Steak house to open at Dominique's Inner Harbor site


April 08, 1992|By Edward Gunts | Edward Gunts,Staff Writer

The former Dominique's Restaurant at 600 Water St. is being transformed into Maryland's first branch of Ruth's Chris Steak House, a popular chain of upscale restaurants founded in New Orleans 27 years ago.

Steve de Castro, owner and general manager of the Baltimore franchise, said he has set May 4 as the grand opening for the restaurant, which will be the 32nd in the chain. He said he signed a 10-year lease for the 13,000-square-foot Dominique's space in the Brokerage at the Inner Harbor.

Mr. de Castro, a former general manager of Ruth's Chris Steak House in Washington, said the two-level, 275-seat restaurant will be open seven days a week for dinner and will expand to include lunch service if demand merits.

He said he likes the location because it is close to the Inner Harbor, the downtown hotels and Oriole Park at Camden Yards, yet also accessible from Interstate 83.

The restaurant opening will create at least 50 jobs.

The Ruth's Chris Steak House name was created when restaurateur Ruth Fertel took over a New Orleans operation called Chris Steak House. Since the restaurant was well-known, Ms. Fertel kept the name and added her own, Mr. de Castro said. She kept that name when she expanded and people now remember it because it is so unusual, spokesman Bill Primavera said.

Enchanted Forest

The first tenants of the $18 million, 136,000-square-foot Enchanted Forest Shopping Center opened for business last month at 10040 Baltimore National Pike. They include Safeway supermarket, Encore Books and Little Alexander's Pastaria and Bakery. The old Enchanted Forest amusement park will open before summer, along with several dozen other merchants, said the developers, JHP Development Inc.

Former Hutzler's store

The former Hutzler's Department Store at York and Joppa roads in Towson is one of several structures nominated for landmark status by the Baltimore County Landmarks Preservation Commission.

The 15-member group will meet May 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Room 406 of the Baltimore County courts building to consider the nominations. Its meeting is an early step in legally protecting a building from demolition. The group has authority to nominate buildings whether the owners consent or not, said John McGrain, executive secretary.

The Hutzler's building was constructed in 1950 and 1951, making it one of the newest buildings ever nominated for landmark status in Baltimore County.

Others that will be considered are several 1920s buildings at Martin state airport, including the administration building, the pilot's lounge and hangars 1 to 6, and an 1830s former tenant house at 1128 to 1130 Valley Road in Brooklandville.

RTKL in Japan

RTKL International Ltd., a subsidiary of the Baltimore-based architectural firm RTKL Associates Inc., has been registered by all of the Japanese government's Regional Construction Bureaus the Ministry of Construction, making it the first design firm from outside Japan to be eligible to participate in the competitive bidding process for construction consultation in all regions there.

RTKL Chairman Harold Adams said the selection is significant because it means that RTKL is eligible to work on Ministry of Construction-sponsored projects in Japan.

Registration is valid for one year and was based on the firm's experience and previous registration as a licensed architectural office in Tokyo.

Real estate symposium

The Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors will hold a commercial development symposium at the Baltimore Convention Center April 23 from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Lew Rudin, president of the Rudin Management Co. of New York, will speak at 1:15 p.m.

At 2 p.m., Baltimore Development Corp. President Honora Freeman will moderate a discussion about the local real estate market. Participants will be Richard Swirnow and Richard Uhlig, both developers; David Gillece, a consultant; Robert Kleinpaste, market analyst; Michael Conte, director of the University of Baltimore's Center for Business and Economic Studies; and Mark Wasserman, secretary of the Maryland Department of Economic and Employment Development.

The board's Commercial Industrial Expo at the Convention Center will follow, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, call 462-2500.

Around the region

The American Foundation for Urological Diseases Inc., an affiliate of the American Urological Association, has leased 2,750 square feet in the Marsh and McLennan Building, 300 W. Pratt St. Established to help prevent and cure urologic diseases through expansion of medical research and education, the foundation moved this week from the 1100 block of N. Charles St., where association headquarters will stay.

The 61,000-square-foot building is 50 percent leased.

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