Chef Carole Brosso will be cooking all weekend to get ready for the grand re-opening of Patrick’s in Cockeysville on Monday (March 9). But it’s all good. She’s been waiting for this day since Oct. 19 when an electrical fire in the attic caused extensive smoke damage, necessitating closure of the restaurant.
Carole, who has owned the restaurant with her mother, Mary Lou Brosso, since 2006, has been overseeing the repairs ever since. "The place is gorgeous," she said of the restored space. "We have a new color scheme with warm, rich colors."
Other changes include a bigger bar, more TVs, and a new wine room with 2,500 bottles. ("The prize of all this," Carole said of the expanded vino offerings.) But prices will stay the same. The chef said that it didn’t seem fair to have people come back to a higher tariff.
Carole, who trained at the Culinary Institute of America, also plans to continue the restaurant’s themed-menu weekends. And given the economy, she will offer a chef’s tasting prix-fixe menu, a reverse happy hour with late-night martini deals, and "green-plate specials," featuring comfort food, that will be easy on patrons’ wallets, she said.
"It was no vacation," Carole said of her time while the restaurant was being remodeled. "We were always doing something."
She sounds excited to be back in the kitchen.