With success of Puerto 511 downtown and the Highlandtown favorite Chicken Rico opening its second spot next to Power Plant, Peruvian cuisine seems to be creeping throughout the city. Now, with the imminent opening of Grille Twelve 24 (1224 N. Charles St.), Mount Vernon is getting a taste of the South American flavor.
Executive chefs Jonathan Halpern, formerly of Tampa, Florida, and Brendan Andrews, formerly of The Grand Historic Venue, plan to offer up Peruvian-style rotisserie chicken and gourmet sandwiches.
The owner, Farhad Zamanian, also promises "exotic sandwiches" and dishes from both the Middle East and Mediterranean regions.
"We want something a little different," Zamanian said while taking a break from getting the place ready for business. "We're going to have South American cuisine but also homemade hummus and falafel. We're trying something the neighborhood has not yet seen."
The space has been transformed into a comfortable, casual eatery and is unrecognizable from its former incarnation, Cakewalk Gallery, which had nothing to do with food and everything to do with questionable art and media launch parties.
The restaurant has applied for a liquor license and hopes to open in the next few weeks.