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R. House is opening up its patio on Thursday, June 18, for patrons to enjoy dining al fresco, the Remington food hall announced today.

Service starts at noon and the market will use social distancing measures and increased sanitation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vendors Amano Taco, Be.bim, BRD, Creole Soul, Hilo Poké and Sushi, Molina Pizza, Stem and Taharka Brothers Ice Cream will be open for business and R. bar will serve cocktails.

To celebrate the patio’s return, Taharka Brothers is setting up its mobile ice cream truck in the parking lot, and Kosmic Garden will be on hand to sell flowers.

After that, the patio will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays (carryout service is still available) and open from noon-8 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, and noon-10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

R. House is also looking to fill a vendor stall previously occupied by Chef Federico Tischler’s On Top Hot Dogs + Burgers, which is closing after three and a half years. Owner Seawall Development said it will prioritize minority and black-owned businesses in the application process and cover the cost of rent for the rest of 2020.

“When we first set out to build R. House in 2016, we focused on finding great Baltimore chefs, but didn’t prioritize finding great minority and Black-owned restaurants – this was a mistake,” Peter DiPrinzio, food and beverage lead for Seawall, said in a statement.

DiPrinzio said the most popular concepts that have used the market’s pop-up kitchen have been minority-owned.

“Now it’s time that we make diverse and inclusive stall ownership an explicit priority in our selection process, both for the benefit of the food hall and our guests, and to upend generations of unequal distribution of opportunities for wealth creation,” he said.

Jenn Dibble, R. House’s general manager said that six of the market’s 10 stalls are either minority-owned or women-owned.

Applications are due by July 1 and must be submitted to:

Brandon Weigel is the managing editor of Baltimore Fishbowl. A graduate of the University of Maryland, he has been published in The Washington Post, The Sun, Baltimore Magazine, Urbanite, The Baltimore...