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By Glenn Small and Glenn Small,Evening Sun | January 7, 1991
Owners of The American Cafe chain have spent more than $1 million renovating a vacant building into their first restaurant in Towson.The renovations began last summer and finished just recently, with the new restaurant opening Dec. 13.In the old setting -- a bar that was cited numerous times for serving alcohol to minors -- the interior was dim, even in the daytime.That atmosphere was changed by having the old front torn down and replaced by huge, plate glass windows.After work was finished, the 7,000-square foot interior had room enough for a 90-seat restuarant, a 64-person capacity bar and a carry-out gourmet deli counter.
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By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | June 25, 2011
John Lindner's Lunch Timed review in Monday's Sunrise section is of Duesenberg's in Catonsville. Time does not always turn out to be a factor in these Lunch Timed reviews. But this time it was. Some folks think the slang word " doozy " stems from "Deusey," the nickname for the American luxury car, but there are etymological sightings of "doozy" that predate the manufacture of the automobile. Here's Lindner's review of Duesenberg's .
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By Mike Giuliano | December 21, 1990
With a casual upscale formula that has proved a hit in the Baltimore-Washington corridor, the only wonder about the American Cafe is why it didn't come to Towson any sooner than last weekend.The American Cafe's croissant-and-a-smile approach to food and service is something that should go over well among youngish professionals who don't have all that many late-night choices in the county seat. Although the restaurant and market sections of American Cafe quiet down before midnight, the bar promises to pull a crowd of its own.Towsonites will do double-takes as they walk into this place, because it has been so thoroughly renovated -- some would say rehabilitated -- since its previous incarnation as that nemesis of the liquor board, Schaefer's Pub. Actually, this bar site already had a pre-Schaefer's reputation for catering to a young drinking crowd.
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By Richard Gorelick, Special to The Baltimore Sun | June 22, 2010
When Harborplace celebrates its 30th anniversary next month, Phillips will be featured exclusively among all of the attraction's restaurants in the festivities. Phillips deserves to hog as much of the stage as it wants. Only a tough, well-run business could have weathered 30 years of the changing tastes and trends that have blown through Harborplace. I raise my crab mallet to them. Then again, who else was there to ask? Among the other original restaurant tenants, Pronto was a very early casualty, lasting only a year before being shuttered (the owners blamed "rising maintenance fees)
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By Howard Libit and Howard Libit,SUN STAFF | September 9, 1996
The American Cafe in Columbia's Town Center will close permanently by the end of this month, as the restaurant's parent company shuts down almost the entire chain.But the Rouse Co. says it immediately will begin looking to replace what is the only restaurant on the periphery of The Mall in Columbia, calling it an ideal location for a dining establishment.Magic Restaurants -- the Yonkers, N.Y., owner of the area chain -- decided that the American Cafe restaurants had become dated but did not want to spend money to renovate most of its locations, said Keith Hebert, the company's vice president of operations.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,Staff Writer | October 1, 1993
W. R. Grace & Co., a chemical industry giant, has ended an ill-fated venture into the food business by agreeing to sell its American Cafe chain for a bargain-basement price averaging $233,000 per restaurant.Magic Restaurants Inc. of Yonkers, N.Y., announced yesterday that it signed a letter of intent to acquire the chain of 15 Baltimore-Washington restaurants from a Grace subsidiary for about $3.5 million in cash and notes."We got a very fair price to enter a market of that size with good penetration," said Gary Rogers, Magic's president.
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By Elizabeth Large and Elizabeth Large,Restaurant Critic | October 2, 1992
Those who are familiar with the American Cafe in Harborplace know it as a place that just keeps on jumping, where you usually have to wait for a table to eat its stylish food. But if anyone ever doubted the importance of location, consider the AmericThose who are familiar with the American Cafe in Harborplace know it as a place that just keeps on jumping, where you usually have to wait for a table to eat its stylish food. But if anyone ever doubted the importance of location, consider the American Cafe inTowson.
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By Richard Gorelick, Special to The Baltimore Sun | June 22, 2010
When Harborplace celebrates its 30th anniversary next month, Phillips will be featured exclusively among all of the attraction's restaurants in the festivities. Phillips deserves to hog as much of the stage as it wants. Only a tough, well-run business could have weathered 30 years of the changing tastes and trends that have blown through Harborplace. I raise my crab mallet to them. Then again, who else was there to ask? Among the other original restaurant tenants, Pronto was a very early casualty, lasting only a year before being shuttered (the owners blamed "rising maintenance fees)
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By ELIZABETH LARGE and ELIZABETH LARGE,Restaurant Critic | October 24, 1992
AMERICAN CAFEAmerican Cafe, 4 Pennsylvania Ave., (410) 321-4800. The American Cafe in Towson has exactly the same menu, trendy decor and young, friendly staff as the one in Harborplace. But how many people know it exists except for those who work in downtown Towson? That may change as more people go to the movies at Towson Commons, but now there's none of the wait American Cafe fans are used to downtown. Stick to first courses, sandwiches or salads, though. Neither of our main courses worked very well.
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By Glenn Small and Glenn Small,Staff Writer Staff Writer Ed Brandt contributed to this article | January 6, 1994
Shot in the head and left for dead during an after-hours robbery, the night supervisor of an Owings Mills Mall restaurant lay bleeding on the floor for 12 hours until an employee found him yesterday morning.Unable to move but still conscious, he identified the assailant, and Baltimore County Police later arrested a 16-year-old Randallstown High School student who had worked at the restaurant, the American Cafe.John Matthew Newton, 25, was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.
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By Elizabeth Large and Elizabeth Large,Sun Restaurant Critic | March 2, 2003
At a time when a new sushi bar or Japanese steakhouse seems to be popping up every minute, it's not a bad idea to take another look at the Japanese restaurants that have been around long enough to prove themselves. Minato in Mount Vernon is one of those places, and it has the added distinction of being paired with Cafe Viet, a Vietnamese restaurant. Actually that's not quite accurate. About a year after Minato opened, owners Alex Tran and Henry Wong decided to divide their space, five rooms in all, into two restaurants.
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By Howard Libit and Howard Libit,SUN STAFF | September 9, 1996
The American Cafe in Columbia's Town Center will close permanently by the end of this month, as the restaurant's parent company shuts down almost the entire chain.But the Rouse Co. says it immediately will begin looking to replace what is the only restaurant on the periphery of The Mall in Columbia, calling it an ideal location for a dining establishment.Magic Restaurants -- the Yonkers, N.Y., owner of the area chain -- decided that the American Cafe restaurants had become dated but did not want to spend money to renovate most of its locations, said Keith Hebert, the company's vice president of operations.
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By Elizabeth Large | February 29, 1996
Cafe lands at BWIThe American Cafe was the hottest restaurant Baltimore had ever seen when it opened some 15 years ago. But when its lease ran out in December and the Rouse Co. wanted to increase the rent beyond what the cafe was willing to pay, the Harborplace location closed its doors for good.No problem -- at least for the American Cafe, which just opened another one, the ninth, in the Ramada Inn at BWI Feb. 1. And there are plans for more cafes in more hotels."It's a good marriage," says Yogi Kumar, director of operations.
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By Elizabeth Large | April 14, 1995
The American Cafe, known for its trendy sandwiches and salads, is looking for more dinner business. Starting with the Columbia and Tyson's Corner restaurants, the chain is introducing a dozen or so new dinners -- from vegetarian ravioli to prime rib and roast pork. Look for the new menu to come to the Inner Harbor and other locations in the next month or so.* Here's a quick, inexpensive and unusual supper suggestion when you're downtown for an Orioles game or a visit to Harborplace. The Marriott Inner Harbor Hotel has a pasta bar and an antipasto bar each evening from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Pastas and sauces change daily; numerous condiments and breads are included.
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By Glenn Small and Glenn Small,Staff Writer | January 11, 1994
Albert and Mary Rice's nightmare began at 1:30 p.m. last Wednesday, when the principal of Randallstown High School called them at work and told them police had just arrested their 16-year-old son, Tony.The couple, who both work at the Social Security Administration, hurried home -- where they found police waiting for them. Before they knew it, they said, police had confined them to one room of their house while they waited for a search warrant.All the while, they said, they didn't know where their son was or what was happening to him."
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By Glenn Small and Glenn Small,Staff Writer Staff Writer Ed Brandt contributed to this article | January 6, 1994
Shot in the head and left for dead during an after-hours robbery, the night supervisor of an Owings Mills Mall restaurant lay bleeding on the floor for 12 hours until an employee found him yesterday morning.Unable to move but still conscious, he identified the assailant, and Baltimore County Police later arrested a 16-year-old Randallstown High School student who had worked at the restaurant, the American Cafe.John Matthew Newton, 25, was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.
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By MARY MAUSHARD and MARY MAUSHARD,Staff Writer American Cafe Staff Writer Hampton Tea Room Staff Writer | June 13, 1992
The Ground RoundThe Ground Round, 8810 Waltham Woods Road, (410) 668-9062. The Ground Round touts itself as a place "where kids can relax . . . and grown-ups can have fun." Few would quarrel. Children are definitely welcome; the youngsters' menu offers eight typical dishes and there's complimentary popcorn for those who can't wait another minute. The regular menu offers a big selection of sandwiches, salads, soups, burgers, chicken, steak and seafood. $ 1/2 -- moderately inexpensive (Last visited 5/92.
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By Janice Baker | July 14, 1991
In his biography of James Beard, the American cook, foo writer and culinary impresario, Evan Jones mentions that Beard was an adviser to the American Cafe -- the first American Cafe -- in Georgetown. Jones writes of Beard eating the "Chinatown special" of marinated pork, alfalfa sprouts and pineapple, and crying, "I love this!" "Eureka!" so to speak.Twenty years later, the Chinatown special is gone. A lot of the original spark seems to be absent as well. Does Beard turn over in his grave?
BUSINESS
December 8, 1993
Martin, UAW reach tentative pactThe United Auto Workers has reached a tentative agreement on a three-year contract covering about 1,500 workers at Martin Marietta Corp.'s plants in Middle River, Denver and in Orlando, Fla.Kenneth Miles, the bargaining chairman of UAW Local 738, which represents about 400 workers at Middle River, said the agreement does not address all the union's demands but represented a significant improvement over the company's earlier offer. He said the local union would recommend that its members vote to ratify the agreement at their meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,Staff Writer | October 1, 1993
W. R. Grace & Co., a chemical industry giant, has ended an ill-fated venture into the food business by agreeing to sell its American Cafe chain for a bargain-basement price averaging $233,000 per restaurant.Magic Restaurants Inc. of Yonkers, N.Y., announced yesterday that it signed a letter of intent to acquire the chain of 15 Baltimore-Washington restaurants from a Grace subsidiary for about $3.5 million in cash and notes."We got a very fair price to enter a market of that size with good penetration," said Gary Rogers, Magic's president.
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