Village Square Café is a casual eatery and neighborhood gathering spot serving fresh, simple fare in a warm & inviting setting. We are located in the lovely Village of Cross Keys in Roland Park.

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Live Music Every Saturday Night

Live Music Every Saturday Night

Stop by the Village Square Cafe on Saturday evenings from 6-7:30 pm to hear live music. Each week we feature different local musicians.

Upcoming musicians include:

  • June 24: “Better Late Than Never,” Buzz Merrick & Tom Critzer (Classic & Original Acoustic Folk)
  • July 1: Mark Weinberg (60s & 70s Oldies)
  • July 8: The Dharma Bums (Folk/Rock/Indie/World Beat Blues)
  • July 15: Grayson Moon (R&B/Folk/Blues)
  • July 22: Howard Markman
  • July 29: Terry & Vicky (Folk/Rock Fusion) 


This summer’s art exhibit at the cafe features the work of Ilene Gold. Prints of Ilene’s collages and two originals (can you spot them?) will be on exhibit at the cafe through mid-September.

Ilene creates collages using only National Geographic Magazines. Cutting 1,000s of pieces of paper and assembling them into a new image. The collage idea started by recreating famous paintings made entirely from National Geographic Magazines. As this medium evolved, a new collection started with the recreation of Ilene Gold’s award winning photographs, still using only National Geographic Magazines. Look closely to find a hidden phrase or words. She tries to capture a painterly quality with each collage, as if she is almost painting with paper.

Her photography from the US, Europe, and the Middle East has won her awards, and has been published in national magazines. Prints of her collages have sold in New York, Paris, and Maryland, Juried art shows of this work have been exhibited at: Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition Recycle Art Juried Show 5/2016 & Color Show 7/16, Maryland Federation of Art’s 39th Annual Art on Paper Exhibition 2016, Howard County Center for the Arts 2014, 2015 & 2016.


Next Open Mic Night August 10th

Next Open Mic Night August 10th


VSC hosts “Music Open Mic Nights” on the 2nd & 4th Thursday of every month. Sign ups start at 5:30 pm. Performances run 6-8 pm. Each performer/group will get 10 minutes; more if time permits for a second round.

Acoustic instruments are preferred, but electric guitars and keyboards will be permitted at low volumes. Sound levels must be kept to a reasonable level to respect the cafe’s diners. PA system will be provided by Rick Sambuco.


Photography Exhibit by Joe Rubino

Photography Exhibit by Joe Rubino

As part of our new quarterly rotating art exhibit, we are fortunate to have a collection of beautiful photographs taken by Joe Rubino. Joe Rubino is a Baltimore videomaker, photographer, and writer. His long-term photographic interests are light and water together and separately as they occur in all their varied forms and environments. The seven photographs now on exhibit at the VSC were shot on his recent trips to Greece, Los Angeles, and Maine.

VSC ART EXHIBITION… Featuring the art of Kelly Walker

VSC ART EXHIBITION… Featuring the art of Kelly Walker

With the encouragement of our dear and talented friend, Kelly Walker, VSC has launched a rotating art exhibition featuring the works of talented local artists. Our first exhibition features seven paintings by Kelly Walker in a series called “Life Code.” This series was inspired by the intersection of Kelly’s creative & business life and the constant bombardment with numbers that comes with the latter. While balancing the two worlds can be overwhelming at times, Kelly has finally surrendered herself to the numbers and the end result is something beautiful! Please stop in to see them. All paintings are available for purchase. Ask our staff for details. For more information about Kelly, visit



Terry Gourley Student Recital

Terry Gourley Student Recital

Join us for a fun evening on Thursday, June 4, 6-8 pm, when Terry Gourley will hold her annual end-of-year student recital at the VSC. Hear the voices and music of more than a half dozen talented, young Baltimoreans. From beginners to advanced students, it promises to be an entertaining evening.

Terry, who performs regularly at our Café, has been teaching voice and guitar to students of all ages for more than 25 years.

“Original Blend” Performs at VSC

“Original Blend” Performs at VSC

Original Blend, an a cappella group from Towson University, will give a special performance at the Village Square Cafe this Friday, May 1, 6-8 pm. The group is composed of individuals with a passion for singing and sharing music with the community. The strong synergy between group members helps Original Blend to collaboratively arrange creative new spins on popular songs.

Now Offering Gluten-Free Bagels!

Village Square Café is now offering gluten-free bagels from “Sweet Note Bagels” bakery, a Philly-based company founded by young entrepreneur Michelle MacDonald in 2012.

Sweet Note bagels are made with white rice, tapioca, sweet white rice and sorghum flour. Their proprietary recipe produces a dense, chewy bagel with a nice, glossy crust. VSC customers can choose from plain, everything and cinnamon raisin.

Featured in Baltimore Fishbowl

Featured in Baltimore Fishbowl

When Roseann and Robert Glick opened the Village Square Café in 2008, they had a specific vision in mind. They wanted to create a place where everyone felt welcome, from start to finish – like the patrons of the TV show bar “Cheers,” where “everybody knows your name.”

Six years later, they’ve done just that, establishing themselves as a reliable spot for good, homemade food and friendly, attentive service. Here, Roseann Glick shares some of the story behind the café:

How did you get started at the restaurant?

It was clear that there was a need at the Village of Cross Keys for a casual, quick service café to serve shoppers, retail workers, office workers, village residents and the many others who frequent the village. We opened six years ago with the hope of not only serving these customers but also becoming a welcoming neighborhood destination for those in the surrounding communities, including Roland Park, Evergreen, Mount Washington, Hampden and Guilford.

What is your favorite item on the menu at Village Square Café?

That’s a tough one! I can tell you a few of our most popular items. First and foremost is our turkey club, made with house-roasted sliced turkey breast. We roast two whole turkeys each day.

Our made-to-order half-pound burgers and our Reuben sandwich are probably tied for second place.

We also serve breakfast all day, seven days a week (including nights, on the three evenings we’re open for dinner).

Last, but certainly not least, we make all of our yummy soups from scratch and offer two varieties daily. They are very popular as well – especially this time of year!

What holiday meals or plans would you recommend for your diners?

Since the holiday season tends to be a busy time of year for most, with gift shopping and extra social commitments, the Village Square Café is the perfect place to stop in for a homemade meal instead of taking the time to cook at home. We are open seven days a week (7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and three evenings a week (Thursday, Friday and Saturday until 8 p.m.)

Just so we can get a sense of the vibe of the cafe, who is someone who we would know who you could see dining at your cafe?

We’re not big celebrity followers, but I Googled “laid back celebrities” to get some ideas. One article included Tom Hanks among their nicest and most laid back celebs. Since one of the things we pride ourselves on is not being fussy and pretentious, I thought, yes, I could see Tom Hanks hanging out at our café.

What’s new and exciting at Village Square Cafe?

We’re not the kind of place that is always offering something “new and exciting.” We are the kind of place that folks can count on for a good, freshly prepared, made-to-order meal, always served with a warm welcome.

And we feature live music every Saturday evening from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., showcasing a variety of talented local musicians.

Thank you to our friends at Baltimore Fishbowl for allowing us to repost.