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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Denise Whiting( Amy Davis, the Baltimore Sun )
This time last year, Denise Whiting was loathed by many Baltimoreans. How dare she trademark the word "hon?," they asked. Protesters marched outside Whiting's restaurant, Cafe Hon, and business fell off. For help, Whiting turned to an unlikely savior: Chef Gordon Ramsay, host of the TV show "Kitchen Nightmares." It was just what she needed.
At Ramsay's request, Whiting made a public apology, dropped her trademark of "hon" and completely revamped the Hampden restaurant. Watching the episode, we couldn't help but feel sorry for all Whiting went through. But she's better now. Honfest, her annual celebration of beehives and cat's eye glasses, went off without a hitch this summer, and Cafe Hon is much improved. We'll have an order of the meatloaf, with a side of (completely legal) Charm City kitsch.