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By ROB KASPER | September 30, 1990
First I went to a fancy dinner, then I had lunch at a cheap diner.At first glance there seemed to be no similarities between these two meals. Nor was there at second glance.But by the time I got around to giving them a third glance, it was getting close to deadline and I began to see subtle connections between the two meals.Especially when I pulled out the old "compare and contrast" bTC technique. The last time I remember using the procedure was when I wrote themes for English class. And as readers of this column can attest, it has been a long time since I have been in an English class.
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By Kit Waskom Pollard, For The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2014
Historically, the concept of the diner was fairly straightforward. No-frills food, quick service, huge menu, lots of coffee. In recent years, however, that definition has been expanded and tweaked, as chefs have embraced "upscale" diner food and Guy Fieri roamed the country, shining his "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" spotlight on restaurants that don't traditionally fill any of those shoes. The Weekender, a self-billed "country diner," appears to be one of this new breed of restaurant.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | January 7, 2013
The musical version of Barry Levinson's "Diner," the much-admired 1982 movie about longtime buddies in Baltimore, is going to take longer to reach Broadway. The previously scheduled April 10 opening has been postponed until the fall, the New York Times reports. Seems that "Diner," a collaboration between Levinson and Sheryl Crow, who has written the songs for the show, needs more time to be developed and, especially, to raise money for its $9.5 million budget. The musical percolated in workshop form in New York last fall, a process adversely affected by ... Hurricane Sandy, according to producer Scott Zeiger.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | August 9, 2014
Tucked inside the files at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston are State Department notes from the 1960s detailing racial discrimination along U.S. 40 in Maryland - and warning the president of its implications for the Cold War. One account describes the experience of an African diplomat who couldn't find a restaurant to serve a glass of water for his son as the boy struggled to catch his breath during an asthma attack. Another tells of a diplomat who drove 10 bleary-eyed hours along the highway - then the main thoroughfare between New York and Washington - because motels in Maryland wouldn't rent him a room for the night.
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August 6, 1993
The "in" thing in the restaurant business these days is to open a diner, be it an old-fashioned one or a nouveau diner that has the look and feel of the good-old days but offers the cuisine of the idiosyncratic 1990s. This region soon will have two more diner additions. The well-known Double T on Baltimore National Pike is opening a second diner in Pasadena later this summer and Frank's Diner will be serving home-cooked food in Jessup early next year.Nostalgia buffs will love Frank's, especially if they fondly remember the days of diner-dining of the 1950s -- or wish to learn what it was like.
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By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | September 20, 2011
A "Diner" musical? Yes. Sheryl Crow is writing the songs. Help her. Write the lyrics to the opening number titled "You Gonna Finish That?"
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By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2012
Bryan Voltaggio's diner project, coming later this spring to East Street in Frederick, has a name. It's Family Meal. The term has a sweet double meaning. It's of course what some folks call the meals they share with their own family, but it's also an industry term for the meal that a restaurant staff shares before evening service begins.  If you want to be part of Family Meal's family, there's going to be an employment open house on May 15 and May 22 at Volt.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | March 20, 2012
We've got good news and bad news for those clamoring to see how the iconic Baltimore movie "Diner" is adapted into a musical. First the good news: The show's debut is set. It will open in San Francisco this fall. The less good news: Because of the San Francisco dates, the anticipated fall opening of the show on Broadway is now being pushed back to spring of 2013. News broke last September that Barry Levinson has adapted "Diner," his well-regarded 1982 movie, for the stage, with music and lyrics by rock singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow.
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By Barry Levinson, Special to The Baltimore Sun | May 10, 2012
There are a lot of stories I remember reading in The Sun , many of them about sports - the story about Baltimore getting an NFL football team, and the story about the St. Louis Browns moving to Baltimore. But the review of "Diner" is the one that sticks out, because "Diner" was the first movie I wrote and directed, and The Evening Sun 's Lou Cedrone, who reviewed it, was an established and important critic in Baltimore at that time. It was one of those reviews where you pick it up and go, "Oh, my God. This is devastating.
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By Tim Smith and Michael Sragow, The Baltimore Sun | September 20, 2011
Another classic American film set in Baltimore is headed for Broadway, but unlike "Hairspray" this one may be a less obvious fit. Barry Levinson has adapted "Diner," his well-regarded 1982 movie, for the stage. With music and lyrics by rock singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow, the new show is scheduled to open in New York next fall. "The book is written," Levinson said. "And Sheryl has written about 16 songs now. What we're going to start now is to adjust and fill and see what we need to take care of. " The popular film, set in Baltimore in 1959, tells the tale of six 20-somethings who have been friends since high school.
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By Kit Waskom Pollard, For The Baltimore Sun | June 24, 2014
The menu at Rosario's Italian Kitchen covers everything from fried shrimp to breakfast all day, but as the restaurant's name implies, for many, dinner time here means Italian. And at this friendly Rosedale spot that opened in 2012, those Italian dinners are very good. Scene & Decor The restaurant is open nearly around the clock - from 7 a.m. until 4 a.m. every day. Those hours and the menu's dizzying array of options scream "diner. " Rosario's is mostly casual but its warm decor and professional service elevate it above diner level.
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By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | February 24, 2014
Aushuk, check. Kofta challow, check. Kaddo borwani, check. The everlasting pleasures at The Helmand are still in place, and still wonderful. For the uninitiated, aushuk are soft, pillowy squares of ravioli-like pasta, filled with meltingly soft leeks, served on a shallow pool of minted yogurt and topped with a mildly spiced ground beef sauce. The kofta challow (challow means "rice") is a luscious entree of lamb and beef meatballs seasoned with turmeric and paprika in a tomato-based sauce with hot green peppers and green peas.
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By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | February 7, 2014
There isn't much I'd change, fundamentally anyway, about Catonsville Gourmet. And based on everything we saw on a Saturday night, from the lines out the front door to the smiles on diners' faces throughout the sprawling restaurant, there's not much anyone else would change. Comfortable, accommodating and upbeat, it's an easy restaurant to like. Since its opening in 2008, the restaurant has been a popular choice, especially for Catonsville residents, who have made it into their gathering spot.
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By Kit Waskom Pollard and For The Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2014
Spike Gjerde, the culinary powerhouse behind Woodberry Kitchen and Artifact Coffee, has a new feather in his cap. This time, he's gone diner-style. Gjerde's Shoo-Fly Diner and Late Night Bar opened in Belvedere Square in October. Housed in the old Hess Shoes building (the former home of Crush restaurant), where generations of Baltimore kids got shoes -- and haircuts -- Shoo-Fly is laid-back with a rustic Americana vibe, kid-friendly, and very, very popular. Shoo-Fly doesn't take reservations, but when we arrived at 5:45 on a Wednesday evening, we got a table right away.
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By Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | January 28, 2014
Shoo-Fly Diner, the Belvedere Square bar and restaurant by Spike Gjerde, has been named one of the South's "20 Best New Bars of 2014" by the editors of Southern Living in their February issue.  On the criteria: "Editors selected budding hotspots based on their laid-back (yet refined) approach to serving spirits, and skilled drink pros thirsty to elevate their craft. They combine the quality of a top-shelf joint with the rocking spirit of your favorite dive," reports the magazine.
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By Allison Brickell, For The Baltimore Sun | January 22, 2014
The owner of exclusive Chicago restaurant Alinea recently sparked a national debate after he wondered on Twitter whether children might need to be banned from his dining room. The tweet came after a couple brought their infant to his establishment and the baby failed - for an extended period - to use an indoor voice. "I could hear it crying in the kitchen," chef/owner Grant Achatz, told "Good Morning America. " "We want people to come and enjoy an experience at Alinea for what it is. But we also have to be cognizant of the other 80 people that came in to experience Alinea that night.
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By Kit Waskom Pollard, For The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2014
Historically, the concept of the diner was fairly straightforward. No-frills food, quick service, huge menu, lots of coffee. In recent years, however, that definition has been expanded and tweaked, as chefs have embraced "upscale" diner food and Guy Fieri roamed the country, shining his "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" spotlight on restaurants that don't traditionally fill any of those shoes. The Weekender, a self-billed "country diner," appears to be one of this new breed of restaurant.
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By Michael Sragow, The Baltimore Sun | December 3, 2011
Few films in movie history — and maybe no other film by a first-time writer-director — proved to be the breakthrough moment for as many talents as a made-in-Baltimore comedy-drama called "Diner. " Viewers still respond to all the people in it, not as old friends but as fresh discoveries. That seductive fellow with the voice that flows as fluidly as his pompadour — my God, it's Mickey Rourke. That gal with the asymmetrically alluring mouth and the heartbreaking way with a line — could it be Ellen Barkin?
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | January 14, 2014
Angelo J. Nopulos, co-owner for nearly 30 years of the popular Double T Diner in Catonsville, where people from all walks of life rubbed elbows with society swells, judges, businessmen, politicians and celebrities, died Saturday of a heart attack at his Arbutus home. He was 98. The son of a barber and homemaker who were Greek immigrants, Angelo James Nopulos was born in Pittsburgh and raised in San Diego and Weirton, W.Va., where he dropped out of school in the ninth grade. "He was kind of a free spirit, and he kind of wandered the country helping out family members who owned various restaurants before the war," said a daughter, Diane Puigdomenech of New Port Richey, Fla. In those pre-war years, Mr. Nopulos held various jobs and worked as a welder, driver, salesman, bookkeeper and "even a bouncer," wrote his nephew, Ted Barris, in an online tribute.
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Wesley Case | December 18, 2013
It's hard to fault Baltimoreans for anticipating culinary greatness from Shoo-Fly Diner. This fall, expectations were predictably high when the restaurant opened in Belvedere Square. Having the name Spike Gjerde - the Woodberry Kitchen owner who has earned local and national acclaim through inventive farm-to-table cuisine - attached to a brand new place will do that. The hype led to a foodie letdown for some, as Shoo-Fly failed to deliver the meals critics had expected. But The Sun's Richard Gorelick ended his review optimistically, saying the diner should, in time, become "a good place to go. " Last Thursday night, as I sat with a friend to explore Shoo-Fly's intriguing bar program, Gjerde's latest effort seemed already there.
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