Country-themed bar, Baltimore Comedy Factory coming to Power Plant Live!

Power Plant Live! will be the home to a new location for the Baltimore Comedy Factory and a country-themed bar in March.

PBR Baltimore will open Friday with an outdoor deck, two 150-foot long bars, as well as fireplaces and a dance floor. It will be the third Professional Bull Riders Inc. location, taking up 10,000 square feet. The first spot opened in Kansas City, Mo., in 2009, and the second in Las Vegas.

The Baltimore Comedy Factory will relocate from its original location on Light Street to Power Plant Live! and will open March 11. The new 6,600-square-foot location will have a bigger capacity, a lobby and bar area, and will give it the ability to serve food. Shows will be held every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

PBR was picked for its ability to attract the country-music minded crowd in Baltimore, said Cordish Cos. Vice President Reed Cordish.

“There was a real void in all downtown Baltimore for a great country-themed concept,” Cordish said. PBR’s inaugural location opened at Cordish-owned Kansas City Power & Light District and has been one of the most successful tenants there, he said.

The Baltimore Comedy Factory, which sat on top of Burke’s Café & Restaurant for almost three decades, needed a new home since its lease is set to expire this month, Cordish said. Burke’s closed on Dec. 31 after 76 years in business.

“They have shown they can succeed for a long period of time with downtown, and have a long-time customer base,” he said.

Owner Matt Weber could not be reached for comment.

The two new tenants are the latest in what will be a series of additions to the entertainment complex as part of a multimillion dollar renovation and expansion, according to the Cordish Cos. The openings and enhancements will help spur an upcoming relaunch of the entire area, which is in its 12th year of operation.

Last summer, upscale Asian restaurant Tatu opened at Power Plant Live!, and Two Boots Pizza opened its doors last July in the former Mondo Bondo Italian Bistro location.

The company is finalizing the last leg of its construction schedule for updates to the area, which will include a glass and steel roof that covers part of the outside area, as well as a large LED video screen to show concerts and sporting events. Cordish said he expects the enhancements to be done for the summer.

The complex has more than 200,000 square feet of office space, more than 80 percent of that space is leased. But Cordish said he’d like to be at full capacity and is working to secure more tenants. Two more retail spots are still vacant, but one new tenant will be announced soon, he said.

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