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November 5, 2008 - Baltimore, Table Talk - Sci-fi theme Joy Martin, who owns Club Charles and the now-closed Zodiac in Station North, has been working on the Lost City Diner at 1730 N. Charles St. for seven years. Now it looks as if it's finally going to open by the end of November.

Everybody does a '50s diner, Martin says. Her diner is going to have a 1930s science-fiction theme. "People are going to be shocked and awed" at how it looks, she says.

Christina DiAngelo, who was the chef at Zodiac, will be heading the kitchen. She says the food "will be even better than the Zodiac's," with a lot of the same
vegan options.

Classic dishes and classics with a modern twist will be offered: a T-bone steak, for instance, but also steak roulade. Breakfast all day almost goes without saying. This will be a diner, after all.

And, by the way, Martin is still hoping to reopen Zodiac, which closed when workmen severed a gas line. Elizabeth Large

November 2, 2008 - Baltimore Magazine, Dining@Large - I had a long talk last night with Joy Martin, whose new Lost City Diner is scheduled to open at 1730 N. Charles St. the last week in November. At least she has all the permits she needs from the city, so that might actually happen.

I also talked to her chef, Christina DiAngelo. Apparently they have what they call a "gastropub" going at the Club Charles at the moment. When workers severed a gas line to Martin's Zodiac restaurant in the same block, it had to close. That meant vegans had one fewer option for eating out, as DiAngelo says she considers herself "a vegan chef."

Martin said she heard from so many folks about how disappointed they were when Zodiac closed, she decided to start serving a limited menu at Club Charles. Elizabeth Large  Read More >

October 30, 2008 - The Daily Record - Joy Martin owns several properties in the area, including two restaurants, Zodiac and Club Charles, the Strand Theater and the historic Waldorf Hotel, a handsome red brick Victorian structure at North and North Charles. She said she is troubled that some businesses to the east of the district's central intersection have not been included in the planning process. 


Club Charles
1724 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201