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Belgian Pub to Open in Hampden

May 12, 2010
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We were tipped off by the Midnight Sun (which was tipped off by Beer in Baltimore–don’t you just love the interwebs?) that a Belgian pub is opening in Hampden. It’s called De Kleine Duivel (which means The Little Devil in Flemish) and will open sometime this summer, after extensive renovations, in the old Nutty Pub location at 3520 Chestnut Ave.

Owner Paul Kopchinski has moved back to Baltimore to open this bar, which celebrates his Flemish roots. De Kleine Duivel will serve only boutique Belgian beers–we’re not talking Belgian-style here but true Belgian beers–and definitely don’t ask for a Natty Boh.

“There are a lot of Belgium beers that the typical American beer drinker hasn’t had a chance to experience yet,” Kopchinski says.

The food will also have a heavy Flemish influence. Kopchinski, who studied at the French Culinary Institute in New York City, says to expect mussels, frites, waterzooi, a fish stew, and lots of things cooked with beer.

“Beer to Belgium is what wine is to France, it’s a part of the culture,” Kopchinski says. He describes Belgian fare as being strongly influence by neighboring countries. “It has the finesses of French cooking but the hardiness of German cuisine,” he adds. And have no fear, waffles and chocolates–made in house–will also be on the menu.

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