What’s Happening in Downtown Towson

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Despite limitations on restaurant capacity and event size driven by concerns surrounding COVID-19, downtown Towson is thriving this summer, with fun – and safely socially distant – dining opportunities, shopping and events. Local businesses and their patrons continue to adapt to restrictions and guidelines as they evolve, so the community as a whole can make the most of the summertime while staying as safe as possible.

Here’s a look at what’s happening this summer in downtown Towson – just outside the doors of Hampton Plaza Apartments:

Dining Out in Towson

Current guidelines in Baltimore County allow restaurants to operate outdoors and – with limited capacity – indoors. To accommodate more diners in a safe environment, Towson spots have expanded outdoor seating and made adjustments to their interiors.  

Seats on the Street, the outdoor dining initiative the Towson Chamber of Commerce launched earlier this summer, is still going strong. On weekends, the stretch of Pennsylvania Ave. between York Rd. and Washington Ave. closes for outdoor dining, with service from Charles Village Pub, C&R Pub, Nacho Mama’s, The Point, and Slice NY Pizza Pasta & Grill.

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Kyodai Rotating Sushi Bar has upgraded its interior with partitions to separate groups from one another, keeping them safe. 

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Café Troia’s outdoor dining space has fans and carefully spaced tables. The Allegheny Ave. restaurant also offers delivery for a low fee within a 6-mile radius. 

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Cunningham’s Café & Bakery has new umbrellas for its outdoor patio seating and lots of space (plus daily specials that sound terrific). 

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Plantbar Towson (the old Zia’s Café) officially reopened at the end of July. The juice bar will roar back to life in August with a fitness + cleanse program.

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At The Point, seating is available inside and outside on the patio and the restaurant has live music and DJ’s some nights, and regular trivia nights. Check their Facebook page for specifics. 

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Barley’s Backyard Uptown is also hosting live music on its rooftop patio. 

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CVP’s huge patio and indoor space are also both open; the Pennsylvania Ave. restaurant is taking the mask guidelines very seriously, too. 

What’s Up at the Mall

Towson Town Center has reopened though some specific stores remain closed. Curbside pickup is also available from many stores and restaurants. If you’re thinking about a big shop, consider heading to the mall the week of August 9-15 for Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week – a seven-day stretch when sales tax is not charged.

Farmers’ Market Is Thriving

The Towson Farmers’ Market is up and running every Thursday, starting at 10 :45 a.m. until 3 p.m. Stop by to check out the market’s selection of food, wine, art and clothing, which stretches down the block of Allegheny Ave. just off the circle.

The market runs through November.

Getting Fit

Local fitness centers have reopened, albeit with new guidelines to ensure the safety of members. 

Towne Barre has resumed indoor classes but continues to operate outdoors, as well, and has one-on-one and very small group opportunities for classes.

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At YogaWorks, both teachers and students are required to wear masks while practicing (though live classes are also available to stream at home, where you won’t have to wear a mask).

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Spring Is on Its Way in Downtown Towson

With the weather warming up and restaurant and gym capacity restrictions lifted in Baltimore County (as of 5 p.m. on March 12), spirits are high in the Towson community. Local spots have many plans in the works to celebrate the new season. Here’s a look at what’s happening right outside the doors of Hampton Plaza Apartments:

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Perennial News

Olympic Place restaurant Cunningham’s closed last year, during the pandemic. This year, the space has received a refresh by celebrated local designer Patrick Sutton and when the restaurant inside reopens this spring, it will be called Perennial

Cunningham’s chef Jay Rohlfing – who is terrific – remains at the helm and Perennial will also carry on Cunningham’s commitment to work with local farmers and purveyors.

St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is officially Wednesday, March 17, but at many Towson eateries, the celebration of the Irish lasts all month long. Keep an eye out for specials (like Reuben sandwiches at Barley’s, Guinness beef stew at CVP, and Guinness Blonde deals at C&R) and fun events, like kegs and eggs at The Point. 

Plus, Towson restaurants and bars are banding together the weekend before St. Patrick’s Day, hosting an Irish stroll on Saturday March 13. There will be fun specials and entertainment at several downtown Towson spots, including Nacho Mama’s, The Point, Rec Room, Barley’s Backyard Uptown, and CVP.

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Pop-ups at The Point

The Point is continuing its pop-up series, welcoming chefs from different spots around the city for kitchen takeovers. On Monday, March 22, Chef Jonny Lease will offer a fun BBQ menu – and there are more pop-ups to come, too.

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Maryland Day at THB

Maryland Day is March 25 and Towson Hot Bagel has fun plans in store for the holiday. The Towson bagelry is serving fun Maryland flag themed bagels that day (they’re available for pre-order, too) and will host a “Feed the Industry” event in partnership with the Baltimore Restaurant Relief Fund

During the event, THB will provide a meal to unemployed/underemployed members of Baltimore’s restaurant community who sign up via the BRRF website.

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Paint Your Pet at The Point

On Thursday, March 25, head to The Point with a photo of your favorite pet for a night of sips, snacks, and pet portrait painting.

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Live Music Returns to the Recher

After an 8-year hiatus, live music returns this month to The Recher Theater.

Opening night is March 19 – local icons Kelly Bell Band will take the stage for the first show. That concert is sold out already but there will be plenty more to follow, including a comedy show hosted by Mickey Cucchiella on March 20 and The Dirty Grass Players on March 26.

The Recher isn’t the only live music venue in town, either – keep an eye on social media for spots like C&R, The Point and Barley’s. They frequently host smaller acts, both on weekends and weeknights.

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Upcoming Events

There’s much to look forward to over the next several months, including the return of Towson Gardens Day on April 29, a new season of Feet on the Street starting May 7, and the renewal of the Towson Farmer’s Market on June 3. 

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Valentine’s and More in Downtown Towson this February

This February, love is in the air at Hampton Plaza Apartments and all around downtown Towson. But this month isn’t only about Valentine’s Day – we also have football, music and a lot more on the horizon.

Here’s a look at what’s happening right outside the doors of Hampton Plaza:

What’s New in the Restaurant World

Under newly relaxed guidelines, restaurants and bars no longer have to close at 10 p.m., so late-night dining is once again an option in Towson.

That’s not the only news, either.

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Cunningham’s Café

Cunningham’s Café has a great lineup of freezer items available for purchase, from cookie dough to chicken noodle soup. They’re easy to carry home – and delicious. 

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CVP’s popular bottomless brunch has returned very Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

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THB’s cinna-bagels are back on the menu – a perfect way to enjoy dessert-breakfast.

Barley’s Backyard Uptown

Barley’s Backyard Uptown has a new menu item: the #BarstoolFund Bucket – a cocktail in a bucket with a special bonus: $4 of every bucket sold goes to the #BarstoolFund, which is raising money to directly support small businesses struggling due to COVID. 

Towson Town Center

Towson Town Center’s Dine & Delight promotion is still underway. From now through the end of February, spend $50 or more (via takeout, delivery or dine-in) at a participating restaurant and you’ll receive a $20 reward card. 

The list of participating restaurants is long and includes The Brass Tap, Stoney River Steakhouse and Grill, and even Chick-fil-A.

Super Bowl Fun

The Ravens might not have made it to the big game (this year) but watching Kansas City vs. Tampa Bay can still be a lot of fun.

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Burger Bros.

Burger Bros. is a great option for wings and burgers. And don’t miss the fries – they’re classic Ocean City-style spuds. 

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CVP has dine-in and carryout specials available for Super Bowl Sunday.

Valentine’s Dining

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Nacho Mama's

Nacho Mama’s has lots of plans in store for Valentine’s Day, including a special prix fixe option to celebrate. The restaurant also has a fun contest underway: you can enter to win an evening in the Elvis room with up to six people. 

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Café Troia

Café Troia will offer a special three-course menu, with multiple options available, throughout Valentine’s weekend – from Feb. 12 to Feb. 14. The romantic restaurant will also have specials available a la carte. 

 

 

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C&R Pub

C&R Pub has a couple live music evenings scheduled. On Friday, Feb. 12, Jim Wockenfuss and John Love will be at the pub and on Saturday, Feb. 27, Jim Zorn will play.  

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An Omelette Breakfast

AN OMELETTE BREAKFAST

Monday, Feb 22nd
7:30 - 9:30 AM
Second Floor Party Room

Omelettes* made to order with your choice of fixings, bagels and orange juice

*NOTE: If you have an allergy to dairy, peanuts, nuts or seeds, these items may come in contact with your omelette. Eat at your own risk. Hampton Plaza and the Omelette Caterers assume no responsibility for illness.

This is how it will work: Residents will come to the party room (with a facemask on) to order the omelette, wait for it and then take it back to your apartment to eat. Only one omelette per person. We will allow 8 people in the party room at one time, standing in a line, 6 feet apart, unless you are in the same household. Should there be more than 8 people in the room, we will line up down the hallway towards the pool or you can come back later!

Hope to see you there!

(Omelettes* made to order with your choice of fixings, bagels and orange juice)

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