Michael's Café Raw Bar & Grill, the family owned and managed restaurant known for its award-winning crab cakes, announced today the opening of The Patio at Michael's Café. The makeover, led by architects SMP, altered the restaurant's outdoor patio dining area. Jim Wilson of Wilson Builders was the General Contractor for the 4,300 square foot renovation project.
The Patio at Michael’s Café includes a newly designed indoor bar, outdoor lounge, dining area, and back bar, all of which accommodates up to 120 guests. The indoor space is close to 2,000 square feet and contains a bar, community table, fireplace and restrooms. The exterior space, which was 500 square feet prior to the renovation, is now close to 2,400 square feet.
The renovation features a modern sleek décor with muted tones of gray and earth shades. The indoor bar features white stone top while the outdoor bar has a white concrete top. A stone and Ipe wall encases a two-sided fireplace providing heat and ambiance to the interior patio bar and outdoor casual lounge area. Flatscreen TVs are located throughout The Patio at Michael’s Café, allowing guests to enjoy sporting games while dining. Along with the contemporary aesthetics, live music provides a nightlife destination-feel every weekend.
Executive Chef Warren Norris continues to lead the kitchen offering a large and varied contemporary American menu with specialties in seafood featuring the signature crab cake and prime beef. The bar and patio menu showcases signature selections such as Surf & Turf Burger, soft shell crab, black angus burger, Pecan smoked bacon, American cheese, avocado, lettuce, topped with sweet chili mayo; Michael’s Mac, two turkey patties, special sauce and toppings; and Sweet Chili Calamari, fried and tossed with banana peppers and sweet chili sauce.
Michael’s extends a happy hour menu, available from 3-7 p.m. in the bar and patio, with new creations such as Crab Deviled Eggs, chef’s special recipe with crab meat; Buffalo Shrimp, fried and tossed with a buffalo sauce topped with crumbled blue cheese; Crab Nachos, topped with crab meat, jack cheese, jalapenos, tomato, olives, lettuce and sour cream; Saku Tuna Toppers, 4 served on top of crispy wontons, seaweed and wasabi; among much more.
The Patio at Michael’s Café features an extensive beverage menu of top shelf liquors, moderately priced wines by the bottle or glass, local wine such as Boordy Riesling, and a full array of domestic and imported beers along with local craft beers including Brewer’s Art, Union Craft Brewing, and Flying Dog. Hand crafted cocktails are also available in the bar and The Patio at Michael’s Cafe.
“We are thrilled to open The Patio at Michael’s Café as it adds a modern component to our family restaurant and allows us to remain true to our brand of providing quality food, service and atmosphere while updating and reinventing our offerings,” said Steven Dellis, restaurant manager/owner. “The new lounge and outdoor patio offers two new areas in the restaurant where our clients can enjoy something new -- a modern venue and delicious new menu options. The patio will allow us to meet the demand for a great outdoor dining option in Baltimore County. It will serve as a place to dine, drink, mingle and expect the unexpected.”