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The Charmery is Expanding to Towson

Photo by Ethan McLeod

North Baltimore’s favorite sweet spot is opening a location just north of the city.

Booze Thieves Hit North Baltimore Mediterranean Restaurant on Christmas Day

The outside of Bosphorus Bistro, via Google StreetView

At some point on Christmas, while you were busy spending time with loved ones and living out your holiday spirit, two individuals were out in North Baltimore in search of a different kind of spirit.

City Forgets to Clean Up Bloody Bus Stop Crime Scene

Photo via the Baltimore Spectator
Photo via the Baltimore Spectator

Two people were injured in a shooting near a bus stop on the 5200 block of York Road on Tuesday night. (According to the Baltimore Sun, both were taken to area hospitals; there has been no update on their condition.) On Wednesday morning, neighbors were shocked to find that the crime scene still looked–well, like a crime scene, complete with smears of blood all over the bus stop’s glass.

Former Owner of the Senator Theatre Tom Kiefaber Arrested (UPDATED)

Tom Kiefaber’s booking photo

Whatever your opinion of the statements and actions of Tom Kiefaber since he lost possession of the Senator Theatre in 2009, he’s certainly not going gentle into that goodnight. Kiefaber’s public Facebook page pulls no punches discussing his feelings at having lost the theater — a frequent topic — waxing poetic (and vitriolic) about the devastation that was brought to his wallet, his family, and his life’s work. And he’s not afraid to name names, repeatedly.

Senator Theatre Closer to Makeover Deserving of the Grande Dame


The Senator Theatre’s fate has teetered for years like a girl playing dress up in mom’s heels. Fortunately those toting the big girl purse power are as fond of our cinematic Deco Dame as I am.

On Wednesday, the city’s Board of Estimates voted in favor of a resolution that approves $300,000 for the Senator’s restoration plans under the state’s Department of Housing and Community Development’s Community Legacy Grant.

The restoration plan that will cost over $3 million. Included the cost: three screens, bringing the theatre to a total of four screens, new seating and projection equipment.

Between a city loan and state and local incentives, the project has already received $1,300,000 for renovations.

This might raise some concerned eyebrows from people less interested in preserving an architectural and historical diva and more interested in ensuring that renovations will attract more patrons. It appears that progress is already being made in that direction.

A change has been incorporated to the Senator at its Belvedere Square location that contributes to the Charles’ success — Sofi’s Crepes. The crêperie offers another incentive for Belvedere shoppers and diners to turn the corner onto York Road for an afternoon or evening out.

Renovations are scheduled to start in April and projected to be complete by the end of 2012. The Senator has always been one of my leading lady Baltimore landmarks. Here’s hoping that this is the beginning of her big comeback.