Tastee Diner's future may go up in smoke

A plan to replace an iconic Laurel diner with a medical marijuana dispensary has met with opposition from city residents and others who want the historic building preserved or even moved. Pure Hana Synergy has a purchase agreement on 118 Washington Bld in Laurel. The property includes the Tastee Diner, the adjacent TD Lounge, and a small motel. Pure Hana Synergy plans to wrap Tastee Diner and TD Lounge in a new façade and completely revamp their interiors, as well as demolish the motel, before opening as a dispensary where approved patients can obtain medical marijuana products. (Laurel)

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Wild Kombucha to open new brewery, taproom in city to keep up with fast growth

Local kombucha maker Mobtown Fermentation is set to open a new brewery and tap room in northwest Baltimore early next year as the company continues to grow faster than expected. Mobtown Fermentation has run out of room in its 3,400-square-foot Lutherville manufacturing space less than three years after launching production there. The new 13,000-square-foot facility, plus additional hires and a funding round, will help to accommodate the expansion of the company's line of Wild Kombucha products to more stores and states. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Silver Branch Brewing Co. to open in January

Silver Branch Brewing Co. is slated to open in mid- to late January in downtown Silver Spring, slightly later than its owners’ planned debut in late 2018. The brewery will be the third in the area, joining Denizens Brewing Co. on East West Highway and Astro Lab Brewing, which opened at 8216 Georgia Ave. in October. The company was founded in January 2017 under the name Parallel World Brewing Co. by co-owners Christian Layke, 46, and Brett Robison, 30, who leased a first-floor space at 8401 Colesville Road on Metro Center Plaza in September 2017. (Bethesda)

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Historic Lankford Hotel in Ocean City listed for sale for $16 million

The historic Lankford Hotel in Ocean City has been put up for sale for $16 million. Built in 1924 by Mary B. Quillen, the Lankford Hotel has been a staple on the Ocean City Boardwalk for decades. Throughout its history, the hotel management has remained within the original family. But the future of the hotel appears to be uncertain after the property was listed for sale by Coldwell Banker on Nov. 30. (Daily Times)

 

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MISSION BBQ considering Westminster location

MISSION BBQ, the national chain famous for brisket and patriotic support of soldiers, firefighters and other first responders, has confirmed it is considering opening a new restaurant at the site of the recently closed Westminster Friendly’s. Company spokeswoman Megan Laubacher stressed that nothing is certain yet, and many details have to be considered before the barbecue chain could announce a definite opening, but noted it is seriously being considered. She provided a written statement from MISSION BBQ co-founder Steve Newton to that effect. (Carr. Co. Times)

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November 30 // Consumer advocates warn of another potential mortgage crisis in Maryland, call for legislative help

Another Maryland mortgage crisis may be on the horizon as out-of-state hedge funds buy up distressed loans and seek to foreclose on people’s houses, consumer advocates warned Thursday. The advocates, flanked by homeowners and lawmakers at a rally in Mount Vernon calling for legislative action, said the hedge funds go unregulated and untaxed in Maryland because a state law expanded after the last housing crisis in the mid-2000s didn’t specifically require big investment funds to be licensed as debt collectors. (Balt. Sun)

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MedStar lauds federal investigators after hackers indicted for 2016 ransomware attack

MedStar Health today said it "applauds the work of U.S. law enforcement officials," following news that two Iranian hackers have been charged in connection with the ransomware attack on the health system in 2016. The Associated Press reported the Justice Department indicted Faramarz Shahi Savandi, 34, and Mohammad Mehdi Shah Mansouri, 27, Wednesday. The two stand accused of creating ransomware known as SamSam that encrypted data held in the computer systems of more than 200 entities, including the MedStar Health, and held it for "ransom." (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Three Baltimore properties among five to nab $9M in historic state tax credits

Five applications — three for properties in Baltimore — were awarded more than $9 million in state historic tax credits Thursday. Among the projects is a redevelopment of the dilapidated American Ice Co. at 2100 W. Franklin St., a restoration of the historic Seventh Metro Church at St. Paul Street and North Avenue and a redevelopment of the Emerson Mansion on North Eutaw Street. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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