|Turns out those rumors you've heard about Phillips Seafood coming to the Power Plant are true. Today Cordish Co chairman David Cordish made it official.
|Hours ago, we snapped David with Phillips boss Steve Phillips. When David heard Phillips was leaving Harborplace after 31 years, he says it was the "easiest decision ever" to ink a long-term deal with Baltimore legend at the old ESPN Zone space. "Mayor Rawlings-Blake and Jay Brodie told me to get someone special after ESPN Zone left," David says, "and this is it. The Phillips and Cordish families have been doing business here for four generations, and we've wanted to work together for a long time. That's why this is no ordinary lease."
|We told you there were crabs and beer. David tells us Phillips will be open by Sept. 11, just in time for the NFL season. It employs over 600 people in the Baltimore metro, and Steve says he's looking at the deal as an opportunity to "reinvent" the restaurant. "We wish General Growth Properties [Harborplace's owner] all the best," he says, "but we felt the vision David offers for the Inner Harbor made the Power Plant the right choice for us."
|Of course, we had to snap Captain Phill. The barge he's standing on will be converted into an outdoor crab deck, and the restaurant's interior will feature two bars. Makes us hungry!