James Clark, who has worked at Little Havana for more than 10 years, along with Marc Gentile and Scott Donnelly, two of the co-owners of Little Havana, are opening Clark Burger in a restaurant space attached to the newly-renovated Senator Theater in North Baltimore. The group will also operate a bar in the main lobby of the theater, as well a balcony space available for special events where they will offer catering.
Kathleen Cusack Lyon, a co-owner of the Senator Theater, contacted Gentile about the available space. Although he was too busy to open his own restaurant, he knew that Clark had a dream of opening his own place with the culinary flavor of his hometown of Toronto, Ontario. Clark will be the managing partner of Clark Burger and Gentile and Donnelly, who is Clark’s brother-in-law, will be investors.
Clark Burger will have a “well-rounded” menu, but will specialize in burgers and poutine, a Canadian favorite which is french fries topped with gravy and cheese curds. Homemade donuts will also highlight the menu.
The restaurant will feature a dining room and a bar area, where they will server draft beer, wine and cocktails. There will also be space in the theater with tables for movie patrons to sit down and eat. Clark Burger and Senator Theater will have separate entrances, separated by approximately 50 feet, for patrons.
The space currently has finished floors, bathrooms and accordion-style windows, but the team will need to build out the rest of the restaurant space. Plans for the space have been completed and they are currently bidding out the project. They hope to have Clark Burger open within the next two months.
When asked what attracted them to the space, Gentile told SouthBMore.com that they liked that the area had a lot of foot traffic, much of which can be attributed to the Senator Theater as well as Belvedere Square Market, which is located across the street.
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