Great Baltimore comebacks [Pictures]
Everybody loves a comeback. And we've had quite a few in the past year or so. Against all odds, the Grand Prix is back with new owners and a major sponsor. Denise Whiting, whose trademark of the word "hon" cost her dearly, managed a total turnaround, thanks in no small part to celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. Even Power Plant Live, long a punch line for serious Baltimore drinkers, has a new look and a fresh lease on life.
Here are seven of the more spectacular turnarounds of the past 12-odd months, as well as things we wish would come back, and a few items we'd never like to see again.
-- By Sam Sessa, Jordan Bartel, Wesley Case and Brandon Weigel
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Celebrity love( Handout )
While we fondly look back on the mid-aughts as "Wire"-spotting time in town (look, Marlo at my gym's treadmill! Bubs at BWI!), we were famous-folk deficient for awhile. But over the past couple years, there's been an influx of major Hollywood projects -- and celebrity sightings.
David Fincher has filmed "The Social Network" here and the upcoming Netflix series "House of Cards" around Mount Vernon. Julia Louis-Dreyfus was around for "Veep," and "Game Change" rambled through the area. Common shot an indie film downtown; Chazz Palmentieri opened an eatery in Harbor East. And notable Food Network and Travel Channel shows have discovered that -- shock! -- we have some distinctive, fine restaurants.
We're not saying seeing Kate Mara walk alone up North Charles Street gets us into a tizzy. But it makes Charm City a bit more unpredictable.