South Baltimore Business Roundup

| July 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

Phillip Michael Studio Closes 

Hair salon Phillip Michael Studio has closed at 1500 Riverside Ave., Suite #7. The salon operated in Federal Hill/Riverside for many years.

There is currently a ‘now leasing’ sign on the storefront.

Former Tommy’s Downtown Tavern in Pigtown Now an Office Space

The former Tommy’s Downtown Tavern space at 839 W. Cross St. in Pigtown is now an office space. The entire double-wide building was renovated in recent years after Tommy’s closed in 2013.

Former Leon’s Bar Being Renovated 

Leon’s Bar closed at 1740 Light St. in 2011 and the first-floor space has been vacant since. Leon’s was part of a double-wide, three-story building that had apartments on the second and third floors.

The entire building is currently being renovated, but does not have any additional information on the project at this time.

Barfly’s Now a Leeds United Bar

Barfly’s co-owner Michael Leeds has been a fan of English professional soccer team Leeds United due to the common name. Leeds United has spent recent years in English Football League Championship, the second-highest league in England, but earned a promotion to the top-tier English Premier League after finishing in first place this year.

Michael Leeds vowed to make Barfly’s a Leeds United supporters bar if the team ever made it to the Premier League, and now that day has come. The league gets started in September and the games will be aired at Barfly’s.

Long & Foster Closes in Federal Hill 

Real estate brokerage Long & Foster closed its office at 1210 Light St. This is the second Long & Foster office to close on Light St. in recent years, but the brokerage still has an office in Fells Point.

1210 Light St. currently has a ‘for lease’ sign on the building. The office space was renovated in recent years.

Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel Sells for $80 Million

The Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel at 202 E. Pratt St. has been sold for $80 million to The Buccini/Pollin Group. The hotel has 622 rooms, 30,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting and event space, and three food and beverage outlets plus waterfront restaurant Watertable that overlooks the Inner Harbor.

Renaissance is part of the Marriott brand of hotels.

“We know and love the Renaissance brand. Renaissance invites business and leisure travelers alike to discover the unexpected. Coupled with the hotel’s unparalleled Inner Harbor location, Baltimore Renaissance Harborplace guests will experience the best that Baltimore has to offer,” said Dave Pollin, president of The Buccini/Pollin Group in a press release. “We are very proud to be expanding our commitment to Baltimore, a city on the rise.”

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