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An early rendering of Seawall Development's R. House project. (submitted illustration)

Seawall plans $12M Baltimore restaurant incubator

Seawall Development Co. plans on opening a $12 million food and drink emporium in a former historic car showroom at Remington Avenue and 29th Street.

The R. House, as the food hall is being called, will serve as an incubator for chef-driven concepts, according to a news release. The 50,000-square-foot space will be a launch pad for 10 chefs to develop their concepts and open restaurants.

“R. House will stretch people’s ideas of how dining and living can be experienced. It redefines the traditional concept of food hall,” said Peter DiPrinzio, R. House general manager. “We listened to all of the chefs who wanted to come into Remington but who were getting stuck on the high startup costs and operating challenges of operating a restaurant.”

The plans for the R. House include 15-foot-tall windows, roll-up garage doors and 12,000 square feet of open seating. The open seating will include sofas; high tops; low tops; communal tables; booths and patio seating. The building, which will be the second phase of the Seawall’s $80 million Remington Row project, will also include 20,000 square feet of office space and a 4,000-square-foot yoga studio.

R. House is expected to be complete in the fall of 2016. It will also provide open space for private parties and “bike-in” movies.

Construction on the first phase of Remington Row started in January.

That portion of the development includes a five-story mixed-use building with 30,000 square feet of office space, 15,000 square feet of retail and about 108 apartments. It was announced in March that Johns Hopkins Community Physicians will lease the building’s entire office space. The space will be used for outpatient clinical offices that focus on internal medicine, pediatrics, gynecology and obstetrics.

Seawall Development has focused on a wide range of redevelopment projects in Baltimore’s Remington neighborhood in the past decade. The firm’s first redevelopment project was the Miller’s Court mixed-use project.  That development includes office space for nonprofits, apartments aimed at attracting city school teachers and the coffee shop Charmington’s.

The firm has also rehabbed large swaths of homes in the Remington neighborhood with the intention of providing homes for teachers to purchase. The firm has also converted a former tire shop into the home of Single Carrot Theatre and Spike Gjerde’s Parts & Labor restaurant and butcher shop.

About Adam Bednar

Adam Bednar covers real estate and development for The Daily Record.