Golden West Cafe takes on new investors with an eye toward expansion

Photo by Brandon Weigel

Golden West Cafe, the eclectic restaurant serving Southwestern food in Hampden for the last two decades, is taking on new investors with an eye toward expanding its current space on The Avenue and possibly opening other locations, co-owner Samantha Claassen said.

Planning Commission green-lights five new townhouses in Hampden

The future site of five new townhomes at Ash and W. 36th streets in Hampden. Photo by Ethan McLeod.

Baltimore’s Planning Commission on Thursday approved a developer’s plan to add five new townhouses at the western edge of Hampden in North Baltimore, in spite of the neighborhood association’s objections about the parking arrangement and front-facing design of the new residences.

PinBaltimore 2018 packs three days of pinball, live music, art and more into Holy Frijoles

A woman plays a The Addams Family pinball machine at Holy Frijoles, host venue to PinBaltimore 2018. Photo by Ethan McLeod.

Geoffrey Danek has been an avid collector of pinball machines for years, but it wasn’t until 2015 that he went to his first-ever tournament at The Windup Space to play with fellow aficionados of the game.

HampdenFest 2018 in Photos

Photo by Tedd Henn.

Despite a steady rain, whose presence has seemed to affect so many events this summer, HampdenFest went on as planned. Check out our photo gallery of the damp Saturday fun as people braved the weather to see the bands play and the toilet bowl racers race at the annual end-of-summer street festival in the Hampden neighborhood.

Event pick: Waffie celebrates its half-birthday with $1 waffles, $3 sundaes and free coffee drinks

Image via Facebook

Who says half-birthdays aren’t just as important as regular ones? No one does, especially if the person celebrating that half-birthday is offering dessert waffles and ice cream sundaes for next to nothing to all willing to celebrate.

The Charmery is celebrating its 5th birthday on Saturday with free baby scoops and more

Photo by Ethan McLeod

The Charmery has been making big moves lately, opening a location in Towson and adding an ice cream factory in Union Collective. On Saturday, the shop will look back to the era of the Candy Crush fad and when “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk, Pharrell and Nile Rogers was the smash hit of the summer.

That would be the year 2013, when the Charmery first opened. Were “Get Lucky” and Candy Crush really that long ago?

Charm Kitty Cafe to close in July

Image via Kickstarter.

Charm Kitty Cafe, one of the only places where you could grab a coffee, work remotely and make some feline friends, is closing in July, the cafe announced in a Facebook post.

Bodhi Corner, a new Thai restaurant, to open in old Café Cito space

The future location of Bodhi Corner, at 3500 Chestnut Ave. Photo by Brandon Weigel.

A new Thai restaurant, Bodhi Corner, is coming to Hampden, setting up shop in the space once occupied by Café Cito on Chestnut Avenue.

Nori, new sushi restaurant and bar, coming to old Corner Bar space in Hampden

Hampden’s new sushi bar, Nori. Photo by Ethan McLeod.

Less than two months after the Corner Restaurant and Charcuterie Bar abruptly closed up shop, a new sushi bar is taking over the vacant space in Hampden.

Sign at Dunkin’ Donuts near Hampden encouraged customers to report employees ‘SHOUTING in a language other than ENGLISH’

Photo by Ethan McLeod

Management at a Dunkin’ Donuts in North Baltimore on Monday took down a sign encouraging customers to report employees speaking any language other than English with a free pastry and coffee.

Event Pick: Charm City Meadworks hosts Harry Potter trivia

Emma Watson (left), Rupert Grint (center) and Daniel Radcliffe in “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” Image via IMDB.

Get your house in order, put on your sorting hat and head over to Golden West to test your knowledge of all things related to witchcraft, wizardry and muggles.

Grano Emporio closing in Hampden at end of June

Grano Emporio Hampden closing
Photo by Ethan McLeod

Grano Emporio, the traditional Italian restaurant tucked into a Hampden rowhouse and known for its simple and delicious fare, will close down on June 30, its owners announced Thursday night.

Mud and Metal to close after 23 years in Hampden

Photo by Ethan McLeod

Hampden craft shop and art gallery Mud and Metal is shutting down next weekend after 23 years of doing business in Hampden.

Owner of Corner Charcuterie Bar in Hampden announces sudden closure

Photo by Ethan McLeod

Hampden’s Corner Restaurant and Charcuterie Bar is shutting down after tonight, the eatery’s owner announced on Facebook Monday afternoon.

City paying for new lights, shading, drainage and more for Hampden skatepark at Roosevelt Park

Courtesy Ian Supra and Konrad Crispino

Soon, the sun will not dictate when skaters have to call it quits for the day at the Skatepark of Baltimore.