The Eager House, a popular midtown dining spot for many years before closing in the mid-1980s, may reopen soon.
Ernest L. Murphy, a Columbia resident, heads a group that has asked the city liquor board to grant a new license as part of its plan to reopen the restaurant at 13-15 W. Eager St. The liquor board will hold a hearing on the application at 11 a.m. next Wednesday on the second floor of City Hall.
If it reopens, Eager House will be one of several downtown or midtown restaurants targeted for a revival. Others include the Owl Bar and the John Eager Howard room, both scheduled to reopen this spring inside the Belvedere at 1 E. Chase St.
In addition, the Baja Beach Club will have its grand opening at 9 p.m. tomorrow inside the former Chi Chi's Mexican restaurant at 55 Market Place.
Kann & Associates
Kann + Ammon, an 18-year-old architectural firm in Baltimore, has become Kann & Associates, a change that reflects the departure of partner John Ammon.
In announcing the restructuring, President Donald Kann said the firm will continue to offer services in architecture, interior design, historic preservation, planning, facilities management and "barrier remediation."
Mr. Kann has appointed Jonathan E. McGowan, Geoffrey Glazer and Roger Katzenberg to be associate principals and David E. Miller to the position of associate. Situated at 519 W. Pratt St., the firm has 17 other staff members.
The Mass Transit Administration is offering free "community orientation rides" on the new light-rail system today and Friday.
The light-rail system, which extends from Timonium to Glen Burnie, will run today from the Mount Washington stop to the Woodberry Stop from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. On Friday from noon to 3 p.m., it will run from North Avenue to Camden Yards, making stops at the University of Baltimore, the Mount Royal Cultural Center, Lexington Market and Pratt Street.
Part of the line will open in early April as part of the festivities linked to the opening of Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
Sherman R. Smoot Corp.
The Sherman R. Smoot Corp. of Washington, one of the largest minority-owned construction companies in the region, has named three new members of its construction team. They are project engineer Charles E. Jones, project superintendent Elmer Sumlin and chief estimator Robert Suskie.
Smoot's projects include the University of Maryland Medical Systems clinical tower and expansion at Bon Secours Hospital in Baltimore and the $5.5 million Nordstrom Distribution Center in Upper Marlboro.
Around the region:
Mercantile Safe Deposit and Trust Co. and Riparius Construction Co. will have a topping-off ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Friday to mark completion of the steel frame of the new Mercantile branch at Charles and Chase streets.
* Even though the Baltimore Sun property at 501 N. Calvert St. was not selected to be the new headquarters for the city Police Department, the company is still open to offers from prospective buyers, according to an in-house newsletter. The company is not actively seeking to sell the property, however, the newsletter said.
* Pheasant Run Shopping Center, a 15,386-square-foot retail center at the northeast corner of Mallard Drive and Laurie-Bowie Road in Laurel, will be sold at a public auction on the premises at 11 a.m. Tuesday. March 31. Atlantic Auctions Inc. is the auctioneer.
* Susquehanna Administrators Inc., which administers benefit plans for employers throughout the mid-Atlantic area, plans to move to the White Marsh Business Community next month.
It will occupy 20,000 square feet of space in the Campbell Corporate Center I at 4940 Campbell Blvd. Nottingham Properties is the developer.