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By Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun | February 28, 2011
Consumer advocates pleaded with lawmakers Monday to let customers bring their own bottles of wine to restaurants in Baltimore City and three other counties, saying the state's high-end eateries want to extend the option to their clienteles. But opponents of the legislation, including the Restaurant Association of Maryland and the liquor lobby, argued Monday before the House Economic Matters Committee that the arrangement would eat into restaurant profits and generate uncertainty about liability when consumers drink too much.
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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 Kerry O'Rourke and Kerry O'Rourke,Sun Staff Writer | February 14, 1995
Carroll County restaurant owners say they haven't been kept informed about proposed liquor law changes and they told the County Commissioners yesterday that the industry deserves representation on the county liquor board."
ENTERTAINMENT
Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | April 2, 2014
Rocco's Capriccio will not be reopened as a restaurant, according to the new owner of the Fawn Street property that housed the restaurant. The buyer, Howard Shapiro, said he plans to instead convert it into his private residence. Rocco's closure in May of last year coincided with the closing of two other traditional Italian restaurants in Little Italy, Caesar's Den and Della Notte. The former Caesar's Den restaurant, including its liquor license, is on the market for an undisclosed asking price.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,Sun Staff Writer | August 19, 1994
Some Carroll County restaurant owners have banded together to fight a proposed amendment to the county's liquor regulations, which would impose additional restrictions on when restaurants can serve alcohol.Under the proposal, restaurants in Carroll County could begin serving alcohol one hour before meals are available and must stop serving liquor an hour after the kitchen closes.In a letter to the Board of License Commissioners, restaurant owners Monday said the proposed regulation would drive away late diners who might linger over a bottle of wine and customers who stop by for dessert and after-dinner drinks.
BUSINESS
By Gary Gately and Gary Gately,SUN STAFF | February 2, 1996
A proposed 1 percent meal tax to raise money to lure visitors to Baltimore appears dead, a casualty of considerable opposition among restaurant owners and a statewide restaurant group.Donald P. Hutchinson, president of the influential Greater Baltimore Committee, which had proposed the tax, told restaurateurs, bar owners and hoteliers yesterday that he would urge Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke to drop the idea for lack of support.That spells almost certain doom for the proposal: Mr. Schmoke said from the beginning he would move forward only if city restaurants demonstrated substantial support for the tax and a proposed "tourism district," comprising about 125 restaurants, where the tax would be levied.
NEWS
By Greg Garland and Greg Garland,SUN STAFF | October 10, 2003
As momentum builds for casino-style gambling in Maryland, a trade group representing restaurant owners has dropped its long-held opposition and now supports bringing slot machines into the state. Marcia Harris, the president of the Maryland Restaurant Association, said yesterday that the group reversed its position based on a survey of its members and a determination that revenue from slots may be the best way to balance the state budget. The association was one of only a few business groups to oppose Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s proposal this year to allow Wal-Mart-sized slots casinos at four horse racing tracks.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
March 22, 1995
A bill to allow sidewalk cafes in Annapolis has the support of the Economic Matters Committee and is heading for a full vote by the city council.Downtown restaurant owners and merchants favor the measure, sponsored by Ward 8 Alderman Ellen O. Moyer. They say it will allow outdoor eating with fewer government restrictions.The bill is considered more favorable to restaurants than the one Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins proposed earlier this year. The mayor's bill would require restaurant owners to spend as much as $4,300 for separate liquor licenses and conditional use permits for outdoor dining.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | July 26, 2011
Carroll County will have its first summer restaurant week Aug. 21-28. Over two dozen participating restaurants will offer fixed-price menus for lunch, for dinner, or both,  priced at $5 increments beginning at $10.11. The idea for a Carroll County Restaurant Week is credited to restaurant owners Dante Liberatore (Liberatore's, Eldersburg) and Ken Lurie (Bud's at Silver Run) and the promotion is being co-produced by the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce and the Carroll County Department of Economic Development/Tourism Office.   
FEATURES
By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | February 13, 2014
Here's a whole new twist on takeout: A restaurant owner who picks up customers at their homes, serves them a meal and takes them back home again. Dave Stahl, the owner of Pete's Grille in Better Waverly, is not one to let a little snow -- or even a foot of it -- get in his way. He started the trek from his Timonium home to the restaurant at 4 a.m. in his Subaru Outback and picked up a few snowbound employees on the way.  That's when the idea occurred to him -- Why not pick up customers too?
ENTERTAINMENT
Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2013
The last time Chazz Palminteri performed "A Bronx Tale" in Baltimore, he came away with a restaurant. It was during the 2009 national tour of his autobiographical, one-man show that Palminteri met the Vitale family, the Little Italy restaurateurs that would become his partners in Chazz: A Bronx Original , the Harbor East Italian restaurant that opened in June 2011.  Now, the Academy Award-nominated actor is bringing his Baltimore adventure...
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | June 5, 2013
The owner of Basta Pasta restaurants in Fallston and Timonium is accused of sexually harassing employees, including teenagers, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The EEOC suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, alleges that owner Michael Sakellis, repeatedly would inappropriately touch or would make sexual comments toward female employees, some of whom were teenagers. One female employee said she was given alcohol, which she believed was drugged in an attempt to sexually assault her, the suit says.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | March 17, 2013
The Dogwood Restaurant in Hampden has closed, according to owner Galen Sampson, who co-owned the restaurant with his wife, Bridget. Its last day of service was Saturday. "This weekend we were forced to make the decision to close The Dogwood Restaurant," Sampson wrote Sunday evening in a statement released to Baltimore Diner. "We had hoped we could keep it going, but after three very poor weeks of revenue there is no option but to close the restaurant. " He wrote that the restaurant would be able to pay employees the wages they are due. "We did our best to try and restructure our business model in order to keep our employees employed," Sampson continued.
NEWS
By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | January 22, 2013
The owner of a West Baltimore restaurant has been charged with operating an illegal after-hours club, police said, after a triple shooting this month in which a man was killed outside the establishment. Timothy Fraser, 58, owner of Ras-a-ter International, was charged Tuesday with two counts of operating his restaurant as an illegal bar, three counts of failing to have a licensed security firm on premises and three counts of violating capacity limits of 150. Baltimore housing authorities say the charges, based on city zoning codes, are a first step toward halting predawn operations at the restaurant.
ENTERTAINMENT
by Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | October 30, 2012
Restaurant owners and management were scrambling to return to normal operations on Tuesday morning. A few places were already doing business in the early morning. Many full-scale restaurants were skipping lunch service, usually because of restrictions placed on driving and the suspension of public transportation. Among those posting notices on social media that they would be open for Tuesday dinner service (but not for lunch) were Crush , M&S Grill, Brewer's Art, Caesar's Den, Linwoods , The Wine Market , and Franc & Nic's West End Grille Also opening Tuesday evening: B Bistro, Talara, Woodberry Kitchen, McGerk's, Social Pub & Pie, Portside Tavern, Ten Ten, Towson Tavern, Pazo , Johhny's , Cinghiale , Petit Louis , Cafe Gia, Waterfront Kitchen, Donna's Cross Keys , Heavy Seas Alehouse, and Clementine Also open for dinner on Tuesday: Chazz: A Bronx Original, Aldo's Sotto Sopra , Ranazul, Victoria Gastro Pub. Fogo de Chao, Delia Foley's, Ropewalk, Stalking Horse Saloon, Portalli's and the Diamondback Tavern.
NEWS
By Dan Thanh Dang and Dan Thanh Dang,SUN STAFF | February 26, 1996
The Annapolis City Council will consider tonight a proposal by the former owner of Harbour House restaurant to expand the Food Basket on Dock Street into a delicatessen.Aldermen will hear testimony for the application by George Phillips to expand his store into a 10-seat delicatessen that would offer sandwiches and other light fare from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Friday, and 6 a.m. to midnight Saturdays.The store, at Dock and Craig streets, sells food, gifts itemsand teas. The proposal also includes offering carryout meals.
NEWS
By Craig Timberg and Craig Timberg,SUN STAFF | August 13, 1996
Three years after pushing a strict new anti-smoking law through the Howard County Council, local activists are poised to take to the streets -- undercover -- to enforce it.Perhaps as soon as this weekend, about two dozen members of the Smoking Coalition of Howard County plan to begin visiting restaurants around the county.They plan to pose as customers, ordering coffee or appetizers. But where they find smoking or inadequate nonsmoking signs, they will call the police. Violators of the law face fines of up to $250 per offense.
NEWS
By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2012
Friends remembered Scunny McCusker as a "man with a million friends" who would do anything for a sick child and celebrated unpretentious Baltimore traditions at his Canton restaurants, Nacho Mama's and Mama's on the Half Shell. Patrick Michael McCusker, known to his legion of friends as "Scunny," died Aug. 24 at Peninsula General Hospital in Salisbury after being struck by a bus as he rode a bicycle along Ocean City 's Coastal Highway. He was 49 and lived in Cockeysville. "He was an absolute hero throughout Canton and all of Southeast Baltimore," said the Rev. Michael J. Roach, homilist at his funeral Mass on Wednesday.
NEWS
By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2012
A burglary at Marie Branch's breakfast restaurant in Canton spooked her enough that she scrapped her popular late-night hours. But it wasn't enough to get police to write a report of the incident. The break-in occurred June 30 at Branch's restaurant, Simply Marie's, and gained notice this week when Orioles center fielder Adam Jones tweeted about it, calling it "disrespectful. " Branch said in an interview that she saw a man with a knife cutting through the screen of a back door, and called police, who she said searched a nearby park for a possible suspect.
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