sandwiches and full entrees, plus “snackies” and “drinkies” at the bar.
Bannings Tavern, Easton. In the wake of Legal Spirits’ closing, Easton gained a new, upscale steakhouse in the heart of town.
High Spot, Cambridge. Chef Patrick Fanning revived the name of a popular hangout to offer tavern food and plenty of craft beer.
Akai Sushi, St. Michaels. Ava’s Pizzeria owner Chris Agharabi expanded his culinary regions by opening a sushi restaurant in the heart of town.
Marco’s Sushi & Raw Bar, St. Michaels. A culinary journey around the world featuring Asian, Italian, and Eastern Shore cuisines, brought to you by owner and chef Marc Chew.

4 Seasons Bistro, Chester. The Monte Restaurant Development Group, owner of Carpaccio’s, crossed the Bay Bridge to open an upscale bistro on Kent Island.
Sweetie Bakery, St. Michaels. A new place for sweet treats, as well as breakfast and lunch, opened just in time for Halloween.
Theo's Steaks, Sides, and Spirits, St. Michaels. The third venture in St. Michaels for Agharabi opened next door to Ava’s late in the year.
Joe’s Bagel Cafe, Easton. Despite its name, the cafe offers plenty of lunch options, as well as an expanded menu of fresh bagels.
Fresh & Green, Chestertown and Cambridge. While not a restaurant, both Chestertown and Cambridge welcomed a new grocer in the former SuperFresh spaces.
Carmine's N.Y. Pizza Kitchen, Chester. Formerly Squisito’s, owner Gennaro DiBenedetto has given his pizza place a New York feel.

You’ll be fondly missed.

Brique, Centreville. Owners Tommy Inzer and Billy Fairbanks have moved on from their upscale restaurant in the heart of Centreville.
Bella Luna, St. Michaels. You can still taste owner Barbara Helish’s food at the Miles River Yacht Club, where she is now the executive chef.
Rupert’s Bar and Tea Room, St. Michaels. Visitors looking for a touch of London in St. Michaels will have to look elsewhere, as Marianne Yost closed Rupert’s this year.

We look forward to seeing what 2012 will bring in the restaurant industry!

Buzzin’ for more information about the Eastern Shore Restaurant Scene? Check out our food blog, The Bent Fork, at for the latest scoop. As always, e-mail food editor Kelsey Casselbury at with the latest news.