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Liquor license granted for new restaurant near Hopkins Hospital

Owners of a proposed new restaurant for the 88-acre East Baltimore Development Inc. redevelopment were granted a liquor license Thursday at City Hall. Ernst Valery and Mondel L. Powell will be allowed to sell beer, wine and liquor at what is being tentatively called Teavolve 2, the city’s Board of Liquor License Commissioners voted during a brief hearing. The restaurant will be an informal restaurant and bar scheduled to open at 855 N. Wolfe St. in late summer or early fall, said Powell, who co-owns another restaurant called Teavolve in Harbor East. The 125-seat business will be the first “upscale” restaurant in the entire 13th District, said City Councilman Warren Branch, who attended the board hearing and testified for the license application. “It will be wonderful for the district,” he told the three commissioners. Councilman Carl Stokes, of the 12th District, also attended the hearing. He said the new restaurant that will serve casual, healthy fare and feature live entertainment at the EBDI site will be a “showpiece” in the area. The restaurant venture will cost $899,000, Powell said. It will be the first eatery in the controversial EBDI development, which began a decade ago with an aim to relocate 732 households in order to make way for a private biotech park linked to Johns Hopkins Hospital. Those plans stalled after the households were relocated, even as more than $564 million, $212.6 million in public funds, had been spent. So far, only one life sciences building exists — the John G. Rangos Sr. Building at 855 N. Wolfe St. The building has been open since 2008 and is not fully leased. The new bar and restaurant will be located on the ground floor of that building, at Ashland Avenue and Wolfe Street. Outdoor seating will be offered, Powell said, and the restaurant will open at 8 a.m. and serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. Another store may be opening at the Rangos building, too. A sign in another window there touts a 7-Eleven convenience store is expected to open in the coming months.

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