- “There is no rivalry,” Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott said, standing inside the restaurant. Instead, he thinks Baltimore is the clear winner. “D.C.’s food scene does not compete with Baltimore,” Scott said.
- Baltimore City has served thousands of dollars in fines, revoked a liquor license and temporarily shuttered several establishments as a result of COVID-19 violations.
- Baltimore County Council members and residents took issue with what they called potential “unintended consequences” of proposed zoning changes that would allow hundreds more restaurants to hold live music.
- Richard Edelen “Richie” Evans, a former lacrosse player whose Towson bar, The Crease, attracted a wide following, has died of Covid-19 at 79.
- The Food Market, the Baltimore-based restaurant known for its Amish pretzels with beer cheese and other comfort food dishes, has opened a second location in Downtown Columbia’s Central District.
- Dive Bar & Grille, a Pittsburgh-based restaurant group, will open a location in June at the former Rams Head Tavern in Historic Savage Mill.
- Popcorn, mixers and lake trout are just some of the delicious offerings available Sunday mornings from 7 a.m. to noon beneath the Jones Falls Expressway at Holliday and Saratoga streets.
- Ida B’s made a splash when it first opened in 2017 under the helm of chef David Thomas, who won praise for bringing innovative twists to staples of soul food.
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- Despite the pandemic’s toll on small businesses, experts say the percentage of restaurants that shut down permanently in Maryland is significantly lower than expected.
- Jilly’s Bar & Grill in Pikesville is planning to reopen next door in a few months after a fire gutted its original location last October.
- According to a release, Atlas' Maryland-themed crab house Choptank will be located just off Annapolis' “Ego Alley."
- The new grocer will occupy the 6,000-square-foot Eddie’s building for about two years, until it is torn down as part of an effort to build a mixed-use development.
- The Schnorrs took over what used to be called The Sundae Shack last March and opened The Bus Stop in April of 2020. The pandemic took a toll on businesses everywhere, but the couple tried to use it as an opportunity to flourish with a carry-out service.