Connie’s Chicken and Waffles, Taharka Brothers Ice Cream, Thai Street and a bar overseen by Dooby’s owner Phil Han are just some of the tenants coming to the food hall in the revamped north pavilion of Broadway Market, Mayor Catherine Pugh announced today.
Han will also have a food stall selling Korean-inspired fare, and the Verandah, a Hampden-based restaurant selling Indian and Pakistani food, will be among the new tenants. Longtime Broadway Market tenants Sal’s Seafood Market, Vikki’s Fells Point Deli and Sophia’s Place European Market round out the group.
The furnishings will come from local suppliers, with nearby store Miy Home supplying chairs and stools, Sandtown Millworks using reclaimed wood for dining tables and maker space Open Works providing wood designs for an outdoor dining plaza.
As Pugh pointed out after each announcement, many of the market vendors are either women- or minority-owned.
“I am so proud that this project is inclusive of diverse, local businesses and city residents displaying their talents,” Pugh said. “I know that Baltimore’s neighborhoods are its greatest, and I am committed to reinvesting in neighborhoods.”
Established in 1786, the Broadway Market has fallen on hard times in recent years, with the north pavilion–now skeletal as workers go about the renovation process–sitting vacant for more than a decade. The revamp is expected to be completed in February 2019, after which developers will turn their attention the south pavilion. The Atlas Restaurant Group and the restaurant Captain James Landing have already committed to launch a crab house, called The Choptank, there.
In recent years, Baltimore Public Markets, the nonprofit that oversees the city’s public markets, has put forth plans to spruce up the markets after years of neglect. Northeast Market in Middle East underwent a renovation, and plans are in the work to redevelop Cross Street in Federal Hill and build a new iteration of the system’s crown jewel, Lexington Market, in downtown’s west side.
And while viral videos of rats in Northeast and Lexington markets have gone viral this year and drawn attention to the deterioration of some of the buildings, officials have an optimistic outlook about the system’s future with so much investment in the pipeline.
“We’re fixing them up, and we’re excited about these transformations,” said Kirby Fowler, the Downtown Partnership president who serves as chair of the Baltimore Public Markets board. “These were not happening years ago.”
Pointing to a large number of other projects in the area, a list that includes redevelopment of the Perkins Homes, investments in Oliver and Broadway East and the expansion of the Great Blacks and Wax Museum at the intersection of North Avenue and Broadway, Pugh envisioned more change coming to the long thoroughfare.
“Broadway should be and will be a great boulevard for all of East Baltimore,” she said.