Baltimore Retail Roundup

| May 19, 2016 | 2 Comments

Baba’s Opening a Restaurant at R. House

Baba’s Mediterranean Kitchen of Riverside is taking its popular cuisine to Remington. Owner Farid Salloum is opening a second restaurant called ARBA at R. House, an under-construction food hall in Remington. In an R. House video, Slalloum said he would serve “Mediterranean street food” such as lamb burgers, eggplant fries, falafel, and octopus salad inspired by his visits to Jerusalem.

Cummings & Co. Opens New Key Highway Office in Federal Hill

Cummings & Co. Realtors opened a new 2,000 sq. ft. office at 201 Key Hwy. in Federal Hill. The space was previously an office for Horsetail Technologies which recently moved to Harbor East.

The space includes 16 desks, a conference room, a break room, offices, and meeting areas. With realtors often working many hours from home, Cummings sees the office eventually being used by 30 to 40 agents. Cummings, who also has offices in Canton, Lutherville, Ruxton, and Perry Hall, said he has seven agents already living in South Baltimore. The company now has more than 190 agents total after 10 years of business.

There have been many new tenants added to the 200 block of Key Hwy. in the past year including 3 Bean CoffeeGo2 Staffing Solutions, and a new office for State Farm Insurance.

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Old Line Distillery Coming to Highlandtown

Old Line Whiskey, which hit area shelves in late April, is opening a new distillery in Highlandtown. From Baltimore Business Journal:

The Old Line whiskey may be available for purchase, but McLaughlin and Watkins are still in the process of setting up a permanent distillery. They signed a 10-year lease for a location in Highlandtown, but Watkins said they are not ready to announce the exact location. The 25,000-square-foot space will bring production to town as well as offer a tasting room with a bar. The goal is to have the space open by late summer.

Two Boots Opening in East Baltimore

Two Boots, a New York-based pizza restaurant that also has a location in Bolton Hill, is opening a new 1,400 sq. ft. restaurant in the EBDI development in East Baltimore at 929, a building at 929 N. Wolfe St. with 321 Johns Hopkins graduate student apartments.


Smoothie King Coming to Fells

National chain Smoothie King is opening an 800 sq. ft. location at 1716 Thames St. in Fells Point according Baltimore Business Journal. The space was formerly the home of Art Gallery of Fells Point which relocated to 1926 Fleet St. in Fells Point.

Senegalese Restaurant Opens on York Road

A Senegalese restaurant called Nailah’s Kitchen opened at 5722 York Rd. in Belvedere/Rosebank at the former home of Tam Tam Restaurant. It is also planning a location Downtown at 306 N. Howard St. From The Baltimore Sun:

Nailah’s Kitchen’s York Road location will serve Senegalese classics like stewed fish and shawarma wraps, in addition to American dishes such as rotisserie chicken and pizza. Specials on the menu rotate daily.

The eatery will be split into casual and fine-dining sections, with the upscale side opening in June. The fine-dining portion will include a juice bar and house a stage for live music.

Smashburger Closes in Fells

Smashburger closed its doors at 616 S. Broadway in the Marketplace at Fells Point development according to The Baltimore Sun. It was open just over a year.

Food Store Opening on Lombard

Jonestown Food Mart is opening at the former Paris Cleaners at 1003 E. Lombard St. on “Corned Beef Row” in Jonestown. Paris Cleaners also has a location at 201 S. Broadway in Fells Point.


Gunther & Co. Opening in Brewers Hill 

Gunther & Co. will open this Friday in Brewer’s Hill. From The Baltimore Sun:

The 7,000-square-foot restaurant is housed in the historic Gunther Brewing Co. building at 3650 Toone St., adjacent to the Gunther apartments.

Nancy Hart Mola, who also owns 8407 Kitchen Bar in Silver Spring, owns Gunther & Co., and Jerry Trice will serve as its executive chef.

The restaurant will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. Fridays; 11 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. Saturdays; and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays.

The Room Opens in Mount Vernon 

A new café and bar called The Room opened at the former Red Emma’s, which relocated to Station North, at 800 St. Paul St. in Mount Vernon. From The Baltimore Sun:

The Room will serve “interesting” sandwiches, local beer, coffee and wine. The cafe is sourcing its breads and pastries from Stone Mill Bakery and plans on using local cheeses, among other local ingredients.

The cafe seats about 36 between tables, bar stools and lounge-style couches in the back.

Milk & Honey Market Proposed for Pigtown

The Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC) Board of Directors recommended to the Mayor that city-owned 906 Washington Blvd. be awarded to Ernst Valery Investments. The two adjacent buildings that comprise the site includes 7,760 sq. ft. of interior space, 6,203 sq. ft. of total land, and 60 ft. of frontage along Washington Blvd.

Ernst Valery Investments proposed redeveloping the property as a mixed-use, market-rate housing project with eight new residential units and 1,850 sq. ft. of retail space on the ground floor featuring a Milk & Honey Market and Café, which also has a location in Mount Vernon. Milk & Honey’s menu includes bagel and breakfast sandwiches, deli sandwiches, hoagies, and paninis, soups, cheese and meat plates, and La Colombe coffee.

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USPS Relocating in South Baltimore

Making way for the Phase 3 of Caves Valley Partners’ (CVP) Stadium Square development, the United States Postal Service (USPS) post office in South Baltimore at 1220 Race St. is proposing a relocation to a space less than two blocks away. USPS would move to a 1,200 sq. ft. space at the current Papa John’s at 1200 South Hanover St. and Papa John’s would move to a smaller space in the same shopping center that was previously the location of a medical office. The center is also owned and managed by CVP.

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Domino’s in Federal Hill Adds a Dining Room

Domino’s Pizza at 1235 Light St. has reconfigured its space and now has a new dining room along with a renovated exterior.

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  • K & J

    How is O’Flynn’s Cask and Crabs in Brooklyn coming???

    • Kevin Lynch

      It’s open.