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Three New Restaurants Announced for Towson Square

The entertainment center is scheduled to open in summer 2014.

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, The Cordish Companies and Heritage Properties announced on Tuesday the first three restaurants that will be housed in Towson Square, located in downtown Towson.

Nando's Peri-Peri, a flame grilled chicken chain from South Africa; La Tagliatella, a European chain featuring Northern Italian cuisine and On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina, a Southwestern style family chain, will join Cinemark Theatres—the first confirmed tenant—at the $85 million entertainment center.

"We're going to make Towson a regional destination," Kamenetz said.

Blake Cordish, a vice president of The Cordish Company, said announcements about five more restaurants expected to join Towson Square—including one owned by a well-known celebrity chef—will be made in the coming months. Few—if any—retail stores are expected.

"We've put together an eclectic mix of terrific operators," Cordish said.

Cinemark is also debuting a VIP experience at Towson Square, which will feature a 200-seat balcony level with full bar service and premium food choices for customers over the age of 21. The 90,000 square foot complex will include 15 screens and 3,400 stadium-style seats. 

"Really, it's going to be bigger and better than we planned," Kamenetz said.

Cordish said construction crews are formally mobilizing on the site, a 4.2 acre parcel bounded by East Joppa Road, Pennsylvania and Virginia avenues, Tuesday, and the entertainment center is scheduled for a summer 2014 opening.

The project faced delays because of economic troubles, said Cordish and Mike Batza, chairman and CEO of Heritage Properties.

"It's a complex project with many moving parts but developers are always optimistic," Batza said.

Towson Square is projected to create 1,530 jobs, including 660 in construction and 870 once Cinemark and the restaurants open, according to a county news release. Once the jobs are open, they will generate an estimated $16.4 millionin annual payroll. Additionally, the county will collect $1.75 million in taxes.

Councilman David Marks, who represents Towson, said he was pleased with the announcement.

"I think we have a number of very good options," he said. "Those are nice, relatively upscale, restaurants."

Greater Towson Council of Community Associations President Paul Hartman said he was similarly impressed, and thought Towson Square would be a great option for locals. 

"It was definitely a different mix than what was expected," he said. "There were rumors about another Olive Garden or California Kitchen—not that those are bad—but now Towson has its own identity to build on."

Marks and Hartman both said conversations about the crowds the entertainment center would likely attract such as security and traffic concerns would need to be ongoing.

Stay with Patch for updates.

kevin culler January 15, 2013 at 10:48 PM
I already avoid towson like the plague...as i also do white marsh. Now i will totally erase towson from my memory bank...as i did white marsh lol
David Taylor January 15, 2013 at 10:50 PM
Hehe... +1 what Steve said :) I'm so scared! That's just the same-old racist/classist nonsense from the same-old crew, "gangs! from buses! black youth!" ...nothing to see here folks.
David Taylor January 15, 2013 at 10:54 PM
I think that sums it up (JDStuts on developer financing cycles) I don't see why the county has to raise millions and give it to support this sort of project - isn't capitalism about risk/reward? We subsidize the risk, they get the rewards... and after a while (and after local businesses take the hit), we get yet another abandoned movie theater, more empty storefronts, and unused parking garage to deal with. Is it any wonder folks aren't choosing to support this thing? (We are supporting it none the less, it's not like we have a say)
David Taylor January 15, 2013 at 11:00 PM
Let's get some other awesome big-chain "high end" fast-food joints in there... like a Cold Stone Creamery, or a TGIFridays or Stony River or P.F. Chang's or maybe a Harry and David's and a GameStop, Eddie Bauer, or Bath & Body Works ! It'll be awesome.
JDStuts January 15, 2013 at 11:03 PM
I understand Marks and Kamenetz have identified Olympian Park as surplus county land and will now be selling it to Walmart for use as a super store. Once that goes through they can kill off all the rest of the locally owned shops and complete the conversion to White Marsh Central.
Towson Guy January 15, 2013 at 11:18 PM
I'm really looking forward to this development! I'll be able to ride my bike or walk here.
Bart January 15, 2013 at 11:28 PM
JD Stuts never offers any positive comments and is a perfect example of why so many people stay away from these boards. David Marks isan outstanding Councilman.
Stark January 16, 2013 at 12:04 AM
JD, follow your own advice and be "classy". You constantly hurl nasty comments toward David Marks without ever acknowledging the man's good work, from his down-zoning of more than 60 acres in Towson to his work securing money for new roads and schools. You're nothing more than a nasty little troll who hides behind a fake name, JD - or is it CB?
David Taylor January 16, 2013 at 12:27 AM
Agree that Mr. Marks does a fine job and has made a huge impact with regards to open space and zoning in Baltimore County... but this latest Towson theater project is pure Kamenetz (as is the effort to sell the schools and fire station to buy air-conditioners).
Lauren Rose Klinedinst January 16, 2013 at 12:31 AM
I think the bar in the theatre sounds awesome. That's about it.
Bart January 16, 2013 at 01:24 AM
Too funny!!! I guess some people would rather stay home with their cats.
JDStuts January 16, 2013 at 01:43 AM
I don't know what CB means but by all means why not drop a 'colored' or 'boy' on me and complete the cycle of teabagging party apparatchiks who dare disagree with a Republican. But hey Stark, nicely played you ignorant bigot.
JDStuts January 16, 2013 at 01:46 AM
He is, right up until the race line and then its all bets off. Again, why are we selling county land at cut rate prices to developers without a clear spot for the new firehouse? Oh yeah, white people from Perry Hall don't come to Towson.
Stark January 16, 2013 at 03:56 AM
That's right, "Stuts" - throw out the name-calling. Funny, that "white person from Perry Hall" who is YOUR Councilman spends most of his time in Towson, and does a good job. Don't like it? Come out of the shadows and run for office. Be a big person, not the troll on the internet. And by the way, Marks found a new site. He's limited development on 60 acres in Towson - but you can't ever say something nice, race baiter.
Terri Forand January 16, 2013 at 02:59 PM
Our Towson neighborhood opposed the development of Towson Square because of traffic congestion, inadaquate police assigned to this area and redundancy of a failed idea(Towson Commons) but our County Executive must know better than many long-time homeowners in Towson.
D Schmid January 16, 2013 at 04:23 PM
I just wish they would spruce up storefronts along the block of York Road where the Rechter Theatre is. It looks like skid row with the rotting wood, trash and cigarette butts on the sidewalk.
JP January 16, 2013 at 04:40 PM
I live in the heart of "downtown" Towson and I can count the number of times I've driven in the circle on 1 hand... If the circle bothers you so much, use other roads.
JP January 16, 2013 at 04:41 PM
Ditto
M. Sullivan January 16, 2013 at 04:50 PM
Those "gangs" are responsible for a lot of shoplifting at Towson Town Center and the worthless security guards refuse to do anything. They tell the merchants to call the police. Ask any of the small merchants and they will confirm this.
Jason Eaton January 16, 2013 at 04:54 PM
I guess I'm the only one that likes Nado's Peri-Peri? I have been to the one in Annapolis on many occasions, and find the quality of food and spiciness levels to be above average. I in Parkville, and regularly go to Towson for Pho, but will now also go for Peri-Peri.
Jason Eaton January 16, 2013 at 04:56 PM
As far as the circle goes - no one, anywhere, knows how to drive in a circle. Grew up in Annapolis, and State Circle and Church Circle were always great places to get some "natural wear and tear" on your car's bumpers and side panels.
Jason Eaton January 16, 2013 at 04:57 PM
What we really need is an Alamo Drafthouse, who will throw patrons out IMMEDIATELY for even flashing a cell phone once the film has started. Sounds like a dream to me.
Acts Like Summer January 16, 2013 at 07:14 PM
if you want to make towson a regional destination why not give it a chance to offer something different rather than the same tired ol' chain restaurants that all have the same menus just with different ethnic themed titles and wall decorations.
FritoBandito January 18, 2013 at 02:46 PM
Towson Square? I call it the Towson Alleyway! Too try and shove that much building on such a tiny parcel seems like a recipe for disaster. It isn't particularly accessible by foot unless they plan on doing a pedestrian bridge over Joppa Road, linking it to the mall parking areas. We know from the experience with Towson Commons, that people do not really like parking garages (although a mall parking garage may be the exception). I'd be very interested in seeing the Patch detail the proposed ingress and egress of Towson Square and what the traffic count projections are for the site. It wasn't until the circle was built, that the Dulaney Valley, Joppa intersection was lifted out of failing..and even now traffic isn't a picnic near there. Oh, and Mr. Kamenetz, if you would like to be like Bethesda, you are going to have to pour significant money into infrastructure improvements and figure out a way to lure independent, innovative eateries to Towson. Chain eateries are not the draw in Bethesda, the one-of-a-kind, (particularly ethnic) restaurants are!
jd.stuts February 09, 2013 at 04:11 PM
Thank you Councilman Marks, for your efforts and commitment to Towson.
Zack Stuehler February 14, 2013 at 03:50 PM
you guys need to all stop whining.. its going to make towson a better place.. if you dont like the circle take alternate routes around it. It will make towson more upscale and anything will be better than what is there now, ugly, vacant parking lots. Towson commons didnt work because there was absolutely no parking at all. Uno pizzaria ruby tuesdays, borders and the AMC movie theater were all shoved up in side that building and hard to get too. The parking garage was not easily marked and it was a mess.. This project will be a GREAT addition to Towson.
David Taylor February 14, 2013 at 04:03 PM
Respectfully, I wouldn't call "On The Border" an upscale addition - have you ever been to one? Cinemark is a theater chain from Texas, Nandos is an international chain, La Tagliatella is really AmRest (KFC mogul from Poland) and On the Border is mid-line and owned/operated by a private equity firm (Golden Gate Capital)... I would rather see the local businesses supported (or at least US businesses) than to see them displaced by fast food chain restaurants and (yet another) theater and garage complex. Only time will tell if the third iteration of the Towson Commons is a benefit or a another bane. (By the way, the old Commons was literally attached to the parking garage, you don't get much closer than that, and it's the same deal with this new mall. Now we'll have three empty parking garages in the center of Towson, but at least Cordish/Heritage will make a buck)
Needaname February 17, 2013 at 03:35 PM
yes
Needaname February 17, 2013 at 03:40 PM
I agree with your comment regarding the right turn only lane - onto Dulaney Valley. I drive the circle several times a week and NOBODY notices the BIG sign indicating the right turn only lane. OH the money Baltimore County is missing out on !
john merkle May 02, 2013 at 02:03 AM
I cannot see using David Marks and Kamenetz in the same sentence. Mr Marks seems consciencous, always looking to help, and never full of himself, whereas Kamenetz always seems to "bully" his speeches as if waiting to take a poke at anyone that even begins to disagree with him...inho...

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