Shop & Eat

Officials break ground on Lexington Market with vision balancing tradition, transformation

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Photo via Gov. Larry Hogan’s office.

The makeover of Lexington Market began on Tuesday as state and city officials broke ground on the project to reconstruct downtown Baltimore’s 238-year-old public market.

Updating the market will be part of building Baltimore “better and stronger for the future,” said Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young, who envisioned a day when tourists from across the country will flock to the city to visit the new Lexington Market.

“Lexington Market’s next chapter represents an incredible opportunity for our city, and it is essential that we support the equitable redevelopment and revitalization of this economic hub for delicious food and homegrown entrepreneurship as we continue to grow Baltimore,” he said.

10 beers to try at Belgian Beer Fest at Max’s Taphouse

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Beer lovers line up at the start of the fest in 2017. Photo by J.M. Giordano.

If there’s a holy calendar for the local disciples of Gambrinus, god of beer, Belgian Beer Fest at Max’s Taphouse is a high holiday.

Every February, for 16 years, the Fells Point staple hosts beer nerds, who line up starting at 6 a.m. along the sidewalk out front, for several days of Belgian brews.

“We get people from all over the place,” says general manager and beer master Casey Hard during a quiet period a few days before the festival. “I never get tired of working it.”

Hot Plate: Valentine’s Day spillover, Chocolate Fest at Union Collective and more

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On Tuesday, Pierpoint hosts a class on French and English cheeses. It’s one of several interesting culinary classes happening around town this week.

This week is a terrific one in the Baltimore restaurant world, with events focused on everything from chocolate to cheese to margaritas, plus a slew of delicious announcements. Here’s a look at what’s on tap:

Community encouraged by $20 million sale of Mount Clare Junction shopping center

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Photo by Ed Gunts.

Are better days ahead for Southwest Baltimore’s Mount Clare Junction shopping center?

That’s the hope of community residents and business leaders after learning the 234,000-square-foot shopping center at W. Pratt and S. Carey streets was recently sold to Carlyle Development Group of Purchase, New York.

Grocery store chain opening at former Shoppers in northeast Baltimore

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Former Shoppers location in Alameda Marketplace. Photo courtesy of Lawrence Howard & Associates, Inc.

Patrons of the former Shoppers location in Northeast Baltimore will soon have a new spot to buy their groceries.

Compare Foods, a grocery store chain with 100 locations throughout six states, is setting up shop in the Alameda Marketplace with plans to open in March 2020. 

Potomac Pizza Grill opening in White Marsh

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Greenleigh at Crossroads, the mixed-use community portion of a 1,000-acre White Marsh development, will feature about 90,000 square feet of retail space, including the Potomac Pizza Grill. Photo courtesy of St. John Properties.

A family-owned, New York-style pizza restaurant chain with four locations near Washington, D.C., will enter the Baltimore market this spring as a tenant of Baltimore Crossroads, a development in White Marsh.

Potomac Pizza will open its fifth restaurant at Greenleigh at Crossroads, the retail portion of the Baltimore Crossroads mixed-use development, marking its first location in the Baltimore region. The restaurant chain will also add “grill” to the end of its name for this location, hinting at expanded food offerings beyond pizza.

Bullhead Pit Beef to join Cross Street Market

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Photo via Cross Street Market/Facebook

Bullhead Pit Beef, voted the best food truck in Howard County last year by Howard Magazine, is opening a brick-and-mortar restaurant at Cross Street Market, owners Caves Valley Partners and CANAdev announced today.

Hot Plate: Ekiben and CookHouse open, Valentine’s Day around town and more

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Bluebird’s tableside absinthe drip cocktail is one of several cocktails for two available this Valentine’s Day.

Love is all around, Baltimore, which means it’s a great time to head out to a restaurant. There’s a lot going on this week and not just on Valentine’s Day.

Here’s a look at what’s on tap:

Restaurant Review: Locust Point’s Limoncello delivers sophisticated Italian fare

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Locust Point newcomer Limoncello might soon be your new favorite restaurant for a special occasion. But if you live nearby, it could become your trusty neighborhood spot, too.

Limoncello opened in late October, on the first floor of Anthem House, one of the new mixed-use buildings that have popped up around South Baltimore over the past few years. Anthem House’s developers call it a “lifestyle community.” In addition to luxury apartments, the building houses a barre/fitness studio and several restaurants.

Visit Carpe Librum Bookstore and Art Gallery for the Literature – But Stay for the Bookstore Cat, Stan Lee

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Some bookstores boast having a cat on the premises, but a new bookstore in Parkville has dedicated a Twitter account and part-ownership to its domestic, short-haired black beauty.

Carpe Librum Bookstore and Art Gallery, which opened Jan. 21 at 7221 Harford Road, counts 361 Twitter fans for its bookstore cat Stan Lee. And bookstore owner Melissa Eisenmeier even jests that her cat is her business partner.

“It’s something I started half joking about after seeing an article about a bookstore cat in New York City, who apparently said he was the co-owner, and Stan Lee acted like he was in charge. Some might have a bookstore cat, but the bookstore cat being part owner is something of a novelty.”

Rahne Alexander and Harry Carpenter spending some time with the co-owner, Stan Lee.

The bookstore specializes in both new and used books from small press publishers, including Philadelphia’s Lanternfish Press, Lethe Press of New Jersey, Oregon’s Ashland Creek Press and Baltimore’s own Mason Jar Press. The shop also stocks fun non-book items, including dog bandanas, bookmarks and notecards made by locals. The gallery also features local artists and emphasizes abstract art. Eventually she would like to stock more locally made arts and crafts.

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