The space at 1709 North Charles has seen some changes over the years. Originally a barroom that was a part of the storied old Chesapeake restaurant, it more recently housed the French-inspired Colette and then the Italian-inspired Bottega. Now it has been unveiled as Orto, a charming bistro featuring Northern Italian cooking with a focus on vegetable-based dishes.
Brian Michael Lawrence
Brian Michael Lawrence is one of THE Baltimore style experts. After all, he was the longtime editor-in-chief at STYLE Magazine, which specialized in covering everything stylish around the Baltimore area. Brian also served as editorial director for the digital division at Sinclair Broadcasting, and creative director at Blue Sky Design. Currently, he oversees communications & marketing for the department of Tourism, Film & the Arts at Maryland’s Commerce Department.
In his bi-weekly column, you’ll get to see what cool hotspots are piquing the interest of this Baltimore style maven and why - whether it's the fabulous food, cool cocktails or elegant environs.