Matt Lallo didn't plan on opening up a restaurant when he moved down to Baltimore from Philadelphia two years ago with his wife to be closer to their children and grandchildren.
But retired life didn't quite suit him.
"I don't golf," Lallo says.
After owning three restaurants in the Philadelphia area over his career, Lallo needed a project.
Lallo's fourth restaurant, the Blue Sage Cafe and Wine Bar, is expected to open June 1, pending the permitting process, at 1604 Kelly Ave. That's the former location of The Falls in Mt. Washington
Lallo says his family used to have brunch at the Falls when they visited Baltimore and when the restaurant closed, he decided to look into leasing the space. He describes Mt. Washington as a very family-oriented area.
The cafe will feature a "pan-global" menu with craft beers, offering light breakfast with good coffee, in addition to a lunch and dinner, Lallo says.
He hopes to provide a neighborhood-based cafe that creates extraordinary food.
The 2,400-square-foot space reminds Lallo, he says, of a corner restaurant in Manhattan.
While the restaurant was pretty much move-in ready, Lallo says they rearranged it to give it a clean look. The restaurant also plans to hire at least 12 employees when they open.
In Philadelphia, Lallo
operated the Purple Sage Cafe. He also served as the director of operations for Culinary Concepts Inc., a catering company.
Source: Matt Lallo, owner of the Blue Sage Cafe and Wine Bar
Writer: Alexandra Wilding, email@example.com