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Hampden’s Birroteca, De Kleine Duivel reopen nearly a year after shutting down for the pandemic

Two of Hampden’s favorite places for a pint are opening their doors after nearly a year closed during the pandemic. Birroteca, the Clipper Road spot also known for its artisanal pizzas and roasted Brussels sprouts, quietly reopened earlier this month. Meanwhile, De Kleine Duivel, known for its selection of Belgian brews, will reopen Thursday as “DKD.” The pub located just off the Avenue was purchased and renovated by Paul and Caroline Benkert, who run the neighboring Bluebird Cocktail Room.

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Chefs at Work
‘Society Is Very Ready For This’: ‘Ghost Kitchens’ With No Physical Footprint Grow In Popularity Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
From a small kitchen near downtown Baltimore, workers prepare chicken sandwiches, chicken fingers and waffle fries for hungry customers of one of the city’s newest dining establishments. Fuku opened two weeks ago in the city, but diners won’t be able to stop by and grab a bite to eat in person with friends even when the COVID-19 pandemic ends. That’s because, unlike most restaurants, Fuku doesn’t have a traditional brick-and-mortar presence. Instead, it’s one of a growing number of ghost kitchens to spring up in recent years.
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Maryland startup that connects health insurers with consumers raises $12 million

Baltimore health technology company that connects insurers with consumers is targeting significant growth with $12 million in new funding. Insightin Health’s Series A funding round was co-led by the health care-focused equity fund Blue Heron Capital and Blue Venture Fund, a collaborative funding effort involving the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, a federation of 36 U.S. health insurers, and individual Blue Cross Blue Shield companies. Existing investors including Health Catalyst Capital, Revolution’s Rise of the Rest fund and SaaS Ventures also participated.

Baltimore’s skyline to change with new name atop Legg Mason tower

The Legg Mason tower in Harbor East is slated to get a new look — and a new name. Questions have surrounded the trophy tower’s future since Franklin Resources Inc., which does business as Franklin Templeton, closed its $4.5 billion acquisition of Legg Mason last year. Legg Mason has had naming rights and located its headquarters at the iconic waterfront property since 2009.

 

Hopkins again tops R&D spending list as UMd. jumps 30 spots in ranking

Johns Hopkins University spent $2.9 billion on research and development projects in fiscal year 2019, a new record for the school that has led all U.S. universities in R&D spending for 41 years straight. The Baltimore-based university’s R&D expenditures increased 9.6% from fiscal 2018, according to an annual report from the National Science Foundation. Hopkins remains the only school to have crossed the $2 billion spending threshold to date. But unlike in previous years, Hopkins was joined in the top 20 by another Maryland institution — or rather two.

 

Baltimore-based The Cordish Cos. opens Philadelphia casino and hotel

Baltimore-based The Cordish Cos. opened its latest Live-branded casino and hotel Thursday with an expansion into Philadelphia and the addition of pandemic-related protocols. The opening of Live Casino & Hotel Philadelphia in South Philadelphia’s stadium district follows Cordish’s opening in November of Live Casino Pittsburgh in Hempfield Township, Pennsylvania.

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Gov. Hogan Says Johnson & Johnson COVID Vaccine, Made In Baltimore, Could Be ‘Major Breakthrough’ To Increase Supply

State officials expressed optimism Thursday about the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine candidate that is being manufactured in Baltimore will get emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. During a news conference Thursday afternoon, Gov. Larry Hogan said federal officials told him it should be approved for use by the end of February. The company filed the emergency use authorization request in late January. Unlike other vaccines, Johnson & Johnson’s requires only a single dose and does not need to be kept at subzero temperatures.

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Baltimore’s January housing market saw another blitz in sales

Home sales in the Baltimore metro area continued to move at a record pace in January as deals were signed faster than any other time in nearly eight years, a new report showed. Confident buyers set a new benchmark by signing a total of 1,384 contracts in a period of less than 10 days after first viewing the listing, according to the metro market report by Bright MLS. The volume of residential deals totaled over $1 billion in January — a 37% increase over January 2020.

Annapolis mainstay Chick and Ruth’s Delly will remain open following owner’s death

Chick and Ruth’s Delly, the mainstay Annapolis restaurant on Main Street, will remain open and won’t change following the death of its owner Keith Jones last month, his son said Thursday. “We’re going to keep Chick and Ruth’s going strong for the Annapolis community as it has for decades,” Spencer Jones said. “And we’re going to honor the legacy of both the restaurant and my dad.”

 

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Carroll County breweries recognize FeBREWary, focused on business at hand

February is Maryland Craft Beer Lovers Month, so it makes sense that the Brewers Association of Maryland celebrates by changing the calendar every year to FeBREWary. Carroll’s breweries are doing their best to celebrate, but amid the COVID-19 pandemic owners and brewers seem to agree they’re more focused on keeping their business steady. At Brewery Fire in Taneytown, owners Jesse Johnson and Dave Palmer brought back their chocolate raspberry stout called Dark Helmet for FeBREWary this year.

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