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Food truck owners continue fight to overturn city's '300-foot rule'

Baltimore food truck owners continued their fight Wednesday to overturn a city rule that bars them from operating near brick-and-mortar restaurants.

Attorneys representing food truck owners Joey Vanoni and Nikki Marks (nee McGowan) and lawyers for the city went before a Baltimore City Circuit Court judge Wednesday, each asking for summary judgment on a case that began more than a year ago.

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Sascha's 527 cafe to close next week

Sascha’s 527 cafe will serve its last chopped salad next week.

The Mount Vernon restaurant at 527 N. Charles St. is closing after service Aug. 4 as new owners take over the building.

Owner Sascha Wolhandler put the building on the market in January*, and sold her catering business to Mallory Staley, a partner in the nearby Elephant, in March. Sascha’s Catering also operated out of the same building.

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Avenue Kitchen & Bar opens Wednesday in Hampden

Avenue Kitchen & Bar, the newest addition to Hampden’s dining scene, will make its debut Wednesday.

The restaurant is replacing Le Garage, which closed in April at 911 W. 36th St. Patrick Dahlgren and Bill Irvin bought the restaurant with plans to create a destination for both everyday dining and special occasions.

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Annabel Lee Tavern to reopen Aug. 11

After closing in late May due to declining sales, Annabel Lee Tavern will reopen Aug. 11 with the help of new investors.

Owner Kurt Bragunier said he’s adding nightly specials, expanding the weekend hours and working with OrderUp and Groupon in the hope of driving more sales at the Canton tavern.

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Muslim Food Fest returns to Baltimore

The Muslim Food Fest will return to Baltimore for a fifth year Aug. 12.

The family-friendly festival features foods from halal vendors in the area. New this year is a bazaar of more than 30 purveyors selling clothing, toys, accessories and services.

The event runs from noon to 10 p.m. at the Islamic Society of Baltimore (6631 Johnnycake Road).

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Maryland casinos up the ante with celebrity chefs Gordon Ramsay and Todd English

There’s a key ingredient Maryland’s casinos are throwing into the mix as they look to elevate their culinary offerings: the celebrity factor.

As two more celebrity chefs prepare to make their entry into Greater Baltimore, casinos are banking on their pull to boost their profiles to gamblers and non-gamblers alike.

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