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After a two-month renovation, Federal Hill favorite Corks has reopened. Diners are now greeted by a newly designed exhibition kitchen and a wall of dramatic glowing backlit panels upon entering the space, which has been re-envisioned by designer/architect Patrick Sutton. In the dining rooms, new color palettes, new carpets and fresh artwork and lighting are a backdrop for a revised menu that features the sophisticated entrées and wine pairings that Corks is known for, but adds more casual plates as well. Artisanal cheeses are a focus, with a daily cheese board, multiple variations on grilled cheese sandwiches and several fondues all taking their places on the bill of fare. (1026 S. Charles St., 410-752-3810.) And just a few doors down the block, another neighborhood favorite, Metropolitan, also has reopened after a devastating fire destroyed the first floor of the restaurant last summer. Now completely renovated, the popular eatery and wine bar is back in business. (902 S. Charles St., 410-234-0235)

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