South Baltimore Restaurant Roundup

| May 16, 2013 | 2 Comments

photoTransfer of Ownership at Former Pazza Luna

Pazza Luna located at 1401 E. Clement St. was once one of the more popular restaurants on the South Peninsula but has since seen a carousel of owners and liquor license transfers.  At this time last year wrote about a transfer that was submitted for ‘The Cardinal Tavern,’  but a restaurant never materialized. Once again there is an application for transfer, as well as a request for live entertainment, under the name ‘Sweet Caroline’s.’  A public hearing for the Locust Point restaurant will be held on or after May 30th.

Liquor License Transfer Sought for Charles and Cross

There isn’t a more abandoned Federal Hill property in prime real estate than the parking lot and former auto body shop at the SW corner of Charles St. and Cross St. at 1100-1106 S. Charles St.  Several years ago a plan was put together for a restaurant called ‘Federales’ to include Turner’s old liquor license, but a real estate deal was never finalized and the group led by Brian McComas of the Ryleigh’s restaurant group is now focused on Crossbar Der Biergarten.

Now there is an application for the old Rowhouse Grille liquor license, which now owns Corks old liquor license, to 1100-1106 S. Charles St.  under the business name Michael’s Charles Street.

We’ll keep you posted on this development. A public hearing will be held on or after May 30th.

Update 5/29:  The ownership group of Michael’s Cafe in Timonium will be presenting plans for the space at the June SBNA meeting.

New Mexican Restaurant for Hollins Market

The former location of Baltimore Pho and the Cultured Pearl at 1114 Hollins St. in Hollins Market has seen its share of owners and transfers over the last several years.  A recent attempt at ‘Herb and Soul‘ never came to fruition, but now an experienced Mexican restaurant group will be opening a restaurant at the location. Renovations are currently underway inside and Hollins Roundhouse recently supported their liquor license transfer request.

Zella’s Reopened

The long-anticipated return of Zella’s Pizzeria under its original ownership of Julie Ernst and Cem Ari  is finally here! The restaurant reopened last week at 1145 Hollins St. in Hollins Market.

Ernst and Ari sold Zella’s in 2010 and since opened Toss in North Baltimore.

The Hill to Become Joey B’s Bar and Grill

The new ownership of The Hill has decided to rebrand the restaurant at 1019 S. Charles St. as Joey B’s Bar and Grill.  From a recent article in the Baltimore Business Journal:

Jason Zink, who owns No Idea in South Baltimore, helped new owners Jake Ruppert and his fatherBill Ruppert develop the new concept for the restaurant.

One of the suggestions he fielded included streamlining the menu. Zink said the new owners were taking inspiration from places they liked to dine, such as Thames Street Oyster House and Catonsville Gourmet. In our interview a few weeks ago, Zink said the new owners were leaning toward a seafood-centered menu.

Polock Johnny’s Looking for a New Home

The original Polock Johnny’s on 3212 Washington Blvd. in Southwest Baltimore, famous for its sausages and hot dogs,  recently closed as the adjacent liquor store and property owner decided to expand into their location.  They are looking for a new home and you can vote on their future location with Halethorpe, English Council, Lansdowne, Linthicum Heights or Morrell Park as the options.

Snoasis Closes, Out of the Blue to Open

As news of a major development taking over the property anchored by HarboreQue and Snoais at 1421 Lawrence St. in Locust Point, both restaurants will have to leave the property.  HarborQue is currently searching for a new home and a sign in front of Snoasis reads that you can now get snowballs at Out of the Blue Cafe at 1442 E. Fort Ave.



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