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Bar Tue Aug 24 2010

Maria's Packaged Goods and Community Bar Grand Opening

Originally Kaplan's Liquors, Maria's Packaged Goods and Community Bar (960 W 31st) re-opens in Bridgeport this Friday (27 August).

Previously run by Maria Marszewski since 1986, and now run by her sons Ed and Mike, Maria's has undergone a bit of a face lift while still keeping that package store charm.

With some new furnishings (including beer bottle chandeliers and butcher's block tables), a bit of rearrangement, and a dash of local art, Maria's is looking to be less of an "old man dive bar" and more of a community bar.

The bar will have ten beers on tap, and about 100 other micro and specialty brews available as well.

Swing by on Friday (27 August) between 7pm and 2am for the grand opening!

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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