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July 2, 2010

The Dizz opening rooftop restaurant at 3838 Roland Ave., gift & coffee shop in Remington

the dizz!The Dizz is taking over the rooftop restaurant at 3838 Roland Ave. and opening a combination gift shop/coffee shop/ice cream parlor next door to its home base in Remington, according to manager Elaine Stevens.

Long considered one of Baltimore's best neighborhood bars, The Dizz, formerly Dizzy Issie's, expects to open its 3838 Roland Ave. rooftop restaurant in September, Stevens said.

The building, a senior citizen high rise, has a stunning view of the city, she said. It will be BYOB (until they can procure a liquor license) and open to the public, offering the same items currently on the menu in Remington ...

"The view is amazing," she said. "We're excited."

Several eateries have come and gone in the space, including Pleasant View Restaurant and Bobbi Jo's Rooftop Cafe.

"Nobody's been able to make a go of it," Stevens said.

The Dizz at 3838 Roland Ave. will be open to the public, and also host wedding parties, baby showers and other large functions that are too big for the Remington location, Stevens said.

Meanwhile, The Dizz is opening a gift shop, vintage ice cream parlor and coffee shop next door on West 30th St. The shop, which could be open as early as Aug. 1, will also have works from local artists and merchandise from The Dizz and nearby Charm City Cakes.

(Baltimore Sun photo by Kenneth K. Lam)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 12:58 PM | | Comments (18)


OMG. So exciting. The Roland Ave. location has stunning views of the city. Sweet!

Yeah that 3838 spot is a weird location vis a vis parking, atmosphere, location to the main Hampden drag, the fact that its a senior citizen home first, etc. It's just a hard space to work with and has taken down many a victim, but hopefully they can make a go of it there.

Gift shop/coffee shop is a great idea though, if nothing more than to grab the "Ace of Cakes'' tourists. Blown away about the amount of times I've passed this location and saw piles of people posing for photos in front of the building, then look around and realize there isn't much else going on the spot. Now they can get ice creams/t-shirts!

3838 has a spectacular view of Baltimore! It's a hidden gem. It'll be great for the residents, their families and visitors. Best of luck to the Dizz.

We went there for breakfast a few weeks ago and while the views were stunning, and the food wasn't too bad, it was a bit strange. You can see some pix of the view here.

The Dizz has been looking to expand for a while now, including the false start in Mt. Vernon. I really hope this works out for them, and will definitely give it a shot. I only hope I can find easy parking around the new spot.

Hope this doesn't mean they bring more drug dealers and drug users around the senior center. Things are already bad enough in Remington. No need to spread the problems to a new neighborhood, especially vulnerable seniors.

Anonymous, are you implying that The Dizz is in any way associated with drug dealing? You obviously are clueless. You sort of come off like the Unibomber.

To add to what Anonymous has said, I hope they don't bring international terrorists and Russian spies!

or SARS....... i just got my vaccination for swine flu, so that's the LAST thing i need

Did somebody say scabies?


@Anonymous: right, because it's all the people hanging out in Dizzy's getting dinner and drinking beer that bring drug dealers around, not the little wannabe thug kids on Miles Ave or whatever. The crowd in Dizzy's is tame. Lots of locals, yuppies, artists, and just random working class people. Hardly the den of iniquity you make it out to be. And Remington is getting insanely better than it was even 5 years ago so you can lay off the doom and gloom.

I do hope they bring robots to the area. I'm going door-to-door selling robot insurance to the elderly.

Senior citizen readers, you're probably aware of the threat robots pose. Robots are everywhere, and they eat old people's medicine for fuel. Well, now there's a company that offers coverage against the unfortunate event of robot attack. And when they grab you with those metal claws, you can't break free.. because they're made of metal, and robots are strong.

The claw!

The Claw!

As a senior citizen, I hope they do bring drug dealers to the neighborhood. You have no idea how hard it is to score some of the sticky-icky at my age.

the one thing at 3838 is the great painted murals on the walls. the walls are a very dark blue and there are painted sketches of baltimore landmarks. it's a great visual.

My name is Darlene Basta owner of "The Dizz". My sister-in law Elaine is the General Manager of Daily Operations and has 25 years experience in the business. Elaine works very hard and labors 18 hour days to keep The Dizz in Good standing.
We have a Good reputation for Customer Service,Good Food & Drinks,and a friendly atmosphere. We have a mix of patrons from all over Baltimore City and Baltimore County. We will do the same At 3838 Roland Avenue. The Dizz at the Grandview. My husband and I have been successful in other businesses. As a team, we will succeed. We are doing a little remodeling to give the restaurant that extra wow factor. We will try our best to work on the parking issue. The Restaurant will be opened to the public in September 2010. We have advertising plans and coupons in the works.
I like to address a comment to Bob UU. Evidently,you are clueless about the surrounding communities in the 21211 area. Each neighborhood has it's share of drug activities. So,we are not bringing any undesirable elements to Hampden. It already exists. I can say this because I'm originally from the area.( Woodberry)
I know Woodberry,Medfield,Hampden, and Remington very well,and know many of the residents.
In no way is The Dizz involved in Drug activity. Nor would our business tolerate this kind of behavior or activity.
To aka Pigtown: You're confused. The Dizz never expanded it's business to MT. Vernon. That was the former owner and the former business Dizzie Issies.
The Dark blue wall and chalk like sketches of Baltimore row homes and landmarks will be gone. A new painted mural may be in the works.

I would like to sincerely apologize to Bob UU. I misread the postings. I thought you wrote the Drug comment about our business bringing drug Dealers and Drug users to Hampden. My comment was meant to be directed at Anonymous.
Again my Sincere Apologies.

Darlene Basta

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