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12 New Restaurants in Baltimore County

    12 New Restaurants in Baltimore County

    At Bisnow's The Future of Baltimore County event, councilwoman Vicki Almond encouraged attendees to eat their way through the county, noting all the new and soon-to-come restaurants. Most of these restaurants, including Citron, World of Beer and Eggspectation, are opening in new (or newish) mixed-use developments. We've also highlighted restaurants like Cinnamon Tree in Hunt Valley, which recently received a massive makeover, and restaurants that have opened within the last six months. Dig into the 12 new restaurants in Baltimore County.

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    1. Citron

    1. Citron

    After serving five US presidents, the NFL and The Rolling Stones, caterer Charles Levine is ready to open his first restaurant, Citron, at Quarry Lake at Greenspring next summer. The 230-seat restaurant will serve fish, grilled meats, salads, craft brews and fine wines. Charles (pictured with his family and a lot of confetti) and Baltimore County officials put shovels in the ground on Wednesday.

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    2. Cinnamon Tree

    2. Cinnamon Tree

    Cinnamon Tree received a new look and menu in April as part of a massive $15M renovation of the iconic Hunt Valley Inn, which became a Wyndham Grand property in January. The hotel's renovation included an overhaul of the 400 guest rooms, public areas and the Polo Lounge and Bar, says GM Martin Svigir. Hotel staff are restoring the bronze cinnamon tree sculpture that will return to the lobby within 90 days. Cinnamon Tree's menu contains Maryland favorites like rockfish and crab cakes and global dishes like lamb shank curry from chef Patrick D'Costa. The Polo Lounge serves small plates.

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    3. Black Horse Pub

    3. Black Horse Pub

    The last piece in the $15M renovation of the Hunt Valley Inn will be the addition of the Black Horse Pub. Construction on the gastropub will begin at the end of the year and open Q1 of next year, says hotel GM Martin Svigir. It will have a more extensive beer selection and menu than the existing Polo Lounge and Bar (pictured).

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    4. Eggspectation

    4. Eggspectation

    Soon Owings Mills residents will have a place to eat pancakes any time of day. By October, Canadian restaurant company Eggspectation will open its third Maryland store (after Ellicott City and Silver Spring) at Metro Centre in Owings Mills. It will join Times Square Kitchen, The Fractured Prune and Subway. The Owings Mills restaurant will feature barnwood and more white—part of the chain's new look, which it debuted in Toronto and the Middle East, says Eggspectation CEO Enzo Renda. The restaurant will seat 183 inside and another 66 on the patio.

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    5. Bagby Pizza

    5. Bagby Pizza

    The wait for Bagby Pizza's first Baltimore County location is almost over. The 52-seat BYOB spot will open Aug. 13 at the Festival of Woodholme. The Pikesville location will be a quick-service version of the brand with made-to-order pizzas, Italian desserts, salads and sandwiches. Owner Bagby Restaurant Group also owns Cunningham's, Fleet Street Kitchen and TEN TEN American Bistro.

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    6. Smashburger

    6. Smashburger

    Smashburger will open at Towson Row, a $350M mixed-use development from Caves Valley Partners. Anchored by Whole Foods, the downtown Towson project will open by 2019. Pictured is the Smashburger in Baltimore's Fells Point neighborhood, which opened April 30. The Denver burger chain has another store in the works for Ellicott City.

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    7. Firenze

    7. Firenze

    Brothers Brian and Larry Leonardi invested $750k to open this 100-seat upscale casual Italian eatery in Reisterstown in February. The business owners worked in their uncle's resturant, the former Vellegia's in Little Italy. They later opened their own Casa di Pasta restaurants in Belvedere Square and Columbia.

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    8. World of Beer and 9. Hanabi Japanese Steakhouse

    8. World of Beer and 9. Hanabi Japanese Steakhouse

    Dr. Matthew Earl is opening a $1M upscale beer bar and restaurant, World of Beer, at Towson Square this fall. A radiation oncologist by training, Matthew opened World of Beer in Locust Point. The 150-seat restaurant is one of half a dozen eateries at the retail and entertainment project developed by The Cordish Co and Heritage Properties Inc. Hanabi Japanese Steakhouse is also joining the development. Continue reading to see what else is in store for downtown Towson.

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    10. Bobby's Burger Palace

    10. Bobby's Burger Palace

    Celebrity chef Bobby Flay is bringing burgers and boozy milkshakes to Towson Square July 28. It will be Maryland's fourth Bobby's Burger Palace, which has other locations at Westfield Montgomery, the University of Maryland and Maryland Live Casino.

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    11. BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse

    11. BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse

    Beer-themed restaurant BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse opened last month at Towson Square. The California chain operates 160 restaurants in 19 states.

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    12. Bonefish Grill

    12. Bonefish Grill

    Bonefish Grill opened its ninth Maryland location at Towson Square in February. The Florida chain's other Baltimore area restaurants are located in Crofton, Annapolis, Glen Burnie, Owings Mills and Bel Air.