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It could take an entire weekend to experience Power Plant Live! in Baltimore. And there's no time like the summer to do it.

And it's easy to get there: It's right off of I-83.

"Top Chef" competitor Bryan Voltaggio's newest restaurant (contemporary Italian) Aggio, is in the mix of new eateries there. What else? Two beer gardens, a Mexican tequila bar (cheers!) and another half dozen more eateries, a Friday night concert series and more bars.

Power Plant Live! is at 34 Market Place, Baltimore, close to Inner Harbor. Valet parking is available Friday and Saturday nights, starting at 8 p.m., and parking garages and lots are close by as well.

Here's the lowdown on the beer gardens: Leinenkugel's is in a glass pavilion with a retractable roof and serves more than 30 specialty drafts. Joe Squared serves coal-fired pizza so good that Zagat's named its bacon and clam pizza the best pie in Maryland. It also has a wide variety of risottos (and beer, of course).

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Family Meal, a modern diner concept from the Frederick-based chef Bryan Voltaggio and his business partner, Hilda Staples, opened just after the new year at the Inner Harbor.

This is the second restaurant Voltaggio and Staples have opened in Baltimore in the past seven months; Aggio, a contemporary Italian restaurant, opened last summer at Power Plant Live. Both Aggio and Family Meal are Voltaggio second editions, as it were. The original Aggio occupies part of the upper level in Washington's upscale Chevy Chase Pavilion. The first Family Meal opened in the spring of 2012 in a former car dealership located along a Frederick industrial corridor.....

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This past August, the Baltimore AFR Showcase Networker design challenge was held at Mosaic Nightclub and Lounge at Power Plant Live in Baltimore. Organized by AFR’s Taylor Dabney, the festive event included lavish decor and lighting, live music, painted models, and an aerial performer.

The design challenge featured two businesses, Flowers and Fancies and My Flower Box, with the latter winning the competition. Using AFR furnishings and working with existing fixtures, the designers were charged with transforming the space into a spectacular environment.

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Tin Roof, a Nashville restaurant and live music chain, has signed a lease to replace the defunct Kettle Hill at Power Plant Live!.
David Cordish, president of The Cordish Companies, which operates Power Plant Live!, said the venue will open by spring 2014. Tin Roof has 11 locations across the U.S., including Indianapolis, IN; Charlotte, NC; and Birmingham, AL. The restaurants serve menu items like Southern-style sandwiches, pizza and quesadillas.
“They were our first choice,” Cordish said in an interview Monday. “They are a perfect fit.”
Tin Roof’s arrival in Baltimore marks its first lease in a Cordish project. Typically, the company’s projects across the U.S. feature some of the same tenants.
Tin Roof will join other Power Plant Live! tenants like Rams Head Live! and Howl at the Moon that feature live music. Power Plant Live!’s plaza is also a popular hangout in the summer for free concerts.
Kettle Hill, an American-themed restaurant and bar, closed abruptly in November 2012. The restaurant had been open for less than eight months. The 6,000-square-foot space includes a 2,500-square-foot outdoor patio. Mondo Bondo Italian Bistro had occupied the space before Kettle Hill.
Meantime, Cordish said he also working to fill the space at neighboring Power Plant previously occupied by Houlihan’s. He declined to disclose what restaurants he is in negotiations with but said it is down to three options. Two are national and one is local, he said.

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Baltimore's Premier Entertainment Destination Marks Over Ten Phenomenal Years and Its Evolution By Hosting a Month-Long Series of Concerts, Events and Celebrations

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