South Baltimore Business Roundup

| October 26, 2012 | 5 Comments

Our House Opens in Locust Point

A new restaurant/cafe named Our House opened less than a week ago at 1121 Hull St. in Locust Point at the former home of Whetstone Grille.  As you walk in, the place has a really unique design almost as if you are in an interior design studio or a rustic bed and breakfast.  They will be open for three meals a day and their menu features breakfast sandwiches, pizzas, platters, salads, pastas, sandwiches, appetizers and more.  They also offer to-go beer and wine, Zeke’s coffee, bakery items and homemade pretzels (…I’ve mentioned my love for pretzels before!)  While I was there I was told, “You have to try the pizza!” I look forward to doing that soon.

Witty’s/Down the Hatch for Sale

Baltimore Business Journal is reporting that Witty’s, the short-lived replacement of Down the Hatch, is up for sale.  The location is just steps say from the Under Armour headquarters located at 1157 Haubert St.  From the article:

The latest on the sale block is Witty’s, a corner bar in Baltimore that replaced another corner bar. It’s the second time the space at 1157 Haubert St. will change hands this year. Owner D.J. Miller is selling the bar she took over in March, for a long time known as Down the Hatch. Miller is moving to Texas for personal reasons. lists an asking price of $249,000.

New Restaurant at Silo Point?

An effort is in place to bring Silo Point its third restaurant, which will join Miguel’s and Silo .5%.  There is a liquor license transfer notice on the front of the building that states a Class-D Beer and Wine Transfer from 1106 Fleet St. to the Food Life Point LLC at the 1200 Steuart St. #21B location. We are told the restaurant will be a deli.

Plans for the Corner of Cross and Charles

If your are in the heart of Federal Hill, there is one property that surely does not fit in a sea of business, real estate developments and vibrancy.  That is the property on the southwest corner of Charles St. and Cross St. which is home to a boarded up auto body shop, a closed Dinner at Your Door and a large valet lot.  This property was slated to become Federales several years ago, an indoor/outdoor Mexican bar using the old Turner/Billabong liquor license, but it was never approved.

It appears Ruppert Homes has a drastically different idea for the Federal Hill property.  Their site features a development called “Market Row” which features four townhomes along Charles St. and four townhomes along Cross St.  The homes on Charles are called “Live/Work” spaces as they will feature office or retail space on the ground floor.

This would certainly be a major upgrade to the area, but I was told by a realtor working on several of their other developments that the project is on hold right now until the finances line up better.

New Harrah’s/Horeshoe Casino Takes Two Steps Forward

Baltimore Business Journal is reporting that city land will be sold to the casino developers for approximately $5.9 million.  This land along Warner St. will be used for the parking garage, valet area and an outdoor plaza used for outdoor concerts and entertainment.  BBJ is also reporting that the casino design has received the preliminary design approval from the city design panel after a making changes to the garage from their last meeting with UDARP.  And about Question 7 (from the article):

Caesars officials have said they would invest an additional $25 million in the casino if voters approve Question 7 in a statewide Nov. 6 referendum. Greg Miller, a senior vice president with Caesars (NASDAQ: CZR) told the UDARP panel that Caesar’s plans to add one or two additional restaurants to the casino if table games are added.

Long-Stalled Downtown Project Gets New Life

PMC Property Group should be familiar to South Baltimore residents as their portfolio includes 101 Wells, The Greenehouse and The Abell, as well as 1304 St. Paul and 1201 N. Charles.  Downtown Partnership has been pushing for more apartment buildings downtown and it appears PMC is becoming their new best friend.  PMC is developing a new apartment building at 521 St. Paul St., recently purchased 301 N. Charles St. for an apartment conversion, and now it appears they will be taking over the long-stalled City Scape project in the heart of downtown.  From an article in the Baltimore Sun:

The BDC board on Thursday also discussed a proposal by PMC Property Group to puchase, and convert into apartments, six city-owned commercial buildings on Water and South Calvert streets. The buildings — 117 Water Street and 26-36 South Calvert Street — would be turned into 140 market-rate residences, according to BDC records.

PMC would like to settle the purchase of the buildings quickly and hopes to being leasing apartments in them by the spring of 2014, DeVilbiss said. The financial aspect of the deal was discussed by the board in a closed session.



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