🍦Sofi's Crepes isn't closing

Navy men's lax, four new restaurants, the week's biggest stories...

Good morning, Annapolis. Apparently Tesla Cybertruck owners have to wipe bird poop and dead bugs off immediately to avoid the uncoated stainless steel body from corroding. I think I’ll stick with my 19-year-old Toyota.

In today’s Naptown Scoop:

  • Navy men’s lax

  • Four new restaurants

  • We’re hiring

Let’s get to it.

— Lauren Burke Meyer, Dylan Roche, & Ryan Sneddon

P.S. Happy early birthdays to Cass C. and Melissa Bayly! 🎂


Major stories this week

Huge accident on the Bay Bridge. A 23-vehicle pileup and several adjacent crashes closed the Westbound span of the Bay Bridge for 6 hours last weekend. 13 people went to the hospital though none had life-threatening injuries.

Outdoor dining extended. City Council once again extended Annapolis’ temporary outdoor dining program put in place in the early pandemic. Ward 8 Alderman Ross Arnett plans to introduce legislation to make it permanent soon.

Westgate Circle sculpture proposals scrapped. The Annapolis Art in Public Places Commission is back to brainstorming at Westgate Circle. This comes after the commission proposed three sculptures that suffered no small amount of online criticism.

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Hearing bells on Saturday night?

🔔 ICYMI: Those bells ringing overnight Saturday? That’s just the Johnnies. They’ll be turning in their senior essays and tradition dictates they get to ring the McDowell Hall bell. And yes, they have a noise ordinance exception. Congrats, Johnnies!

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New restaurant spotlight

We’ve had several awesome new restaurants open lately. How many have you tried?

Chessie’s Wharf by RAR
Eastern Shore-born RAR opened its first Annapolis location 2.5 weeks ago and it’s been packed ever since. Inside you’ll find almost 40 beers and a full bar, simple and well-executed eats, and 26 synchronized singing fish. Try it at 609 Melvin Ave, Annapolis, MD 21401.

InGrano Restaurant
Not to be confused with InGrano Bistro + Bakery. InGrano slid in after Flamant closed and didn’t change much. The menu is full of interesting, elevated global cuisine that will impress even the most discerning palate. Try it at 17 Annapolis St, Annapolis, MD 21401.

100 Lots Kitchen + Bar
Edgewater misses Broadneck Grill, but it’s happy to have 100 Lots. They serve updated Americana food made from scratch with local ingredients. Try it at 74 W Central Ave, Edgewater, MD 21037.

Robiolina Amore
There is no such thing as too many Italian restaurants. Robiolina Amore is a brand new but already well-loved restaurant that’s also in Edgewater. Try it at 9 Lee Airpark Drive, Suite B100, Edgewater, MD 21037.

Sofi’s Crepes is closing in Baltimore, not Annapolis

Don’t fear, crepe loves. While Sofi’s Crepes founder Ann Costlow is retiring and closing her Baltimore location, our Annapolis Sofi’s is a franchise and they are not closing. Thanks for the crepes, Ann. Enjoy retirement! ($)

🤔 Why is it called Sofi’s Crepes if the founder is named Ann? Sofi was Ann’s dog. Her back legs were paralyzed but rolling around in a cart never stopped her and that inspired Ann.

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A special relationship 🐶

For many of us, our pets are like kids. Whether they’re our “first babies” or our companions as the kids graduate or move out for college – the relationship between you and your dog is always a special one.

And that’s why 4-legged family members deserve the best care they can get. Western Shore Veterinary Hospital in Annapolis has one goal: to strengthen the relationship between you and your furry friend.

They work with each client to help dogs live long, healthy lives, and offer treatment plans and preventive medicine that meet every client’s needs. Reach out today to experience the Western Shore Veterinary Hospital difference.


Don’t forget the kids clinic at Navy 🏀

We’ve got a great opportunity for all your little athletes this weekend. Navy Women’s Lacrosse, Women’s Golf, Women’s Rugby, and Volleyball all have kids sports clinics before the Navy Women’s Basketball game this Saturday at 2 PM. The $15 clinic fee even includes a game ticket and a concession voucher. Buy here with the promo code NGWSD.

USNA Gospel Choir Black History Month Concert 🎵

Here’s something to sing about. The USNA Gospel Choir is performing a Black History Month concert tonight (2/2) at 7 PM. This midshipmen ensemble will perform with American gospel singer and songwriter, Jonathan Nelson, at Mahan Hall. General admission: $20, Children (11 and under): $10, and mids are $0. Get tickets.

Navy men’s lax opens their season against Mount St. Mary’s at home this Saturday (2/3) at noon. Enjoy some high-quality lacrosse for a great price at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Tickets are $5 for kids and $10 for adults. Scoop up tickets here and don’t forget to preview the game with the Anchors Aweigh Podcast! The podcast will also be broadcast on WNAV 1430 AM Saturday morning at 9 AM.

Nothing in this section is sponsored. They're just the things you need to know. I'll always let you know when something's sponsored.


⚖️ County Council meeting

On the agenda for Monday’s County Council meeting:

  • Potentially Dangerous, Dangerous, and Vicious Animals

  • Self-service Storage Facilities – Outside Storage of Vehicles

  • Neighborhood Marina Zoning

  • See full agenda

The meeting is at 7 PM in the Arundel Center. The public is welcome to attend. Click here to submit testimony or watch online. 44 Calvert Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.

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Great news for Annapolis ⛵

After recovering from the third worst flooding in Annapolis history, the Annapolis Maritime Museum is reopening this weekend. As you probably know, the Maritime Museum and Park is one of Annapolis’s finest features. We’re so glad to have them back and we hope to see you there soon. Be there or be square.*

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47 🌡️ 35 | 🌧️ | 39% | 💨 NNW 12 mph (10 knots)


46 🌡️ 32 | ☀️ | 4% | 💨 N 9 mph (8 knots)


48 🌡️ 33 | ☀️ | 5% | 💨 NE 5 mph (4 knots)

💧🌡️ Water temperature = 41ºF
Temperature readings taken from the mouth of the Severn River the night before publication



49 West | Tom Mitchell | 8–10:30 PM
Annapolis Smokehouse & Tavern | Rick’s Revolving Door | 8:30–11:30 PM
Blackwall Hitch | Doug Segree | 4–7 PM
Blackwall Hitch | Michael McHenry Tribe | 9 PM
Brian Boru | Nate and Jim | 7–10 PM
The Choptank | Timothy Bracken | 8 PM
Great Frogs | Black Rhinoceros | 5–8 PM
Jalapeños | Tom Lagana | 7:30–10:30 PM
Killarney House | Ciaran Quinn | 8–11 PM
Mother's Peninsula Grille | Meerkat Nation | 8–11 PM
Pirates Cove | Pete Best | 8–11 PM
Rams Head On Stage | G. Love | 8 PM | Tickets
Rams Head Roadhouse | The Shatners | 9 PM
Rams Head Tavern | Chris Sacks | 5 PM
Rams Head Tavern | Step Down | 10 PM
Reynolds Tavern | Mike Heuer | 7 PM
Romilo’s Restaurant and Bar | Red Betty & the Ruckus | 7 PM
Severna Park Taphouse | Dudeist Priests | 8 PM
Stan & Joe’s Saloon | Russ & Friends | 9:45 PM


49 West | The Solid Sender Trio | 8–11 PM
Blackwall Hitch | Moran Tripp Band | 8 PM
Brian Boru | National Bohemians | 7–10 PM
The Choptank | Kieran Lally | 8 PM
Great Frogs | Daphne Eckman | 5–8 PM
Killarney House | Joey Fitz | 8–11 PM
Middleton Tavern | Michael McHenry Tribe | 10 PM
Mother's Peninsula Grille | Ground Rent | 8–11 PM
Pirates Cove | John Luskey | 8–11 PM
Rams Head On Stage | Good Shot Judy | 8 PM | Tickets
Rams Head Roadhouse | SRB Duo | 9 PM
Rams Head Tavern | Jesse Brazel | 10 PM
Reynolds Tavern | TBA | 7 PM
Romilo’s Restaurant and Bar | Back In Time | 7 PM
Severna Park Taphouse | Dan Ingham | 8 PM
Stan & Joe’s Saloon | Honey Sol | 9:45 PM


Dark Horse | Open Mic Night | 7:30 PM
Galway Bay | The Drinker & The Scholar | 4–8 PM
Killarney House | Aaron Hawkins | 4–7 PM
Pirates Cove | Kurt Gibbons | 3–6 PM
Rams Head On Stage | High Voltage | 3 PM | Tickets
Stan & Joe’s Saloon | Steve and V | 9:30 PM

Upcoming games & matches

Women's Basketball (7-13)
2/3 @ Colgate | 4 PM

Men's Basketball (8-12)
2/3 @ Colgate | Noon

Men's Gymnastics (6-3)
2/3 vs. Army - Star Meet | 2 PM

Men’s Hockey (4-12)
2/2 vs. Villanova University | 7 PM
2/3 vs. West Chester University | 5:30 PM

Men's Lacrosse
2/3 vs. Mount St. Mary's | 12 PM

Rifle (5-9)
2/3 @ Army - Star Match | 8:30 AM

Women’s Swimming & Diving (6-3)
2/3 vs. Navy Invite | Noon

Men's Swimming & Diving (8-3)
2/3 vs. Navy Invite | Noon

Men's Squash (12-9)
2/2 @ Chatham | 7 PM
2/3 vs. Western | 7 PM
2/4 vs. Rochester | 12 PM

Women’s Track & Field (0-1)
2/3 vs. Army - Star Meet | 2:30 PM

Men's Track & Field (1-0)
2/3 vs. Army - Star Meet | 11 AM

Women's Tennis (3-1)
2/3 vs. Howard | 9 AM
2/3 vs. Saint Joseph's | Noon
2/4 @ Delaware | 3 PM

Men's Tennis (4-0)
2/2 vs. Rider | 1 PM & 6 PM
2/3 vs. Howard | 2 PM
2/3 vs. Saint Joseph's | 5 PM

Wrestling (6-5)
2/2 vs. Lock Haven | 7:30 PM
2/3 vs Bucknell | 7:30 PM

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