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Baltimore Grand Prix scotches waterside VIP area for this year

The port at Monte Carlo in the principality of Monaco. Grandstands (foreground) hold spectators for the Grand Prix auto race.
(Los Angeles Times photo by Susan Spano)

Fewer Kardashians than ever are now expected at the Baltimore Grand Prix. Organizers have scotched the Harbor Club, the "exclusive access" VIP area that was to be located on the Inner Harbor's West Shore Park.

Pete Collier, the event's chief operating officer, is shouldering the blame for not bringing off the Harbor Club, which the event's promotional materials described as "Baltimore's answer to the famous European Grand Prix's, with their scenic water views, trackside marina, and jet setting crowds."

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"It's not going to happen," Collier said about the Harbor Club, which would have been operated under the Ruth's Chris brand. The Columbia, Md-based Charm City Hospitality, who debuted this year as the exclusive vendors for Artscape, will now manage the food operations on the west shore, according to Collier.

Collier said, "I'm completetely to blame," for not bringing about a VIP area and promised to try again next year.

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