Johnny Rockets set to blast off at Harborplace's Light St. Pavilion

Commercial real estate

February 06, 1991

Johnny Rockets, a West Coast restaurant chain that is fashioned in a 1950s theme, will open in the Harborplace Light Street Pavilion in the space formerly occupied by the Bun Penny Wine Shop.

The 2,400-square-foot restaurant will seat 75 persons and operate around a soda fountain/grill centerpiece with counter and booth seating. Jukeboxes will play 1950s music for 5 cents. The menu will feature hamburgers, malted milk shakes homemade pastries and traditional fountain drinks.

John Patrick Chalk of Owings Mills is the project architect. Burdette, Koehler and Murphy & Associate of Baltimore is the engineer and Herman-Stewart Co. of Dunkirk is the general contractor. The owner is Behnaz Inc.

The Johnny Rockets chain is based in Los Angeles and has restaurants throughout the West Coast, Chicago, Tokyo and Sidney. The Baltimore restaurant will be the first Johnny Rockets on the East Coast.

The restaurant is scheduled to open March 15.

The Sculpture Studio at the Maryland Institute of Art in Baltimore has been chosen to receive a top design award from the American Institute of Architects.

The project at 1300 Mount Royal Ave. is among 19 projects receiving the institute's highest recognition. The projects were chosen from among 650 entries. The awards will be presented at the institute's convention in May.

The Sculpture Studio was designed by RTKL Associates Inc. to provide work space for Japanese sculptors constructing a wood sculpture of a Buddha. The architecture jury praised the work for reflecting Japanese traditions "without being too literal."

The project uses materials such as telephone poles, corrugated metal, and fiberglass.

Five new tenants have signed leases at Cranberry Square in Westminster.

The new stores are Westminster Photo, a camera and film processing store; Szechuan King, a Chinese restaurant; Race Pace, a bicycle store; G&S Jewelers, a jewelry store; and Ledo's, a pizza and Italian restaurant franchise.

A total of 13 tenants have signed leases at the 124,672-square-foot shopping center, that is located on Md. Route 140. The center is expected to be open in the spring.

The KMS Group Inc. of Columbia is the project developer.

* Gahagan & Bryant Inc., an engineering firm, has leased 2,500 square feet at the Candler Building, according to Image Dynamics.

* Charlotte's Inc. has leased 625 square feet at the Candler Building, according to Image Dynamics.

* North American Beauty Supply has leased 1,900 square feet in the Morris Mechanic Building, according to KLNB.

* Levenson & Klein Inc. has leased 1,440 square feet in the Freedom Village Shopping Center, located at 4500 Erdman Ave., according to KLNB.

* Birrane, Harlan & Cooke, a law firm, has leased more than 13,000 square feet at 7 E. Redwood St., according to KLNB.

* Diamond Leasing Corp., renting home entertainment equipment, has leased 3,270 square feet in the Belvedere Plaza, located at 5600 The Alameda, according to KLNB.

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