Most Read Articles in March (SoBo Cliff Notes!)

| April 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

Here’s a round-up of the most-read articles from March:

482788_554199877952916_943180137_n305-Unit Apartment Building Proposed for 1100 Key Hwy., 3/21

South Baltimore has seen a surge in real estate development in the last couple years with 598 residential units in the pipeline, but the area could be getting its largest residential project yet. Alliance Residential Company, a real estate team based out of Phoenix with a local office in Washington, DC, is proposing a 305-unit Class-A apartment building at 1100 Key Hwy.

New Location and Name Ahead for Big Matty’s Diner, 3/27

A diner has been open at 838 E. Fort Ave. since 1941, originally as Rallo’s, named after the late Vincent Rallo, and more recently as Big Matty’s Diner. However, that will be changing this spring. Brothers Nick and Steve Karvounis, owners of Big Matty’s for the last year and a half, but were unable to reach a longterm agreement with their landlord to stay in the space and make significant upgrades.  They will now be moving across the street to Suite 24 at Southside Marketplace, located between Pet Valu and H&R Block, and opening a new diner called Southside Diner.

Baltimore DPW Launches Neighborhood Street Sweeping, 3/19

Starting this month, the Baltimore Department of Public Works (DPW) will begin mechanical street sweeping for all of Baltimore’s neighborhoods. This is great news for those who have been frustrated by the cleanliness of the streets throughout the city.

South Baltimore Business Roundup, 3/24

This roundup of business updates included news of the relocation of The Healing Path, the closing of ReMax Preferred, changes to Maryland’s Estate Tax, new management at Mi Ranchito, a new menu at Jack’s Market, and new construction on Hanover St.

Snug and Evil Approved to Open in Locust Point, 3/14

An application for a bar/restaurant named Snug and Evil was approved on Thursday, March 13th by the Board of Liquor License Commissioners for Baltimore City (BLLC). Snug and Evil will open at 1401 Decatur St. in Locust Point at the former home of Banners, which opened in 2009 but has been closed for multiple years. Snug and Evil was described as a neighborhood bar and restaurant with a fairly upscale menu. The name Snug and Evil comes from a line in an E. E. Cummings poem that was written while Cummings was sitting in the famous Irish saloon in Manhattan, McSorley’s Old Ale House.

Great New Menu at JR’s Bar & Grill in Locust Point, 3/4

This piece covered’s review of JR’s Bar & Grill in Locust Point, which is now under new ownership and recently underwent extensive renovations. We had a really satisfying – and filling – meal at JR’s and look forward to going back sometime very soon.

Opinion: The Inner Harbor Needs a Local Cuisine Market, 3/25

After recent visits to San Francisco and New Orleans, I gave my opinion about what Baltimore’s Inner Harbor needs to take a step up to the next level.

Federal Hill’s Doggie Style Closing, Pawtimore to Open on Light St., 3/10

Doggie Style, a pet store specializing in treats, toys, apparel, grooming and more at 1130 Light St. in Federal Hill will be closing their doors, but a new store will be reopening up the road. With the building under new ownership and its six-year lease coming to an end this month, Doggie Style was unable to come to an agreement on a new lease. A new store called Pawtimore will open at 924 Light St. at the former home of Temps Now. Jessica Zell, who has been a groomer at Doggy Style for five years, will be opening Pawtimore along with business partner Robin Kraska.

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