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March 23, 2009

Celebrate your anniversary, open a restaurant



To celebrate Hull Street Blues’ 25th anniversary, owner Dan Macatee said he decided to open another restaurant down the street.

The new venture, Whetstone Grill, should open at 1121 Hull St. in early April. The plan is to open at 7 a.m. for a quick breakfast with fresh fruit, real New York bagels, breakfast sandwiches and pastries. Lunch will include salads, soups, panini and wraps — and beer and wine.

While there is seating for 50, a lot of the business is expected to be carryout. The place will close about 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Saturday hours will be 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. or 3 p.m. The Whetstone Grill will be closed Sundays. 

(Barbara Haddock Taylor/Sun photographer)

Posted by Elizabeth Large at 6:02 PM | | Comments (25)


I just looked at their web site. There is no mention of blues music. So what's with the name?

Owl, it's a reference to an old TV show.

Let's be careful out there.

the show was a music show? hull street? A pirate show? Something martime-y?

AHH they're cute when they're young

Hill St.Blues was the TV show.

Bad pun. Bad show, too.

I may have found Owlie's meatball.

I don't eat balls of meat

Hmm, naming yourself after a short-lived TV show for a pun. It's amazing it's lasted. Maybe I won't scrap my plans for the Gossip Grille, Buffet the Hunger Slayer or How I Met Your Muenster.

Don't forget Hummuside, opening in Fells.

Did you know that Laura Lippman links to your blog on her blog?

Nice, Heather.

Bad show? I LOVED that show when I was a kid. Oh. Wait, yeah, that was a while ago. Still, I have very fond memories of it. Are you just upset because it introduced Dennis Franz to America, and later we had to see his butt on TV?

Still, it won 98 Emmys, including 8 in its opening season (21 nominations), a tie for the mostest, 4 Director's Guild Awards, 2 Golden Globes, an Image and a Peabody, 4 People's Choice awards, a Career Achievement Award from the Television Critics Association, and many others. It also ranked #14 in TV Guide's Greatest Shows of All Time and was in Time's 100 Best TV Shows of all TIME. Also, without it (including its use of long shots and handheld cameras, a first for TV dramatic series), numerous other shows that were clearly influenced by its style and story arcs (notably Homicide, the Wire, and NYPD Blue) probably wouldn't have existed.

So it can't have been THAT bad, right?

For years, the Paper Moon served Hummicide, Life on a Pita. Not sure if it's still on the menu.

The Dead End Saloon in Fells has a Homocide burger. I shudder to think what it's made from.

Humph. It stole all the attention from the truly artistic TV show of the period - 21 Jump Street.

RayRay did you really mean "homocide" burger?

Lissa, did you really mean "autistic" show?

Everyone is totally overlooking the true masterpiece of those days Head of The Class!

Heather, thanks for the Laura Lippman link--great stuff! Does this website make me look fat? I especially liked the asterisks for the restaurants featured in the Tess Monaghan books.

I recently read LL's To the Power of Three and marked this bit: "...decent restaurants continued to elude this part of the valley. The usual suspects--the fried-cheese franchises, as Dale thought of them--were represented. ... he had logged more than his share of time at Applebee's and Chili's and Bertucci's. He knew it was decadent, caring so much about food. An educated palate actually increased one's ratio of disappointments, for as one grew more sophisticated, fewer meals met one's expectations. Still, Dale could not bear eating crap."

As for Rafael Alvarez, isn't he truly the poet laureate of Highlandtown?


At Christmas time WYPR usually broadcasts a story by Rafael Alvarez about a guy making pizelles with his aunt in East Baltimore. Always jolts me to a stop in the middle of the holiday rush.

Yes, I love that wonderful story, Laura Lee. I once had the pleasure of hearing Rafael Alvarez come and talk to an erstwhile book club about The Fountains of Highlandtown.

I am quite sure I could not eat a homocide burger.

Seriously, the last great show on TV was Xena.

Yes, that was how it was printed on the menu.

As I recall, when Hull St Blues first opened it was owned by a retired cop or one of his relatives. Locust Point then was not even on the radar to become trendy and HSB matched that democraphic. I know at least one FOP lodge that held meetings there.

So the name matched its location, Hull St and the customers, blue collar or cops.

LOL RayRay, that's a common misspelling. At least it wasn't homiecide 'cause that's whack(ed).

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.

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