South Baltimore Business Roundup

| November 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

Grano Pasta Bar Coming to Federal Hill

Federal Hill will be getting its second new restaurant that was previously featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives (DDD) as Grano Pasta Bar is opening a second location at 1043 S. Charles St. at the former home of Gyro Express. The show also featured recently-opened Blue Moon Café at its original Fells Point location.

A new sign on 1043 S. Charles St. reads, “Coming Soon: Grano Pasta Bar, a plate of pasta on every table.”

Chef and co-owner Gino Troia’s Grano Pasta Bar is a casual, open kitchen-style pasta restaurant where diners select the sauce and pasta of their choosing. Grano’s second location is on the Avenue in Hampden and the owners also own the more formal Grano Emporio in Hampden.

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ABC Box Co. Demolished 

IMG_0542ABC Box Co. relocated to 1330 Nanticoke St. in Carroll-Camden and its former property at 1135 Leadenhall St. in Sharp-Leadenhall has been demolished to make way for Stadium Square. Construction of a new building with 293 market-rate apartments, 14,000 sq. ft. of retail, and 450 to 500 parking spaces will soon start on the 1100 block of Leadenhall St. and Race St. A smaller five-story building with 21 to 28 apartments and 6,000 sq. ft. retail space will also be constructed on the block using the facade of five existing rowhomes.

Lorax Partnership LLC Expands in Federal Hill

Lorax Partnership LLC opened a new office at 1200 Light St. in the former home of Apothecary Wellness. The company was formerly located in a smaller suite in the same building.

About Lorax Partnership from its website:

Lorax Partnerships provides green building consulting services to developers, building and business owners, architects and other real estate professionals interested in improving the environmental performance of their company, building or development project.

Grille on the Hill Closes

Grilled cheese and burger restaurant Grille on the Hill closed at 1400 Key Hwy. Prior to Grille on the Hill, the space was The Sushi Place and Fiesty Goat Pub.

Go2 Staffing Solutions Opens Office on Key Hwy. 

Go2 Staffing Solutions opened an office at 213 Key Hwy. in Federal Hill. Its property, along with other adjacent properties, were recently renovated and new tenants have been added including 3 Bean Coffee and State Farm.

About Go2 Staffing Solutions from its website:

Go2 Staffing Solutions provides Office, Professional and Operations personnel for Temporary, Temp to Perm and Direct Hire. Go2 combines Marketing, our Digital Video Interview Platform and the Human Element in the prescreening and selection of candidates.

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