Linda Brown Rivelis and Steven Rivelis

The story behind the Elephant

The Rivelis’ own and manage several highly successful companies – including an international award winning design firm and a global social change consultancy which Inc. magazine recognized as one of the “top 100 inner-city companies in the US”. 
In 1988, before launching their first business, they considered starting a restaurant, but decided the timing just wasn't right. Then a few years ago, Linda and Steven circumvented the globe for two months. They selected eleven sites based upon the likelihood of sampling excellent, innovative and unusual cuisines – which they did, BIG TIME. They lodged at renowned hotels, visited internationally savvy GMs, cooked with extraordinary Executive Chefs and sampled amazing "street food”. They returned stateside bursting with world perspectives in cuisine, hospitality and design.

The journey reinforced Steven Rivelis’ love of cooking, passed down from grandpa Pincus, who owned a restaurant in NYC across from where Lincoln Center now stands. In addition to a love of dining and entertaining, both Linda and Steven share a similar design sensitivity toward creating environments that are warm, welcoming and exciting. When the building at 924 North Charles Street came up for sale, they deemed the timing right to now satisfy their hospitality passion and pursue their decades long dream.

Both Rivelis’ will be on-site and hands-on, contributing their cumulative 60 years of business acumen to the profound restaurant capabilities of the General Manager and Executive Chef ... together working to re-imagine one of Baltimore’s finest dining venues –The Elephant. Welcome!