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October 4, 2012
Virginia has had a grading system for restaurants for years, and to my knowledge it has been fair and effective. If I owned a restaurant I would worry if my grade was not an A; otherwise I would be proud to display the A grade. The City Council should be proud for even considering this move! ("City considers setting up a grading system for restaurants," Oct. 3.) F. Cordell, Lutherville
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HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn and The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2014
Ahead of new rules requiring chain restaurants to post calorie counts for their menu items, some of the restaurants are voluntarily introducing lower calorie selections. The new items tend to be salads rather than the main attractions such as burgers and pizza, but they contain an average of 60 fewer calories or a reduction of 12 percent, researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found. The researchers looked at new menu items in 2012 and 2013, ahead of new rules to offer the public nutritional information required by the Affordable Care Act. And they said the results, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, could be the beginning of a trend in calorie reduction at fast food restaurants that aids the obesity epidemic.
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BUSINESS
By Edward Gunts, The Baltimore Sun | January 26, 2011
Baltimore's Inner Harbor is set to acquire a third outdoor restaurant barge along Pier 4 by summer. The city's Board of Estimates today approved a request from the Baltimore Development Corp. to amend a 1999 lease agreement to allow an affiliate of the Cordish Cos. to construct a "fixed or floating barge structure" between Inner Harbor Piers 3 and 4. According to city officials, the barge will be used by Dick's Last Resort, a restaurant that opened on Pier 4 last June. The city will receive annual rent of $7,200 plus 3 percent of gross sales from the outdoor restaurant in return for granting rights to install the barge.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
Some restaurants are hard to figure out. They present themselves as one thing and turn out to be another, or else they're in a continuing state of figuring themselves out. The cool thing about Guy Fieri's Baltimore Kitchen + Bar is how plainly it wears its big beefy heart on its distressed-denim sleeve. You'd have to go out of your way to not know what you're getting into at Guy Fieri's, one of three restaurants at the new Horseshoe Casino Baltimore. And you'd have to have a heart made of stone not to respond, on some level, to its basic good cheer and basic American enthusiasm.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Nelson Hernandez and The Washington Post | December 26, 2009
The game is over for the Sideline, a glitzy restaurant and sports bar in Largo owned by former Washington Redskins linebacker LaVar Arrington. Owing millions of dollars to numerous creditors and faced with possible eviction from the Boulevard at the Capital Centre, the money-losing business closed abruptly Wednesday. Employees showed up at work to find movers clearing the place out, and they told television station WJLA (Channel 7) that they were angry that they weren't getting paid.
ENTERTAINMENT
by Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | November 21, 2012
These restaurants are open for Thanksgiving service. In most cases, reservations are either required or advised. On Tuesday morning, a few restaurants were booked solid or close to it. Prices and times are subject to change. Always call. Boston Market (6336 York Road, 410-372-0220; 1317 Reisterstown Road, 410-484-2400; other locations; bostonmarket.com): Boston Market  is offering a special $10.99 Thanksgiving Day Meal, which includes roasted turkey breast with two home style sides, freshly baked cornbread and a slice of apple or pumpkin pie. Hours vary.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | July 2, 2012
If there's a great view of the fireworks from your restaurant, why not make a party out of it? And if you've got an absolutely amazing view and can get away with charging a premium, I say go for it. It's the American way. These restaurants really do have a view worth the trouble. The Rusty Scupper (402 Key Highway, 410-727-3678, selectrestaurants.com/rusty) hosts its annual Fourth of July celebration from 5 to 10 p.m. in its Topside Lounge and upper deck areas. The party features an all-you-can-eat crab feast, drink specials and giveaways, and a great view of the Inner Harbor fireworks.
ENTERTAINMENT
Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | February 7, 2014
The former executive chef at Petit Louis will open La Cuchara, a Basque restaurant in the Meadow Mill complex this summer. The chef is Ben Lefenfeld, a veteran of the Foreman Wolf restaurant group, who also worked at Charleston and who helped Foreman Wolf open Johnny's. Lefenfeld has signed a lease with Eutaw Property Enterprises at Meadow Mill, which was built by the sailcloth manufacturer William Hooper Co. in 1877 and whose most notable tenant was the London Fog company. The 185-seat restaurant will the occupy the first floor of the mill's “packer house,” a space that has never been accessible to the general public.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Elizabeth Large | elizabeth.large@baltsun.com | November 11, 2009
T he name is a little strange - a reader on my blog said it sounds like a place you'd tell your children to stay away from - but Mr. Rain's Fun House is a perfect fit for the not-so-ordinary American Visionary Art Museum. It's the restaurant that opened last week where Joy America Cafe once was, a space that was empty for more than three years. Bill Buszinski and his wife Maria, the former chef/owners of the now-closed Sputnik Cafe in Crownsville, are running the restaurant, along with partner Perez Klebhan.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2014
Our "Best Restaurants" dining guide will be out soon, and we want to include readers' picks. Which Baltimore-area restaurant do you think is the best? To cast your vote, click here . Voting ends Jan. 14 at 5:00 p.m.; one vote per person, please.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Chris Kaltenbach and The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
Worked into a lather by outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai's lack of gratitude to the United States, HBO's comically blustering John Oliver came up with the perfect revenge over the weekend. He read aloud negative Internet reviews of The Helmand, the Baltimore restaurant run by Karzai's brother, Qayum. The contretemps started when Hamid Karzai, in a farewell speech delivered last week, thanked many nations for helping Afghanistan and its people, but pointedly left out the United States or any mention of the 2,000 American casualties incurred during years of fighting in the region.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2014
I had one of those soul-satisfying, I-love-Baltimore nights a few Saturdays back at Cafe Gia Ristorante, a colorful, cheerful and satisfying Italian restaurant on the corner of High Street and Eastern Avenue. We showed up for early dinner reservations and were whisked right upstairs to the narrow second-floor balcony, which was pretty darn magical on this particular night. The view from there isn't spectacular, but it's captivating, a mix of old and new. Across the street, you can see diners on the balcony at Dalesio's, and further back, the high- and medium-rise luxury apartment buildings of the Harbor East development.
NEWS
By Jacques Kelly and The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2014
John "Jack" M.E. Hasslinger Jr., an accountant who managed a well-known family seafood business, died of heart disease Tuesday at his Mount Airy home. He was 63. Born in Baltimore and raised on Jody Way in Timonium, he was the son of John M.E. Hasslinger Sr., a piano tuner and instructor, and the former Ellen Regina Cosgrove, a homemaker. He was a 1969 graduate of Loyola High School at Blakefield and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration at Loyola University Maryland.
NEWS
By Liz Bowie and The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2014
A Forest Hill man was shot and killed early Saturday morning outside a Southeast Baltimore seafood restaurant, Baltimore police said. About 12:15 a.m., officers found man with multiple gunshot wounds outside Jimmy's Famous Seafood in the 6500 block of Holabird Ave. in the Broening Manor section of Southeast Baltimore, police said. He was taken to an area hospital where he died, police said. Police later identified the victim as Alvin Wells, 39. Police did not provide additional information about a suspect or a motive.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | September 19, 2014
I like Pen & Quill, the new restaurant on the corner of Charles and Lanvale streets in Station North. It's pretty and comfortable, and the food, from executive chef Bella Kline, is tasty, rib-sticking and satisfying. I sure like it a heckuva lot better than The Chesapeake, which was the name of the previous restaurant that occupied this space. The Chesapeake, which lasted for less than a year, should not be confused with another similarly named establishment, Chesapeake Restaurant, a dining institution that flourished on this corner in the middle of the last century.
BUSINESS
Kevin Rector and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
The owners of two popular restaurants in downtown Baltimore have agreed to pay $1.3 million and establish new hiring measures to settle a years-old lawsuit alleging racial discrimination against black applicants and employees. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed the lawsuit in 2008 against McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants Inc. and Schmick Restaurant Corp., owners of McCormick & Schmick's and M&S Grill in the Inner Harbor. The lawsuit claimed the restaurants violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by refusing to hire black applicants for front-of-the-house positions such as servers and hostesses.
ENTERTAINMENT
by Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | October 15, 2012
As part of our guide to the Baltimore area's top bars and restaurants -- due out in mid-November -- we want to hear from you. Tell us your favorite bar/restaurant in or around Baltimore, and you could win a $50 gift card to the winning bar/restaurant. Voting starts today and is open through Nov. 1. • Vote for your favorite Baltimore-area restaurant here • Vote for your favorite Baltimore-area bar here You can also vote via text message: text 70701 and include keyword: bestbar (plus bar name)
ENTERTAINMENT
Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | February 15, 2014
Bryan Voltaggio, the chef behind the acclaimed restaurants Volt and Family Meal in his hometown of Frederick, and Range in Washington, will open his first restaurant in Baltimore. The restaurant, Aggio, will be Voltaggio's second Italian fine-dining restaurant. It will open at 616 Water St., in the space now occupied by Tatu Asian Grill at Power Plant Live, a spokeswoman for Voltaggio said. The first Aggio location opened Friday in Washington. The restaurant features a menu inspired by authentic classics that use sustainable, domestic ingredients treated with classic and progressive techniques.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2014
The days are getting shorter, and we're all struggling to settle back into our fall routines. Just when we needed it, there's Ananda, the thoroughly disarming, even magical, new Indian restaurant in the faraway kingdom of Maple Lawn in Howard County. You'll get up from your meal at Ananda, maybe a bit reluctantly - really, it's so cozy and comfortable here, you might want to linger - feeling refreshed, pleasantly full and extremely satisfied. I say pleasantly full because American diners can feel weighed down by Indian food.
ENTERTAINMENT
Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2014
More than thirty vessels - tall ships, naval vessels and others - will be visiting Baltimore Wednesday through Sunday for Star-Spangled Spectacular, the bicentennial celebration of the national anthem. And where there are ships, there are hungry, thirsty sailors. Some 50 Baltimore restaurants are offering discounts to visiting sailors and crew members as part of a “Sailors Welcome Here” program, which is is being administered through Sail Baltimore, the non-profit organization responsible for the visiting ships and the crew hospitality for the Star-Spangled Spectacular ships.
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