With $90 million pledged from Amtrak and a master development agreement now in place, the overhaul of Baltimore’s centrally located transit hub is fast approaching. If you’re someone with strong feelings about how this could reshape Station North or the city as a whole, tomorrow is your time to chime in.
An arcade with new and classic cabinet games and a restaurant helmed by Secret Sauce Co. is coming to the former home of Red Emma’s in Station North.
Michael Shecter, one of the co-owners of the North Avenue Market building, is partnering with MAGFest, the locally run nonprofit dedicated to gaming and video game music, Secret Sauce and other vendors to make the new space, which will take the name of the old market.
The former home of The Windup Space will continue on as place for the arts.
Rituals, a new bar and venue operated by bartender Émile Joseph Weeks, is due to open in the North Avenue space later this summer.
In high school, and later in the summers between college semesters, my friends and I would get together to watch straight-to-video releases, marveling at how hilariously bad some of them could be.
We’d scour the shelves of our local Blockbuster seeking low-budget creature movies or action flicks with stars who had fallen a couple rungs down the Hollywood ladder (Tom Sizemore and Dennis Hopper being a few examples). The worse the acting and special effects, and the bigger the plot holes, the better.
Orto is hot right now, and with good reason.
The Station North restaurant isn’t perfect; during a Saturday night visit about two months after it opened, we experienced some service hiccups. But even with room to improve, Orto is very good.
Orto, which opened in February, is the baby of Elan Kotz, whose previous restaurant experience includes opening The Food Market with Chad Gauss back in 2012. Kotz is a front-of-house and behind-the-scenes guy; Orto’s kitchen is helmed by Chef Stefano Porcile, who has recently cooked at erstwhile Station North favorites Colette and Bottega.
Construction is expected to start this summer on the Bell Foundry Apartments, located at the site of a former DIY artists’ space in the Greenmount West community.
Developer Yonah Zahler, CEO of Zahlco Development, said this week that he has applied for construction permits and aims to begin work within the next two months on an $8 million to $9 million development that will bring 50 market-rate apartments and upgraded arts space to the 1500 block of N. Calvert Street.
Standing outside his N. Charles Street storefront, Jason Willett says he is satisfied with the relocation of the True Vine Record Shop.
“I’m happier to be here, I think it’s a really good change.”
Following the public dispute over Golden West’s plans to combine spaces with the old True Vine location on Hickory Avenue, Willett has found a new home in Station North, and he said he’s already exploring collaborations with two of his new neighbors, The Parkway Theatre and Montego Bar & Grille.
A Pennsylvania developer is proposing to construct a five-story, 52-unit apartment building at 101-105 W. North Ave., next to the Lazarus Center of the Maryland Institute College of Art.