Broadway Market attracts five local vendors amid $3M overhaul

Broadway Market attracts five local vendors amid $3M overhaul

– By Melody Simmons, Baltimore Business Journal, November 7, 2018

Brothers Khari and Shawn Parker will be serving up chicken and waffles and shrimp and grits inside the renewed and upgraded north shed of Broadway Market.

Connie’s Chicken & Waffles is one of five new businesses set to move into the north shed of the 232-year-old market when it reopens in February, the Parker brothers said Wednesday.

“We’re expanding into our third location and we’re from Baltimore, so this is an area we haven’t tapped into yet,” Khari Parker said of the Fells Point community. Connie’s has other locations in Lexington Market and in the food court of Charles Plaza.

The northern shed of the market spans 17,600 square feet and is more than halfway through a $3 million redevelopment, said Kirby Fowler, president of the Baltimore Public Markets Corp. board. Fowler escorted Mayor Catherine Pugh around the interior of the shed that has been vacant for a decade during a tour Wednesday morning to show off the development’s progress.

The mayor said there will be a total of 10 vendors inside the market when it reopens early next year. They include Vicki’s Fells Point Deli, Sal’s Seafood and Sophia’s Place European Deli — longtime businesses that are moving into the new space from the south shed. New tenants are: Connie’s Chicken & Waffles, Thai Street, The Veranda, Taharka Brothers Ice Cream and Old Boy that will include a bar yet to to be named operated by Dooby’s owner Phil Han.

Only one small retail space is left in the north shed for lease.

“Broadway should be and will be a great corridor,” Pugh said, ticking off other projects in the area including a $900 million redevelopment of the Perkins Homes site nearby set to get underway next year.

The mayor said city market officials focused on leasing to small, local businesses for the new market’s vibe because “it bodes well for your economy.”

“This is an all-around economic booster for this community,” Pugh said, adding that a local furniture company would sell the city tables, chairs and stools for Broadway Market and the Sandtown Millworks would create large dining tables using repurposed wood.

The market’s new design will feature a large and open entry off of Fleet Street and a small outdoor patio facing Aliceanna Street. PI.KL Studio is the architect for the project.

Once the north shed is completed, a major overhaul of the other half of Broadway Market will begin. There, the south shed will be converted into The Choptank, a 275-seat indoor and outdoor Maryland crab house and fish restaurant by a partnership of the Atlas Restaurant Group and Captain James Landing restaurant.