(BALTIMORE) State lawmakers are considering a new liquor license proposal for the Village of Cross Keys community.
While no traditional market or food hall exists in the community, the license is an effort to simplify the process for new restaurants to move into the area, Arsh Mirmiran, a principal for Caves Valley Partners, which owns the retail and residential development, told the Baltimore Business Journal.
If approved the measure would create a "marketplace license" that would allow visitors to be able to drink cocktails and other alcoholic beverages in the village's courtyard and outdoor terrace areas.
The Village of Cross Keys is a community of 30 fine shops, boutiques and residences in the north Baltimore community next to Roland Park. The license would allow for the sale of beer, wine and liquor and requires at least three food and beverage establishments within the Village of Cross Keys.
Caves Valley Partners has not shared any information about new restaurant tenants at Cross Keys. The community is in the process of a revitalization that will also add a boutique grocery store and a 350-unit luxury apartment building. According to the Baltimore Fishbowl, additional plans call for restaurants, a gym or fitness center and a hair salon or spa.
The Village at Cross Keys is home to retailers like Fulton Bank, SparTea, Talbots and Williams Sonoma. However, over the years it has struggled with vacancies, losing tenants like Ruth Shaw, Donna's Restaurant and the Village Square Cafe.
Mirmiran is using new tenants to help rebrand the community, which was known for many years as a vibrant center for businesses and shopping. Since Cross Keys is known for putting residents in easy reach of necessities and activities, the partnership between them and Caves Valley Partners is expected to be a beneficial one.