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After a three-month break, the Baltimore Eagle reopens today

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Photo by Ed Gunts.

After a three-month hiatus, the lights are coming back on at the Baltimore Eagle.

The Charles Street leather bar, one of the largest LGBTQ-friendly night spots in the city, is reopening today under its third management team in three years.

There’s a new chain link fence motif in the front windows and two Leather Pride flags hanging over the entrance ramp. Managers posted messages online that doors will open Nov. 15. “If you’re not tied up Friday,” one posting says, “come to our place.”

Hot Plate: Oyfest 6, Baltimore Beer Night at the BMI, wine dinners and more

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This week is chock full of fun events featuring beer, wine and spirits – including a beer discussion and tasting at the Baltimore Museum of Industry on Thursday.

Mid-November is prime time for food in Baltimore. From comfort food to wine dinners to holiday catering menus, this week offers tons of opportunities to eat and drink well. Here’s a look at what’s on tap:

In response to one-star review, Atlas Restaurant Group attacks The Sun

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Image via the Atlas Restaurant Group’s Facebook page.

Baltimore Sun reviewer Christina Tkacik thought the crab cakes at The Choptank were bland, the french fries were “cardboard-stiff,” the calamari had too much Old Bay (if there is such a thing) and the atmosphere was stuffy.

Q&A: Chef Zack Mills talks oysters, seafood, and creating a menu that celebrates the Chesapeake at True Chesapeake Oyster Co.

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True Chesapeake Chef Zack Mills.

Step into the month-old Hampden restaurant True Chesapeake Oyster Co., and you can almost see and taste the Chesapeake Bay. Jay Fleming’s photos of lighthouses floating on the water grace the walls and the color palette contains various shades of blue. Its signature dish makes its way into the design as thousands of crushed oyster shells are featured in the wraparound bar and oyster cages hang near the entrance.

“There are so many vignettes around the restaurant that make me smile,” says Chef and Partner Zack Mills says of the first restaurant in Whitehall Mill, an 18th century mill undergoing restoration by Terra Nova ventures. “When you’re in a building that’s really beautiful, it’s more fun to come to work.”

Stebbins Anderson to close after 152 years in business

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Image via Facebook.

Stebbins Anderson, a hardware and department store founded two years after the end of the Civil War, will close at the end of December, after 152 years in business.

Heavy Seas Beer announces Froot Joose IPA

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In the latest spin on its signature Loose Cannon IPA, Heavy Seas Beer is loading up the fruit juice–er, froot joose.

The second brew in the Joose Cannon series remixing Loose Cannon is hazier and juicier than the flagship beer, the brewery announced today. Thanks to Citra, Galaxy and Enigma hops, the Froot Joose IPA has hints of a fruit punch, with notes of pineapple and citrus rising to the surface, the brewery said.

Reminder: It’s Matthew Judon Day at area Taco Bell locations

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A Nacho Cheese Doritos Locos Taco. Image via Taco Bell’s Facebook.

Among the many wonderful things to happen during the Baltimore Ravens’ dominant win over the New England Patriots last Sunday was linebacker Matthew Judon’s on-air introduction.

As the “Sunday Night Football” production team cycled through the Ravens defense, with each player saying his name and college program, Judon made the beautiful, out-of-left-field pronouncement “Matthew Judon, body built by Taco Bell.”

Hot Plate: All Things Apple at Union Collective, Fells Point Wing Fling, Champagne at Magdalena and more

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Union Collective hosts All Things Apple, a festival celebrating the fall fruit, on Saturday.

This week offers food lovers the opportunity to celebrate everything from champagne to chicken wings–and oysters, of course, since it’s autumn in Baltimore. Here’s a look at what’s coming up in the local restaurant scene:

The Laughing Pint in Highlandtown to close later this month

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Image via Facebook.

The Laughing Pint, a Highlandtown corner bar that felt as lived-in and welcoming as any canonical Baltimore watering hole, will close later this month after 13 years in business.

Guinness launches stock ale aged in Bulleit Bourbon barrels

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Courtesy of Guinness Open Gate Brewery.

Just in time for the very-real International Stout Day, Guinness Open Gate Brewery is releasing a heavy a blended beer aged in the barrels that house delicious bourbon.

The full name: Guinness Stock Ale Aged in Bulleit Bourbon Barrels. Pretty straightforward. But what exactly is in the stock ale?

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