Could the Orchard Landing Restaurant on Joppa Road in Towson become a Mo’s seafood restaurant? That’s what a recent Baltimore County liquor-license transfer would lead one to believe. However, none of the principals is talking yet.
For months, the Orchard Landing (not to be confused with the nearby Orchard Market and Cafe, which serves Persian food) has been undergoing renovations, according to a sign out front. I haven’t been inside, but the outside looks like it could use a good overhaul.
It’s come a long way from its heyday as Hersh’s Orchard Inn, a classic Baltimore special-occasion place, where charming host Hersh Pacino greeted guests by name and regaled diners with insider stories. It was a hot spot for celebs, too, like Jim Palmer and Sammy Davis Jr. When it closed in 1997, executive chef Michael Gettier took over. He eventually left to head the kitchen at Antrim 1844 Country Inn in Taneytown to continued acclaim.
The liquor license transfer to Mo’s was approved "subject to a checklist," a routine procedure of checking inspections, permits, and owners’ backgrounds. That can take 30 days. I’ll let you know what happens.