The Nitty Gritty on Belvedere Square

visitors' guide

October 21, 2005|By JENNY HOFFMAN | JENNY HOFFMAN,SPECIAL TO BALTIMORESUN.COM

Zip Code: 21212

Location: Southeast corner of York Road and Northern Parkway, 7 miles north of downtown Baltimore and 2 miles south of downtown Towson

Hours of operation: Retail stores are open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday from 12 p.m.-5 p.m.

Belvedere Square Market is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-7 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. However, Louise's Bakery opens at 8 a.m., and Atwater's opens at 9 a.m.

Lynn Brick's is open Monday through Thursday from 6 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Friday from 6 a.m.-8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m.-6 p.m.

Where to park: Belvedere Square boasts a parking lot and a parking garage, as well as street parking on York Road or Belvedere Avenue.

Noteworthy neighbors: The historic Senator Theatre, Swallow at the Hollow, Saigon Remembered, Cafe Zen

Historic hero: In 1974, York Road was facing troubled times. Aging businesses, abandoned buildings, and crime plagued the area and its residents. Community leader Frank Knott decided to do something about it: He invited residents, business owners, churches and Baltimore City officials to form a partnership to revitalize York Road from 39th Street north to the city limits. Together, they created the York Road Planning Area Committee, Inc. (YRPAC).

Celebrity sighting: On Sept. 27, 2004, actors John Travolta and Joaquin Phoenix attended a pre-film party for "Ladder 49" (shot in Baltimore) in the Belvedere Square parking lot, along with local luminaries Governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., Mayor Martin O'Malley and Baltimore Fire Chief William J. Goodwin Jr. The event raised $175,000 for the Baltimore City Fire Foundation.

Best way to spend a Saturday: In addition to their regular wine-by-the-glass menu, Grand Cru brings in an estate owner, winemaker or agent of a winery or brewery every Saturday from 1-5 p.m. for special tastings free of charge.

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