Best Comeback (Hopeful)

214 W. Mulberry St.

Ever since late last year, when word spread that the erstwhile Martick's Restaurant Francais would reopen as a speakeasy-style restaurant, we've patiently awaited the time when we can finally get rung into the storied old place and settle in for a classic cocktail and some seasonal fare. That time seemed nigh in July, when the Baltimore liquor board announced it had approved Martick's license, which includes live entertainment. When it finally does arrive, the ghost of Morris Martick-the original restaurant's colorful founder, who died in 2011-can be conjured to congratulate his brother Alex, his nephew Steve Shockett, and partner Brooks Bennett on what is sure to be a success.

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