Piaza, located in Locust Point’s McHenry Row, was sold to a new restaurant operator and will close on March 24th. Owner David Crocetti told SouthBMore.com that he can’t say who the new owner is but that the restaurant will not remain a Piaza. All of Piaza’s equipment, as well as its liquor license, will be transferred in the sale. Crocetti said the operator wanted the space and liquor license because of its location in this “growing area.”
Crocetti told SouthBMore.com he was not looking to sell but this “attractive opportunity” presented itself. He said he was excited about the future of McHenry Row and Locust Point, which has a new apartment building under construction, and a new hotel and office building coming soon. He was also looking forward to the completion of Anthem House which is under construction a block away from McHenry Row.
Crocetti owns four Sonic restaurants, including one in South Baltimore, and is in the process of opening another one. He also owns Piaza’s other location in Berlin, MD and is in the process of opening another Piaza in Delaware. Crocetti said he will use the proceeds from the sale of the Piaza in McHenry Row toward his new businesses, and noted that selling his McHenry Row liquor license will allow him to apply for a liquor license in Berlin.
All of the employees at Piaza will be able to work at one of Crocetti’s Sonic locations.
Crocetti told SouthBMore.com that he has enjoyed his time in Locust Point where he was able to develop many new offerings including wings, burgers, and calzones. He said his future Piaza restaurants will be full-service restaurants with a bar and not order-down-the-line, fast-causal restaurants like the McHenry Row location, although the menu will remain mostly the same. More than 30 “fast-pizza” restaurant opened, and have since closed, in Maryland in recent years, according to Crocetti. He said it requires very high foot traffic to be a sustainable business. He is looking forward to developing Piaza’s new format.
“To those who love our food, you have two weeks left to get some,” said Crocetti.