There are a few local restaurants that are opening up second locations, now and in coming days:
- Tortilleria Sinaloa II (415 S. Central Ave., tortilleria-sinaloa.com) began its soft opening yesterday in the space formerly occupied by By Degrees Cafe. The owner, John Sen, says that the food menu, which is a little bit bigger than that of the first Tortilleria Sinaloa location, is almost entirely available now, and by Monday the whole menu will be available, as will alcohol. The restaurant has about 51 seats, and Sen says he also applied for an outdoor permit, so that they will have seating for about 20 outside come spring. Unlike in the small first location, "here they can sit down, they can order, they can relax and have their lunch and dinner," Sen says. There's also parking available next to the building. (Thanks to Steve Fogleman for the tip.)
- Taste This, whose owners City Paper profiled a few weeks ago, announced on Facebook that its second location will have its grand opening tomorrow from noon to 10 p.m. "A lot of hard work and dedication went into this. So come by check us out and enjoy the Taste This experience," the post says. The new location, at 102 E. 25th St. where Georgia Soul Food used to be, will serve the same sort of down-home, soul-food-inspired cuisine that's at Taste This' first location at 4915 Harford Road. As writer Lawrence Burney observed in his profile, "The walls are decked out with [co-owner Craig] Curbean's abstract paintings, one of which is stamped with a footprint from his baby daughter, and small square tables are sprinkled around the dining area. That intimacy alone is a stark contrast to the very 'just come and get your food' feng shui of Georgia Soul Food with its unforgettable rough carpet and not-so-inviting lights."
- In mid-September, a car drove through Farmstead Grill in Canton Crossing, forcing the farm-to-table restaurant to close to repair the damages. However, it now looks like the closure is a permanent one: Iron Rooster, an Annapolis-based American restaurant that serves breakfast all day as well as a lunch and dinner menu, announced in a press release this afternoon that it will be opening its second location in Farmstead Grill's space in mid-November. Good news for brunch fanatics: "In addition to a menu suitable to every taste, Iron Rooster features a unique brunch-style cocktail menu with popular drinks such as a 'Bacon Bloody Mary' and an 'Iron Crush,'" the press release says. "The bar will also incorporate local Maryland brews such as Jailbreak Brewing Company."