City Paper recently named Bottega (1729 Maryland Ave.,  708-5709, bottega1729.com), the tiny Tuscany-inpsired BYOB in Station North, the "Best Temporary Disappearing Act" for the way its reported move to Hampden never seemed to materialize. Turns out the restaurant is re-opening soon, and it's staying right in place on Maryland Avenue, owner Adrien Aeschliman confirmed in a phone interview.
Not only that, Aeschliman has signed a lease on North Charles Street in the space previously occupied by Red Parrot Asian Bistro.
Both items were first reported on Twitter by former Sun food critic and City Paper contributor Richard Gorelick.
Aeschliman said he was in talks to take over a restaurant in Hampden, but the deal fell apart.
What happens next is still to be determined. Bottega, he said, is scheduled to reopen in mid-October. He will look for a chef and possibly open a new restaurant on North Charles. But it's also possible Bottega could eventually move a block east or the space could become an annex of sorts.
Aeschliman said he hopes to have that all sorted out in a few weeks. Diners in the city will simply be happy to know Bottega's delicious cuisine is coming back, regardless of the venue.