Station North has a new spot for food, music, and arcade games

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As Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young cut a ribbon with a pair of oversized scissors, a band on a nearby stage started the familiar first notes of “When the Saints Go Marching In.”

Just behind Young, City Councilman Robert Stokes and a group of collaborators on the new project, a bar with diner-style stools readied burgers, fries, milkshakes and cocktails. With TV and phone cameras alike at the ready, onlookers stood between the cabinets holding classic arcade games like Frogger, Centipede and, fittingly, BurgerTime. On one wall, neon lights from an installation by local artist Scott Pennington added to the glow.

“The new business that we are celebrating today will be an anchor in the Station North Arts District,” Young said, adding that the Baltimore Development Corporation provided a loan to help the project come to fruition.

The scene was taking place inside North Ave. Market. At the corner of W. North Avenue and Maryland Avenue, the 4,600-square-foot portion of the former public market is now home to a new restaurant, bar and arcade.

It is run by Secret Sauce Co., a Baltimore sauce company that specializes in ketchup. Partners Matthew Steinberg and Vaughn Weitzman set out to spread the sauces with pop-ups, starting at the former Lost City Diner on nearby N. Charles Street.

The new spot marks a more permanent endeavor, which came about after building co-owner Michael Shecter and VP Jaimes Mayhew started seeking out a restaurant concept for the space. (It was formerly home to Red Emma’s before it moved to Mt. Vernon.) They met Steinberg and Weitzman through an intro from Central Baltimore Partnership’s Jack Danna, and decided to move forward. It held events starting in the summer during Artscape, and had a soft opening to preview the menu in the fall.

“It wasn’t until just last week that we finished getting Scott Pennington’s light installations on the walls,” Steinberg said. “So in mind today is actually our grand opening. We have filled the pieces and we are ready to rock and roll.”


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