Pigtown Main Street Gains Sports Bar, Boutique and Renovated Spaces

| October 2, 2012 | 2 Comments

As Pigtown Main Street continues their goal of  transitioning to a vibrant center of shopping and dining, there have certainly been many ups and downs.  While they have seen some great new businesses, Main Street has also seen its share of new businesses that couldn’t quite hold on or never got off the ground, but it appears the area will get a new splash of life in the upcoming weeks.

On the odd numbered side of the 700 block of Washington Blvd., two new businesses are getting set to open and four newly renovated retail spaces will soon be available.  Let’s take a look  moving from west to east.

Pigtown Main Street will gain its first sports bar and grille as the Tilted Pig will take over the former space of Cafe Calypso at 771 Washington Blvd., which was without a liquor license for the end of its tenure in Pigtown. SouthBMore.com  caught up with Tilted Pigtown owner Terry Adelsberger to get some information about their new restaurant.

The spot is undergoing a full renovation which includes refinishing the floors and many interior renovations.  “Once we papered the windows and put up our ‘Coming Soon’ sign, groups of friendly neighbors came by full of smiles and excited to hear that we would be opening in October.  This adds to our incentive to open and do a good job,” said Adelsberger.  Best of luck to the Tilted Pig as strong restaurants are they key to a great main street district.

Just next door at 769 Washington Blvd. Revamp Variety will make its grand opening on October 20th during the Pigtown Festival.  They are performing a great renovation of a beautiful historic rowhome. Here is the description of Revamp from their Facebook Page:

We are a new business called “Revamp Variety.” We sell one of a kind handmade merchandise by local artists. We are located at 769 Washington Boulevard in the up and coming area of Pig Town, Baltimore.

My name is Erika Lipitz. I am the owner of the company and also a recent graduate of MICA’s painting department. It has been a dream of mine to open up avenues where artists like myself can thrive and be able to help support themselves by selling their artwork, so I came up with the idea of starting a business that revolved around local artists and bringing more art to Baltimore.

The next four retail locations are all owned and undergoing a full renovation by Magnum Construction which has worked in Pigtown for the last 14 years.  The two spaces adjacent to Revamp are  approximately 1,300 square feet with 600 square foot basements.  They are being offered for $1600 per month.  Mark Smith with Magnum Construction told SouthBMore.com, “Obviously we need more restaurants in the area and we are in the process of attaining liquor licensees that could be applied to the spaces.”

The next two spaces are smaller at 700 square feet with 300 square foot basements and are being offered for $900 per month.  “We’ve had a lot of interest, but we are being very selective in how we lease our spaces.  We want businesses that will make the area stronger and we want long-term tenants,” said Smith.

Magnum also owns the former spot of The Art of Candy across the street at 782 Washington Blvd. The space is being offered for $1000 per month.  This location has also received serious interest, but nothing is final as a lease has yet to be signed.

 

Here is a look at Pigtown Main Street from when pictures were taken by Google Maps.  Major improvement since then!  


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