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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Natty Boh and National Premium( Lloyd Fox, The Baltimore Sun )
Feb. 3, 2011 was an important day in Baltimore history -- it marked the return of National Bohemian beer on tap. While the affordable beer's loveable mascot had never left -- whether it was on T-shirts or billboards or in can and bottle forms -- it had been 15 long years since it had last been served on draft, a lifetime for the "Land of Pleasant Living" not to have its favorite beer flowing freely. Now, judging by the many Baltimore bars that happily made room for Boh, it's hard to imagine the city's bar scene without it. May it never leave again.
Another old, slightly more upscale Charm City favorite returned to the city this year. National Premium, which was most popular in Baltimore in the '50s and '60s, hit area stores this past spring, with a new logo and its original 1934 recipe. (Easton Realtor and new National Premium owner Tim Miller convinced a former Premium employee from the '70s to give him the recipe, according to the beer's website.)
A short-lived Premium comeback failed in the late '90s, but the climate for nostalgia-brand beers is better now, as seen in the successes of Schlitz and Pabst Blue Ribbon. National Premium tastes crisp -- maybe even better than Boh. We'll leave that debate up to you. All we know is that it's a good time to be a beer drinker in Baltimore.