Restaurants in Little Italy will get a new neighbor this winter.
Following a total renovation, a new restaurant, Ozra, plans to open at 806 Stiles St. in December.
The restaurant will focus on Mediterranean and Persian cuisine, serving lamb, beef, and chicken kabobs and Greek desserts, in a contemporary and simple setting, says Reza Holland, a partner in the project. Dinner entrée prices will range from $12 to $22.
"We're surrounded by nice restaurants but we didn't want to compete with Italian food, we wanted to do something complementary," Holland says.
The 2,100-square-foot restaurant near Vaccaro's Italian Pastry Shop
will feature outdoor, terrace seating and bar on the second floor. An additional bar is planned for the first floor.
The owners hope to create a contemporary and clean look inside the restaurant with neutral colors and an emphasis on exceptional lighting. Additionally, one of the partners in the project is an artist who has done architecture and design work and will use that expertise in the design of Ozra, Holland says.
Holland says a group of investors chose the location due to its proximity to the Inner Harbor and an assortment of additional fine dining establishments. Holland says the investors purchased the property in 2009 after it had changed hands many times due to its prime location.
Holland says the owners are in the process of selecting a New York chef to develop the menu and train the staff.
From 1906 to 1981, the location was home to Impallaria/Gramigna Bakery, with 18 years of closure during the mid-60s and 70s, according to The Baltimore Sun.
According to state property and taxation records, the property was purchased in 2009 for $275,000.
Source: Reza Holland, partner, Ozra
Writer: Alexandra Wilding, firstname.lastname@example.org