Harvest Fare Supermarket investing $1M in expansion to Northwest Plaza

After more than a year of attempts to lure grocery stores to some of Baltimore City's underserved neighborhoods, a small family-owned chain is investing $1 million to open a market at Northwest Plaza. Harvest Fare Supermarket will open Sept. 1 in a former Food King in the shopping center at 4600 W. Northern Parakway. The 47,525-square-foot market will be a new anchor in the strip mall, city officials and developer Klein Enterprises said Thursday. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Lexington Market reopens after rat incident as customers seek pastry favorites

Lexington Market and its many vendors opened for business early Saturday morning, despite Friday’s closing after an online video went viral of a rat scurrying over cakes and cookies at Buttercup Bakery. City health officials who closed the Buttercup bakery stall late Thursday also discovered a fly infestation at Berger’s Bakery nearby and closed that stall, too. (Balt. Sun)

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Orioles discontinue online promotion with Papa John's

The Baltimore Orioles are discontinuing the "5 Runs Or More" online promotion with Papa John's, the club confirmed to 11 News Friday afternoon. The promotion offered a 50-percent discount the day after the Orioles scored five runs or more in a game. Papa John's, which has featured founder John Schnatter in logos and TV ads, is pulling his image from its marketing after reports he used a racial slur. (AP/WBAL)

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Planning board approves—but questions—development proposal for Bethesda bioscience building

A project to erect a glass-clad bioscience building at Wisconsin Avenue’s northern approach to downtown Bethesda has already gotten support from County Executive Ike Leggett and caught attention from a couple of prospective tenants. But the redevelopment proposal for the lot, where there’s now a Sunoco gas station, still hasn’t completely won over the Montgomery County Planning Board. (Bethesda)

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Portal's shutdown puts farmers market trips in jeopardy for SNAP recipients

Shoppers may no longer be able to use government assistance to buy food at 18 Maryland farmers markets — including the Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar — as of the end of this month. Novo Dia Group, the vendor that services software that some markets use to charge the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, will cease supporting it as of July 31. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore-area restaurant chain eliminating plastic straws

Your next visit to Atwater’s restaurant may look and feel a little different – and we’re not talking about the food. The local company has ditched plastic straws for the more environmentally friendly paper ones. Ned Atwater said more companies are making the change. “Most of the response has been very positive. These straws do, however, if you leave them in a cup for a long time — and I’m talking about all day in your car — they will begin to disintegrate and you can’t use them in hot liquids,” said Atwater with Atwater’s. (WJZ-TV)

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Noodles & Co. closes at Harborplace

First burgers, now noodles. The Noodles & Co. restaurant at Harborplace has closed, according to a sign posted on the restaurant's door Friday. The closure comes after Five Guys Burger & Fries recently shuttered within the Inner Harbor tourism hub.  Noodles & Company, a fast-casual restaurant serving pasta, soups and salads, decided to close 55 "underperforming" locations across the country last year amid declining sales. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Ocean City's Phillips Seafood partners with restaurant in ... Buffalo

Phillips Seafood has already made a name for itself in Maryland and across the Mid-Atlantic, and now their crab cakes and other seafood dishes can be found in New York. WD Bar and Grille inside the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino in Buffalo, New York, announced Monday its partnership with Phillips Seafood. The two have created a partnership, and now more than 100 years of Phillips Seafood heritage is in Buffalo and be found at Phillips WD Bar and Grille. (Daily Times)

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