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At Puerto 511, a recently refreshed space complements terrific flavors

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Photo by Kit Pollard

Thirty-five years ago, Elizabeth Large, then the restaurant critic at The Sun, reviewed the Little Italy restaurant Velleggia’s, which had recently undergone a major renovation.

According to Large, at the time, it was practically unheard of for a restaurant to completely transform its physical space. “I’ve never known a successful restaurant to do what Velleggia’s in Little Italy did,” she wrote.

Today, on the other hand, that sort of undertaking is commonplace. In the current restaurant market where diners are informed, social media rules and genuinely good restaurants open regularly, even highly lauded, fairly new restaurants know better than to rest on their laurels.

Case in point: Puerto 511.

Bills advance to designate two new historically protected districts on downtown’s west side

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Diagrams via Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation

While replete with vacant properties in 2018, stretches of downtown Baltimore’s west side served as a hub for shopping and other commercial activity throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Now, after years of failed attempts by developers and others to revamp the area, city lawmakers are considering two sections for Baltimore’s portfolio of protected historic districts.

Authentic Mexican Fast Food is Headed to Downtown Baltimore

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Tacos al Pastor, on the menu at R&R Taqueria. Image via R&R Taqueria.

R&R Taqueria plans to open a new location in downtown Baltimore.

Guinness Brewery Testing Taproom to Open Next Month, Brewery to Follow in 2018

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Brewmaster Peter Wiens takes a spin around the brewery.

 

The wait is almost over for Stout enthusiasts eagerly anticipating the opening of the latest taproom in Maryland. Irish Beer maker, Guinness, is opening its first brewery on American soil since 1954, and its “testing taproom” will open late next month. 

More Bus-Only Lanes Coming to Downtown Baltimore

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Photo via MTA

Nine new bus lanes are coming to downtown Baltimore and surrounding neighborhoods this summer as part of the state’s planned overhaul of the city’s bus system.

Free Wi-Fi Throughout Baltimore? Tech Leader Says It’s Coming Soon

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Deepak Jain, founder of AiNET (left), speaks with attendees at a public discussion at the old Hutzler’s Palace building on N. Howard Street.

Baltimore will soon have free Wi-Fi throughout the city, and it will start on the west side of downtown under a plan being formulated by a Maryland businessman.

Downtown Partnership Brings Back the Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest

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Pie Eating Contest

With Halloween only days away, the usual trappings of fall are coming into focus: Crisp, colder weather, an array of colorful leaves, jack o’lanterns and, to go with that, pumpkin pie.

Pints in the Park

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catch of the day fish (2)Now that summer is in full swing, it’s time to make sure you spend plenty of time outside. And preferably with a good brew or two. Summer festivals and special events are great for that (since, well, drinking in public otherwise is illegal). One great monthly happening you can enjoy all the way into September is Pints in the Park– the fabulous outdoor happy hour that makes summer even happier. 

Elephants on Parade

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Barnum and Bailey are in Baltimore for the next few days, bearing bastions of clowns and menagerie of talented animals.  Today at 11:45a, the elephants from the circus will parade through downtown, from the 1st Mariner’s Arena, through Hopkins Plaza, down to Lexington Market.  I, for one, hope there will be gossipy lady elephants reminiscent of the Golden Girls, talking smack about a misfit toddler elephant.  There’s only one way to find out, and that’s by taking my lunch break downtown, and watching these elephants parade towards some crabcakes at Faidley’s.  

Holiday Craft Market in Center Plaza

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Center Plaza Craft Market Holiday Baltimore

Okay. This is the last one. We swear. The last holiday craft fair we’re going to urge you to go to this year. After this, you’re free to do the rest of your shopping from the comfort of your laptop and mouse pad. We won’t judge. But since it’s still not freezing cold out, if you’re going to be downtown anyway and want an excuse to dip out of the office for a long lunch break, why not spend that time perusing the booths at the Center Plaza Holiday Craft Market?  

Celebrating Black Male Identity

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Courtesy of BMore Media – The Black Male Identity Project, originally inspired by the Open Society Foundation’s Campaign for Black Male Achievement, seeks to strengthen black men’s political and economic clout.

Art on Purpose held exhibits and performances at theEubie Blake CenterStevenson University Gallerythe Baltimore Museum of Art,Centerstage and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture. The goal of the community-driven project was to challenge negative images of black men. The year-long effort is highlighted in this video, released during Black-History Month.  

Read more at BMore Media

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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