South Baltimore Business Roundup

| June 16, 2015 | 1 Comments

Changes at Southside Marketplace

Stores opening, closing, and relocating at Southside Marketplace have been a regular occurrence. Since began covering the area in 2012, 10 new stores have joined the Riverside/Locust Point shopping center, which has 31 retail sites total, including the recent addition of Sleepy’s, Southside Diner, Reflex Functional Fitness, Phenix Salon Suites, and Sherwin-Williams.

There are several new updates at the shopping center. Subway will soon be relocating from its 920 sq. ft. location at suite #9 to the 1,500 sq. ft. suite #5, the former home of Verizon, which relocated to McHenry Row. Also, Hunan Empire has closed at suite #7, a 900 sq. ft. space. Hunan empire was open for more than 20 years.

Currently there are three spaces available including the space soon to be vacated by Subway, the 3,206 sq. ft. space at suite #21 that was once the home of Popeye’s, and the former Hunan Empire space. Leasing agent Jack deVilliers with Regency Centers told that they are currently finalizing some deals for new stores that he described as “exciting.”

Information on New Federal Hill Restaurants

photoBisnow recently published an article entitled “7 New Restaurants in Federal Hill.” The article provides a run-down of already open places such as Alibaba Mediterranean Cuisine, Corfu, Breadbangers, Corfu, Sip Wine Kitchen, and updates on upcoming Encantada, Himalayan Bistro, and a mention of the liquor license transfer at the former Langermann’s.

About Encantada, which will replace Mr. Rain’s Funhouse at the AVAM:

Robbin Haas says he expects the 140-seat Encantada—Spanish for enchanted—will open the first week of July. Melanie Molinaro, formerly with Robbin’s Hampden restaurant Birroteca, is heading up the kitchen with vegetable-centric dishes like zucchini hummus with Aleppo pepper and sunchokes with tofu.

About Himalayan Bistro, which is opening in the former 7-Eleven at 1030 Light St., by Mohan Thaba and Danny Gurung:

Mohan says he expects to spend nearly $500k to renovate the gutted space, the site of a former 7-Eleven. He’s no stranger to the South Asian restaurant biz. He and his business partner own Masala Kitchen (pictured), which opened May 1 in Charles Village. Mohan owned downtown Nepalese restaurant Kumari but sold it in 2010. Himalayan Bistro will serve dinner and a buffet lunch seven days a week.

About Sip Kitchen and Wine Bar’s new chef:

Sip Kitchen & Wine Bar opened in February and recently hired Anthony Marcello (picured) as its executive chef. The Culinary Institute of America graduate was a regional chef for McCormick & Schmick’s and worked for Jessup seafood supplier JJ McDonnell & Co.

Hogan’s Alley Closes

Hogan’s Alley is no longer open at 1501 Covington St. (the location also faces E. Fort Ave.) in Riverside.

Changes continue on Fort Ave. as Breadbangers recently opened, Southside Saloon was recently listed for sale, and Idle Hour is currently under construction to fix foundation issues.

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