One-Eyed Mike's is known for its Grand Marnier Club, but food deserves attention too

Thursday, 14 September 2017, 05:12:55 AM. One-Eyed Mike’s in Fells Point may be best known for its Grand Marnier Club, but it’s also doing some fine cooking in the kitchen.
When we entered One-Eyed Mike’s in Fells Point on a recent Friday, we faced a raucous crowd of drinkers and a wall of Grand Marnier bottles in the narrow bar area. The restaurant claims to host the first and largest club dedicated to the French, orange-flavored cognac. But we weren’t there to drink. We were there to eat. The tavern, which opened in 2003, has a new chef, Akbar Vaiya, who bought the restaurant in 2016 with his mother, Susan Hormozi. “It was an end goal,” said Vaiya, who trained at Le Cordon Bleu in Bangkok and previously worked at Cunningham’s in Towson. “I’ve worked in the industry my whole life.” The historic building still looks the same as it did under the previous owner, with a gorgeous hand-carved bar and a low-lit, romantic dining room that is tucked away from the party vibe in the front. The walls are painted crimson, the tables are covered in white cloths and black napkins, and classical and jazz music from the sound system gives the restaurant a sophisticated nudge. Sarah Meehan One-Eyed Mike's, the Fells Point bar known for its vast Grand Marnier Club, was auctioned for $1.25 million Thursday morning. And although longtime owner Mike Maraziti is bowing out, the Grand Marnier Club is there to stay. The building and business at 708 S. Bond St. sold to Susan Hormozi, a Towson... One-Eyed Mike's, the Fells Point bar known for its vast Grand Marnier Club, was auctioned for $1.25 million Thursday morning. And although longtime owner Mike Maraziti is...Read more
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