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March 19, 2009

Some news, some notes, some whatnots

benn rayI'm technically off work today, which means I'm going to be posting less than normal (imagine that!).

I do have some random tidbits to share with you, though.

First, the Pratt Street Ale House is open. I went there last week and wrote a review, but it won't appear in the paper until next week.

The owners have made some pretty drastic changes to the place -- in a pretty short period of time, too ...

I'll share some more about my visit with you later today or tomorrow. Also, Midnight Sun reader ryan97ou sent me a link to Beardymore, a new blog that chronicles some of the more notable beards around town. Pictured is Benn Ray, co-owner of Atomic Books in Hampden. I'm not sure who is running this blog, but I like it.

Also, Bert's Eats and Drinks, which replaced Rocky Run in Charles Village about a year and a half ago, is closed. Can't say I'll miss it, but I'll bet the neighborhood will. There aren't enough bars up that way.

(Photo from Beardymore)


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Posted by Sam Sessa at 8:27 AM | | Comments (9)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


The folks leasing the space where Bert's was seemed to be suffering from an identity crisis. I recall seeing some magician wandering about in there when it was RR trying to do balloon animals for the few toddlers in the place. I thought they were headed in the right demographic direction with Bert's, but I guess it was too little too late. The doors were shuttered abruptly. Hopefully the rent for the space isn't too high, and a good spot will swing in there with a better menu than the previous places had. A better crop of servers would be nice as well. I'm glad the college folk were trying to earn an honest $, but it was often amateur hour there.

That dude is a hottie!

(Fairly) certain that Rachel of Atomic Books (and Rock Band) fame is running the show, and I can't wait to email them my beard.

My buddy and I talked about that whole Charles Village/St. Paul's St. area, and what it would take to get a real solid money-making college bar off the ground there. I love CVP but the alchy/degenerate factor is big there, and the Den, well...

I guess P.J.'s counts? Just feel someone could put the right formula together and make bank off Hopkins age appropriate students. What's their York Rd. equivalent?

Does anyone know where you can get that font or what it's called? I googled the usual 'orioles font' 'baseball font' and found nothing. Any links? Bueller...Bueller?

damn...i actually liked berts. cheap beer and greasy college food. and a great place to watch a game.

for the record, you are officially allowed to share the reason you were off work today =)

My best guess is that over the years a few graphic designers have modified and updated the 1954 uniform script font to the thicker stroke 1988-1994 style used for those Obama Tees.

the beard looks like the roots of something growing ripped out the ground, the obama shirt is his second mistake. atomic books looks interesting.

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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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