Zeke’s Coffee in Lauraville is plotting a move, but it’s not going far.
The popular local small-batch coffee company announced on Friday that it’s jumping a couple blocks down from its flagship retail location at 4607 Harford Road to 4719 Harford Road. The new space is about a fifth of a mile away.
Zeke’s Coffee owner Thomas Rhodes said today that the move is a major gain in terms of space. The current retail spot is about 900 square feet; the new one will be about 4,000 square feet, according to Rhodes, who predicted a “spring-ish” opening for the cafe.
Rhodes said he hopes the new layout will be more efficient and comfortable for customers. In addition to more seating, it will have space for a full permanent kitchen where staff can continue making baked goods, breakfast food, sandwiches and other food sold up at the counter. “Currently we make all of our stuff in house, but we don’t have a bakery per se. We set it up and break it down every night,” Rhodes explained. “We’ll be more of a bakery location.”
Zeke’s roastery will remain in its current space right behind Maggie’s Farm in Lauraville, Rhodes said.
The new Zeke’s spot is notably part of the SoHa Row development taking shape in the Hamilton-Lauraville commercial corridor. Last month, developer Sam Polakoff offered a walking tour of the SoHa Row properties he had acquired in the 4700 block of Harford Road. He said the planned development will house businesses on the ground level and studios for artists on the upper floors.
Polakoff disclosed during the November tour that he had already agreed to rent out the first floor of the 4719 Harford Road building to a “local restaurant operator,” but couldn’t disclose exactly who it was. “He was talking about my space,” Rhodes said today.
Looking ahead, Rhodes hopes that developing stretch of Harford Road becomes “a destination for folks in Baltimore City to come to our neighborhood to see what we have to offer in Hamilton-Lauraville.”
“There’s a lot of great things happening here,” he said.