South Baltimore Business Roundup

| July 11, 2012 | 6 Comments

Banditos Now Open 

When Movietime Video closed several years ago, I immediately thought it would be a location eyed for a restaurant.  Since then the entire property has been redeveloped with apartments in the back and now Banditos taking over two-thirds of the retail location which was long occupied by Movietime.  Briefly Taco Spot, Banditos is now a taco and tequila bar at 1118 S. Charles St.  Banditos purchased the liquor license previously held by Federal Hill Lounge, which is now part of the expanded Grumpies that has been renamed as Social Pub and Pie.

Banditos menu features 10 different types of tacos as well as snacks, quesadillas, guacamole and many different tequilas.  The outside features a brick facade with a green cornice with a cool new Banditos sign.  I haven’t seen the inside yet, but look forward to checking it out soon.

Mother’s Heads to the ‘Burbs

Mother’s has established themselves as one of the most popular bar/restaurants in Baltimore and it appears they are about to try their luck on a second location in Arnold.  Baltimore Business Journal is reporting that Mother’s has reached a deal to purhcase Griffin’s Grill on Ritchie Hwy., located in between Arnold and Severna Park.  From the article:

The 6,600-square-foot restaurant will be located in the former Griffin’s Grill. Dave Rather, owner of Mother’s, said he closed on the deal June 29 and hopes to have the new restaurant at 969 Ritchie Highway open by the fall.

“It’s such a huge traffic area there,” Rather said. “Sixty-five thousand cars go by daily. It’s the best way to advertise with our customers.”

It is certainly an area that doesn’t have a ton of options for good food and good sports bars, so I think they will do really well.  Growing up in Arnold, I can’t count the number of different restaurants that have been in that location, but none of them have been the caliber of Mother’s.  Just up the street, Baltimore-chain Bill Bateman’s has achieved success in another restaurant location that has also seen a carousel of different owners and concepts.

DC United Under New Ownership

The majority stake of DC United has recently been purchased by investors Erick Thohir and Jason Levein who also own a stake of the Philadelphia 76ers.  Many feel this will rejuvenate stadium efforts in the District and pretty much end Baltimore’s relocation hopes. However, new ownership has said they “don’t want to take anything off the table.”  If history proves anything, it is very hard to get any help from Washington, DC. for professional sports team venues.  We will see what happens, but if Baltimore puts together a nice plan for a stadium, which DC United has already agreed to re-pay the costs of if they don’t move here, they might as well use this as an audition for expansion or for other teams looking for a new stadium.

Everyone Will Pay Extra for Power Outages

As a business owner, wouldn’t it be nice to know that if you ever lost money, your customers all legally have to pay more to make up for it?  Most businesses can’t get away with that!  From a WUSA article:

Some of you will see an extra charge in your next electric bill because Pepco and BGE lost money when they couldn’t charge customers to deliver power during the storm outage.

“The storm adjustment kicks in automatically,” said Maryland Public Service Commission spokeswoman Regina Davis. “The BSA (Bill Stabilization Adjustment) is calculated and applied by the companies, but checked by PSC staff and we make the utilities correct it if they get it wrong.”

Only regulators in Maryland allow utilities to recoup lost billings by invoicing customers directly.

The adjustment for each customer should be less than a $1, but it sure is a sweetheart deal that these energy companies have with the state.

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  • bmoreguy

    Taco Spot was great for late night fare the short time that it lasted but I really look forward to giving Banditos a chance as well.  Also, wishing Mothers good luck in their move.  My only curiosity is will they be able to be a dominant Ravens establishment that far south on Ritchie Hwy?  The further south you go on Ritchie Hwy the closer to the overlap between Skins fans and Ravens fans you get.  Maybe the addition of Mothers in Arnold will push the area into a dominant Ravens fan base.  I wish the new Mothers the same success in Arnold the original one enjoys here.

    • It is an interesting dynamic down there.  Severna Park and Arnold are right next to each other, but Severna Park is pretty much all Ravens fans, and Arnold is pretty much 50/50.  
      From talking to my realtor, many people who use to live in Baltimore end up in Severna Park, so that could be a good reason why.  My friend moved from Arnold to SP and couldn’t believe the difference a few miles make.  

      Either way, Mothers is a true Ravens bar, but has been very friendly to Skins fans at the same time.  

  • Nate

    Do we know when Banditos is opening? 

    • They are open  

      • Nate

        Guess they made a big splash…

  • Nate