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NEWS
By Nicole Fuller, The Baltimore Sun | July 14, 2011
Just a half-mile up the road from where a massive slots casino and entertainment complex is under construction on the grounds of Arundel Mills mall, another developer is putting money on this rapidly developing area of Anne Arundel County, constructing a $140 million mixed-use development of luxury apartments, an upscale hotel, and a steakhouse. The Town Center at Arundel Preserve represents a foray into more high-end options in fast-growing western Anne Arundel, and more specifically the area around the mall, which is replete with fast-casual dining options such as Chipotle and moderately priced chain hotels.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Erik Maza, The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2011
Six months after its owner started a renovation, Barfly's Pub is finally open. The Locust Point bar, which has taken over Rafters' old space on Fort Avenue, had its grand opening last Friday and has been in opening mode for about two weeks. It has been remade as a casual neighborhood bar with an ample beer menu and several wine options. Already, it's drawing small crowds, even on the Monday night I went. Owner Michael Leeds bills it as an "upscale dive bar," but Barfly's still needs some time to develop the personality of a dive and spruce itself up to be "upscale.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Erik Maza, The Baltimore Sun | February 17, 2011
Last Saturday, I went to Dubai. No, not the glitzy metropolis in the United Arab Emirates; the club on 200 E. Redwood St. that opened in late January under a new name after two years as the troubled Velvet Rope. With the change, the owners hope to distance themselves from a tarnished old name and associate themselves with the luxury that Dubai brings to mind. But those aspirations might be too lofty. If rebranding was all that a bad reputation needed, Hosni Mubarak might still be in power.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Erik Maza, The Baltimore Sun | February 3, 2011
The police tape had been removed. The crowds were gone. The parking lot was mainly empty, when once it would have been brimming with shiny, status-symbol cars. It was midnight on a Friday late last month in the 400 block of Paca St. Under a heat lamp, a bundled-up bouncer waited outside for lines to form, but even that late, no one had or would arrive at Select Lounge. I asked the bouncer, who declined to give his name, when the club would normally start to fill up. "Around now, but we had a little incident recently," he said.
HEALTH
By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun | December 1, 2010
When Thomas Seitz sought out a hospital for treatment of his liver disease, the perks were nearly as important as the quality of care. The 58-year-old retired commercial fisherman from Ocean City wanted a private room — free from the noises of another patient — with some additional amenities that reminded him of home. He wound up going to Franklin Square Hospital Center in Rosedale. There, he channel-surfed on a flat-screen TV with a remote that could also adjust the room lighting or request room-service meals.
TRAVEL
By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2010
Atlantic City gets an undeserved bad rap. The area doesn't exactly conjure thoughts of luxury, class and glamour. Its casino roots are kind of hard to shake. (Insert images of smoke-filled rooms, gold chains, exposed chest hair and hideously cheap outfits.) The MTV show "Jersey Shore" hasn't exactly helped to inspire thoughts of class. When the Miss America pageant abandoned Atlantic City for Las Vegas in 2006, some thought that was the last bit of glitz to leave. And now comes HBO's "Boardwalk Empire," a TV drama that paints the city with gangster stripes.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Richard Gorelick, Special to The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2010
You might find yourself sitting in your comfortable booth in the Stanford Grill's big, wide-open dining room saying things like, "You know what, these are really amazing ribs," or, "Actually, this steak is fantastic." All along, the food the Stanford Grill sends out is better than you anticipated, and the surprise factor has to do with how the restaurant sets expectations — not low, really, but as middle as middle can be. I think this is all deliberate. The Stanford Grill, which opened in early May, is the first foray into the upscale casual market by the Howard County-based Blue Ridge Restaurant Group, which operates six Copper Canyon Grill restaurants in Maryland and Florida.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Sam Sessa, The Baltimore Sun | July 22, 2010
A DJ booth has replaced the stage where the White Stripes and other rock bands once played, and the formerly dim, grungy music hall is now awash in thousands of small lights. Fletcher's, a long-running Fells Point club, is no more. In its place is The Get Down, a swanky new lounge that celebrates its grand opening Friday and Saturday. It's a total about-face orchestrated by owner Bryan Burkert. As a result, the space manages to bring together the alluring feel of an upscale lounge with the laid-back vibe of a neighborhood tavern.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Sam Sessa, The Baltimore Sun | July 22, 2010
Baltimore might never be a club-going city like New York, Miami — or even Washington. For many reasons, only a few high-end lounges have been able to make it for the long haul in Charm City. Generally, they're run by people who understand what Baltimoreans want — and don't want — in a club. We hate pretentiousness, and are only willing to shell out for cover charges and expensive cocktails if we get our money's worth. The owners of Red Maple and Good Love understood this, which is why their businesses prospered.
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