Baltimore Retail Roundup

| June 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

BricknFire Pizza Company Opening Downtown

BricknFire Pizza Company, a mobile pizza business serving up pies from its 800+ degree brick oven at local event and markets, is opening its first brick-and-mortar restaurant at Downtown’s Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards at 110 S. Eutaw St.

The new store came to be thanks to a Marriott competition called Canvas, a concept the hotel chain created for incubating food and drink businesses. Owner Megan Lanasa submitted an application to the inaugural competition and later made it to the finals, where she served the judges pizza during an hour presentation. She was selected as the winner and BricknFire was awarded the 1,200 sq. ft. retail space at the Marriott, six months of free rent, funding for about half of the startup costs, and mentoring.

BricknFire will seat about 25 to 30 people. The space was most recently a banquet room. Prior to that it was a Starbucks and a gift shop.

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BeBim Coming to R. House

Heather Chung and Unmi Kim, the owners of fast-casual bibimbap restaurant Brown Rice which has locations in Charles Village and at Mount Vernon Marketplace, are opening BeBim at R. House, an under-construction 50,000 sq. ft. food hall in Remington. From Baltimore Business Journal:

While Brown Rice puts a modern twist on traditional Korean dishes, BeBim will serve Korean barbecue as composed rice bowls or with buckwheat wraps. Stuffed Korean dumplings and drinks like green tea and cinnamon punch will also be staples.

BeBim joins a growing list of tenants that includes Baba’s Mediterranean Kitchen owner Farid Salloum’s ARBA, chef Melanie Molinaro‘s veggie-based Stall 11 and Cafe Cito chef Dave Sherman‘s Ground & Griddled.

Three Retailers Coming to Harbor Point

The Harbor Point development project in Harbor East has inked three retailers in the Exelon Building, which is nearing completion. From The Baltimore Sun:

Months before the tower is set to open at the end of the year, more than 17,000 square feet of its 40,000 square feet of retail space has been leased to furniture retailer West Elm, CorePower Yoga and Honeygrow, a fast-casual restaurant chain.

The Exelon Building is the second building at Harbor Point with a third, Point Street Apartments, currently in the beginning phases of construction.

Gnocco Coming to Brewers Hill

Gnocco is opening in Brewers Hill at 3743 Fleet St. From Bisnow:

Brian Lavin, the former executive chef of Salt and Fork & Wrench, is branching out on his own with Gnocco, a Mediterranean restaurant opening June 14 in the former Brewers Hill Pub & Grill space. The 52-seat restaurant will serve Italian, French and Spanish-influenced cuisine, including ricotta cavatelli with morels, duck confit and apricot; and razor clams with grapefruit, tarragon salsa verde and prosecco.

QG Expands Downtown

The QG store downtown, which offers a barbershop, department store, cigar lounge, and tailoring, is now expanding with an exclusive bar for its clients. From Baltimore Business Journal:

In total, the QG operates in nearly 20,000 square feet of the building split between six floors. The sixth floor addition is about 3,000 square feet, with 1,400 available in the bar area and another 1,100 used as a members-only space in the back with a pool table, darts and virtual golf. The fee has not been established for the members-only space and probably won’t be until the end of the year, Martin said.

Royal Farms Plans Fayette St. Redevelopment

The Royal Farms north of Patterson Park at 3333 E. Fayette St. is planning an expansion that would take over its entire block surrounded by E. Fayette, N. Highland Ave., Esther Pl., and N. Clinton St. The block has been the home of several auto businesses.

The plan was presented recently to the Patterson Park Neighborhood Association.

Rendering courtesy of Dewberry

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Rye Replacing Leadbetter’s

Rye, which closed earlier this year at 807 S. Broadway, is reopening at the home of Leadbetter’s at 1639 Thames St. Rye is expected to open by the end of August according to owner Ryan Perlberg and Leadbetter’s will remain open then. From The Baltimore Sun:

The new space is about 500 square feet larger, and that extra room will allow Rye to evolve and grow, including adding food and live music.

The space will have a full kitchen, and Perlberg said the new Rye will begin by offering “gourmet bar snacks” — eight to 10 items priced under $10 and made to share. He doesn’t expect the bar to become a dining destination, but the kitchen may add more menu items based on customer demand.

Rye will also expand its drink offerings with popular cocktails on draft.

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