South Baltimore Business Roundup

| June 13, 2013 | 6 Comments

photoCockey’s Relocating from Hollins Market

Sad news for the Hollins Market neighborhood as local-favorite Cockey’s has shut their doors to focus on a move to a soon-to-be-announced new location in Baltimore City. Cockey’s always did such a great job keeping their block clean and landscaped and creating a lot of vibrancy on Arlington St. And, they were personally a favorite lunch place of mine for pit beef cheesesteaks and more!

We are being told there is significant interest in the space being taken over by another business – we’ll keep you posted. Best of luck to Cockey’s on their next endeavor!

Also upcoming for Hollins Market is the hearings with the liquor board to activate the liquor license at Zella’s and for a transfer for a new Mexican restaurant at the former home of Baltimore Pho at 1114 Hollins St.  Work is also well underway for Primo Chicken, a Peruvian Chicken place opening at 1242 West Lombard St.

Pizza for Bromo Seltzer District

The westside of downtown – now known as the Bromo Selzter Arts District – continues as a hot spot for new development and restaurants. Former manager of Alewife, Bryan Noto, will be opening a new wine bar and brick oven pizza restaurant at 17 N. Eutaw St. in the Avalon Centerpoint apartment building.  From an article in Bmore Media:

Forno — which means oven in Italian — will serve artisanal 10-inch pizzas, craft beers and 30 wines by the glass.

It will also serve six to 10 entrees and small plates, varying the Northern California-inspired menu each season according to what’s fresh at the local farms it will use to source the produce.

New Salon for Federal Hill

The former home of Long and Foster at 900 Light St. is now the home of a new hair salon called FUNK Federal Hill.  Here is a description of FUNK Federal Hill on

FUNK is an eclectic salon in the heart of downtown Baltimore designed for the lady of today who sees hair through a spectrum of music and fashion. The salon specializes in the latest styles and colors as well as supreme hair care and maintenance. We provide a hype and vibrant atmosphere inspired by hip-hop flavor and supreme customer service. From basic blowouts and conditioning treatments to edgy cuts and flawless hair extensions, our unique salon caters to women of all ages and shares a wide array of cutting-edge beauty services.

Pool Memberships at Tiki Barge

The pool at Tiki Barge will now be membership-only as announced on their Facebook page.  Memberships will be $150 per month and $350 for the season.  Entrance to the bar will still be free to all patrons.  From their Facebook page:

At the Baltimore Marine Center’s request, we are moving forward with adopting memberships and pool policies in line with the other pools in the area, as well as those owned by the Baltimore Marine Center (ex. Lighthouse Point in Canton). This was a decision that was not taken lightly, as we know many of you enjoyed the daily pool rate. We sincerely apologize that we could not make the announcement earlier in the week on the membership policy as we had hoped. Quite honestly, the sole goal thus far has been to get the Tiki Barge open for the season.

Elvis Restaurant Under New Management

Elvis, the Federal Hill Mexican/Tex-Mex restaurant at 1002 Light St., is now under new management and has expanded hours.  Elvis has always been a favorite of

Carousel Cleaners Coming to Pigtown

Pigtown’s Gallery 788 left 788 Washington Blvd. for  a bigger location in North Baltimore earlier this year.  This location will soon be the home of Carousel Cleaners.


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