Downtown Restaurants coming (Volt) and going (Venutis)

Coming: There’s a new restaurant preparing to open in downtown Frederick called Volt after the Chef/Owner Bryan Voltaggio.  From their website:

Award-winning chef, Bryan Voltaggio recently left his duties as executive chef of Charlie Palmer Steak in Washington, DC to prepare for the opening of  VOLT, a restaurant and lounge located in downtown Frederick, MD. Voltaggio, with business partner, Hilda Staples will oversee the renovation and restoration of a Victorian brownstone mansion at 228 N. Market Street where the restaurant is set to open in June

That is one of the most interesting buildings in downtown Frederick.  It has a really cool walled garden.  I wonder if they will have an outside terrace area?  There is a lot of buzz surrounding this and it is definitely high on my list of places to review.  He has an interesting blog here.

Going:  Venutis is going, going, gone.  Saw someone scraping parts of the sign off the building the other day.  Can’t say I am surprised.  It was really good many years ago when it opened, but it has been circling the drain for quite some time, although honestly I haven’t been in there 18-24 months.  Word is an Irish pub is opening there.  A second location  by people who already run one in Baltimore. Here is their website.    Some of the appetizers listed are sushi, salsa and samosas!?!  Sounds about as Irish as sobriety. However, their location in Baltimore was named “Best Irish Pub” by Baltimore magazine in the August 2007 issue.  Three Irish pubs in Frederick?  We’ll see.  



Filed under Food, Restaurant- misc., Wine

2 responses to “Downtown Restaurants coming (Volt) and going (Venutis)

  1. mike

    Venutis is actually due to relocate due to an unbusiness friendly landlord. If you haven’t been there in 2 years how can you comment on it. Many people that WENT to Venutis enjoyed the decor and loved the food.

  2. fredfood

    Thanks for the comment. I’m grateful for feedback of any type. Since I hadn’t been there in 18-24 months I didn’t feel right in commenting on the current state of the food, so I didn’t. I look forward to dining at the new location. Where is it going to be and when will it be open?

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