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May 21, 2009

What do we have to look forward to?

parking federal hillFrequent Midnight Sun commenter Jason has stepped up to the plate to produce this questionnaire of local entertainment happenings:

A lot of things happen in Baltimore which make people either happy or mad one day and then they disappear the next.

By the end of the year, Baltimore will see a few more changes that we can either look forward to or blog against. I was wondering if anybody has any updates on the following:
1.  Bar openings: The Reserve (in the old Charlottes) should be opening soon -- I have been told within the next month. The Rowhouse Grille is still being worked on and The Hill should open next week.

Whatever happened to The Fed on Light Street next to Dunkin Donuts? The owner of Rub is opening a place in Silo Point this summer and Sam reported on work at Bar.

We also have to look forward to Avery's Pearl where the old Vine used to be on Hanover Street ...

2. Swann Park: Where the kids love to play kickball, football and softball. At one time there used to be a hundred young adults down there 5 days a week until arsenic was found. The Honeywell Corp. finished their job, when will the city?
3. Live entertainment for bars and restaurants: Is this still tied up in local politics. Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was behind this at one time, has this billed died?
4. Area 9 in Federal Hill now has the new parking restrictions. Has this affected local restaurants like Metropolitan and how long before it comes to the rest of Cross Street?

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 11:00 AM | | Comments (9)
Categories: Bars & Clubs, Random stuff


In response to #3:

The bill has been "significantly amended", and I believe the threat to force entertainment venues to pay an excessive fee for an entertainment liscense has been diminished.

This was a pretty big scare to the city's many great DIY venues, and hopefully this will not be proposed again in the future.

The same parking restrictions were being petitioned for Area 19 when signing up for permits in April. Does anyone know the outcome? Good to see some more restaurants/bars showing up south of Cross.

I'm pretty sure Swann park is going to be home to a lot of condos and or luxury townhomes if the city has anything to say about it.

will the same parking restrictions be in force in Area 51?

It looks like Swann Park is nearly finished, Evan. If you look at it, and you can see it from NB I-95, the fields are laid out and there are lights on the field.

yeah i actually rolled through there on my way to nick's fish house and scoped it out, hopefully it'll be open to the public soon so i can get my kickball and softball on :D

I don't know if it trust it, Evan. I'm still gripped by the paranoia that if I slide into home base there, kick up some dirt and accidentally inhale it, I'll catch whooping cough, consumption or some other condition from the 1800s.


When you're sliding into first, and you feel something burst's a weeping sore from the bubonic plague dug up by Honeywell

When you're sliding into first, and you feel might be a hyperdermic needle from a SoBo junkie!

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