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New Vendors Announced for Annapolis Market House

Corned beef to falafel, diversity is theme.

The city of Annapolis announced the vendor lineup for the Market House, which is still slated to open sometime during spring. 

"Today I am thrilled to announce the new team of vendors who will help us turn the page and begin a successful new chapter for our Market House," said Mayor Josh Cohen, in a statement

Yellowfin Seafood and Oyster Bar will be the "anchor tenant," according to the statement.  The restaurant is owned by HB Properties Management, the same company responsible for many area restaurants, including  Yellowfin Steak and Fish in Edgewater, as well as Buddy's Crabs and Ribs, just around the corner from the Market House.

Other tenants include:

Hard Bean Café (relocating from across the street)

Carl’s Corned Beef & Delicatessen (same ownership as Hard Bean) - offering New York-deli style food

Midship Fresh Bar (same ownership as Hard Bean) - offering hot foods, chicken wings, barbecue, salad bar

Annapolis Organic Market - offering gourmet snacks, honey, organic dairy products, natural vitamins and herbal supplements

Firenzes Gelateria - offering gelato, Italian pastries, cupcakes and an espresso bar

Amsterdam Falafelshop - offering top-it-yourself falafel and Dutch-style fries

"This announcement marks a key turning point for our historic market, not just for this summer or the next year, but for the long term," said Cohen, in the statement.  "I thank the City Council and the residents and businesspeople of Annapolis for their input, advice and patience throughout this long and frustrating chapter. By taking the time to do it right, we are laying the foundation for the Market’s long term success.”

Vargas March 22, 2013 at 08:56 PM
After all of it and Harvey owns another corner...thanks for nothin'
concerned citizen March 23, 2013 at 12:08 PM
First, let me say that I am happy that is reopening - a far too special place to remain closed. I really don't understand why you would want to manage 10 different vendors? Although I see that 3 of them is one vendor. Let's hope they can make a go of it! The idea of having a specialty market like Dean & Deluca was such a great idea because you can not only get basic grocery, you get all types of specialty foods hot and cold. All of the residents in the area could have really benefited by having that there. It would have also given Annapolis a higher level of "class" versus the mish mash of vendors just like the many t-shirt shops on Main Street. I hope we can upgrade that as well. For someone who would prefer to buy from our local store owners than go to the Mall, it's getting difficult. I hope the Market House is successful whatever it does!
Jenny Clagett March 23, 2013 at 02:19 PM
Four businesses owned by HB properties - Yellowfin, Hardbean, Carl's Corned Beef and Midship Fresh Bar. The Market House failed last time because there were no owner-operated businesses. The local residents and downtown office workers keep the downtown businesses afloat but once again the Market House is being filled with fast food for tourists who show up on the weekends during the Summer. The Mayor and City Council simply DO NOT LISTEN OR CARE ABOUT WHAT THE RESIDENTS WANT.
Dock Street Nomad March 23, 2013 at 05:09 PM
i am hopeful that this will be a more professional attempt at revitalizing the market house than the last one was. I would suspect that other businesses in the area will suffer if this is done correctly. Not sure about organic market thing, but Yellow Fin is a great restaurant and Hard Bean is a great downtown staple with great coffee so at least two of the vendors should bring in some business. I wasn't impressed with the gelato place the last time and surprised they are back for a second try.
M French March 24, 2013 at 02:05 PM
The owners of the Marketplace never should have meddled with the original vendors in the first place! We used to frequent the place constantly, then our favorite oyster bar was forced to leave followed by the other popular businesses. Whoever owns this place is totally incompetent and doesn't seem to understand that it is the locals who will be needed to keep these vendors in business. Also our city politicians should make sure that the opinions of all of the businesses in the area are listened to and those of local residents as well. This is not Florida or California where the weather ensures a steady flow of tourists. The tourists disappear during the winter months. That is why local support is so important to these businesses which explains why local preferences for the types of businesses accepted in the area should be seriously considered.
July Seventeen March 24, 2013 at 03:31 PM
Most of us have champagne taste... but live on a beer budget... Why all the high end vendors... It's a nightmare just to find parking downtown... and who really wants to PAY for parking... You're sitting down having a nice meal with your friends or family and suddenly you remember the time on the parking meter is about to run out... Feed the meter if you want to feed yourself... I've lived in Annapolis all my life and I try to avoid downtown at all cost... Too expensive, too congested, and not very family friendly... I say get over yourself... put a McDonald's in there... Sometimes a quick burger and fries is just what the kids want...
bud elsaesser March 25, 2013 at 01:35 AM
Well it looks like Annapolis continues to get "blonder" every day. Must be all the sun we have been getting. It is obvious he knows where all the skeletons are hidden. The current ones - not the 17th century ones!

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