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January 30, 2009

Liquor board fines TD Lounge owner $3,100 for manhandling

timothy dean bistroHere's an excerpt from a piece in today's paper by Baltimore Sun reporter Brent Jones. Note the excellent use of the word "manhandling":

The city liquor board fined the owner of TD Lounge - formerly Timothy Dean Bistro - $3,100 yesterday after one of the board's inspectors was manhandled by restaurant security during an investigation last year.

Owner Timothy Dean acknowledged during the hearing that his security guards should not have physically kept the inspector from entering his business, in the 1700 block of Eastern Ave., during an early-morning private party Nov. 15 ...

But a member of Dean's staff testified that the inspector did not immediately identify himself and appeared to be trying to avoid paying a $20 cover fee. ...

The inspector testified that he was escorted out of the front of the restaurant by three security guards, and he was not allowed to begin his investigation until Dean intervened.

"I think the fine is stiff for a first-time offender," Dean said.

(Photo of Timothy Dean Bistro by Gene Sweeney Jr./Baltimore Sun photographer)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 1:37 PM | | Comments (13)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


did he pass the inspection?

No, he failed. His license was for a restaurant. When the restaurant biz kept losing money, he turned it into a lounge/dance club for which he did not have a permit. Even though he had a DJ, a cover charge, and an open area, he seemed surprised they called it a dance club.

And Mr. Dean, the reason the restaurant failed was not because of the economy, it's because no one wants to spend $75-100 a head at a restaurant on Eastern Ave. Plus the food wasn't any better than Peter's or Henninger's around the corner.

hhhm, Timothy Dean restaurant fails, he pisses people off and then plays the race card. Where have I read that before ....

Mr. Fogelman does no wrong.

He is, the MAN!


Great investigative journalism KAZ, maybe Sam is hiring, maybe even the City Paper, just put Mr. Lumber down as a reference.

someone needs to do some work on talking to the community about how much of a nuisance he really is there - i can say that it is disturbing that whenever i go by there on a friday or saturday evening his valet parkers are running around like chickens with their heads cut off - i mean traffic can be held up significantly and eastern avenue is a main thorofare (sp?) in and out of the city - for that matter, he can't be doing too poorly considering there does always seem to be a crowd (or maybe his valet can not handle a couple of cars) - maybe he needs to realize he just got in over his head

Not much of a journalist, just a guy with access to Google. I remember stories of Timothy Dean berating staff in front of customers and then the whole forged email thing. If I recall correctly, TD hacked into the hotel's email account and forged the racist email. Then left DC in a huff for the more "friendly" confines of Baltimore. Again, I'm only going off memory here. I'm sure the Sun has plenty of fine journalist who can connect the dots.

From TD's comments in the article, he sounds like a guy with a serious sense of entitlement. Tough attitude to have in the customer service / restaurant business.

Simply another money grab heaped on the back of small business in the state of Md. The govt. of "Martin The Great" does not give a crap about how many busineses go under in the state as long as he gets his picture in the paper.When the economy recovers you will see the Md. economy recover at a much slower rate due to these types of money grabs , many of these businesses will not be around after the recovery to pad O'Malley's pockets.

Mike B, sorry dude. It happens. You're in the wrong forum. The Lets get off topic with rightwing rantings forum is two doors down on the right.
Not usual. but we do get some strays here from time to time. No worries. Have a nice day.

Mike B:

As a neighbor of Timothy Dean, I just wanted to let you know that this particular small business was violating the zoning laws of our city. I attended the hearing where he applied for a live entertainment permit and witnessed it being rejected. As a member of the Upper Fells Point Improvement Association, I heard Mr. Dean promise that he would not have live entertainment on his premises. I then witnessed lines and heard loud music as a DJ/Dance club continue in his business. At this liquor board hearing, I again witnessed his claims that his DJ was a Sound Engineer even has he referred to his DJ booth as a DJ booth. This has nothing to do with Martin O'Malley and his policies for or against small businesses. This is about a business owner violating zoning laws and disrespecting his neighbors.

anon....its better Kaz uses me as a reference than you! If he uses you he is better off not applying! I googled your name and couldnt find anything! Me on the other hand..I have references that look like encyclopedias!

Went to this place once and it was overcrowded and just chaotic. It seems like there is no management. I called sometime ahead and was informed that reservations weren't being taking and actually weren't needed. When I showed up, it was a totally different story. Some of those that had actually "booked" a space where left standing and arguing with whomever was in charge. For those that had already been seated and had ordered food, we witness the waiters taking dishes back....maybe a mixup with the orders.

I don't think the owner knows too much about running a business or just doesn't care. If he wants to stay in business, he needs to hire a management team with restaurant/bar expertise.

Rating for Timothy Dean = F

Tim Lumber would be a great reference ... if you are applying for the sanitation department. He knows more about garbage than anyone in Baltimore.

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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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