‘Hooters’ Closes at the Baltimore Inner Harbor

| June 25, 2024 | 0 Comments

Hooters at Harborplace in the Inner Harbor is now closed after the company abruptly stopped operations at 40 of its restaurant locations in recent days. Hooters was a tenant of Harborplace for several decades. It changed locations within the Light Street Pavilion in 2018.

Hooters released the following statement to Nation’s Restaurant News:

“Like many restaurants under pressure from current market conditions, Hooters has made the difficult decision to close a select number of underperforming stores. Ensuring the well-being of our staff is our priority in these rare instances. With new Hooters restaurants opening domestically and internationally, new Hooters frozen products launching at grocery stores, and the Hooters footprint expanding into new markets with both company and franchise locations, this brand of 41 years remains highly resilient and relevant. We look forward to continuing to serve our guests at home, on the go and at our restaurants here in the U.S. and around the globe.”

The news comes as Harborplace was recently acquired by MCB Real Estate. There is a plan to demolish the Light Street and Pratt Street Pavilions in the coming years to make way for a large redevelopment in its footprint. However, MCB has been reactivating the pavilions with new tenants on short-term leases in recent months.

Adam Genn, vice president with MCB Harborplace, told SouthBMore.com: “When we started on this work, Dave [MCB Partner David Bramble] said ‘we can’t have these buildings sit empty for the years it’s going to take to put the shovels in the ground. We want to remind people why the Inner Harbor is the place to be.'”

MCB acquired the pavilions after they were in receivership and has invested more than $1 million into them for their short-term plan that involves bringing in local businesses. Genn said the spaces in the pavilions were in “various states of disrepair” when MCB acquired the buildings in 2022.

Harborplace has added more than 15 new tenants in recent months including restaurants Crust by Mack, Saturday Morning Café, Matriarch Coffee, and Soul Kuisine Café.

The redevelopment plan for Harborplace includes:

  • A 200,000 sq. ft. commercial building on Pratt Street, with an open public ground floor with publicly-available conference spaces
  • A 200,000 sq. ft. retail and commercial building that will house food and beverage options, including a 50,000 sq. ft. publicly-accessible roof top park on Pratt Street
  • An 8,500 sq. ft. retail building in a 30,000 sq. ft. park and a 2,000-seat amphitheater, bounded by Light and Pratt Streets
  • A conjoined residential tower on Light Street with a stepped down design (32 stories and 25 stories) to maximize views. The building will include approximately 900 dwelling units, retail, and commercial uses

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