Werner’s, a longtime downtown restaurant that closed in April, will be reopening in March under new ownership, according to the Baltimore Business Journal. The popular lunchroom on East Redwood Street will be operated by John Smoudianis, manager of Never on Sunday in Mt. Vernon.
Smoudianis will continue to offer some of the restaurant’s favorite comfort food dishes like hot plates of turkey and roast beef, but he will also have paninis, salads, and grilled salmon on the menu, the BBJ reported today.
This is great news, especially coming on the heels of the reopening last week of the dining space at the Woman’s Industrial Exchange. I was there today for one of its retro lunches: chicken salad, tomato aspic, and a deviled egg ($9).
Irene Smith, pictured, who runs the restaurant now called Woman’s Industrial Kitchen, was milling around in her colorful smock apron, greeting customers and waiting on tables. The place was packed.
The room is dedicated to famous and unknown Maryland women who made a difference. I sat at a table honoring Emily Post, who was born in Baltimore. It was fun looking at the laminated photos and passages on the tabletop. The rest of the décor is also interesting and meaningful.
Irene told me that 19 family members of one of the former waitresses, Marguerite Schertle, will be dining at the restaurant on Saturday. I’m sure they’ll enjoy the walk down memory lane.
After all, the chicken salad is named after Marguerite.
Photo by me