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Wesley Case | August 28, 2013
Sometimes, it takes only a single element to elevate a new bar from "perfectly fine but forgettable" to something exciting and memorable. On a recent Saturday night at Tavern on the Hill, the new restaurant and bar that replaced Howard's of Mount Vernon earlier this summer, that component was bar manager Jeff Levy, whose excellent service, knowledge of the bar and gracious demeanor left a lasting impression. Before we met Levy, Tavern didn't make a huge impact on our senses. There were two neutral-colored dining rooms separated by a quaint three-sided bar. A baseball game, which no one seemed to care about, played on a flat-screen TV above the bar. Approximately 20 patrons - most hovered at or around the bar, but a handful laughed at a table in a dining room - kept to the small groups they came with.
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By Kit Waskom Pollard and For The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2014
October is a gorgeous month in Maryland - prime time to do a little grilling and dine alfresco. At Bushmill Tavern in Abingdon, chef Mark Littleton regularly grills burgers and steaks, but occasionally he also likes to add fish to the mix.  Littleton, who gained an enthusiastic following during his years cooking in Baltimore restaurants, including Annabel Lee Tavern and Adam's Eve Gastropub, says autumn is the perfect time to whip up crunchy, flavorful...
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May 18, 1992
A one-alarm fire caused extensive damage to an old boarded-up tavern in Pasadena yesterday evening.The fire broke out about 6:30 p.m. and burned through the roof of the Brick House Bar, in the 200 block of Mountain Road.It took firefighters one hour and 15 minutes to bring the blaze under control.No injuries were reported.Fire officials could not say Sunday what caused the fire.
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By Kit Waskom Pollard and For The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
Bushmill Tavern is the restaurant/bar that every neighborhood wishes it had. There's nothing fancy about the place, from the bare bones decor to the burger-centric menu, but thanks to friendly service and a ton of talent in the kitchen, locals could eat at Bushmill every night and never get bored. The Abingdon restaurant opened in February. In May, chef Mark Littleton took over in the kitchen. Littleton, who developed a loyal following in the city during his stints at Annabel Lee Tavern and the now-shuttered Adam's Eve, keeps the menu casual but shows off his cooking chops with top-notch execution and creative touches to standard dishes.
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By Larry Carson | May 23, 2008
Owners of a North Laurel tavern were fined $175 by the Howard County Alcoholic Beverage Hearing Board for allowing people to drink inside after the 2 a.m. closing time Nov. 11, and for keeping the blinds closed, which is a violation of county rules. Jeffrey Hunt, one of the owners of the Game Sports Bar and Grill in the 11200 block of Scaggsville Road, Laurel, was on the premises that morning when county police Cpl. Martin Johnson found the blinds closed and several people drinking beer at 2:15 a.m. The incident was a mistake, the owners said, and would not happen again.
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By Rob Kasper, The Baltimore Sun | October 21, 2010
Bar food is different from restaurant cuisine. Bar food is straightforward fare, more substance than flair. Think battered pickles and hot roast beef sandwiches. Cockey's Tavern, a bar with a handful of dining tables, does a good job dishing out solid, satisfying bar food. The tavern, located in a space formerly occupied by the Vietnamese restaurant Pho and, before that, Mencken's Cultured Pearl, pays homage to its West Baltimore locale. Black-and-white photographs of the area's old industrial buildings hang on the walls.
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By Kit Waskom Pollard
For The Baltimore Sun
| September 24, 2013
In Mount Vernon , a neighborhood stacked with trendy bars, hot nightspots and intriguing ethnic restaurants, Tavern on the Hill stands out - because it's not any of those things. Instead, the bar and eatery, which opened in July, is purposefully unpretentious. Menu items like hot dogs and sandwiches are served by friendly, casually dressed waiters. But that doesn't mean the staff - or the food - is sloppy. The service, especially, is top-notch. Scene & Decor Stepping into Tavern on the Hill, glass cases housing desserts greeted us, giving the space the vibe of a carry-out joint.
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Dan Rodricks | December 5, 2011
Over the weekend, a demolition crew turned One, a chic night club for most of the last decade, into a pile of brick, broken cinderblock and sand. If you're of a certain age and missed One's run as a nightclub, you will know this location, at Guilford Avenue and Saratoga Street, as House of Welsh Corner. Instead of big dance floors and theatrically-lighted bars stocked with Dom Perignon, you'll think of a classic Baltimore tavern that served sizzling steaks on metal plates and Maryland whiskey at a bar without stools.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | January 3, 2014
A 64-year-old Essex man and longtime tavern owner was indicted on 36 counts related to the alleged sex abuse of a minor dating back more than 30 years, prosecutors confirmed.  Nicolaos Trintis was arrested and charged on six counts last month, and was freed on $100,000 bond. Prosecutors took the case to a grand jury this week and returned 30 additional counts in the alleged abuse, which dates to 1979.  The accuser contacted police in May 2012 and said Trintis had abused her repeatedly over the course of three years when her mother worked as a bar manager at Trintis' Bill's Cafe, in southeast Baltimore near Dundalk.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | February 12, 2013
A 28-year-old man was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder in the Dec. 30 fatal shooting of 31-year-old Sir Keith English Queen Jones, according to Anne Arundel County police said. Police said Carroll Leon Johnson, 28, of no fixed address, was arrested around 7 a.m. Tuesday near Oak Manor Drive in Glen Burnie. Court records indicate Johnson was ordered held without bail. Police had been called to the parking lot of Dietrich's Tavern in Glen Burnie around 5:21 p.m. Dec. 30 for a shooting, and found Jones suffering from gunshot wounds.
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By Kevin Rector and The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2014
A 24-year-old Elkridge man was arrested Friday after police said he threw a Molotov cocktail at an Ellicott City tavern where employees had thrown him out for disorderly conduct. Kenneth Norman Conway, of the 6800 block of Sanctuary Court, was charged with arson, property damage, use of a destructive device and possession of incendiary material in the incident after an investigation led police to his house, Howard County Police said. About 35 people were inside the Diamondback Tavern in the 3700 block of Old Columbia Pike early Friday morning when Conway allegedly pulled a vehicle in front of the bar and tossed the Molotov cocktail, police said.
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Richard Gorelick and Yvonne Wenger and The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2014
On Monday afternoon, as Baltimore was reacting to the Ravens' release of running back Ray Rice, two South Baltimore establishments took to social media, offering rewards on fan apparel bearing Rice's #27. No Idea Tavern , a drinking spot known for its irreverent social media, tweeted out a message on Monday afternoon, offering a bar tab for anyone parting with his or her Ray Rice jersey: "Anyone who surrenders their Ray Rice jerseys at...
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By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
Hamilton Tavern, on the corner of Harford Road and Wisteria Avenue, is a rare thing - a true neighborhood tavern with citywide appeal. The official city-designated neighborhood for this address is Glenham-Belhar, but as Tom Creegan, the Brewer's Art partner who runs Hamilton Tavern, noted, everybody up there calls this neighborhood just plain Hamilton. I know folks from all over Baltimore who have adopted Hamilton Tavern as their own, and the nice folks who run the place and the Hamilton residents that frequent it have been more than decent about sharing it with the city at large.
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By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2014
John Steven Ltd. has been closed since early this week, but its owner said he hopes to have the Fells Point tavern reopened soon. Lyle Michael Farmer said he was planning to have the tavern back open this weekend but would give no details about the reason for its closing. "It's a very difficult economic climate," he said. "I'm doing the best I can. " Occupying the picturesque corner of Thames and South Ann streets, the tavern was opened by Charles "Chuck" Doering in 1978 in what was then Five Points Tavern, an old sailor bar. Doering renamed the tavern John Steven Ltd. after his son Matthew's teddy bear.
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Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | July 2, 2014
When driving down Baltimore National Pike in Ellicott City, it's easy for eyes to wander. The myriad restaurants and shops all fight for attention with colorful signs and promises of limited-time deals. It's enough to give you a headache. But tucked away in the Enchanted Forest Shopping Center - behind the defunct theme park, around the corner from a grocery store and out of view from the pike - is a bar and restaurant that is clearly interested in providing an experience not typically expected at a strip mall.
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By Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | June 25, 2014
In Like Flynn Tavern, the Irish bar that replaced J. Patrick's Pub in Locust Point, opened on June 7. The neighborhood has already been “super supportive” of the new restaurant, according to general manager Cora Flynn. Some patrons came in three or four times the first week of operation, she said. More than a year and a half in the making, In Like Flynn's route to open was not usual. In early January 2013, Steve O'Donnell, a rookie to the restaurant business, purchased the Andre Street location (and its liquor license)
NEWS
May 10, 1994
Robert and Alida Lowry's decision to reopen Cockey's Tavern next month is welcome news to Carroll residents who may have thought the historic restaurant on Westminster's East Main Street would never open again. Not only will eating and drinking continue in the building as it has for two centuries, the reopening of Cockey's Tavern may signal a change in direction for downtown businesses.Many people felt the closing of Cockey's Tavern last September signaled the death knell for Main Street merchants.
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By Elizabeth Large and Elizabeth Large,Sun Restaurant Critic | February 10, 1995
Henninger's Tavern is the neighborhood restaurant you wouldn't mind having in your neighborhood. It's casual, intimate and loaded with charm; the stylish food is interesting and often quite good. The main drawback is that entrees average around $15 -- a bit more than you might expect to pay at a neighborhood tavern.Your best bet is not to go on the weekend: The dining room is tiny and no reservations are taken. Fewer than a dozen tables are snuggled together with a fine antique china cupboard; old-fashioned photographs crowd the walls.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | June 24, 2014
Walter T. "Lucky" Stankowski, the retired owner of a Fells Point tavern and package-goods store known for its Saturday afternoon music-making sessions, died of cancer June 17 at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. The Highlandtown resident was 89. Born in Baltimore on Eastern Avenue, he was the son of Walter Stankowski, who owned a family bar, and the former Vera Litwinski, a homemaker. "He got the name Lucky because when he got into little situations, he would always get out," said his daughter, Margaret Harrison of Ocean City . Mr. Stankowski attended St. Stanislaus School and was a 1943 graduate of Patterson Park High School.
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