Dooby's, the Mount Vernon cafe and wine bar coming to the Park Plaza building, has been operating since mid-July in a preview version called Dooby's at the Hatch, located in another space within the same building.
For now, Dooby's is running a small sandwich and salad menu for lunch and light dinner. On weekday mornings, there's a semi-permanent roster of pastries, and on Sundays only, pastry chef Katie Boyts has been baking trays of sticky buns, topped with pecans. They tend to go fast, according to owner Phil Han.
The Hatch's entrance is on Madison Street, around the corner from the Charles Street space where Dooby's will be opening. Once Dooby's moves its operations into its permanent space, Han intends to lease it as an incubator space for other small businesses.
Dooby's at the Hatch is located at 4 W. Madison St. For more information call 410-702-5144.
Also this weekend:
Baltimore County Restaurant Week continues through Aug. 25.
The annual Feast of St. Gabriel Festival is Saturday and Sunday in Little Italy. The fare includes homemade calzone, pit beef and sausage, fried dough, meatball subs, arinicini with seafood, salads from Sabatino's and Chiapparelli's, homemade cannoli and made-from-scratch pizzelle. You can find all of that on the street, or you can duck inside St. Leo's School Hall on Stiles Street for a full spaghetti dinner.
The series of Friday night food truck rallies known as The Gathering is on the road this week. Participating trucks are headed to the Carroll County Agricultural Center and Shipley Arena on Friday night and Saturday for the second annual Summer Football Festival.