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Hot Plate: Restaurant closings, farmers’ markets return, Cinco de Mayo, Kentucky Derby and Mother’s Day plans

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The Sandlot opens for the season on Saturday, May 5, with a party featuring a new Monument City Brewing beer.

Not all of this week’s restaurant news is good–-a couple tough closings have recently been announced. But we have a big party weekend ahead of us, Baltimore, and a lot to look forward to for the rest of the month.

Here’s a look at what’s happening:

Mud and Metal to close after 23 years in Hampden

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Photo by Ethan McLeod

Hampden craft shop and art gallery Mud and Metal is shutting down next weekend after 23 years of doing business in Hampden.

Baltimore Archdiocese to Close Three Area Catholic Schools

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St. Thomas Aquinas School in Hampden
St. Thomas Aquinas School in Hampden

Two Catholic schools in Baltimore and one in Woodlawn will be shutting down at the end of the school year due to low enrollment and being in states of physical disrepair.

Red Maple Bar/Lounge Closes at End of June

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For more than a decade, Baltimoreans have gone to Red Maple in Mt. Vernon to sip cocktails in the flattering light of the lounge’s many fireplaces. Your last chance to do so will come at the end of this month, when Red Maple will close forever. 

Baltimore Loses Another Bookstore

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Sad news:  Yet another Baltimore bookstore will be shutting its doors as of later this month. The Book Escape‘s Calvert Street branch, which sells both used, rare, and new books, opened three years ago as an addition to its Federal Hill location. (That branch is staying open.) But since no one except me apparently likes to buy books in person anymore, sales weren’t strong enough to keep the second store going, and it’ll be officially closing on March 28.

Hampden Gets a New Grocery Store

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If you happened to have a particular fondness for Superfresh, then we’ve got some sad news for you:  all their area grocery stores are closed, and several — including the one in Hampden — are about to get a speedy makeover/takeover from a Canadian company that no one seems to know much about.

Here’s what people have pieced together:  Fresh & Green’s, owned by a natural foods services team from Toronto, took over the Charles St. Superfresh last week; a new one will colonize the former Superfresh in Hampden, on 41st St., by the end of this week. The changeover is happening as quickly as possible — a mere 36 hours in the case of the downtown store — because the new owners don’t want to disrupt the routine of their regular shoppers.

While Superfresh was pretty much a generic grocery store, Hampdenites are hoping for something a little different from the new store. Fresh & Green’s will apparently offer a “hybrid” store that combines all the standard grocery store offerings with expanded natural foods options, fresh prepared foods, and possibly even an in-store restaurant.

According to the company’s CEO, Matt Williams, “We’re pretty experienced in natural and organic grocery, and we feel that these eight stores would all benefit from having not just a token appearance of natural and organic but a strong presence. We see a couple of the stores being entirely natural and organic.”

As for all those Superfresh employees? They’ll have to reapply for new jobs at the re-vamped stores, and no one’s guaranteeing them employment.

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