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October 27, 2008

What Charles Plaza needs

charles plazaI walked by Charles Plaza the other day, and I got to thinking -- this place needs a cafe/wine bar type place.

The first thing that came to mind was Kiss Cafe, which just closed. But I think Kiss Cafe's closing had more to do with management than the space itself. Who knows?

Either way, I think a cafe with a liquor license -- similar to One World Cafe (100 W. University Parkway) -- would be a good fit there.

You already have a classic Irish Pub right down the street (Mick O'Shea's) and plenty of expensive restaurants up and down the Charles Street Corridor.

And there are plenty of young professionals living in the neighboring high-rise apartments -- more than enough to fuel this place. 


(Photo by me) 

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 12:17 PM | | Comments (2)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


I looked at a business around there and I saw a lot, and I mean a lot, of activity. Eating places closing, closed, open or opening. Very dynamic hood. A place would work in there but what is the night life like around there in general, I'm asking cause I don't know.

The Mt. Vernon-Belvedere assoication is the most unfriendly neighborhood association towards liquor licensees in the city, period.

That being said, Sam I hope you have some good articles coming up soon. Lots and lots of juicy liquor hearings went down today.

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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