South Baltimore Business Roundup

| June 2, 2015 | 1 Comments

Miguel’s Closes

Miguel’s Cocina y Cantina has closed at Silo Point in Locust Point. Owner Michael Marx previously owned Blue Agave until selling it in 2005 and Rub BBQ before selling to Hersh’s in 2011. From an article in the Baltimore Sun:

“I’m saying goodbye,” said Marx, who said part of the reason for closing Miguel’s was lease-related. “But the bigger part of it is Baltimore.”

“Baltimore is not a welcoming city for small businesses,” Marx said. “I’ve had three restaurants in 15 years — dealing with rude, mean and ignorant people that really don’t care. I’m done with it. I’ll do catering, and I won’t look back.”

He said the hardest part of dealing with the city was the lack of communication among the different agencies.  “It’s never easier. It never got any easier,” Marx said. “Sixteen years of doing it, and it’s the same ineffective system.”

Out of the Blue Café Closes

Out of the Blue Café, a seasonal ice cream and sno-ball shop at 1442 E. Fort Ave., is no longer open.

Investment Around Horseshoe Casino

The addition of Horseshoe Casino continues to drive investment in surrounding Stadium Area and Carroll-Camden. Sports bar GAME, adjacent to the casino at 1400 Warner St., made its debut last weekend; a new Greyhound bus station is currently under construction at 2110 Haines St.; work is underway for new offices at the Parker Building nearby; and, now two other adjacent properties are seeing investment.

Just south of Horseshoe, the Holiday Inn Express at 1701 Russell St. is currently getting remodeled with a new paint job, new stone columns, and additional exterior renovations. The Shell Station at 1712 Russell St. is currently closed as it adds a Dash In Food Store to the location. Dash In has more than 60 locations in Delaware, Maryland and Virginia and is based in Southern Maryland.

New Leases at Phillips 

Developer Mark Sapperstein of 28 Walker has announced two more leases for the former Phillips Headquarters in Locust Point, now known as McHenry Row II, which is currently getting redeveloped into offices. From an article in the Baltimore Business Journal:

Gilbane Buillding Co. will relocate from its Laurel office this fall to 12,000 square feet in the building at 1215 E. Fort Ave. The move will bring 50 employees to Locust Point.

Meanwhile, Kimley Horn has signed a lease for 3,400 square feet at the project, known as McHenry Row II.

28 Walker will begin construction on a 600-car garage on the site this summer and they will eventually add new office buildings or apartment buildings to the site in the future.

17451286810_5e9e85ec77_zMother’s Opens New Dining Room

A renovation has been completed at Mother’s Federal Hill Grille. This includes an expansion of Mother’s dining room and the addition of outdoor seating along Charles St. as well as new floor-to-ceiling windows, new windows in the bar, a new 20 beer draft system with a focus on Maryland breweries, new tables, and a new menu with additions such as a mussels section, two flavors of shrimp, and new sandwiches. New signage along Charles St. will also be installed in the upcoming weeks.

Swann Park Featured in GoPro Video 

Baltimore-based lacrosse pro and Johns Hopkins graduate Paul Rabil has created another viral YouTube video and this time it includes a lot of footage from Swann Park. In a video for GoPro, Rabil documents his training with a camera attached to his head with many shots of a practice session at the South Baltimore park. The video also features scenes at Graffiti Alley in Station North.

In March, Rabil and Drew Westervelt, a UMBC graduate, produced a video of themselves tossing and skipping a lacrosse ball across the frozen Inner Harbor from Pier Six to the Rusty Scupper.

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