Food & Drink

Hogan extends moratorium on utility shutoffs, late fees through July 1

Photo by Ricky Romero, via Flickr

Gov. Larry Hogan today extended his order prohibiting utility companies from shutting off services for residents or charging them late fees through July 1.

The order stops electric, gas, water, sewage, phone, cable TV and internet service providers from shutting off services at residences or charging households a late fee for lack of payment.

Baltimore restaurants allowed to have outdoor dining on Friday

Photo via the Governor’s Office/Flickr

Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young today announced that restaurants with outdoor dining permits will be allowed to begin serving customers outside starting at 5 p.m. on Friday in accordance with new guidance from Gov. Larry Hogan.

Restaurants that do not have an outdoor dining permit can apply for a temporary permit online starting at 9 a.m. on Monday.

Chef Bledsoe is leaving Miss Shirley’s Cafe to helm Towson restaurant group

Courtesy: Fallston Group

Chef Brigitte O. Bledsoe, a mainstay in the kitchen of Miss Shirley’s Cafe for years, has left to lead Towson Tavern and sister operations The Rec Room and Torrent Lounge.

Gypsy Queen adding location at Whole Foods Market in Harbor East, will begin delivery tomorrow

Gypsy Queen on Thursday will begin delivery from their new Harbor East cafe location. Photo via Facebook.

The Gypsy Queen Cafe Food Truck, which also has a “truckstaurant” in Hampden, is adding a third member to its family of eateries: a cafe in Harbor East.

The Gypsy Queen Cafe has set up shop inside the new, soon-to-open Whole Foods supermarket in Harbor East.

Located at 711 S. Central Ave., the eatery will offer delivery through GrubHub from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. starting Thursday.

City Cafe has closed permanently due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Image via Google Street View.

After 25 years as a fixture in Mount Vernon, City Cafe has closed permanently.

Owners Gino Cardinale and Bruce Bodie posted on social media today saying the business, currently closed because of the coronavirus pandemic, isn’t coming back.

“This isn’t the ending we hoped for,” they wrote.

These Baltimore-area restaurants are letting customers buy meals for front-line workers

Angeli’s Pizza has delivered at least 1,000 pizzas to six different hospitals, including Johns Hopkins Hospital pictured here. The restaurant has set a goal of providing 10,000 pizzas to health care professionals and other “front line” workers. Photo courtesy of Juniet Ozturk.

With Maryland restaurants closing their dining rooms under state order and shifting to drive-through, curbside pickup and delivery over the past month and a half, some have found ways to feed health care professionals, first responders and other workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.

From providing discounts to essential workers, to delivering large meal orders to hospitals and police stations with customer donations, here are some of the businesses paying it forward to essential workers during the COVID-19 crisis.

What I miss about dining out in Baltimore

A cocktail from Bluebird Cocktail Room.

I’ve been trying to wrap my head around this whole quarantine thing. Trying to write something meaningful or helpful. But I just keep writing sappy notes about the places and people I miss. So, I’m going with that.

I miss Old Fashioneds at Lobo and Manhattans at Peter’s Inn. Negronis at Sugarvale and Orto. Martinis at La Cuchara and The Prime Rib.

I miss driving by Dylan’s and scoping out a parking spot and miraculously snagging the last seat at the bar. Then, a cocktail, kale salad and whatever else sounds good that night.

How Village Square Cafe is Coping during Coronavirus


Small businesses and non-profits are especially hard hit during the coronavirus outbreak. We get it! Baltimore Fishbowl is a small business, too. To help small businesses and non-profits, we will provide regular updates to let you know how they are coping. 

The following is an update from Roseann Glick, Owner of  Village Square Cafe on how they are adapting and coping during these times.

We’re a family-owned and operated café that’s been in business since 2008. We pride ourselves on being a casual eatery and neighborhood gathering spot serving fresh, simple food in a warm & inviting setting.

While we’re proud of our fresh, made-to-order food, we know our café has always been about much more than just a good meal. Customers come to the café for camaraderie and a social connection to others. It’s not uncommon to see guests stopping to chat with friends & colleagues at other tables. Or heads of Baltimore’s most notable non-profits strategizing about how to make Baltimore a better place to live, work and play. Or local politicians being thanked by constituents for the work that they’re doing for the community. For now, that critically important aspect of our business has been put on hold.

Our current hours of operation are 11 am – 6 pm, 7 days a week, offering carry-out and delivery (within 3 miles). In addition, we’re offering curbside pick-up service from the parking area in front of Williams Sonoma. Customers can order from our full regular menu (available on our website), with few exceptions, as well as daily dinner specials, which we post each day to our Facebook page. We also carry a limited selection of moderately priced wines to go with our meals and a selection of desserts/sweet treats to finish off the meal.

The Charmery launches chef collaboration series with new ice cream flavors

The Charmery will begin selling pints of this strawberry hibiscus lime mezcal ice cream, created by Chef Carlos Raba of Clavel, starting on Friday as part of their series of flavor collaborations with local chefs. Photo courtesy of The Charmery.

The Charmery is teaming up with local chefs to develop some new limited-edition ice cream flavors, including a strawberry hibiscus lime mezcal ice cream from Chef Carlos Raba of Clavel.

The Charmery will only be making 200 pints of that flavor, which will be available for pre-order online starting Friday.