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Orioles Owner Peter Angelos, in a letter dated November 20, termed comments made last week by MD Gov. Parris Glendening urging the Orioles and the MD Stadium Authority (MSA) to "work more closely" on stadium issues "grossly inappropriate," according to Jon Morgan of the Baltimore SUN. Angelos' letter "reasserted the team's opposition" to a MSA proposal to have a parking garage developed at Camden Yards in connection with an "urban entertainment complex." Glendening was critical of the Orioles last week for their stated opposition to the project, but Angelos said that his remarks reflect "a serious lack of knowledge of what is occurring." Morgan adds that MSA Exec Dir Bruce Hoffman has called Angelos' office to request a meeting, but as of yesterday, Angelos "had not responded to the call." Glendening's Deputy Chief of Staff, David Iannucci, "declined to comment" on the letter (SUN, 11/25).
In a licensing agreement with Manhattan-based Glazier Group that was signed yesterday, "Michael Jordan - The Steakhouse" will open in February in New York's Grand Central Station, according to Florence Fabricant of the N.Y. TIMES. Under terms of the deal, the restaurant will use Jordan's name and be run by Penny and Peter Glazier, who run the upscale, "The Monkey Bar," among others. The 150-seat steakhouse will occupy 7,000 square feet, with a 60-seat bar and a "small retail shop" selling mainly restaurant related items. The menu's "typical steakhouse main courses" will be priced "in the $20 range." Peter Glazier: "It's about fine dining and Michael Jordan the businessman. There will not be any sports memorabilia or photographs of Michael Jordan shooting baskets in the restaurant." The Glaziers "hope to become involved in more projects" with Jordan after the steakhouse opens (N.Y. TIMES, 11/25).
Nike Australia is spending "about" $8M on its "first giant concept store" in that country, expected to open in Melbourne in November '98, according to AD AGE. The store is expected to look like a film set and "provide an interactive shopping experience for consumers." A second store is expected to open in Sydney in late '99. The Australian athletic footwear, clothing and accessories market "is estimated" at $1.5B and Nike claims between 32% and 35% share of Australia's $400M athletic footwear market (AD AGE, 11/24).....NikeTown Las Vegas, Nike's 10th store in the U.S., opened to the public on November 21 (Nike).