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Foodie News: Restaurant Week! Swine for All. We Hardly Knew You, Big Sue

Love food? There's a story here for you. And it might just involve bacon.

Don't miss this food-related news from around Baltimore County:

Baltimore Summer Restaurant Week Dates Announced

Get excited! The most delicious week of summer is back this year from July 26 to Aug. 4 with many of Baltimore's best restaurants offering special three-course menus for $30.13 and $20.13. Plus, some restaurants are offering two-course lunch menus for $15.13.

Potential New Bars

Keep your eye out on these new Baltimore businesses that will apply for liquor licenses at this Thursday's meeting of the Baltimore Board of Liquor License Commission.

Nomadic Barbeque Stand & Catering Business Opens Storefront

Steve and Lorraine Austin's popular pit stand and catering business, is preparing to open a permanent restaurant at 7216 North Point Road in Edgemere. The eatery will feature the pit basics of ham, turkey, beef and pork, as well as beans and coleslaw.

Big Sue's Kitchen Abruptly Shutters Doors

After encountering several hurdles that delayed its launch, Big Sue's Kitchen opened to much fanfare on April 1—at the former site of Ridgely & Ferrens, a longtime downtown Towson eatery—only to close two months later.

The closure was announced earlier this month on the Allegheny Avenue restaurant's Facebook page.

"Thank you to all our customers and friends but unfortunately on May 31st we have have had to close our doors permanently," the message reads. "If you or anyone you know is interested in purchasing all assets and assuming the lease please contact us at: 410-591-2336. Thank you."

Farm-To-Table Dining at Herb & Soul

Enjoy local, organic and gluten-free options at this recently renovated restaurant on 1702 Yakona Road, Parkville. Oh yeah, and we dare you to watch this video without drooling.

Stone's Cove KitBar To Open Near Stevenson University

Stone’s Cove KitBar, a new restaurant and bar with an open-style kitchen and unique philosophy, will celebrate its recent opening in Owings Mills. There will be an official ribbon-cutting ceremony at 12:30 p.m. Monday, June 17, according to Owings Mills Patch. County Executive Kevin Kamenetz plans to attend.

Red Robin Seeks Burger Lovers To Join New Crofton Restaurant

"Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (Red Robin), known as the Gourmet Burger Expert, is looking for energetic and friendly team members to join the new Crofton restaurant located at the Waugh Chapel Shopping Center at the intersection of Route 3 North and John Hopkins Road, according to a news release from PRNewswire

The restaurant is opening in mid-July, it states. Interested in working there? Apply to be part of the new 100-member team.

Reminder: Starbucks Bans Smoking at Outdoor Cafes

The gourmet coffee chain Starbucks banned smoking in coffee shops, the outdoor patios and within 25 feet of the doors, according to a company statement.

Community To Discuss Food Truck Rules

A community meeting on proposed regulations for food trucks is scheduled before the Planning Board on Thursday, June 20, at 5 p.m., according to The Baltimore Sun. Proposed changes include "increasing the buffer zone between restaurants and food trucks from 100 to 300 feet." 

Paying for Grocery Bags?

The city of Baltimore is considering creating a fee for both paper and plastic bags distributed by sales outlets, according to an article in North Baltimore Patch. The bill is intended to help address the city’s littering issue.

City Councilman Brandon M. Scott introduced the bill Monday that would force retailers, such as supermarkets and convenience stores, to charge customers for paper and plastic bags in Baltimore.

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