Best Gesture

City Paper

On a Monday in late July, word spread quickly of the surprising passing of Nelson Carey, the well-loved owner of Grand Cru. Later that afternoon, over a hundred of Nelson’s friends, family, and regulars made their way to the Belvedere Square wine bar to pay respects, tell stories, and share drinks as they reminisced about the lovely man they had come to know. As the impromptu evening wore on, the crowd overtook the quaint bar and spilled out onto the patio, where Spike Gjerde and his staff had brought over a barrel grill from the neighboring Shoo-Fly and started handing out free hot dogs and chips to help feed the hungry group—a noble act in support of the remembrance of a man whose impact on the Baltimore restaurant scene was subtle but broad. 

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