Tom Looney, Jeff Cahill and Ed Scherer opened Liquorice last week at the former home of Lime and Dirty Oars Tavern at 801 E. Fort Ave. in Riverside. In addition to being the chef at Liquorice, Looney is the co-chef and co-owner of Baltimore’s most awarded food truck, the Gypsy Queen, and was previously the chef and co-owner of the former Helen’s Garden in the Canton Square. Cahill, Liquorice’s director of ambiance, also worked at Helen’s, as well as John’s Steven’s in Fells Point. Scherer is listed as the new restaurant’s remote consulting superman.
The property underwent an exterior and interior renovation, which includes the addition of outdoor seating and a large new outdoor awning, as well as new chandeliers and artwork on the inside. Liquorice features a bar as well as a dinning room that seats up to 24 people.
The food menu at Liquorice includes sandwiches, salads and small plates. It has a variety of different sandwiches including a reuben, bahn mi, croque monsignor, cubano, pulled pork, crab melt, and caprese. It also offers an Italian, Persian and pulled chicken salad, and its small plates include fruit and cheese, charcuterie, and pate.
The drink menu includes an extensive list of craft cocktails using light and dark liquors, as well as wine and draft beer.
Liquorice has a six-day license and will be open Monday through Friday from 4pm to 1am and Saturdays from 2pm to 1am.
Liquorice joins Tuscan Fresh, a build-your-own-pasta restaurant that will soon be opening at 554 E. Fort Ave. by Greg Nalley of Nalley Fresh, as two new restaurants to open on Fort Ave. in Riverside by experienced restaurateurs.