The Let's Eat! Charles Street Festival is "The 'Best Thing' to Happen to Charles Street Since Starbucks"

BALTIMORE, May 8, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "The Let's Eat! Charles Street Festival is the best thing to happen to Charles Street since Starbucks," says Haluk Kantar, owner of Cazbar Restaurant and Lounge. "It's what puts us on the map, just like a Starbucks does when it opens in a new neighborhood."

"For years there's been 'dead space' on Charles Street," Kantar continues, "But we want to show people that our businesses are doing well."

Let's Eat! Charles Street Festival
Saturday, May 12, 2012
12PM til 5PM
300 Block of North Charles Street (between Saratoga & Mulberry Streets)
40 food & retail vendors
Plus music sponsored by WTMD

Kantar, along with 40 other food & retail vendors will be setting up tents along Charles Street on Saturday, May 12th. Mick O'Sheas, The Beef Brothers, BARCs Animal Rescue, CapitolMac, Baltimore's Computer Store, Midtown BBQ and Brew, Comcast, The Brewer's Art, Urbanite Magazine, The Woman's Industrial Exchange, MAC Cosmetics and Zipcar are just a few of the participants. Live music will be featured between 12 and 5pm, with headlining band The Carousel Rogues playing between 4 and 5pm. There will be fun family activities for children, including an appearance by the Oriole Bird.

The Let's Eat! Charles Street Festival is now in its third year of operation – it began in 2010 as a way to help market and promote the businesses along Charles Street.

"This festival is a wonderful way to bring the Charles Street community together, and to show off some of Baltimore's best restaurants and retailers," says Kristin Speaker, Executive Director of the Charles Street Development Corporation.

Part of the mission of the Historic Charles Street Association – Baltimore's oldest business association –  is to encourage new businesses to develop the empty storefronts along Charles Street. And there are several new developments causing excitement: New retailers, such as Mina's Delights and Roane's Earth, and expansions of existing businesses, like the new banquet facility at Lumbini Restaurant.

In addition, the Let's Eat! Charles Street festival will be the launching pad for Baltimore's first sushi truck, called Noodlerolla. Owner James Sin is the former executive chef at Sticky Rice, and his first food truck venture has been highly anticipated.

The Let's Eat! Street Festival will require street closures along the 300 block of North Charles Street, with the following bus schedule in effect on Saturday, May 12 between Saratoga and Mulberry Streets: The No.3, 11 and 64 Lines will operate their regular route on northbound Charles Street. They will be diverted left on Fayette Street, right on Park Avenue, right on Mulberry Street, then back to their regular route on Charles Street. Bus stops at Fayette, Lexington, and Saratoga Streets, will be inoperative on Saturday, May 12th until 6pm.

Southbound routes are all on streets other than Charles Street and will not be affected.

The Historic Charles Street Association wishes to thank WTMD for their generous support in sponsoring the Carousel Rogues as headliners and Carrollton Bank for their generous support and sponsorship.

For more information, contact Executive Director Laura Rodini at 410-332-4144 or or visit their website:

Laura Rodini, Executive Director
Historic Charles Street Association
312 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201, 410.332.4144

SOURCE Historic Charles Street Association


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