Gypsy Queen 'truckstaurant' eyes Labor Day weekend opening

After more than a year of preparations, a brick-and-mortar "truckstaurant" from the owners of the Gypsy Queen food truck is almost ready to open in Hampden. Gypsy's Truckstaurant — so named because it combines the indoor seating and service of a restaurant with a kitchen run out of a food truck — is aiming to open this Labor Day weekend, co-owner Tom Looney said. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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August 6 // Small business lending in Baltimore plunged over a decade

Small business lending in Baltimore plummeted over a decade, while at the same time banks nearly doubled the deposits they took in from the city, a Johns Hopkins University study found. In 2007, banks and other lenders doled out $457 million in loans to Baltimore small businesses. Amid the recession, that number plunged to $197 million in 2010, but by 2016 it only recovered to $307 million, the Hopkins researchers found. That’s a third less than a decade earlier. (Balt. Sun)

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Comcast Business announces nearly $5 million investment in Baltimore ethernet network

Comcast Business said Friday it has launched a nearly $5 million project to expand its fiber-based network in Baltimore to reach more than 2,000 additional businesses and make the network more accessible to hundreds more. The fiber optic Ethernet network currently serves hundreds of businesses, including many of the city’s biggest companies. The expansion will allow Comcast to offer more advances services and quick access to small- to medium-sized organizations as well as large businesses. It will have a network capacity of up to 100 gigabits-per-second. (Balt. Sun)

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Prince George’s gives funds to nonprofits that are behind on state paperwork

More than a dozen nonprofits that received grants this year from the office of Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III had not filed required paperwork with the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation as of Friday afternoon, prompting criticism of how the Baker administration oversees those funds. Twenty-one organizations that received taxpayer dollars through the county’s $1.4 million Community Partnership Grant program were not in good standing with the state taxation office as recently as last week, records show. But several subsequently filed their paperwork, following reports by NBC4 and other news organizations about the situation. (Wash. Post)

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An unsavory scam? Company accused of diluting Chesapeake blue crab meat with imported crab

Few things say local like the Chesapeake blue crab. It has scuttled its way into Maryland’s tourism slogan and is part of the region’s signature dish, proudly touted on menus and in markets as a taste of the Bay in an era when “eat local” has become the mantra of foodies. But a few years ago, a tipster reached out to authorities with an unsavory allegation: A major Virginia seafood supplier was selling packages of premium Chesapeake blue crab meat cut with cheaper foreign crab. It wasn’t even the same species. (Wash. Post)

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Towson construction firm pays $145,000 to settle state allegations of inflating costs for MTA bus depot

J. W. Ancel Inc., a Towson-based construction firm, paid $145,000 to settle allegations that the company submitted inflated construction costs connected to a state bus depot, Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh announced Friday. J. W. Ancel was awarded a contract in 2013 to build a bus facility and maintenance building for the Maryland Transit Administration. During the project, the company submitted requests for “excess and overstated costs" not covered by the original contract. The state did not approve the payments. (Balt. Sun)

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Guinness' only U.S. brewery opens in Baltimore County

Before the new Guinness brewery opened Friday in Baltimore County, friends Dwayne Jenkins and Ryan Foley worried that the line was so long they might not make it in. Then the gates opened, and hundreds came pouring in. Within an hour, 1,000 people had entered. They had good reason: Guinness was opening its only brewery in the United States, and the legendary Irish brewer had picked the Baltimore region to call home. (Balt. Sun)

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Under Armour pushes back opening of Sparrows Point distribution center

Under Armour Inc.'s distribution center at Sparrows Point won't open until the first half of 2019, a spokesperson for the company told the Business Journal on Friday. The Baltimore sportswear maker's 1.3 million-square-foot warehouse was supposed to open this summer, creating more than 1,000 jobs at the site of the former Bethlehem Steel mill. Under Armour announced plans for the facility in 2016. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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