Over 18K Marylanders Filed For Unemployment Last Week

Over 18,000 Marylanders filed for unemployment in the last week, state labor officials say. The state reported 18,268 new unemployment insurance claims in the week ending on August 1. There have been 2,729 Baltimore residents and 2,700 Baltimore County residents who applied for unemployment insurance in that period. (WJZ)

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There are fewer than five Black-owned breweries in Maryland. Nationally, it's just as white.

Black brewers in Maryland want to make one thing clear: Craft beer is for everyone. At a time when social movements such as Black Lives Matter are re-focusing attention on issues of race, it's hard to avoid the obvious: the craft beer and alcohol industry is pretty white, both here in Maryland and across the country. (Delmarva)

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Baltimore restaurants can resume indoor dining at 25% capacity

Baltimore will allow restaurants to reopen for indoor dining beginning Friday evening after a two-week shutdown of dining rooms in the city. Mayor Bernard C. "Jack" Young put a pause on indoor dining July 24 amid rising coronavirus case counts. On Thursday, he said restaurants will once again be permitted to serve patrons indoors, this time at 25% capacity. Restaurants can begin to offer indoor seating again on Friday at 5 p.m. Patrons will be required to wear face masks while dining unless they are eating or drinking. (Balt Bus Journal)

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Gaithersburg firm raising another $7M to attack superbugs — and eyeing much more

The Gaithersburg biotech hunting superbugs is raising another $7 million, a precursor to a much larger Series B round on the horizon. Adaptive Phage Therapeutics Inc., a clinical-stage company targeting drug-resistant bacteria, has landed $1.75 million from Mayo Clinic — now a lead investor in the $7 million convertible note funding round. The company has about $2 million remaining in the round, and expects full subscription within the next few weeks, said APT co-founder and CEO Greg Merril in an email to the Washington Business Journal. (Wash Bus Journal)

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Tessemae’s launches co-branded partnership with family of rock legend

Essex-based organic fresh food company Tessemae’s Thursday announced a co-branded collaboration with the Jerry Garcia Family to produce Cosmic Jerry Sauce, a saucy tribute to the San Francisco rock legend. The new product combines clean eating with creative flavors, using a blend of honey, mustard and buffalo sauce with a hint of rich umami. It is available exclusively online at Tessemaes.com. (Daily Record)

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Baltimore liquor board imposes small fines on several restaurants for coronavirus-related violations

Baltimore City’s liquor board fined four restaurants a combined $550 for coronavirus-related violations during a hearing Thursday. All of the violations under consideration at the hearing took place in March, shortly after Gov. Larry Hogan’s executive order shuttered bars, restaurants and other establishments. (Balt Sun)

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Baltimore malicious ad-fighting firm Clean.io raises $5 million Series A round

Baltimore-based adtech startup clean.io has raised $5 million in Series A funding to support continued growth. The round was led by New York's Tribeca Venture Partners, with participation from Real Ventures, Inner Loop Capital and Grit Capital Partners. The cash infusion brings the startup's overall funding to $7.5 million to date, and comes shortly after Clean.io landed a loan through the Paycheck Protection Program, which the company now intends to pay back in full. (Balt Bus Journal)

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Hungry Like the Wolfe pop-up at Red Star could become a permanent fixture in Fells Point

A new pop-up at the Red Star in Fells Point could become a permanent fixture. Two local chefs have taken over the bar's kitchen with a concept that merges their appreciation for tavern food with their love of 80s pop — and a good pun. Hungry Like The Wolfe debuted a week ago, selling food to-go and for outdoor dining at 906 S. Wolfe St. (Balt Bus Journal)

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