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By Charly Carter | August 7, 2014
Diners rejoice! Baltimore City is celebrating its summer Restaurant Week through Aug. 10, and Baltimore County restaurants kick off their celebration Friday. The events offer a great way to discover new places and fresh tastes or revisit old favorites at a discount. But while you're enjoying your meal, consider the servers and restaurant staff who make the dining experience. During the last Maryland General Assembly session, workers who rely on tips for salary were dealt a harsh blow when legislators permanently froze their pay at $3.63 per hour.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2014
I'm sure some folks see The Shops at Canton Crossing, the glitzy new 325,000-square-foot retail center on Boston Street, as a troubling sign that the tastes and attitudes of the suburbs are encroaching on our treasured city ways. Not me, friends. I say, encroach away. For instance, just a few weeks ago, I went to Canton Crossing for about an hour and came away with a pack of socks, a cake carrier, three cheap polo shirts, and three boxes of Nabisco's Famous Chocolate Wafers. Before Canton Crossing, it would have taken days to find all that stuff in the city.
BUSINESS
By Michael Bodley, The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2014
AirMall, which operates stores and restaurants at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, has been sold to a German airport-management company. New-York based private equity firm Prospect Capital Corp. sold Airmall and its parent company, AMU Holdings Inc., to Frankfurt-based Fraport AG for an unspecified amount. The deal took effect Friday, according to Fraport. Prospect Capital declined to comment, but in a statement said it had a 16.7 percent internal rate of return on its investment.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2014
Aggio, the serenely pretty new restaurant at Power Plant Live, invites you to take a pleasure cruise through contemporary Italian cuisine. Your captain is Bryan Voltaggio, the genial chef who first gained national exposure as a contestant on "Top Chef. " If Voltaggio is not a name in your household, know that it is in those that follow dining news as entertainment. He is, to put it plainly, a celebrity chef. But don't let that stop you. In culinary circles, Voltaggio is better known for his flagship restaurant Volt, which he opened in 2008 in his hometown of Frederick, and which continues to operate, six summers later, as a modernist dining mecca, the kind of place that diners plan their visits for months in advance.
NEWS
By Barbara Pash | July 31, 2014
In the next few months, it will be a snap to find entertainment news and venues in Towson thanks to the Towson Chamber of Commerce. The chamber is designing an online application, a one-stop shop of everything you want to know about what's happening, who's doing it and how to get there in downtown Towson. The application, downloadable for smart phones and android devices, will be free to users and to the businesses, chamber members or not, that will be in it. Brooke Bianchetti, assistant to the chamber executive director, is designing the app. "We expect to launch it in the next two to three months," she said of the approximately $10,000 to $12,000 project.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | July 28, 2014
Racial disparities in the restaurant labor force of BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport are hurting African-American employees and contributing to poverty in Baltimore, according to a study released Monday by the national labor organization Unite Here. Officials with AirMall USA, which subcontracts concessions operations at the airport for the Maryland Aviation Administration, rebutted the findings. The study, which Unite Here produced in collaboration with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, found African-American employees disproportionately work in low-wage positions at fast-food chains and in the back of airport restaurants as dishwashers and cooks, while white employees tend to fill higher-paying, front-of-house jobs as bartenders and servers.
ENTERTAINMENT
Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | July 24, 2014
Ananda, a new Indian restaurant from Binda and Kehar Singh, the brothers who own the  Ambassador Dining Room  in Tuscany-Canterbury, is now open in Howard County's Maple Lawn community.   Ananda, which serves a menu similar to the Ambassador, is in a quiet-opening, or soft-opening, phase -- the low-key method some restaurants use as they work out kinks and train the staff. The official opening will be in a few weeks, Binda Singh said. Ananda is open daily from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Ananda is at  7421 Maple Lawn Blvd.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | July 22, 2014
Pizza, life's cheesy cure-all, makes a strong case as the ideal bar food because it's easy to share and rarely fails to please a crowd. The fact it goes hand-in-hand with beer helps, of course.  And while Baltimore is not often associated with pizza, the city has plenty of bars that serve high-quality pies and drinks in comfortable tavern settings. Verde, Birroteca, Johnny Rad's, HomeSlyce, Barfly's and Joe Squared have a verve all their own.  So let us highlight one more cozy pub deftly marrying pizza and a thoughtful bar program: Hersh's Pizza & Drinks in Riverside.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2014
Pazo opened in 2004 with a Spanish-influenced menu and it kept on being Spanish until just last month, when it unveiled a new, wholly Italian format. That's a pretty big change. I'd compare it to the ninth season of "Roseanne," when the Conners won $108 million in the Ohio state lottery. Has Pazo jumped the shark? Hardly. Pazo is still in the hands of Baltimore's most capable restaurateurs, the Foreman Wolf group, who have a track record of making their restaurants work.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 16, 2014
Nando's Peri-Peri, the South African-Portugese restaurant chain, had its Towson grand opening today. Located next the the new Cinemark theater, it's the first restaurant to open in the new Towson Square development. Nancy Carr of Towson ate there on Tuesday -- a trial-run day to train staff -- and gave it a thumbs up. "I really enjoyed it. It's different from the usual grilled chicken place and the decor is very cool," she said in an email. "My son liked it, too, and he is very finicky.
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