South Baltimore Business Roundup

| September 20, 2017 | 1 Comments

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Rye Street Tavern Opens

Rye Street Tavern, a 13,000 sq. ft. restaurant and event space, has opened at Sagamore Spirit distillery in Port Covington. It is headed up by Chef Andrew Carmellini of the New York-based NoHo Hospitality Group. The restaurant will focus on Chesapeake Bay-area foods and Sagamore Spirit. It employs 200 individuals.

Iron Rooster Opens

Iron Rooster has opened in a 7,000 sq. ft. space at McHenry Row in Locust Point. The space, which was previously subdivided, was the former home of The Greene Turtle and Piaza.

Iron Rooster opened its first location in Annapolis almost three years ago, opened a location in Canton in 2015, and a location in Hunt Valley in 2016. Iron Rooster focuses on “breakfast all day” with dishes including fried chicken and waffles, homemade pop tarts, benedicts, omelets, pancakes, waffles, and French toast. Traditional lunch and dinner entrées include sandwiches such as pulled pork, as well as country fried meatloaf, chicken pot pie, and shrimp and grits.

Two Pigtown Businesses Close 

Dominican Beauty Center 2 has closed at 776 Washington Blvd. in Pigtown. The space has a ‘for lease’ sign hanging on the facade.

Charm City Wings & Waffles has also closed at 807 Washington Blvd. Ben Hyman of Pigtown Main Street told that a new tenant will soon be announced for the space.

New Sports Bar Coming to The Gallery

Bunzzz Sports Bar & Grill will be opening at The Gallery mall in the Inner Harbor. From Baltimore Business Journal:

Bunzzz Sports Bar & Grill will offer American fare like hamburgers, salads and French fries, but with a twist: diners will be able to choose from a variety of different buns to top their burgers.

The restaurant, which will open in a vacant space previously occupied by Brooks Brothers on the first floor of the mall, plans to offer 10 different kinds of buns, said co-owner Angela Washington-Tallitsch. Options might include gluten-free rolls, Hawaiian-themed buns with Maui onions and other varieties based on classic breads like whole wheat, sesame and rye. There will also be a dessert “Cinna-bun” on the menu.

Baltimore Bike Share Currently Suspended

Baltimore Bike Share is temporarily shutting down its service, including several stations in South Baltimore. From The Baltimore Sun:

Baltimore is temporarily shutting down its $2.36 million bike-share program, which has suffered so many thefts and maintenance backups that most of the bicycles are out of service.

Baltimore Bike Share will close Sunday and reopen Oct. 15 to provide time for the installation of additional locking equipment on the bicycle docks and to prepare for an overdue expansion of the system, city officials said Tuesday.

From another article in The Baltimore Sun:

The manufacturer of the $2.36 million Baltimore Bike Share system said his company has never experienced the level of theft that caused officials to announce a temporary shutdown of the program to allow additional locking devices to be installed to the bike docks.

The original locks on the bike stations were overwhelmed by thieves ripping the bicycles out at an unprecedented pace, said Alain Ayotte, CEO of Bewegen Technologies, the Canadian manufacturer.

“We don’t have this issue anywhere else, not at this level,” Ayotte said Wednesday. “Our locking system is recognized [as] very, very up to industry standard, but due to the issues that occurred in Baltimore this summer, we did add additional security.”

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