Baltimore Retail Roundup

| April 19, 2016 | 1 Comments

Diamondback Opening a Brewery in Locust Point 

Diamondback Brewing Company announced plans to open a 6,800 sq. ft. brewery and tap room at the former Phillips and Coco-Cola plant at McHenry Row in Locust Point. Diamondback has been contract brewing its beers in Virginia and had a storage facility and office in the Curtis Bay area of South Baltimore. Diamondback is owned by Loyola Blakefield graduates Tom Foster, Colin Marshall, and Francis Smith.

The brewery, located in a former utility area, will feature an approximately 2,000 sq. ft. tasting room and a lower level production brewery. The team plans to open the tap room about four days a week with happy hour and evening hours during the week, and weekend hours from 12pm to 10pm.

The brewery will give Diamondback the equipment to produce up to 8,000 barrels of beer each year. It currently produces about 750 barrels and plans to immediately increase to 2,000 barrels. It currently offers Three Thirty Amber Ale, Omar’s O.P.A., The Bamb Black IPA, and Citranova Session Ale. The team will launch their first India Pale Ale at the new brewery and plan on trying out new brews for testing at the tasting room. They will continue to use River City Cannery for canning.

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Movement Lab Coming to Remington 

The top floor of R. House, a food market under construction at a former auto repair shop in Remington, will be the new 4,350 sq. ft. home of Movement Lab. From Baltimore Magazine:

With a playful and fun approach to health and fitness, Movement Lab will offer a wide array of classes and workshops for people of all fitness levels, such as trendy cardio-dance workout the Nia Technique, Jumping® Fitness, and yoga.

They will also be the only studio in Maryland where you will be able to practice AntiGravity Fitness, which offers aerial yoga and fitness classes with sessions ranging from doing pulls and flips in the suspension hammock, to more restorative classes where you do smaller healing movements with the hammock lower to the ground.

David and Dad’s Expanding 

David and Dad’s Café, a downtown breakfast and lunch restaurant, is relocating to The Vault at the former Central Savings Bank building at at 115 N. Charles St. From Baltimore Business Journal:

On the main floor of the 50,000-square-foot building, David and Dad’s Cafe will be relocating from its previous location at 334 N. Charles to the Vault. David Cangialosi started the cafe with his father, Tony Cangialosi, 22 years ago and has been in the same location since with an express location on Pratt Street. The move, David Cangialosi said, allows the restaurant to expand from the current 3,000 square feet to about 4,500 square feet, plus additional space for storage.

“We are really trying to grow our business and have an opportunity for the future and this new spot will be a little larger and give us some more opportunities,” he said.

The new location also brings with it the opportunity to change up a two-decade-old game plan as the space comes with the option for a liquor license.

O’Flynn’s Coming to Brooklyn

Liam Flynn, the owner of Liam Flynn’s Ale House in Station North, is opening a second restaurant at 3432 S. Hanover St. in South Baltimore’s Brooklyn neighborhood. O’Flynn’s Crab & Cask House will open in the former space of O’Brady’s Crab House, a longtime Brooklyn-staple before it closed in 2015.

In the mornings, O’Flynn’s will serve coffee and breakfast. Flynn noted that he’s heard from people in Brooklyn that they have to go to Glen Burnie to get a good cup of coffee.

For lunch, O’Flynn’s will serve many steamed items including steamed breads, seafood, and more. It will focus on crabs, as well as many different seafood dishes. Along with serving items with an Irish and Scottish influence, O’Flynn’s will have New Orleans seafood-inspired dishes as well. The bar will focus on local beer and ales.

O’Flynn’s will initially be open for breakfast and lunch, and it will be adding dinner hours in the future.

Flynn hopes his new restaurant will be the first of many new investments in Brooklyn. “We want to work with the neighborhood and help drive economic growth,” said Flynn.

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Loch Bar Opens in Harbor East

Loch Bar has opened in the former Lamill Coffee space at the Four Seasons Baltimore. From Baltimore Business Journal:

With a speakeasy feel and 1920s vibe, patrons can enjoy hot and cold appetizers, sandwiches, charcuterie and a variety of entrees. Crab cakes, lobster, steak and Po Boys are among the offerings.

The two components that may stick out most, however, are the vast offerings of oysters and whiskey. The restaurant, headed by award-winning chef Matthew Oetting, brings in fresh oysters daily for the raw bar, with about 12 options available each day and 80-100 throughout the year. The bar variety is even larger, with nearly 350 whiskey options available from around the world and a range of Maryland craft beers also on tap.

Allen Edmonds Coming to Harbor East

Premium men’s shoemaker Allen Edmonds is opening a new store in Harbor East this summer. From Baltimore Magazine:

“With its robust office and business traveler population, the neighborhood is terrific fit for us,” Paul Grangaard, Allen Edmonds’ president and CEO said in a press release. “We look forward to serving both our loyal Allen Edmonds customers, as well as gentlemen new to the brand, in such a vibrant urban setting.”

The new location will occupy approximately 1,300 square feet at 635 President Street in the former Starbucks space between the Hilton Garden Inn/Homewood Suites and Landmark Theaters

Spike Gjerde Coffee Shop Opening Charles Village

James Beard Award-winning Chef Spike Gjerde, the owner of Woodberry Kitchen, Artifact Coffee, and Parts & Labor, is teaming with the Ivy Bookshop to open a bookstore-cafe in Charles Village at a new development, Nine East 33rd. From The Baltimore Sun:

While the culinary component will have offerings similar to Gjerde’s Artifact Coffee — including sandwiches, sweet and savory pastries and high-end coffee — it won’t be called Artifact. Gjerde said the space will have a distinct atmosphere, and it won’t have a full kitchen.

“It’s going to be a very cool feel, but we can’t try to replicate what happened at the first one,” Gjerde said. “We’ve taken our time. We wanted to find the right place and we wanted to create something that’s as special as the original.”

The shop is targeting an August opening.

Lilly Madison Opens in Pigtown 

Pigtown Main Street gained a new business as Lilly Madison Furniture opened in a former 2,300 sq. ft. clothing store space at 775 Washington Blvd. Lilly Madison sells modern furniture and home decor from brands including Coaster, Furniture of America, Zuo, and Howard Elliott.

Owner Brian Jamal Greene said the furniture at Lilly Madison is in the medium price range with couches ranging from $500 to $2,000. He noted that many items will be on the smaller side to fit the smaller rowhomes in Baltimore. Lilly Madison features a showroom, which Greene is looking to expand into the back of the property in the future. It will also have catalogs where more than 20,000 items can be purchased.

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Woody’s Makes Permanent Switch to Mexican Fare

Fells Point’s Woody’s Rum Bar, the section of Slainte Irish Pub that transforms into an open air island-themed bar in the warmer months, will now permanently become Woody’s Cantina. From The Baltimore Sun:

“We wanted to bring a little new energy to Woody’s,” Dely said.

The group altered the decor and the menu, incorporating more Mexican-style tacos instead of Caribbean flavors and adding classic Mexican dishes like enchiladas, tostadas and burritos. The taco selection includes shrimp, mahi-mahi, pork, chicken, carne asada and black bean varieties.


The Bun Shop Opening Downtown 

The Bun Shop, a Mount Vernon bakery that specializes in buns from all over the world, is opening a second location Downtown at 22 Light St. From Baltimore Business Journal:

The new location sits in the central business district and neighbors thousands of new apartments that have come online over the last few years.

Vo said the opening April 18 will be a soft opening with a grand opening celebration expected about a week later, although a date has not been finalized. The 3,500-square-foot space will seat up to 75 people and will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. The Mount Vernon location is open until 3 a.m. throughout the week, but Vo said they want to see how the opening goes before extending hours.

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  • K & J

    So happy to hear of the Liam O’Flynn’s plans for Brooklyn!! We will be there!