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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | February 2, 2014
Four gunman wearing masks robbed several employees of a popular Federal Hill sports bar early Sunday, Baltimore police said. Armed with handguns, the men entered Mother's Federal Hill Grille in the 1100 S. Charles St. around 6:30 a.m. and robbed employees of their wallets, cellular phones and cash. The suspects then fled the scene, Baltimore police said. "The four of us were pistol-whipped, and they took just personal items," said Kelly Rather, who co-owns the large bar and restaurant with her husband, Dave Rather, and his brother Adam Rather.
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Wesley Case | April 16, 2014
For years, Silks was a mysterious eyesore in Canton. In 2009, Midnight Sun contributor Evan Siple painted an unusual picture of a previous visit. While Silks appeared to be a sports bar from the exterior, the inside was an “extension of the owner's house.” The main door was locked, stacks of mail were scattered and the owner wore pajama pants and slippers behind the bar. A friend in search of a bathroom mistakenly entered a living room. The writer's verdict? Silks, seemingly a semi-private hangout, was “crazier than crazy.” Unsurprisingly, that business plan did not last.
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July 30, 2013
Once again I find myself disgusted at the wasteful spending of our elected officials ( "State board balks at bar loan," July 28). Baltimore County, along with the state, is looking to lend $893,000 to the very successful Greene Turtle bar/restaurant. Baltimore County would be kicking in $240,000 so the Towson location can expand. And, the loan is forgivable ? It is beyond time for our government to get out of the business of propping up businesses with our tax dollars.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | March 22, 2014
David M. Alex, a warehouse forklift operator and sports enthusiast, died of a heart attack March 10 while at work. The Southeast Baltimore resident was 50. Friends said that Mr. Alex was talking to co-workers about the University of Maryland men's basketball team's recent overtime win over the University of Virginia when he was stricken. He worked for Belts Logistics Services in Southeast Baltimore. Born in Baltimore, he was the son of Edward J. Alex, a Navy veteran and Pep Boys salesman, and Dorothy Welsh, a homemaker.
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Wesley Case | May 29, 2013
Last Wednesday, as New York Yankees pitcher Hiroki Kuroda pitched to the Orioles' lineup, All Stars Sports Bar failed to live up to its name. The downtown bar, located to the right of the gentleman's club The Goddess and 1/8 of a mile from Camden Yards, looked the part at first glance: There was a long bar with more than 15 seats, three mounted flatscreen TVs above the bar and framed Ravens posters lining the walls. But after a few blinks, the problems became apparent. Before going any further, let's make this point clear: My expectations were not of a jam-packed bar such as Pickles Pub or even Pratt Street Ale House, an underrated spot to watch a game.
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By Meekah Hopkins | June 18, 2013
A guy walks into a sports bar in Hampden and … wait, back up, back up. A bar catering to a bunch of jocks located in Hipsterville, Maryland? Yes, really. This isn't the punch line to a bad Baltimore joke. This is David's 1st and 10 Sports Bar on Falls Road, the newest - it opened May 7 - spot on the North Baltimore scene. But as is typical in the land of the Hons, David's marches to the beat of its own quirky drum. Take last Tuesday when bar manager Bayne Joyes was pouring drafts and shooting the breeze with customers.
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By John Lindner, Special to The Baltimore Sun | July 22, 2011
So many taverns/sports bars serve the same popular menu within the same quality range — from palatable in a pinch to decent comfort food — that you can describe the kitchen as "good enough" and go on to the other attractions. Drink specials and big-screen TVs draw the target clientele. If the chow is presentable and familiar, that's enough. Frank & Nic's West End Grille serves wings and all the popular tavern fare. But it isn't your typical sports bar. Billed as a "casual restaurant and sports bar" and located more or less in the shadow of Camden Yards on Pratt and Paca streets, the vibe suggests it intends to take the flip-flops out of casual and the excess out of sports bar. Not only could you take your mom here, you could take a client.
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By Mike Giuliano | March 1, 1991
Baltimore Original Sports BarWhere: 34 Market Place.Hours: 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Mondays to Fridays, noon-2 a.m. Saturdays, noon-midnight Sundays.Menu: Nachos, soft pretzels, Buffalo wings, pizza, onion rings, hot dogs, burgers and other stadium fare.Credit cards: AE, MC, V.Call: 244-0135.Unlike many theme bars, where the owners' wacky imagination is limited by modest square footage, the Baltimore Original Sports Bar has never been limited in either sports mania or floor space.Able to accommodate almost 1,000 patrons, this Market Place sports mecca has held its own while larger neighbors -- like the Power Plant and the Fish Market -- went belly up.The sports bar recently decided that after nearly four years of heavy-duty use, it was time for some renovations to take it "away from the warehouse look and make it look more like a clubhouse at home," according to promotions director Brian Taylor.
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By KEVIN COWHERD and KEVIN COWHERD,SUN REPORTER | January 21, 2006
At the risk of getting too existential for our own good, we pose this question: When is a bar officially a sports bar? If it serves beer and the grainy 27-inch Sylvania in the corner is turned to the Ravens even though there are only three people watching -- whoops, make that two, since one of them just passed out (but still gripping his Bud Light!) -- is that a sports bar? FYI -- For more Baltimore-area sports bar listings, go online to baltimoresun.com/sportsbars.
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By Jean Marbella | November 7, 1990
Video games couldn't totally kill it off, nor could Nintendo.Foosball -- a game in which little plastic men lined up on manually operated rods are made to play soccer -- is staging a comeback, according to aficionados.Some 200 of them will compete this weekend at a foosball championship at the Baltimore Original Sports Bar at 34 Market Place."It used to be real popular, and there were a lot of places you could play, but then video games came along," said Brian Dahlheimer, a 29-year-old engineer who lives in Annapolis and will be competing this weekend.
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Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | February 19, 2014
For years, De Kleine Duivel was a phantom. Owner Paul Kopchinski first announced his plans to open a Belgian beer bar in the spring of 2010, but over time and for various reasons, he watched his first two locations fall through. But at the end of last year, De Kleine Duivel (meaning “The Little Devil” in Flemish) finally materialized in the former Hampden lodge of a fraternal social club. We often hope the wait is worth it, but also know there are no guarantees for new Baltimore bars.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | February 2, 2014
Four gunman wearing masks robbed several employees of a popular Federal Hill sports bar early Sunday, Baltimore police said. Armed with handguns, the men entered Mother's Federal Hill Grille in the 1100 S. Charles St. around 6:30 a.m. and robbed employees of their wallets, cellular phones and cash. The suspects then fled the scene, Baltimore police said. "The four of us were pistol-whipped, and they took just personal items," said Kelly Rather, who co-owns the large bar and restaurant with her husband, Dave Rather, and his brother Adam Rather.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2013
The sports bar Frazier's on the Avenue has been a staple in Hampden since the mid-'90s, so naturally it has its share of regular customers. Morgan King, a co-owner along with his brother, Ray King, says his longtime regulars have only two destinations when the Ravens are playing. "We have very passionate fans, and they come here and nowhere else for the game," King said on the phone, from behind the bar, on Tuesday afternoon. He quickly added, "Unless they're going to the game. " On Monday, Frazier's will make a fine place to watch the Ravens as they take on the Lions in Detroit, not just because of the eight TVs and specials, but also for the natural camaraderie at the bar, King said.
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Wesley Case | December 4, 2013
Close your eyes and imagine the Federal Hill bar scene late on a Saturday night. If hazy images of loud, crowded bars filled with pushy, drunken patrons fill your head, then you have likely experienced the madness first-hand. At around 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Joey B's Bar and Grille was quiet, especially in comparison to its rowdier neighbors such as Mad River and Nobles. Besides our trio, there were a handful of other patrons who seemed to stop by only for a quick beer or shot before heading on their way. It would have been easy for the two bartenders behind Joey B's double-sided bar to stare at their phones or find other nonproductive ways to pass the time.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2013
When The Sun's dining blog reported this week that Casey Jenkins was c losing his popular restaurant Darker Than Blue in Waverly , I recalled Jenkins' frustrations with crime along Greenmount Avenue and wondered if it had played a role.  In November 2011, Jenkins threatened to move the restaurant and disbanded a merchants association that he started. He said the city was ignoring the area, which at that point had seen five killings in less than three years. "The city has really let certain neighborhoods go, and this is one of those neighborhoods," Jenkins said in 2011.  But in a phone interview Thursday, Jenkins, who plans to start a new venture in Northeast Baltimore and possibly move Darker Than Blue to Charles Village, said crime wasn't the reason - though he said it will always be a factor.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | September 23, 2013
A 47-year-old employee of a Hampden sports bar was arrested early Sunday morning after police say he pointed a handgun at the head of another employee and was found pacing outside of the bar.  Police charged David Dennis Morgan Jr., 47, of Parkville with multiple handgun violations and was being held without bail.  An incident report shows that an officer on foot patrol in the 3600 block of Falls Road was flagged down by an employee of...
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By Karen Nitkin and Karen Nitkin,Special to The Sun | June 7, 2007
The owners of the Playbook Sports Bar and Grill built up interest in their venture before it opened in October by holding an online "name that bar" contest. They choose Playbook over several options not suitable for publication. The sports bar, in a concrete building off Dundalk Avenue, doesn't look like much from the outside, and the name, which sounds like it belongs on The Block, doesn't boost appeal. But the interior, with plenty of sleek black and gray, could pass for a Federal Hill or Canton establishment.
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By Michael James and Michael James,Staff Writer | May 5, 1992
A World Wrestling Federation former champion known as "Animal" is being sued in Baltimore Circuit Court by a man who says he was attacked by the wrestler during an ugly scene at the Original Sports Bar.The lawsuit contends that Animal -- whose legal name has been kept a secret -- beat a 28-year-old bar patron, Ralph E. Kloetzli Jr., in a manner that was "extreme, outrageous and beyond the bounds of decency in society."The incident is alleged to have occurred at the popular Market Place bar on the night of April 30, 1989.
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Wesley Case | September 18, 2013
There's a Greene Turtle less than five miles away from Playoff Sports Bar and Grill, which opened in Reisterstown early in the year. A Buffalo Wild Wings sits even closer, a quarter-mile down the street. With standard pub fare and more TVs than a Best Buy showroom, all three spots cater to sports fans who care more about the view of the game than an extensive beer list. But if you've been to one Green Turtle or Buffalo Wild Wings, you've been to them all. So the question remains: Can the independently owned Playoff differentiate itself enough from the chains to emerge as the best option?
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2013
The 45-year-old owner of a combined liquor store and sports bar in Essex was stabbed outside of the business on Wednesday night, and another man has been arrested in the incident, according to Baltimore County Police. Police responded to 444 Liquors and Sports Bar in the 400 block of Eastern Boulevard about 9:22 p.m. and located the owner, Balwinder Singh Sandhu, of Baltimore, with a stab wound to the abdomen, police said. He was transferred to a local hospital with what were believed to be non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
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