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Preservation Alliance of Baltimore County will pay homage to Bel-Loc Diner for fundraiser

Image via the Preservation Alliance of Baltimore County on Facebook.

The Towson area lost an icon last year after the Bel-Loc Diner closed up shop after more than five decades and, despite a battle from preservationists, was razed to make room for yet another Starbucks.

It wasn’t the diner from the movie “Diner,” but it was one of the few remaining authentic diners from the mid-20th century. And the tri-fold red neon sign at Loch Raven Boulevard and Joppa Road was a landmark.

Top Stories: WTMD’s First Thursdays Returning to Canton, McCormick to Ditch Metal Tins, Preservationists Hope to Save Pieces of Bel-Loc Diner


The top story on Baltimore Fishbowl this week concerned the return of First Thursdays, the monthly late spring and summer concert series from Towson-based WTMD 89.7. The station revealed yesterday that its free outdoor shows at Canton Waterfront Park were so popular in 2016 that they’ve decided to add a second stage to fit in twice as many artists in 2017.

Some other good news: The Brewer’s Art and Homeslyce are among the food and drink sponsors returning for the series. Most of the other vendors have yet to be announced. Station general manager Scott Mullins told Baltimore Fishbowl they’ll be scooting them over to a “food court”-like area to make room for more concertgoers.

The first First Thursdays show of the summer will be on May 4. The lineup includes Good Old War, Craig Finn & the Uptown Controllers, The DistrictsMuddy MagnoliasPressing Strings of Annapolis and Baltimore’s own Sun Club. Music goes live at 5:30 p.m.

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Preservationists Still Hoping to Salvage Some of the Bel-Loc Diner

The Bel-Loc Diner in 2012, via Bel-Loc Diner/Facebook

If Starbucks won’t save the entire Bel-Loc Diner when it builds a new branch at Loch Raven Boulevard and Joppa Road, will it at least salvage the most important pieces?

Top Stories: ‘Lit City’ Party Planned for the Orleans Street Viaduct; Starbucks to Replace Historic Bel-Loc Diner in Parkville, Deciding the Fate of Camden Station


Baltimore Fishbowl’s top story this week concerned a flashy dance party planned in an underpass downtown early next month. Many evening drivers on St. Paul Street have witnessed the bright neon lights lining the underside of the Orleans Street viaduct. On Thursday, April 6, the Downtown Partnership has arranged to transform that section of the road into a full-blown party with a dance floor, DJ and an open bar. As it falls in the middle of the Light City festival, the organization has cleverly dubbed the event “Lit City.”

Our readers were thrilled about the news of the party. The question is, will they get in? The Downtown Partnership expects the event to sell out quickly. For now, it appears tickets ($40) are still available.

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After 53 Years, the Bel-Loc Diner is Closing to Make Way for a Starbucks

Photo via Google Street View

After half a century in business, Parkville’s Bel-Loc Diner is shutting down.

Iconic Parkville Diner May Become a Starbucks



Yesterday, the owners of Parkville’s Bel-Loc Diner announced that it will be closing and that the location will most likely become a Starbucks.