When Southside Marketplace was constructed many years ago, a restriction against liquor licenses was placed on the shopping center. Recently the owners of Southside Marketplace, Regency, as well as the Riverside and Locust Point communities expressed interest in allowing liquor licenses at the center in an effort to attract more upscale dining options.
Senator Bill Ferguson informed SouthBMore.com that the restriction was lifted in this year’s Maryland General Assembly, allowing two Class B restaurant liquor licenses to be added to Southside Marketplace through a transfer or the creation of a new license, which requires an investment of $250,000 and approval from the Board of Liquor License Commissioners (BLLC). Any licensee adding a liquor license to the shopping center must agree to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Locust Point Civic Association (LPCA) and the Riverside Neighborhood Association (RNA).
Big Matty’s Diner will be moving to Suite 24 of Southside Marketplace in June and will be pursuing a liquor license for their new restaurant to be renamed Southside Diner. The former Popeye’s space at Suite 21, which is a 3,200 square foot space that has struggled to find a new tenant since Popeye’s closed more than five years ago, could be an ideal location for a new restaurant with a liquor license.
Another large space will soon become available as Family Dollar will be going out of business as the chain has decided to close 370 of its locations around the United States. The 7,000 square foot space will be split into two suites, and Phenix Salon Suites will be taking over one of them (4,000 square feet). Phenix Salon Suites offers suite leases to salon professionals looking to start their own business. The company helps professionals alleviate the costs of opening their own salon and the time involved with managing a facility. Phenix has numerous locations across the United States.
The remaining 3,000 square feet of Family Dollar is currently available for lease. Suite 5, a 1,500 square feet space which was recently vacated by Verizon Wireless, is also available.