Baltimore restaurants and bars started tweeting cornball drink and dining promotions as soon as 10 minutes after the earthquake hit.

That's too soon, far too soon to have a full understanding of casaulties. Plus, none of them was funny.

Also done badly -- restaurants that no longer have, forgive the expression, a live person to answer the phone. That's a minor irritant if you're a reporter trying to get information; it's irresponsible in an emergency situtation. Answer your phones.

I'll add in anecdotes from the earhtquake as I hear them:

The staff of B&O Brasserie led its customers to designated safe place after the earthquake hit. "It was clear what it was," said Eric Fooy, a bartender with the Downtown restaurant. The staff and their guests returned after about a half hour. "Everyone's adrenaline was up a little bit," Fooy said.

And...that's about it. I made a few phone calls. I wondered what, if anything, had happened at the 15th-floor Center Club, which if my thinking is correct, is the highest restaurant in Baltimore. But I called a few minutes after their office closed for the day.

UPDATE: Jack Lambert of the Baltimore Business Journal thought to call the Center Club before they closed. Here's what the wrote:  

"The restaurant’s 10 or so occupied tables continued eating as the building’s security deemed the restaurant safe, said Andreas Doulamatis, clubhouse manager for the Center Club: 'The only thing that moved, and understandably so, were the hanging chandeliers, he said"

Nice job.

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