Bond Street Social executive chef Neill Howell is leaving the Fells Point restaurant to open a daytime cafe, Corner Pantry, in Baltimore County. Howell will run Corner Pantry with his wife, Emily.
Howell said he has signed a six-year lease for the former Banksy’s Cafe space in the Lake Falls Village shopping center. The location is not far from the couple’s home in Rodgers Forge, where they live with their young daughter, Annabelle.
"We were always wondering where to get something healthy to eat," said Howell. Corner Pantry will not be a health-food cafe, Howell said, but it will serve healthy food. The cafe, in addition to its regular breakfast and lunch offerings, will also offer smoothies and fresh juices.
Howell said Corner Pantry will also have a chopped-salad station at lunchtime.
For the early-going at least, the cafe will be closed on Sundays, but Howell, a native of Colchester, England, said he eventually wants to introduce a version of the Sunday roast, the name the British give to their big Sunday meal with all the trimmings -- even when there's no roast.
"I loved working [at Bond Street Social]," said Howell, the winner of this year’s Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament. "It's time for me to do my own thing. I’m 35 and I’ve been working in a restaurant kitchen since I was 14."
"I want to spend more time with the family," Howell said.