Food & Drink

Guinness Open Gate Brewery marks two years with two new beers

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Courtesy of Guinness Open Gate Brewery.

The Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Halethorpe is turning two on Aug. 3. And while the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the brewery to cancel events and limit the size of crowds, the production of delicious beer has continued on.

To celebrate its second anniversary, the brewery is releasing two new beers–including one inspired by a favorite Baltimore summer treat.

Lexington Market to reopen July 30 with restrictions

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Photo via Lexington Market/Facebook

Lexington Market, the largest of Baltimore’s public markets, is set to reopen on July 30 with a 50 percent cap on capacity to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Going forward, the market will only be open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. until further notice.

Eat Local during Baltimore Restaurant Week – Now through Aug 2

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Baltimore is a delicious city and a pandemic can’t hold us back from celebrating food and eating local. From July 24 – August 2, enjoy 10 days of outdoor dining and takeout deals with Baltimore Restaurant Week. Restaurant Week may be a little different this year as each establishment handles social distancing unique to their business model, but it will be just as tasty. Check out the 60+ amazing restaurants offering outdoor dining and takeout deals!

Hot Plate: NiHao and Hungry Like the Wolfe open, Ekiben and Johnny Spero collab, and more

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Produce boxes and other goods, like cheese, sausage and wine, are available for pickup and delivery from Tablefield Grocery, which partners with Maryland Food Bank to support the food bank’s efforts to feed locals in need.

Despite the uncertainty of coronavirus, the Baltimore restaurant scene continues to stay busy, with openings and additions, events and collaborations. Here’s a look at what’s happened recently and what we can look forward to over the next few weeks:

Bullhead Pit Beef opens stall in Cross Street Market

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Bullhead Pit Beef owner Larry Jackson stands in front of his food truck. Bullhead opened a stall at Cross Street Market today after the coronavirus pandemic delayed their plans nearly four months. Photo courtesy of Bullhead Pit Beef

After 10 years of selling grilled meats from a food truck, Bullhead Pit Beef opened a brick-and-mortar restaurant today at Cross Street Market, market owners Caves Valley Partners and CANAdev announced.

The restaurant was originally slated to open at the market in March, but Bullhead owner Larry Jackson told Baltimore Fishbowl that the coronavirus put their plans on hold.

“The shutdown pretty much stopped all of my vendors, so it was pretty impossible for me to get a lot of stuff,” Jackson said. “Also, we slowed down because we weren’t sure what coronavirus was and opening up in the middle of coronavirus wasn’t advisable.”

Now that Maryland has lifted some restrictions on restaurants, and Cross Street Market has implemented safety precautions, Bullhead’s restaurant is open for business.

Partial restoration plan approved for former Martick’s building

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A rendering for the proposed open-air concept in the old Martick’s building with the roof partially restored. Courtesy of Chris Janian.

The vacant building that formerly housed Martick’s Restaurant Francaise will be partially restored but left open to the elements as an outdoor dining space, part of a plan blessed by a nephew of the late restaurateur Morris Martick and approved today by Baltimore’s Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation.

The preservation commission voted 9 to 0 to accept a proposal from the building’s owner to use the outer walls of the former restaurant to enclose an open-air patio that could be used as dining space for a to-be-created restaurant next door.

Hogan calls on local jurisdictions to better enforce guidelines at bars, restaurants

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Gov. Larry Hogan on June 10 announced that indoor dining would be allowed to resume, gyms will be allowed to reopen June 19, and the Maryland is lifting restrictions and other businesses and activities under phase two of the state’s coronavirus recovery plan. Screengrab via Facebook Live.

On the heels of sharp increases in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations Tuesday morning, Gov. Larry Hogan called on the leaders of Maryland’s 24 jurisdictions to strictly enforce coronavirus-related restrictions on bars and restaurants, saying some establishments are “flagrantly violating the law.”

The Urban Oyster to close on July 26, hints at future reopening at new location

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The Urban Oyster, the Locust Point oyster bar, is closing July 26, the restaurant’s owner announced on Facebook on Tuesday. Photo courtesy of Urban Oyster’s Facebook.

The Urban Oyster, a Locust Point restaurant known for its chargrilled oysters and other seafood selections, will close its doors on July 26, but owner and chef Jasmine Norton hinted at reopening the business at a yet-to-be determined new location.

Pen & Quill to close for good on July 3

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The exterior of Pen & Quill. Image via Pen & Quill’s Facebook page.

Pen & Quill, a Station North restaurant known for its creative menu of New American fare, will close for good on Friday, co-owners Helmand Karzai and Naomi Hope Karzai posted on Facebook.

Opened in 2014, the business took over the former home of the Chesapeake Restaurant, a fabled dining destination that was one of the top spots in the city during the 1950s and ’60s.

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