Little Italy prepping for Grand Prix of Baltimore

August 30, 2012|by Richard Gorelick | The Baltimore Sun

Little Italy is ready for the Grand Prix of Baltimore. Friday through Sunday, the neighborhood's main street will be will be converted into a pedestrian-friendly area, and restaurants will bring tables onto the street for al fresco dining. The affected blocks are on S. High Street, between Pratt and Stiles streets.

Little Italy is definitely hoping for a bigger turn-out than last year, when expected crowds failed to show up for dining al fresco. The restaurants of Little Italy have been laying the groundwork for this year's race since the day last year's race ended, and High Street will again be blocked off to traffic.

"Cinema Paradiso" will show as part of the Little Italy Open Air Film Festival on Friday night at 9 p.m., preceded by live music, and there will be live music on the streets throughout the weekend.

Race On LLC, the organizers of the Grand Pix of Baltimore, has been working with city planners and the local restaurant industry to make it easier for both race attendees and Baltimore residents to get to their favorite restaurants.

Visit Baltimore is encouraging restaurants to offer Restaurant Week-style Grand Pix menus to attract race attendees. Find information about Grand Pix dining offers, along with Race Week Happy Hours and discounted offers at area attractions -- like an unprecedented seven-day Aquarium pass -- at Visit Baltimore.

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