Mt. Vernon

Eight-story office building planned for Grand Central site

Photo by Ed Gunts

The new owners of Baltimore’s Grand Central nightclub are wasting no time in making plans to replace its dance floor with office space.

Landmark Partners, the new owner as of Feb. 28, has contacted Baltimore’s Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) and will seek approval to tear down rear portions of the property at 1001-1003 N. Charles St., and construct an eight-story office building.

Grand Central nightclub to close; property will be converted to offices and retail space

Photo by Ed Gunts

First The Hippo, and now Grand Central.

Baltimore will lose its largest gay nightclub when new owners start converting Grand Central at 1001-1003 N. Charles Street to an office building with retail space at street level.

Trinacria’s Mount Vernon location closed ‘until further notice’

Image via Google Street View

The four-year-old Mount Vernon bar-and-restaurant outpost of beloved local Italian deli Trinacria has shut down indefinitely, according to a sign posted on its front door.

Following outpouring of support, Collector’s Corner in Mount Vernon to stay open after all

The inside of the shop at 403 N. Charles St. Photo via Collector’s Corner-Baltimore/Facebook.

Only a month ago, Mount Vernon’s resident comics and collectibles shop, Collector’s Corner, decided to call it quits. Management for the N. Charles Street store wrote in an email newsletter that business just wasn’t as strong as they’d hoped it would be, and said “after giving it [three] good years, it’s just time to move on.”

Mount Vernon carriage houses spared from partial demolition

A rendering of the proposed apartments, via MRA Buildings Group/CHAP

Three historic carriage houses in Mount Vernon were spared from partial demolition Tuesday, when Baltimore’s preservation commission turned down a developer’s plan to construct a six-story apartment building behind their front facades.

New apartment project in Mount Vernon would partially demolish 3 historic carriage houses

A rendering of the proposed apartments, via Chris Pfaeffle of Morris & Ritchie Associates/CHAP

Thirteen years after developer Howard Chambers proposed tearing down all or part of three historic carriage houses in Mount Vernon to make way for new housing, he is back with a different variation of his plan.

The Elephant’s building is for sale, but owners say restaurant will go on like normal

Upstairs at the Elephant, a new speakeasy-style lounge on The Elephant’s second floor, opened this week.

The beautiful mid-19th century home of The Elephant restaurant is on the market, but the owners of the restaurant say nothing will change with their dining service as a result.

“The thinking is to keep things going just the way it has been without our guests and the community and employees seeing any change,” said co-owner Steven Rivelis.

Police arrest woman accused of setting a bunch of cars on fire in Mount Vernon and Station North

A car on fire in the 1000 block of N. Charles Street. Still from Instagram video posted by user yflicker.

Baltimore police have identified and arrested a woman who they say lit more than half a dozen cars on fire around Station North and Mount Vernon last night, a spree that Acting Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle said they believe was a “truly random act” of destruction.

Grand Central nightclub to get new owners in early 2019

Photo by Ed Gunts

Grand Central, Baltimore’s largest LGBTQ-friendly nightclub and a fixture on Charles Street for the past 15 years, will change hands early in 2019, current owner Don Davis said.

Baby’s on Fire in Mount Vernon is getting its own signature coffee blend

Baby’s on Fire co-owner Shirlé Koslowski (left), Open Seas Coffee founder Bryce Roszell (center) and Baby’s on Fire co-owner David Koslowski. Photo courtesy of Baby’s on Fire.

Mount Vernon record store-coffee shop Baby’s on Fire is linking up with Stevensville small-batch roastery Open Seas Coffee for some signature beans that will also help to reinvest in the communities abroad that are growing them.