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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,Peter.hermann@baltsun.com | October 8, 2009
It has been nearly a year since Baltimore's police commissioner prohibited bar owners from hiring off-duty officers to help keep order, and in the weeks and months that followed the ban, some proprietors in Federal Hill complained that nuisance crimes spiked. In the spring, tavern owners banded together to form the Federal Hill Hospitality Association, and they're collectively contributing to a pool to hire six off-duty city officers to police the neighborhood during peak hours. It's the reaction the city's police commissioner wanted when he urged bar owners to take more responsibility but didn't want his officers tethered to bars like private doormen.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | July 23, 2014
All day Tuesday, they came to the Grand Cru wine bar with swollen red eyes, hugging one another and trying to make sense of the loss of a good friend and boss. They lifted a glass and reminisced about Nelson Carey, the genial and worldly publican of Belvedere Square, whose Grand Cru has been a popular destination for a decade. Mr. Carey, whose European-style wine bar and patisserie was more than a home away from home for an eclectic and devoted band of regulars, died early Tuesday of heart failure at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,peter.hermann@baltsun.com | June 26, 2009
A moment after a visitor walked out of the Oasis strip club on The Block and turned to shake hands with the owner, a city police officer walked by and sternly warned, "Can't stand out here, gentlemen." Up the street, another officer holding a nightstick stared down a clump of patrons who had just emerged from another club. "No loitering in The Block," he told them. "Find someplace to be." At 1 a.m., the seedy, once-famed burlesque strip that is East Baltimore Street turns into a mini-police state.
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June 9, 2014
In his letter ( "Mandatory ignition interlock would save lives - period," June 5), Keith S. Franz hits the nail on the head. We don't have a practical solution for distracted driving yet, apart from telling people not to do it. Drunk driving is another matter - ignition interlocks have been proven to reduce drunk driving accidents. Police, legislators in most states and safety organizations appear to know this since interlocks are becoming more widely used. Only the liquor lobby (in other words, the American Beverage Institute)
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,SUN STAFF | September 24, 1996
An accountant who handled tax payments for most of the bar owners on The Block was charged yesterday with theft and tax evasion for allegedly stealing more than $200,000 from his clients, the attorney general's office said.Leslie Pototsky, 62, of the 2300 block of Sugarcone Road in Pikesville was charged in a criminal information filed in Baltimore County Circuit Court with systematically taking money his clients entrusted to him for tax payments and instead depositing the money in his bank account.
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By Tim Craig and Tim Craig,SUN STAFF | August 17, 2000
In the first round of what could be a contentious political battle, the city's nightlife task force debated a proposal yesterday to extend bar closing times to 4 a.m. in a 50-block area downtown. Though warned it might hurt business elsewhere and face vigorous opposition, state Sen. Clarence M. Mitchell IV, a West Baltimore Democrat, told the task force he would introduce a bill to allow bars and nightclubs in the area to serve alcohol two hours past the current 2 a.m. closing time. Mitchell said he would release a draft of the legislation in a few weeks and plans to formally introduce it in January, when the General Assembly convenes.
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By Sam Sessa and Sam Sessa,Sun reporter | December 19, 2007
While the last cigarette won't go out in a Baltimore bar for two more months, some city bar owners have been hard at work, looking for ways to follow the statewide ban without forcing smokers - some of their most loyal customers - out onto the street. From Fells Point to Mount Vernon, club owners are investing in expensive gas heaters, installing weatherproof tents and refurbishing decks and patios for year-round use. Although others are taking a wait-and-see approach, they know it will be anything but business as usual when the ban takes effect in February.
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By Gerard Shields and Gerard Shields,SUN STAFF | March 3, 1998
The Block.The mere mention of the two words conjures up images of shadows melding in dimly lighted corners of strip bars long accused of cloaking prostitution and drugs.But last month, three Block bars agreed to pay $5,400 in fines for a series of infractions -- the least of which included: "dancer removing top to expose breasts." In addition, the number of cases against Block bars heard by the city's Board of Liquor Licenses has almost doubled in the past year, with fines rising by 71 percent to $26,000, the most in recent memory.
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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,SUN REPORTER | January 31, 2008
At the end of a particularly spirited night, one in which nearly 90 percent of the more than 60 patrons packed inside the Southside Saloon would puff away hour after hour on cigarettes, owner Stuart Satosky would make it all of about two steps inside his South Baltimore home before the stench would hit his wife, who demanded the immediate removal of his smoke-filled clothes. "I'd have to put them in another room," said Satosky, a nonsmoker who has owned the bar in the 400 block of E. Fort Ave. for eight years.
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,SUN STAFF | January 4, 1997
A coalition of Fells Point bar and restaurant owners yesterday urged a task force studying the city's night life to reject a proposal to establish a designated entertainment zone with later closing times if the same privilege is not extended to Fells Point.The first meeting of the Night Life Task Force, which is studying ways to enliven Baltimore's late-night entertainment offerings, attracted about a dozen speakers representing bar and nightclub owners, residents' groups and merchants' associations.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | December 17, 2013
Almost a century after it opened on Washington Street in Fells Point, Ostrowski's Famous Polish Sausage store has been sold. But if things go the way the new owner hopes, hardly anyone will notice the difference. John Reusing, who also owns Bad Decisions, an adjacent bar, said the 94-year-old sausage shop's reputation helped business when he opened next door. So, with the exception of extending the shop's hours, he's not planning to make any changes to the storefront or recipes.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2013
The 45-year-old owner of a combined liquor store and sports bar in Essex was stabbed outside of the business on Wednesday night, and another man has been arrested in the incident, according to Baltimore County Police. Police responded to 444 Liquors and Sports Bar in the 400 block of Eastern Boulevard about 9:22 p.m. and located the owner, Balwinder Singh Sandhu, of Baltimore, with a stab wound to the abdomen, police said. He was transferred to a local hospital with what were believed to be non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
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August 23, 2013
In "college town" Towson, even the sports bar needs our tax money to build up and sell more booze ("State board OKs Greene Turtle loan," Aug. 22). The Green Turtle got a state-approved loan in 1995. Now, it borrows $893,000, $240,000 from Maryland, to add 60 roof seats to 120 enclosed seats. Interesting that the previous day's newspaper reviewed a legislator arrested for drunken driving ("Del. Dwyer charged with driving under the influence," Aug. 21). Greater Baltimore Medical Center helped me in 1992, guaranteeing to the bank 100 percent of my independent medical practice loan of $50,000.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | October 15, 2012
City police plan to meet with management of a downtown club after two people waiting in line were shot early Monday - a shooting that capped a violent weekend in Baltimore and has revived discussions about security around city bars and clubs. Eight people were shot in the city over the weekend, and police said they had several plans in place in hopes of curbing violence. That includes prioritizing arrest warrants for people with domestic violence or robbery histories, and increasing foot patrols.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2012
An Anne Arundel County judge pulled the plug Thursday on the gambling operation at a Chesapeake Beach bar, but said the Crooked I Sports Bar & Grill can try to restore its mini-casino when the case goes to trial. Judge Philip T. Caroom denied the Crooked I's request for a preliminary injunction that would have allowed its 105 slots-like machines to continue operating until its case is tried. Caroom said he will file an opinion Friday. The business is challenging a new state law that would end its lucrative gambling business.
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Wesley Case | June 8, 2012
It's an ongoing debate among Baltimoreans: Are the best bars in Canton off O'Donnell Square? If you've been to the Irish pubs or sports bars around there even once, you know what you're in for - a night that's not always pretty but comforting in its predictability. There's the familiar aroma of too many people, the flowing Red Bulls and the awkward grinding. Want to have a conversation without straining your voice? Good luck. But hang around Canton long enough and the truth quickly emerges: The corner bars away from the Square lack the crowds but make up for it with personality and character.
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By Jay Apperson and Jay Apperson,Staff Writer | January 18, 1994
Show bars on The Block will be able to resume serving liquor today under an agreement reached yesterday between tavern owners and authorities who seized liquor licenses during Friday's raid in Baltimore's red-light district.Baltimore Circuit Judge Ellen M. Heller signed an order approving the settlement, which allows bar owners to sell liquor after obtaining copies of their licenses from the city liquor board. Prosecutors will retain the original documents as evidence in pending criminal trials.
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By Joan Jacobson and Joan Jacobson,SUN STAFF | August 23, 1996
The city liquor board voted yesterday to indefinitely suspend the license of the New 32nd Street Plaza, a North Baltimore nightclub that has long disturbed neighbors who complained of beatings, shootings and even a slaying in the area.The three-member board voted 2-1 for the suspension, preventing the bar's owners from bringing alcoholic beverages onto the premises in the 400 block of E. 32nd St.The board also said the two owners who hold the license, James Scroggins and Rhonda Williams, "were not fit" to hold a liquor license in Baltimore.
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By Vivienne Machi | April 16, 2012
When someone mentions that they studied biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins University, you wouldn't expect them to own a local burger bar. But Houston native Anisha Jagtap does just that, running Hampden hot spot Baltimore Burger Bar. "It all started with my love for food at a very young age, and when all my girlfriends saved money to shop, I saved money to go out and eat," said Jagtap, 27. But I was always in love with math and engineering, mainly...
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | March 29, 2012
A Baltimore County man has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for the May 2010 murder of a Dundalk bar owner. Robert Garner, 28, was sentenced Wednesday in Baltimore County Circuit Court for the first-degree murder of Lee Martin, 43, his brother-in-law, who was shot eight times as he left the Hops Inn on Railway Avenue. Garner, one of four defendants in the case, had pled guilty before Judge Robert E. Cahill, Jr. in November. Garner's 31-year-old sister, Jaclyn Martin, had solicited him to kill her husband, prosecutors said.
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