Baltimore Retail Roundup

| March 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

Redevelopment of Shofer’s Clearance Center

The former Shofer’s Clearance Center at 1007 S. Charles St. in Federal Hill is about to get new life as owner Hank Shofer is planning a redevelopment of the property in addition to 1009 S. Charles St. Shofer, along with architect Robert Gisriel, is planning a Baltimore City Commission for Historical & Architectural Preservation (CHAP) renovation that will include 10 new apartments and 3,300 sq. ft. of renovated retail space.

Shofer is open to leasing the entire retail space to one tenant or subdividing it into two or three spaces. Construction is anticipated to begin this summer and will take about 12 months to complete.

The retail spaces have not yet been marketed.

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Brown Rice Opens at Mount Vernon Marketplace 

Charles Village’s fast-casual, make-your-own bibimbap (Korean rice bowl) restaurant Brown Rice opened its second location at Mount Vernon Marketplace, which opened its doors in 2015 and now has 17 vendors.

Burger stand Between 2 Buns will also be opening soon at the market.


Smoking Swine to Appear on DDD

Baltimore BBQ food truck The Smoking Swine will appear on an episode of Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives tomorrow night at 10pm. From The Baltimore Sun:

“We were kind of like, we’re a food truck first — our customers come first — so you’re going to kind of have to work around it,” said owner L. Drew Pumphrey. “You’re pretty much shut down for about a week because you’ve got to scrub everything top to bottom with a fine-tooth comb.”

Pumphrey said working with (Guy) Fieri was “awesome.”

“I don’t want to say I was surprised — he met every expectation I had of him,” he said. “He’s always kind of had what I have aspired to be.”

New Restaurant at 2 East Wells in South Baltimore

A new culinary-driven restaurant called At Light’s End is coming to 2 East Wells, the mixed-use building in South Baltimore that includes 153 apartments, 5,864 sq. ft. of retail space, and a 260-car parking garage. At Light’s End will occupy 3,723 sq. ft. of the retail space.

Jon Mayers of Chesapeake Realty Partners, the building’s owner, told the South Baltimore Neighborhood Association (SBNA) general membership meeting that a second restaurant with a focus on breakfast, lunch, prepared foods, and coffee will likely open in the other 2141 sq. ft. space.

The restaurant will be open every day for lunch and dinner, plus brunch on the weekends, and will have a rotating menu of 15 dishes with products from local farms. It will also feature a raw bar, craft cocktails using their pickled vegetables, rye whiskey, craft beer, and large wine selection.

The restaurant team is hoping to open At Light’s End around Labor Day.

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Waterstone Bar & Grille to Become West Madison Craft Beer & Wine Club

Waterstone Bar & Grille in Mount Vernon is currently closed, but will soon reopen under the same ownership as Madison Craft Beer & Wine Bar. From The Baltimore Sun:

Markiewicz plans to keep menu items that were favorites among Waterstone customers, like Greek tapas. But she’s adding more variety, too. Look for street food like barbecue tacos, Asian noodle bowls and dumplings, flatbread pizzas and desserts.

Alongside the revamped menu, West Madison will offer craft beer, including some from local producers like Union Craft Brewing, boutique wine and a spirits program focusing on bourbon. The space will have a carry-out section where growlers and bottles will be sold.

Hammerjack’s Begins Construction 

Construction has begun at Hammerjack’s, the 48,000 sq. ft. music venue and club at 1300 Russell St. in Stadium Area. The new Hammerjacks will feature a 2,500-person concert area that can be modified down for smaller shows, a club/sports bar area that will feature smaller 300-person live music shows, and an outdoor courtyard area.

The club can also be modified to various sizes for corporate events, business meetings, high school reunions, weddings, and private events. Hammerjack’s will also be leasing 4,000 sq. ft. of retail space facing Ostend St. on the property.

There will also be what owner Kevin Butler is calling “a large outdoor courtyard for seasonal events, sports events, and tailgating” at the venue.

Rendering Courtesy of Design Collective Inc.

Rendering Courtesy of Design Collective Inc.

Rye Closes in Fell’s Point

Craft cocktail bar Rye has closed at 807 S. Broadway in Fell’s Point. From its Facebook Page:

Four and a half years ago we moved into a tiny bar and started mixing and shaking our hearts out. Due to some circumstances beyond our control, this Monday, March 7th, will likely be our last day operating in our current space at 807 S. Broadway. We would love to tell you exactly where our new digs shall be but we’re going to have to wait until the ink is dry before that announcement is appropriate.

New Restaurant at Rallo’s?

The former Rallo’s diner parking lot in Riverside will be the home of Anthem House 2, bringing 52 new apartments to South Baltimore, and the development team said it is hoping for a future restaurant at the former diner at 838 E. Fort Ave., which was last Big Matty’s Diner before it relocated to Southside Marketplace and changed its name to Southside Diner.

The team acquired and successfully transferred the former Thorton’s Pub (located in Locust Point) liquor license to the former Rallo’s property last year.

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