Four Seasons' Wit & Wisdom to close; Atlas Restaurant Group taking over space

Wit & Wisdom, the restaurant created by celebrity chef Michael Mina, is closing Jan. 1 in the Four Seasons Hotel after seven years in the waterfront spot. Atlas Restaurant Group, the fast-growing owner of eight restaurants in Baltimore's Harbor East neighborhood, will take over the space, officials at Atlas and the Four Seasons said Tuesday. Atlas already runs three other restaurants in the swanky waterfront hotel - Azumi, Loch Bar and the sky-high Bygone restaurant. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Severna Park treatment center moves to Odenton with plans to expand

A Severna Park-based mental health clinic that focuses on counseling for people addicted to drugs has moved to Odenton with plans to expand. Katherine Bonincontri, executive director of the Robert A. Pascal Youth and Family Services, said the move will allow the counseling service to join a sprawling campus that’s part of ongoing redevelopment around Odenton. (Capital)

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Baltimore City Winter Restaurant Week set to return in January

Winter Restaurant Week will return to Baltimore City January 11-20, organizers of the annual promotion announced Tuesday. So far more than 70 restaurants have signed up to participate, but a spokesperson for Visit Baltimore said they expect more than 100 to join by the time the week kicks off. The last Baltimore Winter Restaurant Week in January had more than 80 restaurants participate. Earlier this year, Summer Restaurant Week drew 102 eateries in July. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Prefab home project may help East Baltimore neighborhood click

A blue crane lifted and aligned the six rectangular boxes into two neat stacks like Lego pieces. Only the boxes weighed up to 25,000 pounds each and people will eventually live in them. They were assembled over several hours Tuesday into two rowhouses on a formerly vacant lot in East Baltimore Midway, a community largely ignored by developers in recent times even as projects have blossomed in the surrounding neighborhoods just north of downtown including Barclay, Greenmount West and Station North. (Balt. Sun)

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Local Christmas trees in short supply in Maryland, Delaware

As Eastern Shore locals flock to decorate their homes with trees for the Christmas season, they may find fewer options than usual. In 2017, 27.4 million real Christmas trees were purchased, according a survey of 2,000 adults by the National Christmas Tree Association. And 27 percent of those were from choose-and-cut farms, like most of the small farms on the Eastern Shore. However, a steadily shrinking number of farms in Maryland and Delaware, a rainy summer and a tight national market have put pressure on the local offerings of trees this year. (Daily Times)

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Lyft names Max's Taphouse, Horseshoe Casino among Baltimore's most popular 2018 destinations

We’ve cheered for the Grammys and celebrated the Emmys. Now we can applaud the local winners of the Lyfties, the list of the most popular destinations in Baltimore in 2018 by users of the popular transportation service Lyft. This is the fourth year that the company has released its most frequently requested drop-off points in some 45 U.S. cities. This year, the categories expanded to include gyms, concert venues and taverns. (Balt. Sun)

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December 4 // Subpoenas to begin in Maryland's case against President Trump's business dealings

A federal judge cleared the way Monday for the attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia to begin issuing subpoenas in their lawsuit alleging that President Donald Trump has violated a constitutional prohibition on gaining financially from his position by doing business with foreign governments. A list of subpoenas was expected to be made available Tuesday, according to a spokeswoman for D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine. “Huge step forward in our emoluments case,” Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh tweeted. “Judge issues scheduling order. We can now move forward and get the evidence to prove our case.” (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore City Council approves rules on Airbnb-type rentals; final vote needed

A majority of the Baltimore City Council voted Monday to pass a set of strict rules on renting out property on Airbnb and other online platforms, but the bill didn’t receive enough votes to overcome a procedural hurdle and the council will take it up again at its next meeting. The vote was 10-3 with two abstentions. After council members voted, Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young said the bill would be considered at the next meeting on Thursday because it failed to secure the 12 votes needed to amend and pass a bill at the same time. (Balt. Sun)

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