Phillips Seafood to make "major announcement" Tuesday at Power Plant ribbon cutting

November 29, 2011|By Richard Gorelick | The Baltimore Sun

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is scheduled to join Steve Phillips, president and CEO of Phillips Foods and Seafood Restaurants, and developer David Cordish at a Tuesday afternoon ribbon-cutting for the new Phillips Seafood Restaurant at the Power Plant.

A media alert for the ribbon-cutting promised a "major announcement," and its timing, 18 days after Phillips opened its 15,000 square-foot restaurant in the Power Plant, suggests that the principals will have more to say then, "Look, it's open"

The announcement is scheduled for 4 p.m. , which is when you would schedule something that has local evening news written all over it. The timing is perfect for local television stations (but lousy for daily newspapers.)

Insiders have swatted back the idea that Phillips could be moving its upscale Bombora concept into the Cordish Cos.' Power Plant Live, the Downtown entertainment complex often confused with the Power Plant at the Inner Harbor, which the Cordish also runs. The anchor space at Power Plant Live has been vacant since the departure of Babalu, an unfortunate blemish in the complex's recent makeover. 

But the location for the press gathering, at the Power Plant, discounts that theory. A more likely announcement would have Phillips having agreed with Cordish  to occupy the second floor of the former ESPN Zone, either as an expansion of the first-floor restaurant or with a complementary concept.

Or it could be something even majorer.

There has been some very good news coming out of the new Phillips. Partly at the instigation of its chef Todd Weisz, Phillips has been using Maryland crab meat in its kitchen.

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