Baltimore Retail Roundup

| July 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

Das Bier Haus Planning Expansion 

Das Bier Haus has been open for less than six months at 1542 Light St. in South Baltimore and owners Nate McKinney and Scott Bauer are already looking for ways to meet the strong demand at their restaurant. “The number one complaint we receive is that it’s too busy,” McKinney told

The owners, who have been leasing the building, have a purchase agreement in place for the property. They are planning to expand to the second floor, an area that hasn’t been occupied in more than 10 years, according to McKinney. The expansion, which would approximately double the size of the current 2,700 sq. ft. restaurant, would include an additional dining room and bar. “It’s like creating another business,” said McKinney.

The owners are hoping to begin construction on the expansion this year and have already been in discussions with the South Baltimore Neighborhood Association (SBNA) about the plans.

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Monument City Opening a Brewery in Highlandtown 

Monument City Brewing announced plans for a new 12,800 sq. ft. brewery and tap room at 1 N. Haven St. in Highlandtown. From Baltimore Magazine:

“We didn’t even look at any property outside the city,” said Ken, who cited that 94-percent of their beer sales come from inside the beltway. “You pay a little more, but that was always critical to us.”

The 12,800-square-foot facility is in the same area as the start-up incubator Emerging Technology Centers, baby goods company Bratt Decor, and wood-working studio Mark Supik and Company (who makes Monument’s tap handles). The brewery will start out with a three vessel, 25 hectoliter system imported from Germany and have the ability to produce 20,000 barrels a year.

Juniper Culinary Apothecary Coming to Mount Vernon Marketplace 

Juniper Culinary Apothecary will open a 100 sq. ft. stand at Mount Vernon Marketplace in August. From Baltimore Business Journal:

Baltimore chef Sarah Acconcia has made a career out of preparing meals for others. Now, she is hoping to provide the ingredients for customers to do it themselves.

Acconcia will open Juniper Culinary Apothecary as part of the Mount Vernon Marketplace in early August. The store’s focus will be offering a range of products that can help customers take their meals to the next level, from spices and herbs to superfoods and teas.

Retail for 10 Hopkins Plaza?

Kaiser Permanente recently relocated from 10 Hopkins Plaza to Little Italy and now the building’s new owners are looking to bring retail and restaurants to the 25,000 sq. ft. space. From Baltimore Business Journal:

The pavilion building sits across from the Royal Farms Arena, and is near the site of the former Mechanic Theatre, where hundreds of new apartments are planned. Last week, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced plans to r elocate 600 workers to the vacant 2 Hopkins Plaza in 2018. Berman Enterprises also plans to add to 11 floors of luxury apartments to the 22-story tower, once home to once home to Mercantile Bankshares Corp. and its successor PNC.

Hooters Relocating at Harborplace 

Hooters is relocating in the Light Street Pavilion at Harborplace in the Inner Harbor. It will be taking over the former food court on the first floor. From Baltimore Business Journal:

The new 6,300-square-foot space previously held the pavilion’s food court. Mark Whittle, senior vice president of global development with Hooters, said the space will seat 325 people. The current space is 7,342 square foot, including an upstairs patio.

“We believe a fresh new prototype restaurant in this location will be very positive,” Whittle said in an email.

Starlite Diner Coming to Belvedere Square

Shoo-Fly closed last year at 510 E. Belvedere St. in Belvedere Square and this August the space will be replaced by Starlite Diner. From The Baltimore Sun:

Starlite will offer a family-friendly atmosphere in a mid-century modern space, said owner Leonard Clarke, who previously owned Red Maple in Mount Vernon. The restaurant will serve upscale comfort food for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as brunch on weekends and late-night drinks.

The restaurant will seat 175 between its dining room, bar and patio.

Red Maple to Become Sangria

Red Maple at 930 N. Charles St. has been sold and will become Sangria. From The Baltimore Sun:

Ryan Perlberg is buying the building that houses Red Maple at 930 N. Charles St. with a private equity partner he declined to name. After cosmetic renovations, they plan to introduce a new concept there called Sangria, a venue catering to young professionals and offering the obvious sangria alongside other drinks, shared plates and appetizers.

“We’re really looking forward to doing our small part to help that block thrive again,” he said.

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