Tuesday, July 3, 2007

'SI' Features Boog's BBQ at Camden Yards

Sports Illustrated's sicom July 2 double issue spotlights former sports stars who now run restaurants, in particular barbecue joints. Featured athletes and their eateries include: Robert Porcher (Detroit Lions) Seldom Blues jazz and supper club, Detroit Breakfast House & Grill, and Grand City Grille, Detroit; Nate Thurmond (NBA Hall of Fame center), Big Nate's Barbecue, San Francisco; Randy Jones (San Diego Padres pitcher), Randy Jones' BBQ, Petco Park, San Diego; Sammy Walker (Olympic weightlifter), Sammy Walker's Bar-b-que, Rowlett and Forney, Texas; Billy Sims (Oklahoma Heisman Trophy winning running back), Billy Sims Barbecue, Tulsa, Edmond and Broken Bow, Okla; Larry Shreve (pro wrestler), Abdulla the Butcher's House of Ribs & Chinese Food, Atlanta; Lee Roy Selmon (Tampa Bay Bucs star), Lee Roy Selmon's, seven locations in the Tampa area; Al "Bubba" Baker (pro football player), Bubba's Q, Avon, Ohio; Greg "The Bull" Luzinski (Phillies slugger), Bull's Barbecue, Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia; and Boog Powell (Orioles slugger), Boog's BBQ, Camden Yards, Baltimore.

IN THE NEWS: Anne Arundel County officials are trying to keep up with a surge in demand for new liquor license applications from restaurants moving into the fast-growing county's hotels, airport and new shopping centers, the Baltimore Business Journal reports. By the end of June, the county could have more than 500 liquor licenses, a nearly 20 percent increase from the roughly 420 establishments with liquor licenses three years ago, said Victoria Bowen, an administrator at the Anne Arundel County Liquor Board. About a quarter of the new licenses are for restaurants at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. Changes in the county's liquor license regulations also have made it easier for chain restaurants to open additional outlets. Chili's Grill & Bar has applied for a liquor license in Linthicum while Outback Steakhouse received approval to hold a liquor license at Arundel Mills. Other new restaurants are opening at new retail centers, such as Annapolis Towne Centre at Parole. Formerly a strip mall known as Parole Town Center, the project is being redeveloped into a retail, office and residential complex by Greenberg Gibbons Commercial of Owings Mills. Restaurants slated for the site include P.F. Chang's China Bistro Inc., Brio Tuscan Grille and Chop House, an upscale steak restaurant. baltimore.bizjournals.com ... The Baltimore Sun's Karen Nitkin gives three stars to Red Parrot Asian Cafe (8874 McGaw Road, Columbia, MD), while the Takeout column looks at rib joints. ... The Sun's Elizabeth Large gives two and a half stars to Petalo's Restaurant (1002 Eastern Ave., Baltimore) and reports: Abacrombie Fine Foods has closed until at least Sept. 1, after the kitchen staff left en masse; Saffron in Mount Vernon was closed effective immediately; Three, the restaurant that replaced Parkside at 2901 E. Baltimore St. near Patterson Park, has opened; Brazilian steakhouse chain Fogo de Chao is getting ready to open a branch in the Inner Harbor this August at 600 E. Pratt St.; and Soto's Grill has opened in the Ellicott City area (8001 Hillsborough Road). baltimoresun.com

Compiled by Pat Embry, WhereTheLocalsEat.com

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