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Celebrity chef Bryan Voltaggio settles lawsuit over overtime pay

BALTIMORE (AP) — A lawyer representing three former employees of celebrity chef Bryan Voltaggio says they're settling their federal lawsuit alleging wage violations.

Baltimore attorney Benjamin Davis declined to discuss terms of the settlement revealed in a U.S. District Court document Thursday.

Voltaggio's lawyer didn't immediately respond to a telephone message and email from The Associated Press.

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Silo.5% Wine Bar closes at Silo Point

Silo.5% Wine Bar has closed its doors in Locust Point after a five-year run. 

"We're very sorry to announce our closing," a note on the restaurant's website reads. "Silo.5% has closed it’s doors for good. We are very sorry to all of our loyal residents and regulars."

The chic wine bar at 1200 Steuart St. opened in late 2011 as a spinoff of parent restaurant 13.5% Wine Bar in Hampden.

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Maryland food trucks look to streamline licensing process

If Dave Pulford wanted to serve sliders from his food truck anywhere in Maryland, he would have to obtain 24 licenses — one for each of the state's counties and Baltimore City. A new bill in the General Assembly would mean he would only need one to operate across the state.

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Mallow Crunchies to close as owner begins consulting for food startups

Mallow Crunchies is closing as owner Nikki Lewis takes the lessons she's learned during seven years in business and plans to share them with other food entrepreneurs.

The White Marsh dessert maker is closing its doors this week. Next, Lewis will focus her energy on a new podcast and consulting business, both called Biz Underdog to Topdog.

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Emporiyum food festival will return to Baltimore this spring

The Emporiyum food market and festival will return to Baltimore for a third time this spring. 

The event, which showcases dozens of chefs and food purveyors from across the country, will be held April 16-17 in a to-be-announced location.

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Ivy Hotel to begin opening its high tea service to the public

The ultra-exclusive Ivy Hotel in Mount Vernon will soon begin giving the public a window into its guest experience as it begins serving high tea to those outside the boutique.

Beginning April 1, the Ivy will begin inviting guests to join the hotel for afternoon tea. The $50 experience will be offered Thursdays through Sundays, and reservations will be required.

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