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Cheers! New wine and beer options announced in Rockville, Annapolis

Cheers! New liquor-related openings were announced this week in Rockville and Annapolis.

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants signed a 12,392-square-foot lease at Research Row in Rockville. Plans for the restaurant, which is described as “upscale casual,” include tasting room and artisanal market, red wine tasting manand the venue also host a wine club.

“The property is ideally situated to offer a rare opportunity for retail tenants to gain significant exposure via (Interstate) 270,” Brigg Bunker, executive director at developer Foulger-Pratt, said in a statement announcing the deal.

The winery joins a 63,000-square-foot One Life Fitness and Chick-Fil-A as tenants at the project that offers 125,000 square feet of retail.

“We were thoughtful and deliberate in our selection of these tenants to serve both the residential and office population surrounding Research Row,” Dimitri Georgelakos, principal at KLNB, said.

Georgelakos and Jake Levin, also a principal at KLNB, represented the developer in the deal. The tenant was represented by Andrew Rose of Next Realty and David Orkin of CBRE Group Inc.

The retail center in the Interstate 270 corridor is a joint venture between developer Foulger-Pratt and land owner Alexandria Real Estate. The project is located in Maryland’s thriving I-270 Bio Corridor, and aims to serve the roughly 100,000 employees who work in a three-mile radius of the center.

Commercial real estate services firm JLL’s most recent annual Life Sciences Cluster Rankings listed “Suburban Maryland,” which includes the I-270 corridor, as the No. 6 market in the nation for those fields.

The area, which is home to the National Institute of Health, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, consistently places in the top tier of the rankings.

“The state of Maryland captured 63 percent of total contract awards distributed by the National Institutes of Health and U.S. Food and Drug Administration last year, for a total of $4.2 billion,” according to JLL.

Upscale beer

Entrepreneur Barry Lowenthal, meanwhile plans to open a Brass Tap location in Annapolis.

The new Brass Tap franchise will be located in the Annapolis Mall next to the Cheesecake Factory and Nordstrom.1a-illustration-beer-taps12mf

Lowenthal and his wife opened their first Brass Tap location at The Fitzgerald Apartments in Baltimore’s Mid-Town Belvedere neighborhood.

“We won’t have, with the probable exception of Natty Boh, any macro-brewed beers,” Lowenthal told The Baltimore Sun in 2016. “We won’t have Budweiser or Coors or anything like that.”

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