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Friday, June 01, 2018

Howard County: Two separate restaurant concepts open under one roof

The respected restaurateur/chef, Steve Wecker of Iron Bridge Wine Company, and his partner Vince Culotta, former manager of Iron Bridge have created two restaurant concepts under one roof at the Columbia, Maryland’s  One Merriweather building : CURED Table and Tap, a casual dining experience and meander to the back of CURED to their speakeasy concept, 18th & 21st , where those in the know, enjoy live entertainment, dancing and upscale dining in the intimate 88 seat dining room.

CURED Table & Tap – Open  NOW  - Lunch and Dinner

The name - CURED Table & Tap - is derived from the large charcuterie and raw bar that is the focal point of the dining room. "CURED was designed as a casual dining space. People always tell us that Iron Bridge is kind of like Cheers with wine, so we wanted to create that same vibe,” stated Steve Wecker.  

The menu offers humble American cuisine (classic comfort food) featuring farm-to-table appetizers, charcuterie and raw bar options, hearty sandwiches, and entrees including distinctive seafood, poultry, and beef selections. Menu choices include Po’ Boy (masa crusted oysters, arugula, tomato, Fresno remoulade, hoagie roll), Sausage Flatbread (chicken sausage, cherry tomatoes, charred broccoli, mozzarella) and Pan Roasted Salmon (confit fingerling potatoes, spinach, romesco sauce, olive tapenade).

 Maryland craft beers, wine, and creative cocktails will highlight local products from The Baltimore Whiskey Company, Goonda Beersmiths, and Old Westminster Winery. Cocktails include The Brave Little Gherkin (Rittenhouse rye, pickle brine ice cubes) and Boom Boom Sticks (Lost Ark White Rum, Lyon Gold Rum, Lyon Dark Rum, orgeat, espresso tincture, and lime).

18th & 21st – Opening date scheduled for 2nd week of June – evenings only

 Named after the constitutional amendment that enacted prohibition and the subsequent amendment that repealed it, 18th & 21st is a modern take on a sophisticated, prohibition era supper club.

 The menu offers modern American cuisine featuring handcrafted small plates, mid-Atlantic seafood and classic cuts of beef. Eclectic menu items include whole roasted Bronzino, dry aged steak, roasted bone marrow, lobster poutine and duck pastrami. Handcrafted and barrel-aged cocktails include Smoked Old Fashioned (Henry McKenna 100 Proof Bourbon, Brown Sugar Simple Syrup, Smoked House Bitters) and The Peat and The Petals (Laphroaig 10yr Scotch, Saint Elder).     

The charcuterie and raw bar items are available at both concepts.

Christopher Lewis is the Executive Chef and comes with stellar credentials, i.e. The Milton Inn, The Brass Elephant and the Iron Bridge Wine Company.  Like all chefs of quality, Chris’s focus is on locally grown and raised ingredients…i.e. dry aged beef and regional oysters.

Eat Well – Do Good

Owners, Wecker and Culotta, were named corporate philanthropist of the year by the Community Foundation of Howard County.  Right now, they are working on a fundraiser to benefit  those so tragically affected by the recent flooding.  

CURED Table & Tap/ 18th & 2st
One Merriweather Building - 10980 Granchester Way – Suite 110
Columbia, MD  21033
667.786. 7111
Social Media: @cured1821

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