Friday, August 21, 2009

And Then There’s this Restaurant…

Or perhaps I should say “proposed” restaurant.

About a year ago, Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT) completed construction of the “shell” for what was originally intended to be an Italian restaurant on Columbia Gateway Drive. Shortly thereafter the tenant began the interior construction.

Then the money ran out.

Today, the interior sits about three quarters completed and the tenant has walked away. COPT is now actively seeking a new tenant to take over the space. They would probably even entertain a non restaurant tenant at this point.

Update 2:46 PM: I just heard that Aida Bistro has been in negotiations to relocate thier Gateway restaurant to this building. Stay tuned!


Chuck said...

Would be good to see Aida's relocate if it helps them build traffic as they are really out of the way in the strip mall the Barbera's have existed in all these years.

Only issue is that it is still off the beaten path in Gateway and could change the very homey, personal appeal of the current spot. The building also looks suited for an Olive Garden or similar chain. It is a bold move to expand or take on more rent in this still recovering market and would really hate to Mary & Joe and family pressured.