Baltimore Fishbowl has compiled a list of our most-read stories of 2022. From keeping up with Baltimore’s former Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to the public backlash against a drive-in movie theater’s employment policy, here’s a look back at what we found to be our readers’ favorites. Click on each headline to read the full story.
Bengies Drive-in Theatre received backlash after their employment policy was shared on social media. Conditions included limits on piercings, required documentation for emergency absences, and the possibility of being “drafted” to work on days off, among other rules listed. The drive-in theater’s owner later responded to customers’ criticisms.
This year, the Woodberry Kitchen restaurant auctioned off its dining room furniture, kitchen appliances, and other items. Months later, the restaurant returned with a new name: Woodberry Tavern.
Baltimore City’s former Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake gained a new role as the executive director of the National Basketball Players Association Foundation, which provides funding and support to highlight the work players do to build up their communities and create positive change across the world.
Maryland State lottery officials made changes to daily drawings this month. The drawings will now be conducted using a computerized random number generator, instead of picking numbered balls. Players will also be able to watch animated videos of the online drawings, instead of the drawings being televised.
Former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis was selected to compete on a CBS reality television show called “Beyond the Edge,” where contestants participated in challenges while enduring brutal conditions, as they’re pushed beyond their comfort zone. (Spoiler alert: Lewis ultimately came in second place, and he donated his $134,166 in winnings to the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.)
After billions of dollars in investments, Columbia has evolved from a quaint suburban community to a cool trendy city attracting young residents, businesses and visitors. Check out the new developments and advancements that have contributed to the transformation.
Harbor Point’s beach bar, Sandlot, opened Memorial Day weekend for a sixth season with a brand-new location and Bar Movement as its new operators. When Sandlot closed for the summer season in September, Chris Seiler, of Beatty Development Group, said it was unclear whether Sandlot would return in 2023.
Johns Hopkins University selected Brawner Construction Company as the demolition contractor to tear down seven vacant rowhomes on West 29th Street in Charles Village in order to replace them with a green space.
Baltimore native Aisha “Pinky” Cole, founder of Atlanta plant-based restaurant Slutty Vegan, brought her popular vegan burgers to Baltimore during a cross country a pop-up food truck event. The pop-up at Whitehall Mill saw a strong turnout, with burger reservation tickets all passed out within an hour of opening.
Baltimore’s Brooklyn neighborhood is often a forgotten area of the city. But this story tells of the residents’ unwavering love and loyalty for the location, the peninsula, and their historical community.