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Hogan Eases Indoor Dining Restrictions, But Some Local Leaders Will Hold Back

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Gov. Larry Hogan.

Gov. Larry Hogan will allow restaurants to expand indoor dining capacities to 75%  at 5:00 p.m. Monday. The governor is encouraging residents to partake in Maryland’s first statewide Restaurant Week, despite concerns over COVID-19 spread throughout the state.

Hot Plate: Johnny Appleseed Days at Weber’s Farm, Meet & Make with NiHao, Farm to Chef goes virtual and more

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Apple, goat cheese and honey tart is one of the options on Classic Catering’s special menu for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Autumn officially begins this week, which means it’s a great time for outdoor dining, among other things. In addition to all the excellent al fresco dining options Baltimore restaurants have put in place, over the next couple weeks, the local culinary scene includes a lineup of fun activities – both virtual and in-person – to help food lovers make the most of the season.

Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Hot Plate: Renn Fest at Don’t Know Tavern, Fuisine and Friends & Family open, Chaat Hour at Good Neighbor and more

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Baltimore Spirit Company is building a new cocktail bar next to its distillery in Union Collective; it is slated to open next year.

The fall is looking promising for Baltimore food lovers, with many new concepts opening and events on the calendar. While restaurant operations are still a bit unusual, thanks to COVID-related protocols and guidelines, there’s still a lot to do over the next few weeks. Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Fell’s Point merchants announce First Saturday Sidewalk Sales beginning this Saturday

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Fell’s Point will take to the streets this weekend to hold the first of two Fell’s Point First Saturday Sidewalk Sales on Saturday, September 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The second sale will be held on October 3.

Living on ‘borrowed time,’ Mt. Vernon’s Grand Central nightclub closes permanently

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Photo by Ed Gunts

Grand Central has served its last call.

A lawyer for the owners of the popular gay nightspot in Mount Vernon told the city liquor board today that they have shut it down, effective today.

The Final Weeks of Snowball Season in Baltimore

When you ask a Baltimorean about their favorite summertime food memories, you will likely hear tales of crab feasts from throughout their lives, and maybe about the time Aunt Josie alone ate two dozen crabs while polishing off her own pitcher of beer. But if you dig just a little deeper beyond the crab seasoning, then you will undoubtedly hear us locals wonderfully rhapsodizing about our snowballs, that very-Baltimore summer delicacy of ice enjoyed on the hot, humid evenings of summer.

For those unfamiliar with snowballs, they are sweet treats of shaved ice–not crushed, packed ice as found in snow cones–drenched with a plethora of flavored sugary syrups and all sorts of optional condiments. Snowballs are sold from snowball stands, of course, and these stands can run from an elaborate shed-like building adorned with colored lights, to a simple folding table covered with a plastic tablecloth. All stands feature the essential shaved ice machine poised and ready to conquer big chunks of ice, as well as the numerous bottles of flavored syrups. Regardless of the surroundings the results are usually the same: a delightful and refreshing icy treat slathered with your favorite flavoring and toppings.

R. House reopens for indoor ordering and will host live music, a food market and more

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R. House, the Remington food hall and bar, has reopened its indoor space for walk-up ordering. Its patio and parking lot tent will remain open for dining and be available for special events and live entertainment.

Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day with Carpe Librum this Saturday – August 29

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Celebrate good reads while supporting local with this year’s Independent Bookstore Day. Postponed from April, stop by Carpe Librum Bookstore this Saturday, August 29 to enjoy sidewalk sales, literary themed products and giveaway!

Hot Plate: Cafe Dear Leon opens, Sculpture Garden snowballs, dumplings at Ekiben and more

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Mt. Washington Tavern’s new meal and drink kits are just one of the creative offerings local restaurants have launched to expand business during the pandemic.

Every day, the Baltimore restaurant scene slowly inches its way back to normalcy. Over the next few weeks, Baltimore food lovers can look forward to fun events and trying some new places, as well as revisiting old favorites.

Here’s a look at what’s happening in the restaurant world right now:

Seychelles Footwear creates sneaker to raise money for the One Love Foundation

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Baltimore’s One Love Foundation and footwear brand Seychelles have partnered on an exclusive sneaker as part of the Seychelles For All collection.

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