Chipotle plans 2018 LaVale opening

Chipotle Mexican Grill is planning a 2018 opening at the Braddock Square Shopping Center in LaVale, a company spokesman said Wednesday. "From time to time, construction delays will impact the target restaurant opening date, so that is subject to change," Libby Pinkerton, an account executive with the Denver-based restaurant chain said. (Times-News)

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Park Cafe reopens under new ownership

The Park Cafe & Coffee Bar reopened Wednesday under new ownership. The Bolton Hill eatery and coffee shop closed this summer after previous owner David Hart decided to take a break from running the establishment to take personal time off. Previous Park Cafe employee Elsa Valdes and her brother Jorge Gonzalez now own the business, said Hart in a message to The Baltimore Sun on Wednesday. (Balt. sun)

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Second German grocer location pitched for Hagerstown

A second location for a German grocery store chain has been proposed for Hagerstown. A sketch plan presented by Lidl U.S. LLC, approved by the city's Planning Commission on Tuesday night, shows the 39,000-square-foot store would be west of Garland Groh Boulevard, between Hagers Crossing Drive and Broadfording Road. (Herald-Mail)

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Noodles & Co. to begin testing zucchini noodles in Baltimore restaurants

Noodles & Company, the franchise known for its fast-casual pasta dishes, launched zucchini noodles in Baltimore restaurants Wednesday. The “Veggie Noodles” will be available in 12 Maryland locations, including two in Baltimore. The noodles are hand-spiralized from zucchini in-store daily and serve as a gluten- and grain-free substitute to traditional pasta dishes. The zucchini noodles can be added to any noodle-based dish and will cost an extra $1.50. (Balt. Sun)

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Harbor East's Loch Bar to expand to Florida

Baltimore's Atlas Restaurant Group is expanding its Florida footprint with the opening of Loch Bar in Boca Raton, the company said Wednesday. The seafood-focused bar and restaurant is expected to open by the end of 2017 and will join another one of the group's restaurants, Ouzo Bay, in Boca's upscale Mizner Park. The original Loch Bar opened in April 2016 on the bottom floor of the Four Seasons Hotel in Harbor East. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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August 9 // Controversial Overlook at Roland Park moves forward

A controversial North Baltimore apartment project cleared its final hurdle when Mayor Catherine Pugh ratified its designation as a planned unit development. Developer Blue Ocean can start work on the roughly $40 million Overlook at Roland Park. The Baltimore-based developer plans a six-story, 148-unit luxury apartment building on the wooded 12-acre parcel near the intersection of Falls Road and Northern Parkway in North Roland Park. The project faced significant opposition from some residents in North Roland Park concerned about increased traffic, despite receiving the support of two neighborhood associations. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland Lottery sales hit record last year of nearly $2 billion

The Maryland Lottery on Tuesday reported setting records for fiscal-year sales — nearly $2 billion — and for prizes paid to players. Lottery sales of $1.9 billion for the year ending June 30 were buoyed by the continued growth of scratch-offs, also called instant tickets. Sales of scratch-offs grew by double-digit rates for the third straight year, totaling $676.8 million — a 10.7 percent increase over the 2016 fiscal year. The tickets are called “instant” because players can find out immediately if they won. “Growing instant ticket sales has been one of the Lottery’s top priorities,” Lottery director Gordon Medenica said in a written statement. (Balt. Sun)

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Air Force awards $24 million research contract to KeyW

The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory has awarded KeyW Holding Corp. a $24 million contract to help it conduct research into airborne reconnaissance technologies, the Hanover-based cybersecurity firm announced Tuesday. Under the five-year contract, KeyW will help the Air Force lab, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, with research into “multi-sensor, multi-domain fusion” using radio frequency, electro-optical and infrared sensing and exploitation from aerial platforms. (Balt. Sun)

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