The Hamilton-Lauraville corridor will soon have another food choice in the neighborhood. Megan and Shawn Lagergren, the owners of Tooloulou, are hoping to open sometime this month.
The restaurant's name is Cajun for crab—fitting for Baltimore and for Shawn, the chef, who is originally from Louisiana. "It's fun to say," Megan said of the name. "It's catchy."
The couple will focus on artisan pizza, po' boys, and more. Shawn has been practicing his pizza skills this week, pictured. Currently, he's the chef at Dionysus in Mt. Vernon. He's also worked at Clementine among other restaurants in town.
Megan and Shawn, who live in the neighborhood, have always wanted to open their own place, she said. Then, they discovered the storefront formerly occupied by Chef Mac's, which now is in the old Parkside location down the street. "We didn't realize the space was open," Megan said. "It's perfect. It's so cute."
Megan said they are also planning to make use of the store's classic refrigerated case, which they've painted a '50s blue. "We'll have prepared foods, a rotating menu, for neighbors to grab," she said. "Things they can throw in the oven."
Megan and Shawn will be participating in the "Holidays on Harford" event on Saturday, Dec. 10, when shops and restaurants along the corridor will be celebrating the season. They're planning on serving complimentary refreshments. Stop by and meet them.