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By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2010
The Kona Grill was slated to open officially on Tuesday in the building formally known as 1 East Pratt Street but more commonly as the Verizon Building. Based in Scottsdale, Ariz., the Kona Grill has opened about 25 restaurants in 15 states — this is the first one in Maryland. The accessibly snazzy menu combines steaks, sushi and New American cuisine — the signature dish is a macadamia-nut chicken entrée with white cheddar mashed potatoes and "wok-tossed" vegetables.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | February 5, 2014
A Baltimore man nicknamed the "Dine and Dasher" for skipping out on dozens of restaurant tabs — sometimes by faking seizures — was convicted again Wednesday in District Court. Andrew Palmer, 44, was found guilty of skipping out on a $50 bill at the Kona Grill downtown on New Year's Day. Judge George M. Lipman sentenced Palmer to 90 days. According to the prosector, it was Palmer's 17th conviction on such a charge since 2007. Palmer has been held at Central Booking since his arrest; court records show he has another case pending in Baltimore County — for allegedly faking a seizure to get out of paying at Mo's Seafood on Eastern Avenue on New Year's Eve. Palmer was charged with theft under $100 for the Kona Grill incident.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | February 5, 2014
A Baltimore man nicknamed the "Dine and Dasher" for skipping out on dozens of restaurant tabs — sometimes by faking seizures — was convicted again Wednesday in District Court. Andrew Palmer, 44, was found guilty of skipping out on a $50 bill at the Kona Grill downtown on New Year's Day. Judge George M. Lipman sentenced Palmer to 90 days. According to the prosector, it was Palmer's 17th conviction on such a charge since 2007. Palmer has been held at Central Booking since his arrest; court records show he has another case pending in Baltimore County — for allegedly faking a seizure to get out of paying at Mo's Seafood on Eastern Avenue on New Year's Eve. Palmer was charged with theft under $100 for the Kona Grill incident.
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | July 9, 2013
Whether the Grand Prix of Baltimore, which will be run for a third time this Labor Day weekend, can survive depends on two factors: First, drawing and establishing fans of open-wheel racing during a time when the sport has struggled to keep people interested . Second, appeasing downtown businesses hurt by having the streets turned into a race track for the month of August. Organizers have taken many steps toward solving the first problem, moving an area for children inside -- away from the heat and noise -- and promising to book more entertainment options.
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By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2013
Some two dozen Baltimore restaurants are adding special soft-shell crab specials to their menus for Baltimore's fifth annual Soft-Shell Crab Celebration. The restaurant promotion , sponsored by the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, will run Friday through June 2. The participating restaurants include Alexander's Tavern, The Black Olive, Diamond Tavern, Grille 700, J. Paul's, Kona Grill , Miss Shirley's, Pabu, The Oceanaire, Phillips Seafood, Regi's American Bistro, Roy's, Ryleigh's Oyster, Ten Ten, Townhouse Kitchen & Bar and Vino Rosina.
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By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | May 14, 2013
Some dozen Baltimore restaurants will be adding soft-shell crab specials to their menus for Baltimore's fifth annual Soft-Shell Crab Celebration. The restaurant promotion, sponsored by the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, will run May 24 through June 2. The participating restaurants include Alexander's Tavern , The Black Olive , Diamond Tavern, Grille 700 , J. Paul's , Kona Grill , Miss Shirley's , Pabu , The Oceanaire , Phillips Seafood , Regi's American Bistro , Roy's , Ryleigh's Oyster, Ten Ten , Townhouse Kitchen & Bar and Vino Rosina . On the eve of the 10-day celebration, Downtown Partnership and Vino Rosina will host a five-course soft-shell crab tasting featuring chef Jesse Sandlin's contemporary interpretations of classic recipes.
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By Rob Kasper, The Baltimore Sun | November 23, 2010
Kona Grill is a high-energy place. Pulsating music permeates the smartly designed, 160-seat restaurant carved out of the first floor of the Verizon building. The tables are on fire. OK, just one has a fire pit. Its flames leap from a table on the patio where couples cuddle on the nearby couches. The staff, all clad in black, move briskly. Even the colorful fish swimming in the giant aquariums at the entrance of the restaurant seem hip. Sitting at Pratt and Charles streets next to the Baltimore Convention Center, the six-week-old restaurant — and the 25th such Kona Grill in the nation — is well-positioned to attract conventioneers and visitors to the Inner Harbor.
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | July 9, 2013
Whether the Grand Prix of Baltimore, which will be run for a third time this Labor Day weekend, can survive depends on two factors: First, drawing and establishing fans of open-wheel racing during a time when the sport has struggled to keep people interested . Second, appeasing downtown businesses hurt by having the streets turned into a race track for the month of August. Organizers have taken many steps toward solving the first problem, moving an area for children inside -- away from the heat and noise -- and promising to book more entertainment options.
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By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | July 13, 2011
In today's B, we itemize some of Baltimore's outdoor bars : Woody's Rum Bar and Island Grill, The Bay Cafe, Mt. Washington Tavern's Sky Bar, Bourbon Street's The Terrace, and, of course, the Tiki Barge, where no potted palms were humped when I stopped by July 4. I'm also fan of Kona Grill's urban outdoor bar, which faces Pratt Street. Kona Grill manager Michael Haas says the bar offers "a different view of the metropolitan scene than the Inner Harbor. " The bar is enclosed by glass doors that stay open most of the time unless it's raining.
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By Justin Fenton and Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | May 30, 2014
Baltimore's notorious "dine and dasher," accused of repeatedly faking seizures to get out of paying restaurant tabs, got a hefty bill on Friday from a city judge: five years in prison. Andrew Palmer, 47, has been eating and drinking for free around town for years. He became known by police and paramedics for feigning medical emergencies when his checks were due, and restaurant owners began posting his picture on their walls. Police have locked him up and he has been convicted dozens of times, but the maximum penalty for the charge of theft under $100 carries a maximum penalty of a few weeks in jail, which he repeatedly received and served.
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By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2013
Some two dozen Baltimore restaurants are adding special soft-shell crab specials to their menus for Baltimore's fifth annual Soft-Shell Crab Celebration. The restaurant promotion , sponsored by the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, will run Friday through June 2. The participating restaurants include Alexander's Tavern, The Black Olive, Diamond Tavern, Grille 700, J. Paul's, Kona Grill , Miss Shirley's, Pabu, The Oceanaire, Phillips Seafood, Regi's American Bistro, Roy's, Ryleigh's Oyster, Ten Ten, Townhouse Kitchen & Bar and Vino Rosina.
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By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | May 14, 2013
Some dozen Baltimore restaurants will be adding soft-shell crab specials to their menus for Baltimore's fifth annual Soft-Shell Crab Celebration. The restaurant promotion, sponsored by the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, will run May 24 through June 2. The participating restaurants include Alexander's Tavern , The Black Olive , Diamond Tavern, Grille 700 , J. Paul's , Kona Grill , Miss Shirley's , Pabu , The Oceanaire , Phillips Seafood , Regi's American Bistro , Roy's , Ryleigh's Oyster, Ten Ten , Townhouse Kitchen & Bar and Vino Rosina . On the eve of the 10-day celebration, Downtown Partnership and Vino Rosina will host a five-course soft-shell crab tasting featuring chef Jesse Sandlin's contemporary interpretations of classic recipes.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Rob Kasper, The Baltimore Sun | November 23, 2010
Kona Grill is a high-energy place. Pulsating music permeates the smartly designed, 160-seat restaurant carved out of the first floor of the Verizon building. The tables are on fire. OK, just one has a fire pit. Its flames leap from a table on the patio where couples cuddle on the nearby couches. The staff, all clad in black, move briskly. Even the colorful fish swimming in the giant aquariums at the entrance of the restaurant seem hip. Sitting at Pratt and Charles streets next to the Baltimore Convention Center, the six-week-old restaurant — and the 25th such Kona Grill in the nation — is well-positioned to attract conventioneers and visitors to the Inner Harbor.
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By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2010
The Kona Grill was slated to open officially on Tuesday in the building formally known as 1 East Pratt Street but more commonly as the Verizon Building. Based in Scottsdale, Ariz., the Kona Grill has opened about 25 restaurants in 15 states — this is the first one in Maryland. The accessibly snazzy menu combines steaks, sushi and New American cuisine — the signature dish is a macadamia-nut chicken entrée with white cheddar mashed potatoes and "wok-tossed" vegetables.
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September 21, 2011
It's almost here: The Sun's guide to the 100 best bars in the Baltimore area. Though the final list and the rankings won't be published until later this Fall, here are 80 bars and clubs you can count on being included on our Going Out Guide. Idle Hour , Mt. Royal Tavern , Max's are among them. There are even some new bars, like Red House Tavern and Frisco Tap House in the mix. This year's list is different from the much-discussed round-up we published last year.
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