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Edward Kim, of Soigne fame, to open Federal Hill ramen bar

Edward Kim, who ran the former Fort Avenue restaurant Soigne, is returning to the Baltimore dining scene.

Kim will open Mi & Yu Noodle Bar, a 15-seat, fast-casual Asian restaurant at 1016 S. Charles St. in Federal Hill. The restaurant will be a counter-service operation and is expected to open in late June or early July.

"My concept is basically noodles, mainly ramen, but udon and pho, too," Kim said of his new restaurant. "I'll also have steamed buns, banh mi and duck-fat French fries."

Kim opened Soigne in 2002 with his business partner, Lisa Heckman, in the Riverside neighborhood to rapturous reviews. "Edward Kim's food is rich and strange, with a personality all its own. You could call it Asian fusion, but that doesn't convey its charm," Baltimore Sun critic Elizabeth Large wrote in her review.

After Soigne closed, Kim worked for the Washington restaurant Merkado; Saffron, an upscale Indian restaurant in Mount Vernon; and Luminous, a restaurant in the Westin BWI Hotel. Kim said he...

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Miguel's closes in Locust Point

Miguel's Cocina y Cantina has closed in Locust Point. The restaurant's last night of operation was Sunday, according to owner Michael Marx.

Miguel's, which opened in 2010, was Marx's second restaurant presenting and celebrating authentic regional cuisines of Mexico. The first was Federal Hill's Blue Agave, which Marx sold in 2005. In between, Marx operated Rub, a barbecue restaurant in Riverside.

Marx, who lives in Pennsylvania with his family, said he has no plans to open a fourth restaurant.

"I’m saying goodbye," said Marx, who said part of the reason for closing Miguel's was lease-related. "But the bigger part of it is Baltimore."

"Baltimore is not a welcoming city for small businesses," Marx said. "I've had three restaurants in 15 years -- dealing with rude, mean and ignorant people that really don't care. I'm done with it. I'll do catering, and I won't look back."

Marx said that the city's bureaucratic infrastructure has been a source of frustration for him since 1999, when he opened...

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Seasonal farmers' markets return to Druid Hill Park, Timonium and Govanstowne

A few more seasonal farmers' markets are opening within the next week.

The weekly market at Druid Hill Park, co-managed by Friends of Druid Hill Park and the Rawlings Conservatory, opens Wednesday, June 3. Now in its fifth season, the market meets until the end of September.

Opening night activities at the market, which runs from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., include horse rides, a petting zoo, a concert by the band SLAGZ and storytime (from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.) with Baltimore City Councilman Nick Mosby.

For more information go to the market's website.

Other markets opening in the next week include:

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Joe Squared plans to relocate on North Avenue

The owners of Joe Squared are planning to move their Station North restaurant one block east.

"Our building has been falling apart forever," said Joe Edwardsen, who opened his pizza restaurant in 2005 at 133 W. North Ave. "We've replaced the floors twice. We can't stay there any longer."

The new home for Joe Squared, whose signature square pizza was featured on a 2012 episode of "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives," is 33 W. North Ave., the former home of the Far East House, a Korean grocery store.

To help finance the planned move, Edwardsen has started a gift-card selling campaign on the fundraising website GoFundMe.

"The moving costs are tremendous," Edwardsen said. "We should be getting some loans. But interest rates, with [profit] margins as small as they are, are not in our favor. It took us four-and-a-half years before we were breaking even, and then we hit the recession, and then the building started falling apart."

Edwardsen stressed that he was not asking his customers and supporters...

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Sunday barbecue party will benefit Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Baltimore restaurants will serve up their best barbecue and sides at The Urban BBQ, a fund-raising event to be held Sunday afternoon at Union Craft Brewing in Hampden.

Among the restaurants participating in the family-friendly event are 13.5% Wine Bar, Aldo's, Apropos's, Dooby's, Fleet Street Kitchen, The Food Market, Four Seasons Baltimore and Wit & Wisdom Tavern. Other participants include Whole Foods Harbor East and The Charmery, which will be serving ice cream.

Proceeds from this first-time event will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation - Maryland Chapter. Most of the restaurants coming to Sunday's event also participate in The Passion For Food & Wine, an annual chef-driven culinary event benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

"We wanted to take the enthusiasm the chefs brought to The Passion For Food event and create a new, more casual, event that could reach a different audience" said Dave Seel, director of marketing and public relations for the Bagby Restaurant Group, one...

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At The Remington Chop, shuck an oyster, stay for a beer

A first-time event will bring food lovers and food makers together for an afternoon of workshops in an informal "pop-up biergarten" setting.

The Remington Chop will be held from noon to 5 p.m. on June 13 in the courtyard of Miller’s Court, a historic Howard Street manufacturing building that has been redeveloped for teachers’ residences and nonprofit office space.

Among the workshops scheduled for The Remington Chop are oyster shucking with Dylan Salmon, of Dylan’s Oyster Cellar, and Mezcal 101 with Lane Harlan, owner of the soon-to-open Remington mezcal bar Clavel.

A $45 ticket to the event includes the choice of one hour-long, hands-on workshop — other subjects include sausage making, the craft of brewing and farmers’ market gazpacho. All of the workshops will be held in the Miller's Court courtyard, except the first one, lamb butchery, which will he held across the street at Parts & Labor.

Before or after their selected workshop, guests can mingle in the courtyard, where they can purchase...

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