Waterfront Partnership launches self-guided walking tour of Inner Harbor plant gardens

The Waterfront Partnership on Wednesday launched their “Waterfront Walks” series to help people learn and connect with Baltimore’s nature sites. The series will begin with a self-guided walking tour of native plant gardens around the Inner Harbor. Map courtesy of Waterfront Partnership.

The Waterfront Partnership is giving people another way to enjoy Baltimore’s Inner Harbor with a self-guided walking tour of native plant gardens along the waterfront promenade.

The organization on Wednesday announced the “Waterfront Walks” series, which aims to help residents learn and connect more with Baltimore’s natural scenery in a “social distance-friendly” way.

Landmark Mount Vernon church going up for auction

The New Refuge Deliverance Cathedral photographed from above. Credit: A.J. Billig & Co. Auctioneers

New Refuge Deliverance Cathedral at 1110 St. Paul St., in the Mount Vernon historic district, is hitting the auction block next month.

A.J. Billig & Co. Auctioneers has set July 6 as the date for online bidding to begin on the church, and it held an open house today for prospective bidders to tour the property.

Planning Commission approves design for Tractor Building conversion

A rendering of the apartment building planned for the Tractor Building.

Developer Larry Jennings won a final public battle to convert Woodberry’s Tractor Building to apartments when Baltimore’s Planning Commission twice voted 8 to 0 on Thursday to approve the development plans.

The Planning Commission was the last of several city boards the developer needed to satisfy in order to obtain building permits for the conversion, estimated to cost $32 million to $35 million.

Fells Point restaurants hope to use parking spots for outdoor dining

The parklet design in the parking spaces in front of Kooper’s Tavern wooden pallets that have been repurposed as barriers between the seating area and the sidewalk, wooden spools as small tables for plants, and tables and chairs spaced six feet apart. Rendering courtesy of BCT Design Group

Fells Point resident and architect Bryce Turner wanted a way to give back to his local Baltimore community amid the coronvirus pandemic.

As restaurants begin to resume outdoor dining after months of being closed to the public, Turner saw an opportunity to help convert parking spaces into dining areas for Fells Point restaurants.

“We certainly want to help wherever we can … We have a little extra time right now, so we’ve been able to do it and we’re really pleased to do it. I live in Fells Point, so it’s a little bit about trying to think globally and act locally,” said Turner, who is the president of BCT Design Group.

Hampdenfest canceled due to coronavirus pandemic

Baltimore’s end of summer party featuring the annual toilet bowl races. Credit: Tedd Henn.

Hampdenfest, the late-summer festival bringing toilet bowl races and punk and indie rock to the heart of Hampden, has been canceled due to coronavirus, organizers announced last night.

Hotel Revival announces Justin Vaiciunas as new executive chef

Hotel Revival’s new executive chef Justin Vaiciunas. Credit: Grace Clark.

Chef Justin Vaiciunas, a Detroit native and previous contestant on Food Network’s “Cutthroat Kitchen,” has been named the executive chef at Mount Vernon’s Hotel Revival, the hotel announced today.

The previous executive chef, Scott Hines, returned to the kitchen at B&O American Brasserie late last year.

Woman’s Industrial Exchange ceases operation, transfers building and assets to Marian House


After 140 years of operation, the Woman’s Industrial Exchange of Baltimore City is no more.

The nonprofit known for tomato aspic, deviled eggs and Golden Girl waitresses announced today that its board has ceased operations and turned its landmark N. Charles Street building and assets over to another local group dedicated to helping women, Marian House.

The action marks the end of an organization that was founded in 1880 and incorporated in 1882 to help women earn income at a time when jobs for women outside the home were scarce.

R. House to reopen patio on June 18, seek minority-owned business for new stall

Photo via Johns Hopkins University.

R. House is opening up its patio on Thursday, June 18, for patrons to enjoy dining al fresco, the Remington food hall announced today.

Service starts at noon and the market will use social distancing measures and increased sanitation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

George Marsh’s Heritage Smokehouse gets a liquor license

Photo by Ed Gunts.

George Marsh’s Heritage Smokehouse took a big step today toward operating as a full-service restaurant and tavern, when Baltimore;s liquor board approved its request for a seven-day liquor license at 5800 York Road, in Govans.

Downtown restaurant Maisy’s announces it’s closing for good

Image via Google Street View.

Maisy’s, a restaurant located in the heart of downtown known for brick oven pizzas and creative takes on classic American fare, will not reopen after coronavirus restrictions are lifted, owner Matt Helme posted on Facebook.