Baltimore Retail Roundup

| June 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

Paulie Gee’s Opens in Hampden 

First announced in late 2012, Paulie Gee’s has opened its doors in Hampden at the former Hampden Republican Club at 3535 Chestnut Ave. Paulie Gee’s,  which originated in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, serves wood-fired Neapolitan-style pizza. Paulie Gee’s also has a location in Columbus, Ohio and plans to open up locations in Miami and Chicago.

Paulie Gee’s is open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday.


SCRAP B-More Opening in Federal Hill 

Baltimore resident Nancy Hotchkiss is bringing Portland’s popular non-profit SCRAP PDX to Federal Hill. SCRAP B-More will open at 925 S. Charles St. at the former 1,200 sq. ft. home of Protean Books & Records, which recently relocated and expanded to 836 Leadenhall St. SCRAP collects donations of reused materials for arts and crafts, in addition to school, office, and party supplies, and sells them at a discounted price.

The layout at SCRAP will have different sections such as arts and crafts, scrapbooking, collaging, jewelry, and costume and party items. Hotchkiss is also excited to bring eco-mochilas to Baltimore, which are hand bags made in the rain forest of Colombia from reused plastic bags.

SCRAP will also host open studio classes, workshops, and educational events. Hotchkiss is looking to partner with local restaurants to provide food, wine, and desserts.

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Idle Hour Reopens 

Idle Hour in South Baltimore reopened after being closed since December 2014 due to structural issues at its building. The owners reconstructed the property with help from a crowdfunding campaign that raised $47,235.

Rebranding for Kali’s Court 

Kali’s Court at 1606 Thames St. in Fells Point is now Fells Point Tavern. From Baltimore Magazine:

Set in the former Kali’s Court dining room adjacent to Mezze, which is also owned by the family, Fells Point Tavern will host live bands four nights a week and feature a drink program with craft cocktails and 20 taps of local beer.

The food menu will have a seasonal slant, with options such as a grilled swordfish sandwich on a brioche bun, fried calamari with apple fennel slaw, mahi-mahi tacos, arugula salad with citrus vinaigrette, pear gorgonzola flatbread, and various slider

La Folie Steak Frites Coming to Canton 

Tavern on the Square at 2903 O’Donnell St. in Canton closed and will open later this month as La Folie Steak Frites and Wine Bar. From The Baltimore Sun:

As the restaurant’s name promises, the signature dish at La Folie will be steak frites — steak and unlimited fries with a choice of soup or salad for $24. La Folie will also offer a salmon option at the same price, as well as portobello mushrooms for vegetarians. The menu will include burgers, as well.

La Folie will open at 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, with brunch on Saturdays and Sundays starting at 10 a.m. The restaurant will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Renovation at the Former Home of Hogan’s Alley

The properties comprising the former Hogan’s Alley in Riverside, which occupied the bottom floor of two rowhomes, are currently getting redeveloped into two residences.

Hogan’s Alley closed in 2015 and its liquor license was acquired at auction by the team at Little Havana in Federal Hill. This license enabled Little Havana to upgrade from a Class B license to a Class BD-7 license which allows off-premise sales of beer, wine and liquor, and does not have a food sales requirement.

Federal Hill Space Available 

Real Divas Are Large left its space at 1129 S. Charles St. in Federal Hill, but still has an online store. The space is currently available for lease.


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