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Baltimore restaurants combine with retail, entertainment

Baltimore restaurants combine with retail, entertainment

Opening a bike shop or a restaurant alone would be risky. But Marla Streb and Mark Fitzgerald never wanted one or the other, so they combined them into one at Handlebar Cafe in Fells Point.

"My husband and I joke, it's like two super-losing propositions," Streb said. "It's like both of them are high risk, right? We're like, 'Hey, let's put 'em together!' We're super risk-averse."

Handlebar Cafe is one of several new hybrid concepts that have opened their doors in Baltimore, combining restaurants with retail and entertainment. Baby's on Fire, a record shop-cafe, opened in Mount Vernon last summer; Bird in Hand, a bookstore-cafe in Charles Village, debuted in...