South Baltimore News and Business Roundup

| July 29, 2014 | 1 Comments

Big Matty’s Closes, Southside Diner to Open Soon

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In March of this year, covered the plans for Big Matty’s Diner to relocate from 838 E. Fort Ave. to Suite 24 at Southside Marketplace, a move which would coincide with the restaurant changing its name to Southside Diner. Sunday marked the diner’s last day as Big Matty’s and Southside Diner is now expected open in the next couple of weeks.  

Big Matty’s was open from 6am-3pm, but Southside Diner will stay open until 8:30pm on Monday through Saturday and will likely close around 3pm-4pm on Sundays. It will also have new menu items to go along with its current favorites including steaks, chops, seafood, Greek dishes, and more. The new diner will feature outdoor seating and is hoping to eventually obtain a beer/wine license.

Area Road Updates

The backups on I-295 and Russell St. due to utility work for the new casino have caused many headaches recently. However, that work was completed at the end of last week, hopefully easing congestion in the area.  

Work has begun on the new traffic-calming medians and sidewalk bump-outs that comply with the American Disabilities Act (ADA) on the 1800 and 1700 blocks of S. Hanover St. The project is expected to take less than a month. Read more about the plan here.

Langermann’s on Light Closes Its Doors

Sunday was the last day of business foLangermann’s on Light at 1542 Light St. The business and property have recently been – and are currently – available for purchase.

A reason for its closing was given to the Baltimore Sun:

David McGill, one of the partners in both restaurants, confirmed the closing. The building that housed the casual restaurant is owned by another Langermann’s partner, Mark Lasker, who has decided to sell the property, McGill said.

McGill said that he and his partners are currently looking for another location for a spin-off version of Langermann’s, which features the Low Country cuisine of chef Neal Langermann, who is also a partner in the business.

Since 2002, 1542 Light St. has also been the home to Copa 2000, Royale, Charlotte’s, The Reserve, and 1542 Gastropub.

Walgreens Opening Delayed Indefinitely 

The Walgreens at the new Riverside Wharf has not yet opened. Developer Arsh Mirmiran of Caves Valley Partners told that Walgreens is occupying the building and paying rent, but has indefinitely delayed its opening in Riverside, and at all of its other new locations around the United States, due to corporate restructuring. Walgreens is headquartered in Illinois and has more than 8,000 stores in the United States.

Renderings Revealed for New Otterbein Project

Florida-based Zom Holding Inc. is proposing a six-story, 351-unit apartment building at the the former University of Maryland Specialty Hospital at 601 S. Charles St. in Otterbein.  

Renderings were recently revealed at UDARP and they can be seen on the Baltimore Business Journal.

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