South Baltimore Business Roundup

| January 20, 2015 | 2 Comments

More Details on The Starboard’s Takeover of Nick’s

If you like Nick’s Fish House and The Starboard (Dewey Beach, DE), you are probably going to like the future of Nick’s in Port Covington. On Thursday, reported that the ownership group of The Starboard and Bethany Blues were approved for a liquor license transfer at Nick’s and yesterday Baltimore Magazine caught up with Steve ‘Monty’ Montgomery and Eric Sugrue of the new team. From the article:

“We were invited to come see the property by friends who were purchasing real estate and once we saw the potential, in addition to the great business Nick’s currently operates, we were interested,” Montgomery says. “We each have a love for Baltimore and the waterfront and we felt this venue screamed for what we already do at the beach.”

“Within a few months we will create a new ‘look’ to the menu, which emphasizes quality fresh fish, seafood, #1 Live Crabs, Center Cut Angus Steaks & Chops, an assortment of great salads and appetizers plus yummy desserts. A really cool raw bar & new menu will be a top priority,” Eric Sugrue, managing partner of Big Fish Restaurant Group, said in a press release.

Snug and Evil Now Open in Locust Point

Snug and Evil opened last week at 1401 Decatur St. in Locust Point at the former home of Banners. At its March liquor board hearing, Snug and Evil was described as a neighborhood bar and restaurant with a fairly upscale menu. The name Snug and Evil comes from a line in an E. E. Cummings poem that was written while Cummings was sitting in the famous Irish saloon in Manhattan, McSorley’s Old Ale House.

Lower Tunnel Tolls in the Future?

If you’ve been in South Baltimore more than a decade, you remember when going through the Fort McHenry Tunnel or Harbor Tunnel was only a dollar. That price has quadrupled and is now $4. This makes trips to Canton and above an $8 round trip unless you have a commuter pass, which will cost you $75 every 45 days.

Larry Hogan will officially become the Governor of Maryland tomorrow and he has stated that he would like to lower tolls around the state. At a press conference last week, Hogan stated, “But there’s no question we’re going to review tolls, and our effort will be to try to reduce tolls.”

We will see if tunnel tolls are indeed changed in the near future.

Stellar B Coming to Fort Ave.

Studio 7 The Salon recently relocated to Mount Vernon and now Stellar B. will be taking over the space at 525 E. Fort Ave. A sign in the window reads, “Coming Soon to Your Neighborhood, Stellar B., a Boutique Salon for Men & Women.”

photoBird Land Mart Now Open in Pigtown

Bird Land Mart is now open after a renovation in the former space of Pigtown’s Finest Deli at 1100 Washington Blvd. in Pigtown. The property was once the home to Sid’s Bar.

Kevin Plank Honored

Kevin Plank, CEO of Locust Point-based Under Armour, was named the #2 CEO in the world in 2014 by British-based BBC Capital. From the article:

Plank is the strategic and inspirational leader of a company that hit it out of the park in 2014. After the stock price rose 80% in 2013, it was up another 56% in 2014 (Nike was up 23% in 2014). Under Armour has had four straight quarters of more than 30% growth and 18 straight quarters of more than 20% growth. These gains have been driven by Under Armour’s success in footwear and international markets. Footwear revenues were up 50% in the third quarter of 2014 and its international business rose 94%.

Under Armour has been growing at a rapid pace and Plank has been linked to many land purchases at Port Covington.

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