Biting blogging aside, Palombo admits that there were other pitfalls along the way. "Still today, there are a lot of zombies walking around" the neighborhood, he says, "but it's come a long way in the five years I've been there. More foot traffic, more dinner customers. We used to live and die by the [Hippodrome] theater and that's not the case anymore. It's great to be sandwiched between two theaters [Everyman and Hippodrome] and we've got two stadiums down the street." Stadium business "depends on how the O's are doing" and the Ravens "are only eight days a year," he says. Palombo agrees that his product, not the production of theaters or professional athletics, draws his crowds.