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Apropoe’s Restaurant Review: After a five million dollar renovation, the former Grille 700 at the Marriott Waterfront has become Apropoe’s --- a play on the name of Baltimore’s favorite literary son. The reimagined space is sleek and open-plan, encompassing the dining room, a bar and a lounge offering widescreen TVs, free WiFi, and a small-plates menu. Apropoe’s obviously sees itself as a downtown player, not just a meal service for hotel guests. Executive chef Carlos Gomez’s on-trend menu of seasonal Maryland comfort food sources most ingredients locally, some from as close as the hotel’s rooftop garden. (The garden’s herbs also add their flavors to a selection of artisanal cocktails.) Signature choices include a chopped kale salad with bacon, crumbled blue cheese, mushrooms and chopped egg; braised Duroc pork shank; a Maryland crab cake with creamed corn; and spiced pork belly sliders. The private party space has doubled in size, and can now seat up to 40 guests. Twelve taps offer local beers.