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Hollywood Diner Opens for Business

August 20, 2009

Good news for late night clubgoers, the Hollywood Diner (400 E. Saratoga Street) near Sonar is reopening on Aug. 26. And partiers in our oddly late-dining-scarce downtown aren’t the only ones who stand to benefit, the diner will be run by a nonprofit that provides job training for at risk youth.

The diner was built in Long Island and brought to Baltimore to serve as a set for Barry Levinson’s 1982 film The Diner. The city has owned the location since the movie wrapped and leased it to the Chesapeake Center for Youth Development in 2001.

According to CCYD executive director Ivan Leshinky, the nonprofit has tried running food service training programs out of the dinner over the years but those ventures failed. This time, they have teamed with the Crema Coffee Company, which runs two coffee bars in the city at the University of Maryland to shore up operations.

The menu will offer coffee drinks, fancy sandwiches, salads, and burgers. And the diner’s after dark weekend hours will ensure that after a night at one of the nearby clubs, when you develop the drunken munchies, you can indulge both your salivary glands and your sense of good will.

Crema Coffee at the Hollywood Diner will be open 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Fridays-Saturdays, and 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays.

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