TOWSON, Md. — Downtown Towson continues to get new eateries – to the purpose that some neighborhood leaders say it is perhaps oversaturated.

Holy Cow Edible Cookie Dough & Ice Cream simply reopened (this time on York Road).

And Cinnabon, Auntie Anne’s Pretzels, Jamba Juice, and Paris Baguette will quickly be part of the Towson Row procuring middle. Little Forest, a Thai restaurant, is engaged on financing so it will probably open its doorways on West Chesapeake Avenue.

Work is now underway on Cinnabon, Auntie Anne’s and Jamba Juice, all of which have a number of areas within the Baltimore space.

This might be Paris Baguette’s first location in Baltimore. The South Korean chain has several thousand restaurants internationally, mostly in Korea and China.

Paris Baguette

Dessert at Paris Baguette
Paris Baguette

Paris Baguette

Paris Baguette

The husband-and-wife franchisee staff of Vipra Kundoor and Rajesh Pingili mentioned they anticipate to open within the subsequent six months, and “are very a lot all in favour of opening extra areas within the Baltimore space.”

They mentioned: “We really feel Towson is towering and increasing quickly, and personally really feel that this is able to be apt for Paris baguette on condition that we’re proper throughout Towson University and quite a lot of foot site visitors in that space. Paris Baguette has an important number of meals and beverage objects, and we need to carry that recent and nice number of objects to this neighborhood instantly.”

An undisclosed tenant can be coming quickly to the previous Urban Outfitters constructing on York Road at East Pennsylvania Avenue.

Towson has at the least 94 eating places (together with espresso outlets, and so on.) inside one sq. mile. In truth, the Towson Chamber of Commerce is now speaking with some property homeowners about leasing to some various kinds of companies, mentioned govt director Nancy Hafford.

Although there are some distinguished vacancies – together with many on the Circle East procuring middle, the place BJ’s Brewhouse and Bonefish Grill not too long ago closed – vacant sq. footage total is about 16 % decrease than it was earlier than COVID, mentioned Sameer Sidh, Baltimore County’s deputy administrative officer for financial improvement and infrastrutcture.

Hafford mentioned:

Truth is, from 10 years in the past, now we have extra eating places right here than we have ever had within the historical past of Towson… It’s big.

Part of the reason being a newfound willingness of companies from Baltimore to come back to the county seat, she mentioned.

“Seven, eight years in the past, we might have by no means gotten a Banditos or a Nacho [Mama’s] or The Point. Those had been all locations within the metropolis. They would by no means have thought of coming to Towson… And now now we have them,” Hafford mentioned. “Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse [opening soon at Towson Town Center] would have by no means considered coming right here up to now.”

Aerial view of downtown Towson


Aerial view of downtown Towson

Other distinguished vacancies alongside York Road, nevertheless, embrace the previous CVS, at West Chesapeake, and the previous Wells Fargo location, at Pennsylvania.

Hafford mentioned: “It can be nice if we had like a pharmacy or a small mom-and-pop place like that.” The Chamber can be speaking to an organization that gives video games – like a “smaller Dave & Buster’s sort of factor.”

Since workplace area stays a problem to lease post-COVID all throughout the nation, she’s hoping the county will encourage extra mixed-use properties – maybe turning the highest flooring of some workplace buildings into residences.

Sidh famous that the county retains incentivizing its staff to return to places of work, and, final week, the county agreed to a three-year extension of incentives for places of work to maneuver into Towson Row.

The Chamber has been working to assist “the companies survive,” Hafford mentioned, by getting nearly $600,000 in security initiatives that helped almost all of Towson’s small companies get surveillance cameras (up from about 65% of the companies), safety guards, and lighting in parking heaps and alleys.

The Chamber additionally simply acquired $120,000 in state and county grants for small companies to get new signage and do facade enhancements, which has served about 15 businessowners to date.

Sidh mentioned:

In a normal sense, we’re really actually bullish about what we’re seeing within the Towson core. From a foundational level, the world has a ton of belongings.

Another noticeable improvement downtown has been the rise in scholar residences, however Hafford mentioned college students aren’t the primary driver of Towson enterprise.

“We’ve discovered one unintended housing that comes from scholar housing, and that is when the summer time comes, they’re gone,” she mentioned. “We have 2,400 college students residing within the downtown space and any of these occasions, they’re gone again dwelling.”

She believes that serving space residents is finally what’s going to maintain Towson thriving.

And, if extra eateries do arrive – “we might actually use an excellent Italian restaurant,” she added. “We have not had one shortly.”