South Baltimore Business Roundup

| February 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Local Fry Opens

The Local Fry has opened at the former site of M&T Bank in a 2,000 sq. ft. space at 21 E. Cross St. in Federal Hill. The Local Fry offers a gourmet specialty fries menu which features fries loaded with unique toppings, sauces and seasonings using fresh ingredients, all of which will be made in-house. “Fries are oftentimes overlooked as just a side dish and our goal is to make it the star, a meal in itself. Think poutine times 10,” said Kevin Irish, co-founder of The Local Fry.

The Local Fry is open Tuesday through Sunday.

The Starboard’s Bloody Mary Bar Coming to Nick’s

The Starboard in Dewey Beach is famous for its Bloody Mary Smorgasbord, so when announced it would be taking over Nick’s Fish House, many were wondering if that would come with it. From an article in DelmarvaNow:

When the changes are done, patrons can expect several elements from The Starboard at Nick’s including entertainment options, parts of its breakfast menu and the bloody Mary bar. Big Fish will ensure fresh ingredients are brought to the Baltimore eatery.

“The places at the beach are very iconic to other people when you get on the other side of the bridge,” owner Steve Montgomery said. “They’re excited to have a bit of the beach come to their city.”

Federal Hill Company Mentioned in National Article on Millennials

An article written by The Christian Science Monitor, which was also featured on Yahoo, has been buzzing around Baltimore lately as it paints Charm City as a cool new city for millenials. In the article, Clara Gustafson discusses how she was lured to the city to work for Federal Hill-based technology company ZeroFox. From the article:

But rather than being a pioneer, Gustafson quickly realized that she had moved to a city that is full of other young professionals – and attracting more every month. There is a vibrant bar and restaurant scene, social sports leagues through which hundreds of young people get together to play kickball and other games, even a monthly bike ride – sponsored by a group working to make Baltimore less car dependent – in which participants dress up in costume and ride through the city.

Add to this some great downtown architecture, a relatively low cost of living, and a slew of new, innovative businesses that promise young workers the immediate chance to make a difference, and Baltimore, she realized, had become surprisingly “in” to her demographic. “There are a ton of young people,” she says.

Local Closings

Radio Shack will be closing its store at Southside Marketplace as the company is closing many of its locations throughout the country. It is currently having a clearance sale.

Baltimore Nutrition is no longer open at 1005 S. Charles St. in Federal Hill.

Atstylestudio Reloaded is no longer open at 1043 S. Hanover St.

photoChanges at Little Havana

Direct Solutions Flooring, which previously operated a store at 1325-B Key Hwy. in the front of the Little Havana building, has relocated to 619 Alluvion St. in the Carroll-Camden Industrial Area.

Little Havana has temporarily relocated its office space for the restaurant into half of the space vacated by Direct Solutions Flooring. The space is also being used as a meeting space for various organizations that need room. Little Havana is currently building permanent office space in the second floor of the building. The future plans for the space vacated by Direct Solutions Flooring have not been cemented.

Cockeyed Cow Up for Sale

The Cockeyed Cow Saloon in Pigtown is up for sale. From an article in the Baltimore Business Journal:

The corner bar at 900 S. Carey St. is for sale for $225,000, a price that includes both the building and the business, according to

The 4,000-square-foot building seats 60 on the first floor between the main bar and an attached side room. The bar area, which seats 20, has six televisions and two bathrooms, and the side room seats 40 and has three TVs.

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