South Baltimore Business Roundup

| November 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

AJ’s Deli Opens at Mount Vernon Marketplace

Former Regi’s Bistro Owner Alan Morstein opened AJ’s Deli at Mount Vernon Marketplace. The now-closed Regi’s posted the following to Facebook:

I’M BACK!!! AJ’s Deli
Come By And Enjoy What Everyone Is Talking About In The Mount Vernon Market Place, 520 Park Ave.
New York Bagels-NY Pastrami-Real Turkey/Regi’s Specialty’s-Brunch-Full Bar Coming Soon-Holiday Party Platters-Breakfast All Day-Salad Specialties.

From The Baltimore Sun before AJ’s opened:

The deli will offer sandwiches stuffed with meats like turkey breast, corned beef and brisket ($7.99-$14.99); hot dogs wrapped in bologna ($5.79); and salads with light twists — tuna salad made with avocado instead of mayonnaise, and cole slaw dressed with olive oil and vinegar.

Instead of fries, the stall will dish out potato latkes, served traditionally with sour cream and applesauce.

Some favorites from Regi’s will make their way onto the menu at A.J.’s, too. The deli will use the same brisket recipe as the restaurant did, carry Regi’s popular Thanksgiving sandwich and serve the Regi’s Thai salad made with mixed greens, pulled chicken, mandarin oranges, sesame ginger dressing.

Southside Diner Opening a Hampden Location 

Southside Diner in Riverside/Locust Point will be opening a second location on the northside of the city at The Rotunda in Hampden. From The Rotunda’s Facebook page:

The Southside Diner down in Locust Point has been family owned and operated for over 40 years and now they are expanding into a second location in Hampden, at you guessed it, The Rotunda! We couldn’t be more excited. Welcome to The Rotunda family Nick and Steve

Southside was voted SouthBMore’s Best Breakfast/Brunch in 2017.

Brothers and Southside Diner owners Nick and Steve Karvounis are also opening Burger Bar at Cross Street Market next year.

Mattress Firm Closes at Southside Marketplace 

Mattress Firm closed at Southside Marketplace. The 2,400 sq. ft. retail space is currently available for lease.

Prior to Mattress Firm opening in 2015, the space was the longtime home of Radio Shack.

Trash Wheel Selling Holiday Sweaters 

Waterfront Partnership released a Trash Wheel holiday sweater to raise money for the popular trash interceptors. There are currently three trash wheels in Baltimore’s Patapsco River with more planned for the future.

The Baltimore Station’s 4th Annual Chili Cookoff Raises More Than $90,000

The Baltimore Station had a successful chili cookoff. From The Baltimore Station press release:

The Baltimore Station, a residential program supporting veterans and others transitioning from homelessness and substance use disorder to self-sufficiency, recently hosted its annual Stars, Stripes & Chow chili cookoff. More than 450 people attended the event t Port Covington’s South Point at West Covington Park.  The event raised $90,434 for residents of The Baltimore Station, a 41 percent increase in the amount raised in 2017.

Teams participating in the chili competition represented the area’s business and nonprofit community. Emerging as the judges’ pick for “Best Chili” was the Nelson Family with a recipe they dubbed “Wonky Willie’s Chili.” The winner of the “Best Booth” award went to Fortego, LLC for taking attendees back to the stone age with its Carnivore Chili and the booth’s prehistoric design and décor. Meanwhile, The Baltimore Station’s culinary team made up of residents from the cooking class and Chef Russell Jackson remained the crowd favorite and took home the “People’s Choice” award for the third year in a row.

“We have watched this event double in size over the last several years and it is because so many different members of the community come together to support Baltimore’s homeless veterans,” said Christie Walsh-Myers, vice president of The Baltimore Station’s Board of Directors and chair of the event. “This event is critical to The Baltimore Station and we are so grateful to the businesses, volunteers, families and friends who attend this event so The Station can continue its work for those trying to overcome addiction and homelessness.”

Photos Courtesy of The Baltimore Station 

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